“VAISHAKA BAHULA BIDIGE”
“ನಾರಂ” – ಜ್ಞಾನ “ದದಾತಿ” – ಕೊಡುವುದು – ನಾರದ
Because Naarada was giving Jnaana he was termed as “Naarada”
- TODAY 11th MAY 2009 is the birth day of Narada Rushi. Sage Narada is a powerful Rishi, who is one of the 12 Prajapathis of Brahma,
- Naradaru is the manasaputra of Brahma, that he is son by thought.
- He is regarded as one of the best of rishis.
- Rishi Narada holds a very special place amongst the Rishis.
- Naradaru is in the 14th Kakshya and he is senior in Brughu, Agni in his taratamya.
- Naradaru requested Sri Vedavyasaru to write Srimadbhagavatham. Sri Vedavyasaru after writing 17 puranas, was thinking that he is not satisfied still. Then sage Naradaru came and requested him to write Bhagavatha, which he did.
- Narada’s story as explained by him is available in Srimadbhagavata Prathama Skanda, Adhyaaya 5, shloka 23-31 (i.e.,1.5, 23-31; and again in 1.6.5-36).
- Story of Naradaru – Earlier because of Paapa karma nimitta one Gandharva raaja had no sons . Then he did “Tapassu” in Pushkara and had santana bhagya through blessings of “Rudradevaru”, there Naradaru was born and he was called as “UpabarhaNa” by Vasistaru. When he was young Naradaru was very fair and handsome. On seeing Naradaru (Upabarhana), the other Gandharva pathnees (wives) also were attracted by his handsomeness and wanted to marry Naradaru, and they died with the intention of marrying him and were born as Chitraratha’s 50 daughters. Upabarhana married them all and was very happy. Once Upabarhana got an invitation from Brahma’s sabha for singing. Naradaru started singing and Rambha, the apsara was dancing. While she was dancing, Naaradaru could not control himself, he was attracted to her (with kaamabhilaashe), he stopped singing. Brahmadevaru got angry and cursed him that let him born as a shoodra, and then after certain period with the vaishnava samparka, he will born as Brahma Putra only.
- Then Naaradaru was born as the son of Kalavathi. Even at the age of 5 years, he used to hear Srikrishna Katha whenever he happens to get an opportunity. Once Sanatkumaaraadi 4 Munigalu came to a brahmin’s house for Chaturmasya. There, Narada’s mother and naarada was serving their requirements. Naarada used to eat the leftover of Muni’s bhojana with their permission as he was a shoodra. As he used to be with them always he heard many Vairagya, Bhagavat katha from the munees. After serving them with devotion, Narada got Mahatma Jnaana Bhakthi, which kept aside his rajoguna and tamoguna.
- After some time, Narada’s mother died of snake bite.
- Naaradaru by this time was well aware that Hari is Sarvottama and he was doing the dhyaana of Srihari always, touring the full bharatha kanda, then after some time, Naaradaru died when he was doing the dhyana of Srihari.
- Then he was born out of Brahma’s knee. With the anugraha of Sarvottama Srihari and with Brahmacharya, Naradaru was touring the triloka.
- The Veena which Naarada was carrying was called as “Mahati”
Narada Muni’s reference is found in each and every Purana and all Yugas. Sage Valmiki also known as Adikavi, the first poet of the world, wrote “Ramayana” on the advice of the Narada Muni. A robber by profession, he became a poet after he started chanting the name of RAMA
Narada taught the Ashtakshari mantra OM NAMO NARAYANAYA to Bhakta Dhruva, son of Uttanapada Raja, when he went for doing Tapass.
Narada taught the Bhagavatha Tathva to Bhakta Prahlada, son of demon king Hiranya Kasipa, before his birth itself, by preaching Kayadu when she was pregnant. Indra devaru thinking that the son to be born out of Kayadu will be Daithya, tried to kill the child. But Naradaru advised him that the child to be born is non other than a “Parama Vaishnava”. Indra blessed the child and went away.
- People think that Narada is fond of creating differences (Kalaha priya), but it is a mistaken view. It was Narada who brought “Nara” and “Narayana” together. He worked for attainment of bliss and total removal of grief.
- Narada had the habit of disclosing to both gods and demons, the secrets about each other. Gods and demons, eventually, detested each other. Narada’s deeds often created trouble and friction among gods, demons and men, and such friction often led to a war in the end. Hence Narada, being a notorious mischief-maker, acquired the name, Kalaha-Priya or the lover of quarrels.
- Naradaru told Kamsa Sri Krishna may be any one among the eight children and he forced the first six children of Vasudeva-Devaki to be killed by Kamsa. This is also devatha Karya. The first six sons of Vasudeva were Kalanemi’s sons only, and they had to be killed by Kamsa as per the curse. So did Narada.
- Narada described the Ahalya’s beauty to Indra until he started lusting for that married woman, which made Gauthama muni to curse Ahalya and Indra both, so that Gauthama’s excess tapa shakti being reduced.
- He praised Raavana that he is greater than all gods and Ravana felt so.
- Why Naradaru always Touring (Wander Like A Vagabond) – The children of Dakshaprajapathi were once instructed by Daksha: “O my children! Observe penance and you will derive strength and spiritual splendor. Later you must get married and lead a contented life.” In response to the command of the father, the children went to the Himalayas and commenced a rigorous penance. Narada happened to go there. He stopped them and asked them as to why they are doing such a penance? And get married later?. He told them that there is no joy in married life. You must develop devotion for the Lord. Your aim must be to escape the sorrows of family life. Must you observe penance only to get trapped in misery? Practice renunciation, aspire for deliverance.” Saying thus, Narada went away, advising Daksha’s sons to choose the path of asceticism and not to lead a worldly life.
The advice of Narada made a tremendous impact on the minds of the children of Daksha. They took an oath not to marry. This news upset Daksha. His anger knew no bounds. Daksha Prajapathi cursed Naradaru to remain a vagabond eternally!” Narada was not upset by the curse. “All the better indeed! I shall spend all my time wandering and preaching the people the best” he determined. Thus, Narada is shown as a wandering seer always on a journey, as he was condemned by Daksha to lead a roaming life, not staying at one place.