Here is a question to trigger your inquisitiveness. Did you ever try to contemplate why God, who is believed by many as omnipresent, is not seen everywhere and by everyone? And why do people believe so if God really can’t be perceived like that? Perhaps, one who believes in the omnipresence of God without knowing the answer to these questions may be a ‘blind follower.’ Equivalently, he who declares the non-existence of God without sufficient investigation on why do people believe in God’s omnipresence may be considered a ‘blind non-believer.’ So, which is true? Is God omnipresent or non-existent? Lets explore the facts!
For instance, a king whose jurisdiction is spread all over the state is present everywhere in the state through the medium of his administration. A citizen might challenge his existence for he has never seen the ruler with his eyes. But, the king exists irrespective of the opinion of such impudent citizen. Nor does the king need to consider his opinion seriously, because he has more serious responsibilities. Similarly, the Supreme Lord is the Supreme head, the creator and the maintainer of innumerable universes. Bhagavad Gita mentions the presence of the Lord in every nook and corner of every universe through the agency of His diverse energies. Unlike an ordinary king of this mortal world, the Lord can manifest anywhere if one sincerely desires to see Him.
In the Gita, Lord Krishna says that He reserves the right of not being exposed to everyone. An ordinary citizen who does not have necessary qualification or precise purpose to have a personal audience of the king cannot meet him. Similarly, one can’t see the Lord without necessary qualification and specific purpose. However, the Lord does not look for any mundane material qualification in one who seeks His audience. All one needs is a simple faith in His omnipresence and causeless protection, and a sincere eagerness to see Him with a purpose of serving Him. Then the all-merciful Lord happily manifests Himself in whatever form the devotee likes to see Him anywhere and everywhere.
The story of little Prahlada mentioned in Srimad Bhagavatam, illustrates this simple principle. Hiranyakasipu, the king of demons, performed severe austerities and acquired from Brahma the boon of having no death within or outside any residence, during the daytime or at night, on the ground or in the sky, by any weapon, human being or an animal. His five-year-old son Prahlada who was naturally attached to the Lord was the personification of all virtuous qualities. He was absorbed in constant remembrance of the Lord and taught the same to his schoolmates also. Being envious of the Lord, Hiranyakasipu repeatedly threatened to kill his son by throwing him from high mountain cliffs, making elephants step over him and snakes bite him, starving him, giving him poison, throwing heavy stones to crush him and in many other ways. But the young lad was assured that he could not be killed, since he was always protected by the Supreme Lord.
Unsuccessful in his numerous attempts to kill Prahlada, Hiranyakashipu, one day asked the child where the Lord to whom he was very much devoted to resides. Prahlada replied that the ‘Lord is omnipresent and resides everywhere.’ Pointing out to a pillar in the assembly hall, Hiranyakashipu questioned Prahlada whether the Lord resides in it. Prahlada fearlessly and confidently replied, “Yes! My Lord is everywhere.” When the angry demon broke the pillar with his club, just to prove that the statement of His devotee was unmistakably true, or in other words to prove his omnipresence, even within a pillar, the Personality of Godhead, Hari, exhibited a wonderful form never seen before. The Lord appeared as half lion and half man and killed the miscreant in the evening, by placing him on His lap and piercing his abdomen with His nails, and saved Prahlada. Thus He substantiated the benedictions of lord Brahama, although the Lord was never bound to follow Brahma’s statements.
A devotee perceives the Lord in every object of this world. The external unfavorable circumstances like birth in a demoniac family, constant surrounding by demons and life threats could not slacken the unwavering devotion of Prahlada. And this revealed one of the most wonderful manifestations of Lord’s protection in the form of Lord Narasimha. Similarly, one can perceive the Lord if one has a simple faith in the Lord’s omnipresence and protection. And such faith should not be blind, but based on the principles and examples cited in the scriptures like Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.
Narasimhadeva is known for protecting the devotees from all kinds of dangers that may appear in their devotional service. Lets sincerely pray for His protection this Narasimha Chaturdasi. Lets put one step towards the Lord, and the Lord puts ten steps towards us. And His steps are bigger than ours.