|Canto 7: The Science of God||Chapter 8: Lord Nrisimhadeva Slays the King of the Demons|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 7.8.7
na kevalam me bhavatas ca rajan
sa vai balam balinam caparesham
pare 'vare 'mi sthira-jangama ye
brahmadayo yena vasam pranitah
sri-prahradah uvaca -- Prahlada Maharaja replied; na -- not; kevalam -- only; me -- of me; bhavatah -- of yourself; ca -- and; rajan -- O great King; sah -- he; vai -- indeed; balam -- strength; balinam -- of the strong; ca -- and; aparesham -- of others; pare -- exalted; avare -- subordinate; ami -- those; sthira-jangamah -- moving or nonmoving living entities; ye -- who; brahma-adayah -- beginning from Lord Brahma; yena -- by whom; vasam -- under control; pranitah -- brought.
Prahlada Maharaja said: My dear King, the source of my strength, of which you are asking, is also the source of yours. Indeed, the original source of all kinds of strength is one. He is not only your strength or mine, but the only strength for everyone. Without Him, no one can get any strength. Whether moving or not moving, superior or inferior, everyone, including Lord Brahma, is controlled by the strength of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad-gita (10.41):
yad yad vibhutimat sattvam
srimad urjitam eva va
tat tad evavagaccha tvam
"Know that all beautiful, glorious and mighty creations spring from but a spark of My splendor." This is confirmed by Prahlada Maharaja. If one sees extraordinary strength or power anywhere, it is derived from the Supreme Personality of Godhead. To give an example, there are different grades of fire, but all of them derive heat and light from the sun. Similarly, all living entities, big or small, are dependent on the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One's only duty is to surrender, for one is a servant and cannot independently attain the position of master. One can attain the position of master only by the mercy of the master, not independently. Unless one understands this philosophy, he is still a mudha; in other words, he is not very intelligent. The mudhas, the asses who do not have this intelligence, cannot surrender unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Understanding the subordinate position of the living entity takes millions of births, but when one is actually wise he surrenders unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Lord says in Bhagavad-gita (7.19):
bahunam janmanam ante
jnanavan mam prapadyate
vasudevah sarvam iti
sa mahatma sudurlabhah
"After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare." Prahlada Maharaja was a great soul, a mahatma, and therefore he completely surrendered unto the lotus feet of the Lord. He was confident that Krishna would give him protection under all circumstances.
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His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness