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A Miracle!

Jai Sri Radhe!
Haribol Lila Shakti Mataji! Please accept my humble respects.

Thank you so much for sharing your experience of Lord Nrsimhadeva. Experiences like these are always indications for us Bhaktas that our Prabhu is always ever present, looking out for our welfare and protecting us unfavorable situations as well as our Bhakti. I have had more than one experience in regards to Lord Nrsimhadeva that has made this truth clear to me over the years. It is hence that I consider Lord Nrsimhadeva as my Aradhya (Worshipable Deity), and why I see Bhakta Raja Prahlada Maharaja as my ideal and in one sense a Guru figure. Whenever I was discouraged by others and told not to pursue my devotional life, I always would remember Prahlada Maharaja, and it would give me the strength and courage to more forward.

You are most fortunate that the Lord watches over you and had protected your chastity and honor on that day. I am most certain He continues to do so even to date. That is his nature. Your experience reminded me of a lila which has been described in the Chaitanya Charitamrta. When the Chanda Kazi opposed Mahaprabhu’s Sankirtana Movement and deliberately broke Mridangas, He had a vision of Sri Nrsimhadeva who clawed at His chest. It is then that out of fear from the Lord, He realized His offense and became more sympathetic towards Mahaprabhu’s movement. Your experience also reminded me of another experience which was told to me by a president of one Hindu Temple. The Temple was in the process of being renovated and there was a worker who was busy working on installing new tiles. Night had fallen and the worker had not finished his work, so the priest gave the worker the keys and told him to lock up after he had finished the work. And if I remember correctly, this worker had some desire to take (steal rather) some of the money offerings from the donation box at some point in the night. At that time He claimed to see Sri Hanumanji standing next to the donation box. Thinking it was His imagination or perhaps someone else was standing there, He just looked away and continued to try and finish his work. But whenever He looked up and in whatever direction He looked, He kept seeing Sri Hanumanji standing there. At some point He got really uncomfortable and became fearful for his life and bolted from the temple locking it up. The next morning when the priest and trustees of the temple arrived, they saw that the tile work was not done, nor did they find the worker. They then called his house to find out what happened and learned that He had a very high fever that morning. The worker then proceeded to tell them what had transpired in the night.

So these experiences happen. There are countless such experiences throughout the world where either Bhagavan Himself or some exalted Bhakta has appeared either directly manifest or in disguise and has aided devotees when there is need. Our dearest most worship-able Sridham Vrndavana is the greatest example of this. Stories of Bhagavan manifesting for the sake of Bhaktas is a regular and daily occurrence there and is hardly something surprising for the Vrajavasis. This is one reason why we believe that Sri Krishna never left Vraja and that He continues to reside and live there eternally there even today.

Thank You Once Again,
Jai Sri Radhe!

In Your Humble Service,

Suren

» Posted By Suren On July 18, 2014 @ 6:24 pm

Dear Karen,

Thanks for your comment and curiosity. I apologize for the late reply. I haven’t really checked up on this page in years. Just happened to think of it today and realized people left comments. But I can completely understand where you are coming from, and I think much of your concerns and questions were appropriately and nicely responded to by Ups. But nevertheless I will give you y two cents on the topic at hand.

The tradition in which I belong, and probably the majority of the viewers of this website, is called Vaishnavism. It is a tradition which goes back thousands of years old, just as is believed the religion that God revealed in the Bible is said to go back. For the general masses, Vaishnavism is more or less thought of as being a sect within Hinduism. When most people think of Hinduism, they think of countless gods or goddesses, something that is polytheistic/pagan or pantheistic in nature. Vaishnavism however is quite different, it is Monotheistic (Belief in One Highest Supreme God) and it shares many of the same concepts and viewpoints that you would find in Christianity. Fundamentally and ideologically in a general sense, its not that different.

We believe that when there is a need on Earth, when religious principles have been compromised, and when there is a rise of irreligion, when pious devotees are being persecuted and harmed, at that time the Lord takes form on Earth for the purpose of re-establishing the tenets of religion, and liberate the pious from suffering. While Christianity acknowledges Lord Jesus Christ to be the incarnation of the Supreme who had come to liberate mankind from sin and suffering (as evidence countlessly throughout the Gospel of John and other books in the New Testament), Vaishnavism accepts that there is not just one incarnation that has appeared in this world, but countless. It is explained in the Srimad Bhagavatam, one of the core scriptures of Vaishnavism, that just as there are innumerable waves which emerge from the ocean, there are countless and innumerable incarnations which emerge from the Lord’s body.

One such incarnation is Lord Nrsimhadeva, who appeared in the form as half man-half lion (and its not just a random reason why that specific form, there is a rational and logical reason He manifested as such). Christianity generally acknowledges a more anthropomorphic form of God, meaning God with Human features. Vaishnavism also acknowledges that the original form of God is also human like, however it does not limit God to just Human form. God takes the form of even animals in creation. Within Vaishnava Tradition, God has manifested in the form of a fish, the form of a boar, lion-man, a swan, even horse-faced. While it may seem bizarre to someone outside the tradition to see God manifest in animal forms or in man-animal combination forms instead of just the form of a Human being, one can argue that why is it necessary that God be limited to only the Human aspect. If God is indeed omnipotent (all-powerful) and omnipresent (all-pervading), then no limitations can be placed on Him. If He so desires, He can manifest in whatever way and in whatever form He desires.

Now in regards to the blood. Generally in the west, we consider blood to be ominous or something that is disgusting, or related to death, suffering or injury. But you coming from the Christian Tradition would know that the use of blood and the symbolism behind blood is quite prominent both throughout the New Testament and Old. In the Jewish Tradition and in the Old Testament, Blood was a crucial element in Temple Worship. The blood of the animals was offered and sprinkled on the mercy seat of the Ark to atone for and wash away sins. According to St. Paul, this need to offer the blood of animals came to end with the death, crucifixion, and resurrection of Lord Christ. The blood He spilled during his Crucifixion was sufficient to cleanse the sins of all mankind. Hence Lord Christ is viewed by Christians as being the greatest and most perfect sacrifice for the purpose of washing away Sins. So taking this into consideration, blood isn’t always a negative thing or something that is associated with darkness or material suffering. In this case, the blood is a symbol of light, salvation, and goodness.

In the case of Lord Nrsimhadeva, the manifestation of blood can be seen in a positive light as well. Note, in my post, I wrote that the blood manifested not from the Lord, but from the body of the demon Hirenyakashipu. Hirenyakashipu was a terrible and horrific demon who tormented the Universe, and challenged God’s position. He terrorized anyone and everyone who would take the Lord’s name and who placed faith in the Lord. He spared no one, not even His own son who was only a child of five or six. This child was fully God conscious, and completely absorbed in His love for God, and His only business was to constantly meditate on the Lord and recite and repeat His holy name. At first the boy was threatened by His father, but this did not shake his faith. This due to his evil and arrogant nature, this demon tried repeatedly to end the life of his son in countless ways, whether that be to be thrown from a cliff, into a pit of venomous snakes, or even burned alive on a pyre. But each time no harm fall on the boy, He was saved by the Lord each time. Finally, the demon challenged the boy and his faith and asked where the Lord was present. The boy who was fully realized could see His Lord present in each atom of creation and gave that reply. The demon in frustration challenged the omnipresent nature of the Lord. And in response the Lord manifested from Column (showing that He indeed exists in every atom). A great battle ensued, and finally the Lord in His Man-Lion form dragged the demon the the threshold of the palace, and ended the demons life by ripping out His entrails with His claws (since He had appeared in the form of half lion-half man). I’ve often thought and reflected over the years why I witnessed this occurrence during the beginning stages of my devotional life, and at least how I have come to see it is, because I had surrendered to the Lord, the beginning of my spiritual and devotional life was the end of my life pursuing those activities that were atheistic and demonic in nature. Seeing that blood emerging from the demon’s body was a sign to me that just as the Lord ended the life of the demon for the sake of protecting His devotee, He too has manifested in this way to indicate to me that for the sake of protecting my faith and devotion to Him, He has put an end to the demonic qualities within me. That is the Lord’s nature and mercy. It is not that he slays and kills demons that is the most important point, but more that He slays those demonic qualities within the demon which in turn make him a demon. We Vaishnavas believe generally that though a person is a demon, if his death occurs by the hands of the Lord Himself, then He is automatically granted salvation. Why? Because in that process of death, the Lord has also given death to those qualities that in turn made him demonic. So this has been my realization over the years.

I hope this story makes more sense to you now, and also gives you a better understanding from my own reflections on this experience. Once again I greatly apologize for responding so late. But perhaps this was the Lord’s own desire. I am certain that if I had attempted to respond to your concerns years earlier, I would not have had the sufficient knowledge, understanding, and experience to do justice.

If I have made any offense on my part, I ask you kindly forgive me.

In your humble service,

Suren

» Posted By Suren On July 18, 2014 @ 6:07 pm

Jai Sri Radhe!
Haribol Mamtaji,

No I did not see Sri Nrsimhadeva Face to Face, but saw Him in the form of the beautiful image I had of Him in my Altar. It is from that image that I experienced the flow of blood. It was the flow of blood that was the miracle, not a vision of Sri Nrsimhadeva. I still have the same image of Bhagavan enshrined in my altar, framed to preserve the stain. It is still present and you can see it, however over the years it has faded some. But for me it is still a strong and constant reminder of that experience, and fills me with love for Bhagavan, and reverence for Bhakta Raja Prahlada Maharaja.

Jai Sri Radhe!
In Your Humble Service,

Suren

» Posted By Suren On July 18, 2014 @ 5:09 pm

Jai Sri Radhe!
Haribol Radha!

