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    Perfection of Human life – Instructions from Prahlada Maharaja

    Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 7 Chapter 6 describes Prahlāda Mahārāja’s instructions to his class friends. In speaking to his friends, who were all sons of demons, Prahlāda Mahārāja stressed that every living entity, especially in human society, must be interested in spiritual realization from the very beginning of life. When human beings are children, they should be taught that the Supreme Personality of Godhead is the worshipable Deity for everyone. One should not be very much interested in material enjoyment; instead, one should be satisfied with whatever material profits are easily obtainable, and because the duration of one’s life is very short, one should utilize every moment for spiritual advancement. Correcting…

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    Some Points on the True Meaning of Life

    Discussions from Srimad Bhagavatam 7.6.1-7.6.5 An Early Start In Srimad Bhagavatam, seventh canto, chapter six, Prahlada Maharaja instructs his class friends, who were all sons of demons, that every living entity, especially human society, must be interested in spiritual realization from the very beginning of life. He stressed that children should be taught that the Supreme Personality of Godhead is the worshipable Deity for everyone. Prahlada Maharaja said that although the human form is temporary, it is rarely achieved. So if one is intelligent, one should endeavor to utilize his/her human life by performing devotional service and giving up all other engagements. Even a small amount of devotional service in…

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    Prahlada Maharaja’s Teachings on Devotion

    Wisdom does not depend on age, but on knowledge received from a superior source. This is illustrated by the example of the great boy devotee, Prahlada Maharaja. Prahlada, at the tender age of five years, was able to instruct his schoolmates in the transcendental subject of self-realization. He received this knowledge in the womb of his mother through his spiritual master, Narada Muni. These universal instructions teach us sense-control, peace of mind and ultimately reaching the highest goal of life – pure love of God. Some of the salient aspects of Prahlada Maharaja’s teachings are highlighted below. The Ultimate Perfection of Human Life In speaking to his friends, who were…

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    What Flowers Can Teach Us

    A Fresh look at Flowers! Krishna’s Mystical Potency The earth contains all fragrances. Krishna teaches in the 7th Chapter of the Gita, punyogandhaprithivyamca, “I am the original fragrance of the earth.” All of us have experienced rain and enjoyed the wonderful fragrance that emanates from earth when rain falls. In a flower garden, there may be a variety of flowers – rose, jasmine, marigold, parijata, chrysanthemum, champa, chameli, rajanigandha, and many others. Each flower has its own fragrance and each fragrance has its uniqueappeal. The fragrance of a blooming lotus is one of the finest fragrances known to man. It is remarkable to note, that while plants can extract fragrances…

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    Teachings of Prahlada Maharaja

    Wisdom of the divine personality for whom Lord Narasimha appeared Prahlada Maharaja was the son of Hiranyakashipu, the most powerful person of his time and an avowed atheist. Prahlada was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. When Hiranyakashipu sent his son to gurukula, he had no clue of his son’s innate devotion. When Hiranyakashipu had gone away to perform severe austerities for gaining immortality, the demigods led by Indra had attacked his kingdom and apprehended his pregnant wife Kayadhu. Indra wanted to kill the infant as soon as he was born. The demigods wished to avert the birth of another powerful demon like Hiranyakashipu. Narada Muni intervened and informed Indra that…