NAILS IN A LOTUS

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Prahlāda Mahārāja, in the seventh canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam, mentions about the “touch of the lotus palm of Nrsimhadeva” – the same palm where there are nails. Tava kara kamala-vare nakham adbhuta-srìgam. Dalita-hiranyakaśipu-tanu-bhrìgam. Immediately, he killed Hiranyakaśipu with the nails only. The Lord did not require any weapon to kill this gigantic demon, simply nails. Tava kara-kamala. The example is very nice. Kamala means lotus. The Lord’s palm is just like lotus flower. Therefore how did the nails come in the lotus flower, which is very soft and pleasing? Therefore, adbhuta (wonderful). Tava kara-kamala, adbhuta. Nakham adbhuta-srìgam. It is not possible to grow some ferocious nails, piercing nails, in the lotus flower. This is contradictory. Therefore Jayadeva says, adbhuta: “It is wonderful. It is astonishing.”

Therefore the Lord’s power, exhibition of power and sharp nails, they’re all inconceivable. Śrila Jiva Goswami has explained, “Unless you accept the inconceivable power of the Supreme Lord, there is no understanding.” Acintya-śakti. Acintya means inconceivable. You cannot speculate how it is happening? How in the lotus flower there is such a hard nail that immediately, within a second, it could kill a great demon like Hiranyakasipu. Therefore it is acintya. We cannot conceive.

And therefore the Vedic instruction is acintyā khalu ye bhāvā na tamś tarkena yo jayet: “Do not apply your poor logic in the matters which is inconceivable by you.” There is no logic that how a lotus can grow nails. They say, “Mythology.” Because they cannot conceive within their poor brain, they cannot accommodate how things happen like that, they say, “Mythology.” It is not mythology. It is fact, but it is inconceivable by you or us.

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