It was three years back when I was chit-chatting with my friends during lunch time. Ravi Kiran Prabhu mentioned that he was attending Bhagavad Gita classes during lunch time. I too was interested in attending and hence requested Prabhu to take me to the classes. I remember the first time I attended; Bandu Madhav Prabhu was taking the session, and he was again and again reiterating on the fact that Lord Krishna is the Supreme Lord. Being a very staunch devotee of Goddess Kamakshi, I questioned Prabhu as to why I should accept Krishna as the Supreme Lord while I was immensely satisfied (actually not) with Goddess Kamakshi. Prabhu just asked me to continue attending the sessions and that I will slowly start understanding things on my own. I took his word and was henceforth very regular to his classes.
After some days, Vrajanand Prabhu took the Gita classes. However, this time I was in turmoil. I was facing great trouble at home. My wife and mother were totally not getting along. My wife thought my mother was casting black magic on her in order to make her mad. She convinced me to an extent too. There was no peace in the family. Even though I was capable of understanding things philosophically, I could hardly convince my wife.
Thankfully, this was the time Vrajanand Prabhu came to my rescue. I totally surrendered to him and narrated the entire story to him. Vrajanand Prabhu carefully listened to me and slowly recalled Lord Narasimha’s pastime of killing Hiranyakasipu who was master of all demons. Prabhu got us two pictures – one of Sri Radha Krishna and the other of Lord Lakshmi Narasimhadev. He advised us to chant Narasimha slokas and perform arti to Lord Narasimha every day. I somehow convinced my wife to do this.
I think we just started doing this for 5 days.. Miracles started showing up already! Generally my wife who gets really scared at nights (fearing the evil spirits of black magic) started getting magically bold. After Narasimha arti and prayers, she was feeling out of fear. This gave me immense confidence in the process of Krishna consciousness. I was now slowly getting back to my peaceful state of mind and I could concentrate on office work as I didn’t have to constantly keep worrying about how my wife would be alone at home.
After around 30 days of prayers and arti, more miracles were seen in our lives. Very surprisingly, she started talking to my mother than ever before and they became close with each other. In fact, my mother never writes letters to me, but nowadays she writes to my wife! 😉
Jai Jai Sri Lakshmi Narasimha dev! Simply because of Him, we are a happy and peaceful family now!
– Karthik, Congegation Member of ISKCON Bangalore, Sri Narasimha Giridhari Mandir
[quote_box author=”Srimad Bhagavatam” profession=”Canto 5, Ch 18, Tx 8″]
om namo bhagavate narasimhaya
namas tejas-tejase avir-avirbhava
karmasayan randhaya randhaya tamo grasa grasa om svaha;
abhayam abhayam atmani bhuyishtha om kshraum
I offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord Nrisimhadeva, the source of all power. O my Lord who possesses nails and teeth just like thunderbolts, kindly vanquish our demonlike desires for fruitive activity in this material world. Please appear in our hearts and drive away our ignorance so that by Your mercy we may become fearless in the struggle for existence in this material world.