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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

gāḿ 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.

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