Lecture on SB 7.9.4 — Mayapur, February 18, 1977
Prabhupāda: So this very qualification, pure devotee, makes one mahā-bhāgavata. But there are stages. The mahā-bhāgavata from the very birth, that is called nitya-siddha. They are eternally siddha, perfect. They come for some purpose. So Prahlāda Mahārāja came for this purpose, that the demons, even he’s his father, he would give him so many troubles because one is Kṛṣṇa conscious. This is the instruction. Prahlāda Mahārāja wanted to show this by the order of Kṛṣṇa. Hiraṇyakaśipu also came—how to become enemy of Kṛṣṇa; and Prahlāda Mahārāja came, show, to show how to become a devotee of… This is going on.
So mahā-bhāgavata… Kaniṣṭha-adhikārī, madhyama-adhikārī and mahā-bhāgavata, or uttama-adhikārī. Kaniṣṭha-adhikārī, in the beginning they have to be taught how to worship the Deity very perfectly. According to the instruction of the śāstra, according instruction of the guru, one must learn how to worship Deity.
arcāyām eva haraye yaḥ
na tad-bhakteṣu cānyeṣu
sa bhaktaḥ prākṛtaḥ smṛtaḥ
But one must make advance. This is advancement of devotional service. By simply we remain stuck up in Deity worship, we do not feel for others—na cānyeṣu na tad-bhakta—you do not know who is devotee, how to worship him, then we remain kaniṣṭha-adhikārī. And madhyama-adhikārī means he must know his position, others’ position, devotee’s position, God’s position, and that is madhyma-adhikārī. Īśvare tad-adhīneṣu bāliśeṣu dviṣatsu ca (SB 11.2.46). He’ll have four kinds of vision: Bhagavān, īśvara; tad-adhīneṣu, he’s one who has taken shelter of Bhagavān—that means devotee—īśvare tad-adhīneṣu; baliśu, innocent children, just like these children, baliśa, arbhakaḥ; and dviṣatsu, envious. A madhyama-adhikārī can see these four different persons, and he deals with them differently. What is that? Prema-maitrī-kṛpopekṣā. Īśvara, to love God, Kṛṣṇa, prema. And maitrī. Maitrī means to make friendship. One who is devotee, we should make friendship with him. We should not be envious; we should make friend. Maitrī. And innocent, just like these children, kṛpa—to show them mercy, how they’ll become devotee, how they’ll learn chanting, dancing, give them food, give them education. This is called kṛpa. And last, upekṣā. Upekṣā means those who are envious, don’t take; don’t associate with them. Upekṣā. “No, let him…”
But mahā-bhāgavata, he does not make any upekṣā. He even loves those who are dviṣatsu. Just like Prahlāda Mahārāja. Prahlāda Mahārāja, his father was very, very envious. Still, Prahlāda Mahārāja refused to accept any benediction for his personal benefit, but he begged Lord Nṛsiṁha-deva to excuse his father, that “My father has…” He did not ask anything personal. But still, he knew that “Throughout my life my father had played the part of enemy, offended in so… (break) So this is the opportunity. I shall beg Lord to excuse my father.” So Kṛṣṇa knew it. His father was already excused. Because he became the father of Prahlāda Mahārāja he already became benedicted. It is not ordinary thing to have such a nice son. So as soon as Prahlāda Mahārāja requested Nṛsiṁha-deva to “Kindly excuse my father,” so He immediately said, “Not only your father—his father, his father, his father; everyone is delivered.”
So we should take lesson from Prahlāda Mahārāja that if a child becomes a devotee in the family, he is the best child, the best. He is giving the best service to the family. But the rascals, they are taking otherwise, that “My son has become devotee. Bring him back by deprogramming, by kidnapping.” People are so rascal. You see? They do not take it a great benefit that “My fortunate son has become a devotee. My whole family will be delivered.” But they have no knowledge. They have no brains. Therefore I say it is not brainwashing, it is brain-giving. They have no brain. (laughter) So take it very seriously and do nicely.
Thank you very much.
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