TEXTS 15–17
śrī-prahrāda uvāca
varaṁ varaya etat te
varadeśān maheśvara
yad anindat pitā me
tvām avidvāṁs teja aiśvaram
viddhāmarṣāśayaḥ sākṣāt
sarva-loka-guruṁ prabhum
bhrātṛ-heti mṛṣā-dṛṣṭis
tvad-bhakte mayi cāghavān
tasmāt pitā me pūyeta
durantād dustarād aghāt
pūtas te ’pāṅga-saṁdṛṣṭas
tadā kṛpaṇa-vatsala
śrī-prahrādaḥ uvācaPrahlāda Mahārāja said; varam—benediction; varaye—I pray; etat—this; te—from You; varada-īśāt—the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who offers benedictions even to such exalted demigods as Brahmā and Śiva; mahā-īśvara—O my Supreme Lord; yat—that; anindat—vilified; pitā—father; me—my; tvām—You; avidvān—without knowledge of; tejaḥ—strength; aiśvaram—supremacy; viddha—being polluted; amarṣa—with anger; āśayaḥ—within the heart; sākṣāt—directly; sarva-loka-gurum—unto the supreme spiritual master of all living beings; prabhum—unto the supreme master; bhrātṛ-—the killer of his brother; iti—thus; mṛṣā-dṛṣṭiḥ—falsely envious because of a false conception; tvat-bhakte—unto Your devotee; mayi—unto me; ca—and; agha-vān—who committed heavily sinful activities; tasmāt—from that; pitā—father; me—my; pūyeta—may be purified; durantāt—very great; dustarāt—difficult to pass over; aghāt—from all sinful activities; pūtaḥ—(although he was) purified; te—of You; apāṅga—by the glance over him; saṁdṛṣṭaḥ—being looked at; tadā—at that time; kṛpaṇa-vatsala—O You who are merciful to the materialistic.
Prahlāda Mahārāja said: O Supreme Lord, because You are so merciful to the fallen souls, I ask You for only one benediction. I know that my father, at the time of his death, had already been purified by Your glance upon him, but because of his ignorance of Your beautiful power and supremacy, he was unnecessarily angry at You, falsely thinking that You were the killer of his brother. Thus he directly blasphemed Your Lordship, the spiritual master of all living beings, and committed heavily sinful activities directed against me, Your devotee. I wish that he be excused for these sinful activities.
Although Hiraṇyakaśipu was purified as soon as he came in contact with the Lord’s lap and the Lord saw him, Prahlāda Mahārāja still wanted to hear from the Lord’s own mouth that his father had been purified by the Lord’s causeless mercy. Prahlāda Mahārāja offered this prayer to the Lord for the sake of his father. As a Vaiṣṇava son, despite all the inconveniences imposed upon him by his father, he could not forget his father’s affection.

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