savebrajforum Radharani Braja Yatra 2012: Day 11: Falen

Rādhārāṇī Braja Yatra 2012: Day 11: Falen

Falen or Faren place is called Prahlad’s village and in the temple there is his deity. Whenever Brajabāsīs wished to see Kṛṣṇa’s past lilas, He would fulfill their wish. When the Brajabāsīs asked, “When you saved Prahlada and killed Hiraṇyakaśipu, how did you do that? Please show us.”

For Prahlada there were so many difficulties in his life. Kaṁsa was always arranging so many plans to hill him. To either through him down from the mountaintops, bring elephants and let themwalk all over him. These elephants were so large that when Prahlada sat on their teeth, he looked so small in comparison. They thought that he would be certainly killed and when he sat on them they turned into powder.

He was asked, “How did you do that?” Prahlada answered, “I am a very small kid and these are very huge demons. They were not ordinary. But there is one reason. In this world there are so many calamities, so many problems, but there is only one cure. This is the remembrance and the chanting of the holy names of God. I have only this formula.”

When people come to me with some worldly problems saying, “My daughters wedding is coming up and I don’t have enough money etc.” I say, “Brajavsasis can not have any problems.” They had so many problems like all the demons and brought troubles, but they would remember and pray to Kṛṣṇa. So today we have forgotten all those constant remembering, the nama sankirtan.

That’s why we give such importance to to Prabhat Ferri (the congregational chanting of the holy names). It is all-auspicious and all day the Hari nama stays in the memory and one can stay Kṛṣṇa conscious throughout the day.

Those demons were called to destroy Prahlada, but they left because they could not do anything. Hiraṇyakaśipu thought that, “I will kill him myself.” Prahlada’s mother was so distraught, she told Prahlada, “I don’t want you to get hurt, please surrender to your father so you will be saved.”

Prahlada said, “I have this one life to take to God’s name. I should always remember and surrender to Kṛṣṇa, I do not fear anything.” When she asked him to not take God’s name in front of his father, he replied, “I should especially do that so that he will become elevated.”

Hiraṇyakaśipu asked Prahlada to come to him, and he approached chanting the hari nama. Hiraṇyakaśipu became angry and said, “There is not even one person who will come before me and not be scared. How come you are not scared? What kind of strength do you have?”

Prahlada replied, “Not only you, but you also have that power, even Brahma, Śiva, and the smallest bug, all have borrowed strength from Sri Hari.”
Before that Prahlada was supposed to get killed by Holika in the fire. She had a special sari that could protect her, as she sits with Prahlada on her lap in the fire, he will be killed and she would be saved.

It was such a big fire, that the flames reached Svargaloka. A big storm came and Prahladha was just singing;

sri krsna govinda hare murari

All the demons started to run and the storm blew away the sari and Holika was screaming as she burned, but nothing happened to Prahlada. At the end of the fire, Prahladhaji was sitting, smiling and singing in the ashes.

Hiranyakasipu asked Prahlada. “What is the reason you did not burn?” Prahlada answered, “I was not in the fire” The demon said, “How? Where were you? Prahlada said, “Maybe you saw the fire but I felt like I was sitting on a big lotus, there were petals around me in all directions.

Hiraṇyakaśipu in frustration, wanted to get his gada(club) and told Prahlada very angrily, “First let me destroy your God, then I will kill you. You say your God is everywhere, is He here in this pillar too?” Prahlada said, “Yes.” As Hiraṇyakaśipu hit the pillar, a big loud roar came out and everyone was frightened.

A half lion, half human body appeared. Hiraṇyakaśipu thought, “This this must be some demon, I will kill Him.”

Lord Nṛsiṁhadeva was very furious and took Hiraṇyakaśipu like a small fly and said, “It is neither night or day, it is the evening(it was Purusottam month-not the regular 12 months), nor is it inside nor outside of home” and killed him with His nails.

After this, the Lord was so ferocious, he couldn’t calm down. Even Lakṣmī was scared and she went away from there. At that time Prahlada was asked “Can you do something? Are you scared of Him?” And he said, “No, I am not afraid of him, I am afraid of all these illusions in this world. People are falling into illusion thinking that, thesethings are mine.”

You are all so fortunate that you ratris are here because Rādhārāṇī wanted it. Otherwise there are so many obstacles and problems in the world, keeping people from coming here. Every person here is by God’s mercy only, everything is His kripa, nothing is ours.

Prahlada prayed with so many words. “The child can only surrender to the parents. No one can do anything except God. The wife thinks that the husband is the savior, the child thinks parents are the savior, but all of this is wrong, only God is the savior.”

When Ranaji told Mira Bai, “Stop dancing and singing His names”, at that time she sang this bhajan.

“No matter whether it is the King or people or any one else who is against me, I will always sing His praise.” Even when she was given poison, she drank it with His name and she did not die. Even after being given poisonous snakes as garlands, there was no harm to her.

mai to govind ke gun gana

Hiraṇyakaśipu was killed, he lost and Harinama won.
In the yatra everyone should constantly take the harinama and dance in devotion.

I am not a big mahunt or dignitary, I am a simple sādhu but still look how this yatra is going on. So is God doing it? It is the harinama. This year we had problems in having rotis made like before, some cooks left, but look now, Brajabāsīs are making for all the yatris.

On thr appearance day of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, on the day of holi, even today there is such a big fire in holi and a special person from abrahmin family goes through the fire after performing some austerities and having adip in Prahlada Kunda and is not harmed in the least.

Baba Shri spoke about Prabhat Ferri, “O devotees when he or she dances with Gods name, they purify wth their feet the entire earth and with their outstretched hands purify all directions, shy and space. Thisa how we shoud do aradhana.

We should please God like that. When we offer food to God, He accepts, and if you sing and dance for Him wouldn’t he accept? Certainly He will. In our yatra we definitely have Kṛṣṇa with us because we have kirtan and arādhāna. .

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