What you have said is correct, I agree with you. I had this experience during the elementary stages of My Sadhana, I was also very young at the time, and thus lacked the spiritual maturity and understanding to understand that point. I wrote this post out of my eagerness to share an experience that illustrated Bhagavan’s infinite mercy and compassion to even a young and ignorant devotee. I was also looking for answers from more senior devotees on the nature of such experiences and whether they were a common occurrences experienced by other devotees as well. My intention in writing this post was pure and innocent for that stage in my Sadhana. If I have offended you or any other servant of Bhagavan in any way by writing this post many years ago, I humbly ask for your forgiveness and understand.

Jai Sri Radhe!

In your humble service,

Suren

» Posted By Suren On July 18, 2014 @ 5:01 pm

Did man really walk on the Moon ???

National Geographic has gone to such great pain to justify that it did take place.Why?

When interviewd, Buzz Aldrin looked snappy in a tailored suit and was very composed, perhaps too composed!!

My point is that in current times, we have telescopes that can pick up fine details on the moon. No avid skywatcher has come up and said “Hey, theres the baseball card left by the last astronauts, or the flag,or any other paraphernalia??”

» Posted By Suren On February 10, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

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  1. Govind says:

    Hare krishna Prabhuji.,Dandvat Pranaam
    May i know about the author of the book”Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita As It Is” named mukund das prabhu.Had he any personal association with Srila Prabhupada.

    • This book is a compilation of direct quotes from Srila Prabhupada speaking about his own life. The author is Srila Prabhuapda, all Mukunda did was compile the quotes and he did a good job of it. He wrote a bit of rubbish on the last 2 pages but apart from that he did not write a single word in the book. It is a collection of Prabhupada quotes and the author of this book is Srila Prabhuapda.

  2. Vamshi says:

    Prabhu Madhudvisa Dasa.Is Jagannath Krishna himself or is just an expansion of Krishna like Vishnu,Rama etc.In Iskcon lectures I heard that Jagannath is Krishna himself,they have proved this by saying a story from Skanda purana.Is this true or Iskcon lectures are just bogus?I found no video Prabhupad talking aboyt Lord Jagannath.Oh Prabhu kindly answer my doubts.Hare Krishna

    • Yes. Lord Jagannatah is Krishna Himself. It is Jagannatha [Krishna] Balarama and Krishna’s sister Subhadra.

      So Jagannatha is deity form of Krishna. He is representation of Krishna with His brother Balarama and sister Subhadra,

      It is deity manifestation of Krishna, Balarama and Lady Subhadra,

  3. tanu says:

    Jai Govind

    I request you clear my doubts.I understand the complexities of life processes,cellular mechanisms and other natural phenomenon cannot be explained solely by reasoning and scientific theories as somewhere or other our knowledge is limited.I am a science student nd nature lover.After reading the article posted by you regarding the concept of the origin of life,a question arisen in my mind that krishna is all powerful,then, why he designed this universe in this complicated way?,why life originated? why he made all that dna etc matter space?what is his true nature? why are we given these bodies these reasoning abilities?why krishna waited for billions of years and made us take birth here?why prakrati and purush got seperated? who were those dinosaurs etc for souls are eternal were those dinosaurs primitive and other organisms we only? are there any planet lest earth having life?why will happen atlast for we are ultimately destined to reach our eternal govind? why doesn’t he appears now and clear all these doubts for one thing is sure that if even he messages in some ways we will submit to him?why krishna is so naughty why has he made everything complicated?I know these are childlish questions but still worthy to be answered…..

    I am a krishana devotee.I feel as if there is pure love for him deep in my heart.But at the same time I do believe in science.Sometimes i find myself stuck in between science emotions belief and devotion.I want to understand my Govind,I want to understand myself.

    I request my friends to please give answer to these questions.I hope i will get atleast answers of a few questions as i found this site quite appealing.

    thankyou!
    Radhe krishna

    • Hare Krishna Jai Govind

      To clear your doubts you have to become Krishna conscious. Because unless you become Krishna conscious you will not be able to understand what Krishna consciousness is and you will remain continually bewildered.

      All these questions are irrelevant. You seem to accept that Govinda exists, that He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Now you have to just surrender to the idea that you are His servant. And then you need to find out practically how you can engage in the service of Krishna. And to find out how to do this you need to read Srila Prabhupada’s books. And in the process of becoming Krishna conscious all your other questions will automatically be answered.

      The scientists can not understand anything. They only have very fragmental information about everything they study. The information we can gather through our material senses is very limited. There are so many things we can not perceive through our material senses. So they can not understand what they can not perceive.

      So instead of just speculating all these questions and being bewildered like this it is better to just admit that in our conditioned state with our very limited mind and our material senses we can not hope to understand Krishna or even this material world which is created ultimately by Krishna.

      The way to understand these things is to become Krishna conscious. We can not understand without becoming Krishna conscious.

      So you have to learn how to become Krishna conscious… That is the answer to all your questions. And Krishna consciousness is a science and that science is very elaborately presented in the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

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