[Spoken by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya
Maharaj on 4 January 2019 during the first visit to Mangalagiri:]
We come to preach Krishna consciousness in South India because Gurudev wanted
this preaching in South India.
We have visited some places here today, but actually we have no eyes—our eyes
are full of dust. How can I see Lord Nrisingha, Pana Nrisingha or Laksmi
Nrisingha? It comes through good association—when we visit these places with
good association of devotees, then through those devotees we can realise how
much devotion Prahlad Maharaj has. All the Vraja gopis of Vrindavan
also said, "We do not have the kind of devotion to Krishna that Prahlad
When Nrisinghadev appeared in this world showing His angry mood (appearing as
Ugra Nrisingha), at that time all demigods, Laksmi Devi, Durga, Kali, Indra,
everybody was afraid, but Prahlad Maharaj was not afraid. How much devotion
he has that he was not afraid! He is a devotee of santa-rasa. How much
chastity to the Lord he has.
We can learn another thing also from Prahlad Maharaj. His father gave him so
much trouble, so many problems, he even wanted to kill him, but Pralad
Maharaj was not angry with him—he did not say a single bad word to him. And
you can understand how much devotion, how much love and affection Prahlad
Maharaj has that the Lord Himself comes in this kind of form. What did
Prahlad Maharaj teach us? When Nrisinghadev asked him, "What kind of boon do
you want?" He first said, "My father has given You so much trouble (he did
not say "to me"—he was thinking about the Lord!), he has even hit You, made
so many offences to You. If You want to give me a boon, then please rescue
him." Nrisinghadev said that his father had already got liberation, so He
told him to ask for something else. What boon did Prahlad Maharaj finally ask
Nrisinghadev for? He said, "Give me that kind of boon so that all asking
mood, all desire mood is removed from my heart."
From this example, we can understand that we do not go to the Lord to ask Him
for something—we only come to pay obeisance to our Lord. We must pay
obeisance with devotion, with so much heart. We do not ask for anything
material or even anything spiritual, not even liberation, nothing. We only
pay dandavat to the Lord thinking, "I do not know anything. I only
want to improve my devotion." It is necessary to be like this.
When Mahaprabhu came here, He would sing,
jaya nrsimha, sri nrsimha, jaya jaya nrsimha
prahladesa jaya padma-mukha-padma-bhrnga
ito nrsimha parato nrsimho
yato yato yami tato nrsimhah
bahir nrsimho hrdaye nrsimho
nrsimham adim saranam prapadye
I want to explain the meaning of these two verses. The first verse says,
"Bhakta-prabara Prahlad Maharaj ki jay. Suddha-bhakti-vighna-vinasankari
Sri Laksmi Nrisinghadev ki jay. O Nrisingha! Glory to Nrisinghadev! Glory
to Prahlad, a bee on the lotus feet of Laksmi Devi." The second verse means,
"Here is Nrisingha, there is Nrisingha, wherever I go there is Nrisingha,
outside is Nrisingha and within, in my heart, is Nrisingha. I take shelter of
Nrisnigha, the original form." He also sang,
vag-isa yasya vadane laksmir yasya cha vaksasi
yasyaste hrdaye samvit tam nrsimham aham bhaje
"I serve Nrisingha in whose mouth resides Saraswati, on whose chest resides
Laksmi and in whose heart resides Absolute Consciousness."
Here, Nrisinghadev always takes half of the water offered to Him and gives
the other half to His followers, devotees. Also, this hill's name is
Mangalgiri and it looks like an elephant. Sriman Mahaprabhu visited this
place when He toured South India. After Mahaprabhu took darshan of
Nrisinghadev, He sat here at this place—you can see here the footprints of
Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur
established this place.
We are very fortunate to have come here, to visit the place where Mahaprabhu
went, in the company of devotees. We must also come again to this place. I
have been here before, but for you this is the first time. You are fortunate
to see this place of Lord Nrisinghadev. Now we are going down, to the temple
of Laksmi Nrisinghadev.
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur also said that the a holy place, a
dham, is where devotees are. He would also often quote,
gaura amara ye-saba sthane
karala bhramana range
se-saba sthana heriba ami
"In the company of loving devotees, I behold all the places my Gaurasundar
roamed during His ecstatic Pastimes."
We too shall visit the places where Mahaprabhu went, with great sadhus, in
We are paying our obeisance at this place and praying to Mahaprabhu for the
devotion that He has to Nrisinghadev, for the devotion that He has for
Krishna. We only want to serve His devotees, and actually we better like to
have devotion to Mahaprabhu. We do not want to be a devotee of Krishna—we
want to be a devotee of Srimati Radharani. Some people preach that they are
Krishna-bhakta, but we say that it is better if you become Radharani-bhakta.
This is the main thing.
Jay Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay!