A bird uses its intelligence to build a beautiful nest for its residence. A cat uses its intelligence to drink the milk in kitchen in the absence of the house wife. A man uses his intelligence to earn for his living, recreation etc. God, the loving father of all living entities bestows on each of his children, the intelligence to survive, and to discriminate between good and bad. He also gives him the freedom to use it the way he wants. Human beings have a higher intelligence compared to that of the other species. That brings them a higher responsibility to utilize it in constructive ways that help the mankind at large. God feels immense pleasure when his child uses his intelligence not only for his self sustenance, but also to serve the humanity in a positive way in conjunction with the laws of nature. At the same time, he feels great pain when his child uses it in selfish and destructive ways, against the laws of nature to exploit others. God sends his representatives to correct such children who misuse their intelligence. Sometimes, he personally descends in various incarnations to help the innocent and annihilate the miscreants. Here is an instructive story from the Srimad Bhagavatam that depicts the personality of Godhead as a loving father who protects his cultured child, and a responsible father who corrects his misguided child.

Hiranyakashipu, an impudent king had the desire to conquer the world by becoming immortal. To fulfill his unusual aspiration, he performed tremendous austerities that no one had ever done earlier, and obliged Lord Brahma, the creator of this material universe, to appear before him. According to the laws of material nature, every living being has to die after his predetermined tenure in a mortal body. Hiranyakashipu, being aware of this fact, cleverly articulated his ambition of being immortal. He asked Lord Brahma to offer him the boon that he would not meet death from any living entity created by Brahma, within or outside any residence, during daytime or at night, nor on the ground or in the sky, nor by any weapon, nor by any human being or animal or demigod or a demon. And he further asked for all the mystic powers, and sole lordship over all living entities and presiding deities. Lord Brahma granted it. To ask for such a boon that did not leave a single inkling for anyone to figure out how the death of this person was possible, requires great intelligence. Hiranyakashipu became very arrogant and conquered the entire universe with the power of the benedictions he received.

Prahlada, the five year old son of Hiranyakashipu was the reservoir of all good qualities. Unlike his father, he was very cultured, kind and respectful to everyone, and free from pride. He was intelligent enough to understand the temporary nature of the material body and performed devotional service to Lord Vishnu from his childhood. He taught the same to his little friends too. Hiranyakashipu did not like this nature of his son, and used to torture him to give up his devotion to Vishnu. He went to the extent of trying to kill the boy in several ways. But Vishnu protected Prahlada from every danger. One day, Hiranyakasipu asked Prahlada to tell him where Vishnu resides. Little Prahlada replied that Vishnu dwells everywhere. To this response, Hiranyakasipu broke a column in his palace, and the Lord, to make the words of his devotee true, appeared from the pillar in the form of Narasimha deva, the half man half lion incarnation. Outshining the intelligence of Hiranyakasipu, Lord Narasimha killed him in a way that all the conditions in the benedictions given by Brahma are satisfied. Narasimha deva was not a living entity created by Brahma, nor is he a human being, an animal, a demon or a demigod. He killed him placing him on his lap which is neither ground nor sky, at the doorway of his assembly hall which is neither inside nor outside of any residence. He killed with his nails that are not considered weapons. Thus the Lord saved his devotee and punished the miscreant.

An ordinary living entity with his minute intelligence may think of ways to conquer the world by becoming immortal, for his selfish enjoyment. But the all powerful Supreme Lord can surpass all such conquering intelligent plans fulfilling any sort of conditions even though he is transcendental to all such terms. But if the living entity engages his intelligence in the loving service of the Lord and his children, the Lord is conquered by such intelligence and reciprocates affectionately.

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