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Lessons from the Life of Narada Muni

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Lessons from the Life of Narada Muni

Narada Muni, when he lost his mother and he already had association of the saints and sages, so he was quietly fixed in the devotional service. And Vyasa Bhagavan asked him that how did you pass the life then? Till again you were born. So he said, very nice verse he has given.

nāmāny anantasya hata-trapaḥ paṭhan

guhyāni bhadrāṇi kṛtāni ca smaran

gā paryaṭaḿs tuṣṭa-manā gata-spṛhaḥ

kālaḿ pratīkṣan vimado vimatsaraḥ
[Thus I began chanting the holy name and fame of the Lord by repeated recitation, ignoring all the formalities of the material world. Such chanting and remembering of the transcendental pastimes of the Lord are benedictory. So doing, I traveled all over the earth, fully satisfied, humble and unenvious.](SB 1.6.26)
nāmāny anantasya hata-trapaḥ paṭhan. Continuously I was singing the name of unlimited Supreme Lord. hata-trapah, is very important. That I ignore all the material standards. Material standards is you should put on suits and you should walk straight like this, you can’t raise your hands, you can’t dance, no, that is completely prohibited. Because you are such a big business man, how can you raise your hand? You can’t do that.
Narada Muni said, “I ignoreD all the material standards and I was singing Kṛṣṇa’s names.” And Prabhupāda has given first, that with dhotis they go out for Harinaam, they don’t care for the material standards. In London or in European countries or in America or in Australia also, we go to Harināma and we ignore all the material standards because we are completely engrossed in the chanting the names of Kṛṣṇa. This is the way we should pass time. guhyāni bhadrāṇi kṛtāni ca smaran. “I was always remembering His inconceivable activities. Woh lila [Those pastimes] I was chanting.” And then he says, “gā paryaṭaḿs and with this attitude I was going from one place to the other place.” gam means planets. From one planet to the other planet. But suppose we are not able to go, then you go from one continent to the other continent. Now plane journey is also risky because hijacking is there. So don’t worry, don’t go. But go from Australia, you are in Australia from one city to other city. That is also possible. And if you are not able to go from one city to other city, there are many houses here, go from house to house. Give some books to them, chant, some houses will welcome you, some houses will kick you out, doesn’t matter. And there are two adjectives, how to move.  gā paryaṭaḿs tuṣṭa-manā gata-spṛhaḥ. This is devotee. And our main aim in discussing these things is that our life must change to the devotional service. There is nothing else here.
This is not professional reciting singing. Our aim is definite that those you hear this, they must someday take the beads into hand and chant and follow this propagation. You have to propagate. And that’s why, we have the presidents here. Our Jagjivan prabhu is the president of Wellington temple. He does the same thing. Goes from house to house, begs and chants. That is how. Please don’t worry about anything. There is unemployment everywhere, but in Kṛṣṇa Conscious activities there is no unemployment. You come put on dhoti, shave off your head and you are fed, you are looked after, everything will be done, and eventually your all desires will be fulfilled. This is how. And this what Narada Muni did. vigata-sprhah, this, no desire at all, tuṣṭa-manā gata-spṛhaḥ [SB 1.6.26]


These are two adjectives. You have to move about, but tuṣṭa-manā, completely satisfied. Don’t hanker after. Then that wandering will be motivated wandering. We don’t want motivated thing… unmotivated, vigata-sprhah, no desire. tusta-mana and vigata-sprhah.  And this way, kalam pratiksan, everybody has to pass away. kalam pratiksan, you please wait for your kaal [Time].


