dharmam paramahamsyam vai
pujayitva tatah prita
amantrya prayayau grham
sri-naradah uvaca—Sri Narada Muni said; dharmam—the occupational duty; paramahamsyam—of the paramahamsas, the most perfect human beings; vai—indeed; muneh—from the saintly person; srutva—thus hearing; asura-isvarah—the King of the asuras, Prahlada Maharaja; pujayitva—by worshiping the saintly person; tatah—thereafter; pritah—being very pleased; amantrya—taking permission; prayayau—left that place; grham—for his home.
Narada Muni continued: After Prahlada Maharaja, the King of the demons, heard these instructions from the saint, he understood the occupational duties of a perfect person [paramahamsa]. Thus he duly worshiped the saint, took his permission and then left for his own home.
A guru, or spiritual master, can be anyone who is well conversant with the science of Krsna. Therefore although Prahlada Maharaja was a grhastha ruling over the demons, he was a paramahamsa, the best of human beings, and thus he is our guru. In the list of gurus, or authorities, Prahlada Maharaja’s name is therefore mentioned:
The conclusion is that a paramahamsa is an exalted devotee (bhagavat-priya). Such a paramahamsa may be in any stage of life—brahmacari, grhastha, vanaprastha or sannyasa—and be equally liberated and exalted.
Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Seventh Canto, Thirteenth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “The Behavior of a Perfect Person.”
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