Canto 7: The Science of GodChapter 5: Prahlāda Mahārāja, the Saintly Son of Hiraṇyakaśipu

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 7.5.43-44

dig-gajair dandaśūkendrair

abhicārāvapātanaiḥ

māyābhiḥ sannirodhaiś ca

gara-dānair abhojanaiḥ

hima-vāyv-agni-salilaiḥ

parvatākramaṇair api

na śaśāka yadā hantum

apāpam asuraḥ sutam

cintāḿ dīrghatamāḿ prāptas

tat-kartuḿ nābhyapadyata

SYNONYMS

dik-gajaiḥ — by big elephants trained to smash anything under their feet; danda-śūka-indraiḥ — by the biting of the King's poisonous snakes; abhicāra — by destructive spells; avapātanaiḥ — by causing to fall from the top of a mountain; māyābhiḥ — by conjuring tricks; sannirodhaiḥ — by imprisonment; caas well as; gara-dānaiḥ — by administering poison; abhojanaiḥ — by starving; hima — by cold; vāyu — wind; agni — fire; salilaiḥ — and water; parvata-ākramaṇaiḥ — by crushing with big stones and hills; api — and also; na śaśāka — was not able; yadā — when; hantumto kill; apāpam — who was not at all sinful; asuraḥ — the demon (Hiraṇyakaśipu); sutam — his son; cintām — anxiety; dīrgha-tamām — long-standing; prāptaḥ — obtained; tat-kartumto do that; na — not; abhyapadyata — achieved.

TRANSLATION

Hiraṇyakaśipu could not kill his son by throwing him beneath the feet of big elephants, throwing him among huge, fearful snakes, employing destructive spells, hurling him from the top of a hill, conjuring up illusory tricks, administering poison, starving him, exposing him to severe cold, winds, fire and water, or throwing heavy stones to crush him. When Hiraṇyakaśipu found that he could not in any way harm Prahlāda, who was completely sinless, he was in great anxiety about what to do next.

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