Sri Nrisimha Dhyana…

The word dhyana refers to meditation. The 6th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita is titled “Dhyana Yoga.” In this chapter, Lord Krsna explains the process for controlling the senses, and attaining transcendence. Verse 19 of this chapter is particularly revealing: “As a lamp in a windless place does not waver, so the transcendentalist, whose mind is controlled, remains always steady in his meditation on the transcendent self.”

Srila Prabhupada’s purport succintly states, “A truly Krishna conscious person, always absorbed in transcendence, in constant undisturbed meditation on his worshipable Lord, is as steady as a lamp in a windless place.”

My recently acquired daily devotion (ever since I encountered a bat flying around my living room one evening!) is reciting the Sri Nrisimha Kavaca (“Armor of Sri Nrisimha). This prayer is both powerful and popular, and was originally recited by Sri Prahlada, the cause of the Lord’s appearance in this most amazing of forms. There are two versions of this prayer. The one I recite appears in the Sri Brahmanda Purana. The beginning of the prayer consists of a dhyana or meditation on the form of Lord Nrisimha, seated in the worshipper’s heart. By simply reading this portion of the prayer, one can only imagine how steady Sri Prahlada’s meditation on Lord Nrisimha was… as steady as a lamp in a windless place…

vivritasyam tri-nayanam
vibhutibhi rupasritam

His mouth is wide open, He has three eyes, and He is radiant as the autumn moon. He is embraced by Laksmidevi on His left side, and His form is the shelter of all opulences, both material and spiritual.

catur-bhujam komalangam

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.

sphuram manikya-diptibhih

It bestows upon one all opulences and can give one elevation to the heavenly planets or liberation. One should meditate on Lord Nrsimha, Lord of the universe, seated upon a golden throne.

garutmata ca vinayat
stuyamanam mudanvitam

His two feet are very attractive, and He is armed with various weapons such as the conch, disc,etc. Garuda joyfully offers prayers with great reverence.

Following the dhyana is the recitation of the incantations of the actual kavaca, protecting all of the worshipper’s body parts and faculties from malevolent influences. All glories to Sri Nrisimha, and His best devotee, Sri Prahlada!


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