|Canto 7: The Science of God||Chapter 9: Prahlada Pacifies Lord Nrisimhadeva with Prayers|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9.12
tasmad aham vigata-viklava isvarasya
sarvatmana mahi grinami yatha manisham
nico 'jaya guna-visargam anupravishtah
puyeta yena hi puman anuvarnitena
tasmat -- therefore; aham -- I; vigata-viklavah -- having given up contemplation of being unfit; isvarasya -- of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; sarva-atmana -- in full surrender; mahi -- glory; grinami -- I shall chant or describe; yatha manisham -- according to my intelligence; nicah -- although lowborn (my father being a great demon, devoid of all good qualities); ajaya -- because of ignorance; guna-visargam -- the material world (wherein the living entity takes birth according to the contamination of the modes of nature); anupravishtah -- entered into; puyeta -- may be purified; yena -- by which (the glory of the Lord); hi -- indeed; puman -- a person; anuvarnitena -- being chanted or recited.
Therefore, although I was born in a demoniac family, I may without a doubt offer prayers to the Lord with full endeavor, as far as my intelligence allows. Anyone who has been forced by ignorance to enter the material world may be purified of material life if he offers prayers to the Lord and hears the Lord's glories.
It is clearly understood that a devotee does not need to be born in a very high family, to be rich, to be aristocratic or to be very beautiful. None of these qualifications will engage one in devotional service. With devotion one should feel, "God is great, and I am very small. Therefore my duty is to offer my prayers to the Lord." Only on this basis can one understand and render service to the Lord. As the Lord says in Bhagavad-gita (18.55):
bhaktya mam abhijanati
yavan yas casmi tattvatah
tato mam tattvato jnatva
"One can understand the Supreme Personality as He is only by devotional service. And when one is in full consciousness of the Supreme Lord by such devotion, he can enter into the kingdom of God." Thus Prahlada Maharaja decided to offer his best prayers to the Lord, without consideration of his material position.
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His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness