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Dhruva and Prahlada
« on: March 31, 2010, 09:43:22 AM »
Dhruva was ignored by his father who never considered Dhruva,
as the eligible heir for his throne.  Dhruva went for tapas in the
forest.  Srimad Bhagavatam says that he inhaled all the air
and retained it within that the plants and animals did not find
enough air even to breathe!  Such was his deep penance.  Narayana
appeared before him.  Dhruva had closed his eyes and so he could
not see Narayana.  Then the Lord touched his cheek with the conch-
shell and Dhruva opened his and rejoiced at the Lord's form.  Here,
Dhruva asked for what from Narayana?  He simply wanted due
recognition from his father and kingship later.  It was granted.
All tapas thus ends in petty fulfilment of desires.

Prahlada did not do any tapas.  He was constantly remembering
Narayana within and was chanting His name with his school-mates.
When Hiranyakashyap asked him:  Wherefrom are you getting this
strength?   You have survived poisoning etc., Prahlada said:  The
power is Narayana's power.  We are all moving about only due to
Narayana's Sakti.  You cannot lift even your sword or maze without
Him.  In fact, we are all in Him.  He is not within us.  With this
understanding, Prahlada got liberated in due course, though he did not perform any yoga or penance like Dhruva.

Seppadi viddhai katru... Sri Arunachala Akshara Mana Maalai, V.33.

Give me the knowledge of eternal life that I may learn the great
wisdom, and shun the delusion of this world, Oh! Arunachala!

Arunachala Siva.