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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Morning class, Sri Nrisingha Palli
2 March 2020, part 4

 

When I come to Nrisingha Palli or other places, I think about how much austerity Prahlad Maharaj got, how much his demon father Hiranyakasipu tortured him. He beat his son, he gave him so much austerity, you know everything—he threw him from a hill, he tied him to an elephant's leg, he threw him into an ocean, he threw him into fire. He did so many things, but one thing you can realise is that Prahlad Maharaj never once told his father, "Please do not torture me," "Please do not beat me," etc. He never told this to his father. He never asked the Lord, "O Lord! Why are you giving me so much austerity?" "Why are you placing me into so much danger?" He never told that.

In another way also, how much austerity do we get? Whatever happens to us, Prahlad Maharaj suffered thousands and thousands times more austerities. Sometimes, we get some little problem in our spiritual life, or we do not have water, we have some food problems, and we always complain about it. But how much austerity did Prahlad Maharaj get?

Even Sri Ambarish Maharaj also—when chakra (fire) came to him, he did not think, "Oh, my death is coming, I have such a big problem!" He thought, "Whatever will be, will be. What can I do? Everything happens by the will of the Lord. Everything depends on the Lord."

This is the main thing. We must use, utilise our life in this way. Do you understand it? We must think how much our devotional life is increasing, when we increase our devotion. It is necessary to think about this. We must not ask the Lord for anything. This is the main thing. We always ask for something—you can even read Srimad Bhagavatam and see what happened to Dhruva Maharaj, Ambarish Maharaj, Chitraketu, Prahlad Maharaj. When you have read it, part by part, then you can read about the final destination (the pastimes of Radha-Krishna)—you can see what Uddhav Maharaj tells about it and you can realise these things.

 

 

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