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Prayers of Compassion - Nrsimha Caturdasi 2019

By Sacinandana Swami

Dear devotees and friends, Lord Nrsimhadeva’s appearance day inspired me to share a very powerful meditation that is actually a wonderful process to share His compassion with all those in need.

To come into the presence of Lord Nrsimhadeva, Lord of protection, I recommend the following meditation taken from the Nrsimha Kavaca:

Meditation on Lord Nrsimhadeva

One should meditate on Lord Nrsimha, Lord of the universe, seated upon a golden throne.
His mouth is wide open, He has three eyes, and He is as radiant as the autumn moon.
He is embraced by Laksmidevi on His left side. His form is the shelter of all opulence, both material and spiritual.
The Lord has four arms, and His limbs are very soft. He is decorated with golden earrings. His chest is resplendent like the lotus flower, and His arms are decorated with jewel-studded ornaments.
He is dressed in a spotless yellow garment, which exactly resembles molten gold. He is the original cause of existence, beyond the mundane sphere, for the great demigods headed by Indra. He appears bedecked with rubies, which are blazingly effulgent.
His two feet are very attractive, and He is armed with various weapons such as the conch and disc. Garuda joyfully offers prayers with great reverence.

In Krishna consciousness, we should not only think of our own benefit, but the benefit of others as well, by invoking the mood of Prahlada Maharaja.

Prayers by Prahlada Maharaja

svasty astu vishvasya khalah prasidatam
dhyayantu bhutani shivam mitho dhiya
manash ca bhadram bhajatad adhokshaje
aveshyatam no matir apy ahaituki

(Srimad Bhagavatam, 5.18.9)

May the entire Universe be blessed with peace and hope.
May everyone, driven by envy and enmity, become pacified and reconciled.
May all living beings develop abiding concern for the welfare of others.
May our own hearts and minds be filled with purity and serenity.
May all these blessings flow naturally from this Supreme benediction.
May our attention become spontaneously absorbed in the rapture of pure love unto the transcendent Lord.

Wishing Well to Others – A Meditation

Let us follow today in the footsteps of Prahlada Maharaja. Think of devotees, friends, family members, and anyone else who may need compassionate mercy. Request Lord Nrsimhadeva to hear your prayers for the benefit of these souls.
There is another ancient verse from the Garuda Purana that captures the essence of our compassion meditation:
sarve bhavantu sukhinaù
sarve santu niramayah
sarve bhadrani pasyantu
ma kascit duhkha bhag bhavet

May all be happy!
May everyone be free of diseases!
May everyone see all good everywhere!
May there be no distress for anyone!

Sit straight before your altar. Center yourself and focus your attention on Lord Nrsimhadeva (you may wish to place His picture on your altar). Connect with the Lord, understanding Him to be very merciful and keen on protecting His devotees. Enter a prayerful mood, and by repeating the above-mentioned affirmations (in Sanskrit and/or English), wish well to others in this way:

o First wish well to those who are closest to you.
o Next, wish well to those who are less close to you.
o Then, wish well to those neutral to you (like neighbors).
o Wish well to those who have hurt you or with whom you have a difficult relationship.
o Eventually, wish well to the whole universe.
o Last but not least, wish well to yourself.

When you’re ready, conclude your compassion meditation by thanking Lord Nrsimhadeva for allowing you to meditate like this and for hearing your prayers. Offer your obeisances to the Lord.

You may like to sing prayers to Lord Nrsimhadeva now or read from the Srimad-Bhagavatam about His glorious pastimes.

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