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How To Pray and What to Pray


In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 5 Chapter 18, Sukadeva Goswami describes the different varshas of Jambudvipa and the incarnation of the Supreme Lord worshiped in each. In the land known as Hari-varsha, Prahlad Maharaja offers wonderful prayers to Lord Nrsimhadev and following the footsteps of Prahlada Maharaja, the inhabitants of Hari-varsha always worship Lord Nrsimhadeva to receive from Him the benediction of being engaged in His loving service. In verse 5.18.8, Prahlad Maharaja prays as follows om namo bhagavate narasimhaaya namas tejas-tejase aavir-aavirbhava vajra-nakha vajra-damstra karmaasayaan randhaya randhaya tamo grasa grasa om svaahaa; abhayam abhayam aatmani bhuyisthaa om ksraum “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 demonlike desires for fruitive activity in this material world. Please appear in our hearts and drive away our ignorance so that by Your mercy we ... Read More »

Offering Prayers

Offering Prayers (Compiled from notes on lectures of H. H. Mahavishnu Goswami) In one of his recent lectures in Rajkot, Maharaja was making a very important point. He said, “Many times we do not know how to pray to Krishna. We may have lot of things to ask Krishna, but we should approach the Lord with the proper mood. This we can learn from Srimad Bhagavatam where so many devotees offer their prayers to the Lord. So, we should not only concentrate on the prayers in the Bhagavatam but also the verses before the prayers and the Lord’s response after that. The verses before the prayers teach us the proper mood with which we should approach the Lord.” One of the most wonderful prayers in Bhagavatam was offered by Sri Bhishmadev who is celebrated as one of the twelve mahajanas. His prayers were very significant because he offered them when ... Read More »