All the gods were under the thumb of the mighty Hiranyakasipu; and here was a
mere boy of five giving him advice. The king of the Rakshasas was mad with anger.
He shouted in rage: "Unlucky fool, your death is near. I am the Lord of
all the worlds, the only master. Is there another ? Where is he? Show him to
me." "He is everywhere," young Prahlada's answer came without
a moment's delay.
|THE PILLAR IN THE COURT
SPLITTING INTO TWO
|NARASIMHA - THE MAN-LION BURSTING OUT OF THE
The king could no longer control himself through anger.
"Wicked fellow, is he everywhere? You mad boy, why
should he not appear to me in this pillar? I am, going to kill you this very moment. You have been
praising Hari as the Lord of the Universe. Let him come to your help if he can." So
saying he drew out his sword and pounced upon the little boy. Then there
was a terrible deafening noise as if the universe itself split into two. Even the
very brave Hiranyakashipu started from his place at the terrible noise. The courtiers
shook with fear and stood like statues of stone. As the stunned men watched,
the pillar split into two.
There was Sri Hari, in the form of Narasimha. He had the head of a lion and the
body of a man.
The eyes of this terrible figure were dazzling they looked like molten gold.
The hair on the head and the moustache and the beard stood straight and erect.
The sharp and pointed jaws chattered harshly; the tongue quivered like a sword
and was sharp as a dagger. His eyebrows were close knit. The ears were raised
and stood erect. The mouth gaped like a mountain cave. The two nostrils looked
like wells turned upside down. The body was huge and mountain - like. It seemed
to touch the skies and to stop the very clouds. It had countless arms. The body
was covered with white like silver. The very sight of the sharp claws made one
This terrible form split the pillar and came out. Hiranyakashipu's courtiers
had crowded the hall; but not one dared to look at him, not to speak of approaching
|HIRANYAKASHIPU ATTACKING NARASIMHA
And yet, Hiranyakashipu steadily looked him in the face.
His was extraordinary courage. He understood what was going to happen. "Oh, this is Mahavishnu.
This is the very god who killed my brother assuming the form of a wild pig. If
I kill him all the gods will be helpless; they will be like the branches of a
tree whose trunk has been cut and removed. Well, I shall test his strength." So
thinking he raised his mace and fell upon Narasimha.
Without doubt, Hiranyakashipu was a man of extraordinary strength and courage.
But what could he do against Lord Narasimha? He was like a little sparrow dashing
against a mountain. That god of immense power seized the Rakshasa as easily as
Garuda seizes a snake. But the Rakshasa slipped from his grip like a snake.