The Lord Protects His Devotees – Indradyumna Swami Nectar
To keep the Devotees inspired, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami has been giving Srimad Bhagavatam classes in the morning for the Devotees serving on the Polish Festival tour. Last week, he spoke on a nice verse about conquering fear: Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9.15:
My Lord, who are never conquered by anyone, I am certainly not afraid of Your ferocious mouth and tongue, Your eyes bright like the sun or Your frowning eyebrows. I do not fear Your sharp, pinching teeth, Your garland of intestines, Your mane soaked with blood, or Your high, wedgelike ears. Nor do I fear Your tumultuous roaring, which makes elephants flee to distant places, or Your nails, which are meant to kill Your enemies.
Indradyumna Swami read Srila Prabhupada’s purport aloud to the assembled Devotees, which included:
Lord Nṛsiṁhadeva’s fierce appearance was certainly most dangerous for the nondevotees, but for Prahlāda Mahārāja such a fearful appearance was not at all disturbing. The lion is very fearsome for other animals, but its cubs are not at all afraid of the lion.
In the lecture, Indradyumna Swami describes about how experience is a good teacher. In fact, personal experience is also accepted as evidence in Vedic culture. From four types of evidence: Vedic knowledge, direct experience, traditional wisdom, and logical induction one can understand the temporary, insubstantial situation of the material world, as a result of which one becomes detached from the duality of this world (Srimad Bhagavatam, 11.19.17). Sometimes you experience something, and then it hits you: “Oh, now I understand.” But the first-class student learns by hearing and does not need to experience difficulties in order to understand that they are troublesome.
Prahlada Maharaja is fearless because he was put in the most danger and yet every time, Krishna saved him. He knew that he did not need to be fearful. His father threw Prahlada off a cliff, and Krishna appeared halfway down and caught him in his arms. His father also threw him in a pit of snakes, tried to have him crushed under the feet of elephants, had his servants try to attack him with all manner of weapons, but Krishna always protected His devotee, Prahlada.
In this connection, Indradyumna Swami quoted from Bhagavad Gita 9.31: “O son of Kunti, declare it boldly that My devotee never perishes.”
For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit the Swami’s facebook page and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, his recent Russian tour, etc.