The Qualities of a Pure Devotee – Maharaja Prahlada

– He was completely free from pride and ego, even though he had good education, riches, good looks, and was born in a royal family
– He was completely Vedic cultured
– He was determined to understand the Absolute Truth
– He was in full control of his senses and mind
– He was kind to every living entity
– He behaved like the best friend to everyone
– He was a servant to everyone
– He respected spiritual masters as he would respect God
– He was completely free from material desires
– He was completely free from lust
– He was not envious of anyone
– Like a lotus flower which grows in dirty water but never touches the dirt. He was born in a demonic family but was never influenced by any demonic qualities

“He was completely cultured as a qualified brāhmaṇa, having very good character and being determined to understand the Absolute Truth. He had full control of his senses and mind. Like the Supersoul, he was kind to every living entity and was the best friend of everyone. To respectable persons he acted exactly like a menial servant, to the poor he was like a father, to his equals he was attached like a sympathetic brother, and he considered his teachers, spiritual masters and older Godbrothers to be as good as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He was completely free from unnatural pride that might have arisen from his good education, riches, beauty, aristocracy and so on.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.4.31-32)

“Although Prahlāda Mahārāja was born in a family of asuras, he himself was not an asura but a great devotee of Lord Viṣṇu. Unlike the other asuras, he was never envious of Vaiṣṇavas. He was not agitated when put into danger, and he was neither directly nor indirectly interested in the fruitive activities described in the Vedas. Indeed, he considered everything material to be useless, and therefore he was completely devoid of material desires. He always controlled his senses and life air, and being of steady intelligence and determination, he subdued all lusty desires.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.4.33)

We must all learn from Prahlada and become like him.

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