Srila Prabhupāda was very sick last time and he waiting in Vrindavan really he was on death bed, but even then he decided that he should go to London. What is the use of waiting for death, let me go to London. In a chair, he was to be picked up really. He went and preached them and came back again. This is how. kalam pratiksan, and again there are two adjectives in it. kalam pratiksan vimado vimatsarah. Vee-mada, no pride, no abhiman, no abhiman. If you have pride then you are lost. kalam pratiksan vimado vimatsarah, don’t be envious of anybody. We’ll see, come across so many rich people, so many people who are much more prosperous than what you thought even. And then we naturally become envious of them. No. No living entity should be envied by us. These are the two things. We have to wait for death. So waiting for death is also an art. That vimado, we don’t have any pride. And we don’t have any matsara, we don’t have any envy. And this is how if you spend time then your seat in Goloka Vrindavana is reserved. You know we reserve the seats in aeroplanes. And if we reserve, the flight then we are at ease that tomorrow morning we are going and my seat is reserved. This is the way the seat is reserved. So you can die very peacefully. My seat is reserved. You must reserve the seat. And Narada Muni, has given the formula to reserve the seat. Here we have to go to the travel agent, or ring him and try to request him to reserve the seat. And he will do through computers. Here Narada Muni shows us the way, how reserve the seats in Goloka Vrindavana. Otherwise you will be completely entangled. Kṛṣṇa’s so many pastimes are there, in 10th canto, we cannot even touch that canto, so many … 90 chapters are there. Next time if we survive, then seven days, or eight days or fifteen days we’ll only discuss Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes. We’ll not do anything else. We’ll touch. I’ll tell you that generally it is advised that we should not go to tenth chapter (canto), but I’ll guarantee you that you’ll be completely safe if you read Kṛṣṇa book. First you go through the chapter in Kṛṣṇa book and then you go to the main Bhāgavatam chapter and it will be completely clear. Prabhupāda has given well arranged translation, in the Kṛṣṇa book chapters and in between, he has given the comments. So those comments will help you. Don’t be afraid to go to tenth chapter (canto). Very nice, some practical examples, beautiful stories are there.

Chapter 44
  1. Story: Rukmini Invites Durvasa for Prasadam

There was a King in Dwaraka you know. And Dwaraka…’s best dham. Once it so happened that this Durvasa was so very angry you know, tama, in tama. Always in little thing he’ll be angry. But he had a capacity to curse Kṛṣṇa. Then he was justified to be angry. Our anger we cannot curse an ant..[Maharaj mimicks]. No…that anger must stop. So Durvasa came once and Durvasa ashram is there now it’s dilapidated, it’s about 20 kilometers from Dwarka.

So Kṛṣṇa and Rukmini were in Dwarka. They had nice palace you know.
So Kṛṣṇa said to Rukmini that “Our Guru, Durvasa is here.”
Kṛṣṇa regarded him as Guru, he was very elevated.
Rukmini said; “Is it? So we should invite him to take prasadam.”
He said: “It’s allright, but it’s better to keep a distance from him.” [laughs].
So Rukmini couldn’t understand, she said, “What are you talking? If he is so nice saint then we want to entertain him.”
He said: “Yes, hear Me, just keep a distance. More than that we don’t want to do.”
“No, no, what are you talking. We’ll go. I’ll accompany you. And we’ll go to invite him. He may come or he may tell no, that’s it. What else.”
Kṛṣṇa said: “I am telling you please hear Me.”
“No, No, there is no question of hearing. We should go”
“I am ready to accompany you but if something happens then don’t blame Me.” [laughs]
“No, no, no what is going to happen. Kṛṣṇa you are just speaking like a mad person”
“Alright, alright, we’ll go”


So they both sat on a chariot and went to Durvasa ashram to invite. So, Kṛṣṇa slowly entered the room and Durvasa was sitting. He was meditating on Kṛṣṇa, but did not welcome him much. It was Kṛṣṇa’s arrangement.

So Kṛṣṇa said: “Maharaj, my wife and I have come”
“Alright, alright”
“And we want to invite Maharaj to our place to take prasadam.”
“Yes, I accept but have a condition.”, he said.
So Kṛṣṇa looked at Rukmini, now condition is coming…
“What Maharaj, we’ll serve you. Tell me your condition.”
“I’ll come to You but the chariot must not be drawn by horses.”
God… Kṛṣṇa said “Chariots, all the chariots are drawn by horses. Dogs cannot drive the chariot. Donkeys may be able to but we don’t have donkeys… so what to do, chariot must be drawn by horses.”
“No, you don’t understand Kṛṣṇa”, he said.
“No, no, Maharaj, you tell then. We’ll serve you.”
“You and Rukmini should drive the chariot.”
Its twenty kilometers … [laughs] and in the heat midday and that fellow wanted Kṛṣṇa and Rukmini to drive the chariot to their palace. Rukmini was completely surprised.
Kṛṣṇa said: “Now we are already in trouble, now let us try and forget about this.” [laughs]
Rukmini said: “I can’t.”
He said: “No, no, now you must speak. Now, so let us drive.”


