Bhagavaan Brahma had blessed Hiranyakashipu. He became powerful and almost invincible king of his times. He thought, as a monarch, it is he, who is sole provider of protection and prosperity to his subjects. Citizens are able to live only because of him. His subjects did appreciate and praised him, but thought he deserved more. Though he was blessed by Bhagavaan and although he did himself worship Him, in his mind, he felt a sense of jealousy when his subjects revered Bhagavaan. The power and fame went to his head. Hiranyakashipu thundered, “What do you miss in life that I do not provide? I provide you food, house, security. You are living a good life because of me. Shouldn’t you appreciate me more? Think, whom should you worship? Know which side your bread is buttered? He would not even tolerate people sharing some love with God, he wanted unconditional total surrender of people. Gradually, he made his country ‘God-less’ and people began worshipping the king. No one missed God. It did not hurt anyone’s dignity to be a sycophant.
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