(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 5 February 2013, Prague, Czech Republic, Srimad Bhagavatam 7.10.43-44)
It says that the Vedic literature is a kalpataru – it is a wishful filling desire tree. But it is said this Srimad Bhagavatam is the ripened fruit of that Vedic desire tree. Therefore, we are interested in Srimad Bhagavatam! It describes the life of pure devotional service. Prahlada Maharaja was only a small boy but he was so advanced and always blissful because when he was in the womb, he had the association of devotees like Narada Muni.
Sometimes as a kid while he was just jumping and dancing and chanting the name of Krsna, tears would come from his eyes. Well, there are children that do this also. They also jump and dance and tears also come from their eyes but Prahlada was so ecstatic that even when they called him for prasadam, he didn’t come! He was totally absorbed in the Lord – that was his prasadam! Prasadam means pariṣad – that one is completely satisfied. So Prahlada was completely satisfied, just satisfied with Krsna!
So this is really a personality who has a proper understanding therefore we worship such pure devotees. We remember the pure devotees. Like in the Srimad Bhagavatam, it is said that there are particularly twelve devotees that are examples for us. So there is Lord Brahma, Svayambhuva Manu, Narada Muni, Lord Siva, Kumaras, Kapiladeva, Manus, Prahlada, Janaka Maharaja, Bhismadeva, Bali Maharaja and Vaiyasaki as Veda Vyasa – these are all mahajanas. Yes, these are the twelve examples for us because they all, in different situations, chose for Krsna!