~by Rukmini Walker
Today is the holy Appearance Day of the unprecedented, fearsome half-man, half-lion form of Lord Nrsimhadev. His appearance was frightening to every living being in the universe, including the great sages and demigods on higher planets.
The only one person who was not afraid was the child saint, Prahlada Maharaj, for whom the Lord had appeared. The father of Prahlada Maharaj had been tormenting him, trying to kill him in so many ways. Until finally, that evil father was killed by the sharp nails of Lord Nrisimhadeva.
You can read this great history in the seventh canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. But in the fifth canto, there are two powerful prayers spoken by Prahlada Maharaj.
For your celebration of this holy day, here are those prayers for you:
I offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord Nrsimhadeva, the source of all power. O my Lord who possesses nails and teeth just like thunderbolts, kindly vanquish our demon-like desires for fruitive activity in this material world. Please appear in our hearts and drive away our ignorance so that by Your mercy we may become fearless in the struggle for existence in this material world.
May there be good fortune throughout the universe, and may all envious persons be pacified. May all living entities become calm by practicing bhakti-yoga, for by accepting devotional service they will think of each other’s welfare. Therefore let us all engage in the service of the supreme transcendence, Lord Sri Krsna, and always remain absorbed in thought of Him. (Srimad Bhagavatam 5.18.8,9)
A very happy Nrsimha Caturdasi to you!