Prahlad and Holika
You know that God is present everywhere. He is more powerful than the most
powerful person on earth. Yet, God comes under the control, of those who love
Him very much.
Even though Krishna is God, He was very mischievous and lovable. The Gopis
(the ladies of Vrindavan) loved Him a lot. Krishna used to love to play Holi
with the gopis of Vrindavan. They would color each other in sheer abandon.
Holi is the Festival of color. That color is the color of love. That is the
reason why the Gopis would urge Krishna to color them with such a fast color
that it cannot be washed despite repeated washing off.
Holi is connected with the story of Holika. But to introduce you to Holika, I
must first tell you the story of Prahlad.
Prahlad was the son of king Hiranyakashyap. Hiranakashyap, being the king of
demons was a staunch enemy of Lord Vishnu. Krishna is another form of Lord
Hiranyakashyap wanted his whole kingdom to worship him as the 'The most
powerful king in the Universe' Sadly for Hiranyakashyap, his son Prahlad
worshipped Lord Vishnu and refused to acknowledge the supremacy of his father.
Prahlad tried to explain to his father to mend his ways, but that angered the
king of demons more. Hiranyakashyap tried all means to make Prahlad shift his
devotion from Lord Vishnu to himself.
The wicked king pushed young Prahlad from a tall mountain. Lord Vishnu saved
the young boy's life. Then, Hiranyakashyap ordered that Prahlad be trampled by
elephants. Then, too Prahlad was miraculously saved by God. The king tried many
means to stop his son from chanting the Lord's name, but the latter did not
Hiranyakashyap had a sister whose name was Holika. She had the boon that even
if she were to set herself on fire, she would remain unaffected. The king
decided that Holika should hold Prahlad on her lap, and enter a bonfire. But,
wonder of wonders, even there, God saved Prahlad. The young boy was unaffected,
while Holika burnt to ashes! To commemorate the above incident, bonfires are
made to symbolize the burning of Holika. The incident reminds us that Truth,
Faith and goodness will always prevail, even though one may first have to go
through hardships! The above proves that if you truly love God, He is going to
do anything to protect you.
Krishna is always close to those who love Him. Speak to Him! He will hear you
and protect you, and those you pray for. Will you make it a habit to pray for
yourself and those you love before you go to sleep every night?