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Pleasing God is easier than pleasing anyone else

Hare Krsna To All
Glories to Srila Prabhupada

What follows is two side by side verses from SB coming from Prahlada Maharaj. Because of Prahlada, Lord Nrsimhadev appeared in this world to prove He does protect His devotees. He protects all kinds of devotees, and not just the great ones either. And in these two particular verses, we can understand the futility of trying to please or satisfy anyone but that Supreme Being-Krsna.
We all know the story of Hiranyakasipu being killed by Lord Nrsimhadev, and its a wonderful one no doubt.
But equally important and maybe more so for all of us housholders, is to be reminded of the "deep dark well" in which we all seem to live, and Prahlada and Prabhupadas instructions of how to get out of it, once and for all.

Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das

SB 7.6.17-18 Prahlada Instructs His Demoniac Schoolmates

My dear friends, O sons of the demons, it is certain that no one
bereft of knowledge of the Supreme Personality of Godhead has been
able to liberate himself from material bondage at any time or in any
country. Rather, those bereft of knowledge of the Lord are bound by
the material laws. They are factually addicted to sense gratification,
and their target is woman. Indeed, they are actually playthings in the
hands of attractive women. Victimized by such a conception of life,
they become surrounded by children, grandchildren and
great-grandchildren, and thus they are shackled to material bondage.
Those who are very much addicted to this conception of life are called
demons. Therefore, although you are sons of demons, keep aloof from
such persons and take shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead,
Narayana, the origin of all the demigods, because the ultimate goal
for the devotees of Narayana is liberation from the bondage of
material existence.


Prahlada Maharaja has maintained the philosophical point of view
that one should give up the dark well of family life and go to the
forest to take shelter of the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of
Godhead (hitvatma-patam grham andha-kupam vanam gato yad dharim
asrayeta). In this verse also, he stresses the same point. In the
history of human society, no one, at any time or any place, has been
liberated because of too much affection and attachment for his family.
Even in those who are apparently very educated, the same family
attachment is there. They cannot give up the association of their
families, even in old age or invalidity, for they are attached to
sense enjoyment. As we have several times discussed, yan
maithunadi-grhamedhi-sukham hi tuccham: so-called householders are
simply attracted by sexual enjoyment. Thus they keep themselves
shackled in family life, and furthermore they want their children to
be shackled in the same way. Playing the parts of playboys in the
hands of women, they glide down to the darkest regions of material
existence. Adanta-gobhir visatam tamisram punah punas
carvita-carvananam. Because they are unable to control their senses,
they continue a life of chewing the chewed and therefore descend to
the darkest material regions. One should give up the association of
such demons and adhere to the association of devotees. Thus one will
be able to be liberated from material bondage.

SB 7.6.19 Prahlada Instructs His Demoniac Schoolmate
My dear sons of demons, the Supreme Personality of Godhead,
Narayana, is the original Supersoul, the father of all living
entities. Consequently there are no impediments to pleasing Him or
worshiping Him under any conditions, whether one be a child or an old
man. The relationship between the living entities and the Supreme
Personality of Godhead is always a fact, and therefore there is no
difficulty in pleasing the Lord.


One may ask, "One is certainly very attached to family life, but if
one gives up family life to be attached to the service of the Lord,
one must undergo the same endeavor and trouble. Therefore, what is the
benefit of taking the trouble to engage in the service of the Lord?"

This is not a valid objection
. The Lord asserts in ▼Bhagavad-gita

sarva-yonisu kaunteya
murtayah sambhavanti yah
tasam brahma mahad yonir
aham bija-pradah pita

"It should be understood that all species of life, O son of Kunti,
are made possible by birth in this material nature, and that I am the
seed-giving father." The Supreme Lord, Narayana, is the seed-giving
father of all living entities because the living entities are parts
and parcels of the Supreme Lord (mamaivamso. .. jiva-bhutah). As there
is no difficulty in establishing the intimate relationship between a
father and son, there is no difficulty in reestablishing the natural,
intimate relationship between Narayana and the living entities.
Svalpam apy asya dharmasya trayate mahato bhayat: if one performs even
very slight devotional service, Narayana is always ready to save one
from the greatest danger. The definite example is Ajamila. Ajamila
separated himself from the Supreme Personality of Godhead by
performing many sinful activities and was condemned by Yamaraja to be
very severely punished, but because at the time of death he chanted
the name of Narayana, although he was calling not for the Supreme Lord
Narayana but for his son named Narayana, he was saved from the hands
of Yamaraja. Therefore, pleasing Narayana does not require as much
endeavor as pleasing one's family, community and nation. We have seen
important political leaders killed for a slight discrepancy in their
behavior. Therefore pleasing one's society, family, community and
nation is extremely difficult. Pleasing Narayana, however, is not at
all difficult; it is very easy.

One's duty is to revive one's relationship with Narayana. A slight
endeavor in this direction will make the attempt successful, whereas
one will never be successful in pleasing his so-called family, society
and nation, even if one endeavors to sacrifice his life.
The simple
endeavor involved in the devotional service of sravanam kirtanam
visnoh, hearing and chanting the holy name of the Lord, can make one
successful in pleasing the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Sri
Caitanya Mahaprabhu has therefore bestowed His blessings by saying,
param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam: "All glories to Sri Krsna
sankirtana!" If one wants to derive the actual benefit from this human
form, he must take to the chanting of the holy name of the Lord.

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