“Being beyond the range of limited sense perception [adhokshaja], You are the eternally irreproachable factor covered by the curtain of deluding energy. You are invisible to the foolish observer, exactly as an actor dressed as a player is not recognized.” (Queen Kunti speaking to Lord Krishna, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 1.8.19)
न लक्ष्यसे मूढ-दृशा
नटो नाट्यधरो यथा
na lakṣyase mūḍha-dṛśā
naṭo nāṭyadharo yathā
Hiranyakashipu is the ideal case. There were many prior and countless after, but Vedic literature provides the historical account for a reason. Much to learn from someone who tried to conquer the world. He almost succeeded, but as he would soon learn, just one percent vulnerability is enough to bring everything down.
There was some intelligence at the surface. Deep down inside every person makes this acknowledgment, though outwardly they put forth a denial. More importantly…
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