So on one side Kṛṣṇa and other side Rukmini, and Durvasa sat in the chariot. And they were drawing the chariot. The fellow was enjoying the ride and slept. So he was sleeping. They might have gone about a kilometer or so. It was hot sun, Dwaraka is very hot really, in summer. It was sea coast you know. And the fellow was enjoying breeze and completely enjoying the sleep and Rukmini was struggling. So a point came when Rukmini stopped.

She said: “Kṛṣṇa now I can’t”.
He said: “Don’t disturb, he is sleeping, he is awake then the trouble is there. Let him sleep and let us go.”
“Can’t”, she said, “I am very tired. At least I must have water to drink.”
“Sea water is here, it is all salty, from where are we going to get the water. Bislery shop is not around.” [laughs]
Rukmini said: “You do anything, but I want water.”
“Is it?...”, now what to do. “Alright”, he said, “I’ll press the toe and Ganges will come.” So Kṛṣṇa pressed the toe and Ganges … and it was nice water, cold water, Ganges water.
So Rukmini was drinking, hap, hap, and there was some noise. The fellow woke up…[laughs]
He said: “WHY….”
Rukmini was completely shivering.
“I am drinking water.”
“With who’s permission you are drinking. I am your guest. You know the etiquette, Vedic etiquette? Guest must be offered first and then you drink.”
“I didn’t have any idea, please excuse me.”
“NO”, he said, “I am now upset with you.”
It was all Kṛṣṇa’s arrangement, plan.
“Now I am really upset with you, I am going to curse you.”
She couldn’t help, she started crying.
Kṛṣṇa said: “Please keep quiet, keep quiet”
And the fellow cursed, “Now henceforth, You and Rukmini cannot be together.”
Rukmini completely sat down on the ground. She didn’t know what was in happening really.


Since then Rukmini and Kṛṣṇa are not together in Dwaraka. Rukmini temple is there on the sea coast.

So eventually Kṛṣṇa said: “Now I’ll request him to give you nice ashram, somewhere in Dwaraka, and you be there. Every evening I’ll visit you, and some how or the other we have to pass the time now.”
So, anyway, nice ashram was arranged, and Rukmini was passing her time. In the morning meditating on Kṛṣṇa and in the afternoon he’ll come and in the chariot they will move around. Pass the days like this. So main mandir is in the middle and Rukmini mandir is far away, 10 kilometer away.
So then once, Narada Muni came and a guest. And he saw, “he has cursed Rukmini, but she is enjoying. It’s like 5 star hotel.” [laughs].
“All… everything is alright. In the evening, afternoon Kṛṣṇa comes they enjoy the ride around, then again Kṛṣṇa goes, she is happy.”
Everyday Kṛṣṇa used to come so Rukmini didn’t mind. It’s alright what ever it is. So Narada Muni went straight to Durvasa. Narada muni is a trouble maker in that way. Straight he went to Durvasa.
He said: “Did you curse Rukmini?”
“Yes”, he said, “I cursed her”
“She is enjoying like anything.” [laughs]
And these angry people they are fool number one. They don’t understand anything.
So, Durvasa said, “I am going, and I’ll see that she should not enjoy.”
So again Durvasa came running to the ashram and he saw the whole drama, and he said, “Narada Muni was correct. This Rukmini and Kṛṣṇa, both are enjoying. This will not do. So I again curse you. Now henceforth all the place will be completely dry, no water at all. Arid. And you will have to pass the time alone. Kṛṣṇa will never come.”
This was Kṛṣṇa’s desire, pastime, to show that Kṛṣṇa does not depend upon anybody. So atmaRāma He is. Even the dearest and nearest he can just leave and go. And dearest and nearest also, because they are unflinchingly attached to Him in the devotional service, they can pass the time without Him. It is vipralamba, it is known as, in virahah. In separation the attachment increases. And that’s why when there is too much fighting, nowadays the social welfare officers also advise, that you please get apart a bit, so that each one may like each other. This is how. Please. These are the few of the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa very nicely performed, on the soil of Dwaraka.
Chapter 45

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