akarod agham atmaje
tasmin—unto him; maha-bhagavate—an exalted devotee of the Lord; maha-bhage—most fortunate; maha-atmani—whose mind was very broad; hiranyakasipuh—the demon Hiranyakasipu; rajan—O King; akarot—performed; agham—very great sin; atma-je—to his own son.
My dear King Yudhisthira, the demon Hiranyakasipu tormented this exalted, fortunate devotee, although Prahlada was his own son.
When a demon like Hiranyakasipu, despite his elevated position due to severe austerities, begins to tease a devotee, he begins falling down, and the results of his austerities dwindle. One who oppresses a pure devotee loses all the results of his austerities, penances and pious activities. Since Hiranyakasipu was now inclined to chastise his most exalted devotee son, Prahlada Maharaja, his opulences began dwindling.
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