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The Fisherman-Guru of Sage Narada

shiva narada A yagna was being conducted at Swarga Loka. Lord Indra had taken special care to invite all the Devatas, the Nava Grahas, the Sapta Rishis and others. It was a huge assembly. The sacred fire was lit and the Vedic rituals started. Narada, the greatest among the devotees of the Lord, who always chanted the Lord’s name “Narayana, Narayana” arrived. Surprisingly he was given a seat which was lower than that of the others. Being the ‘manas putra’ of Brahma, he questioned his father – Lord Brahma as to why he was being treated inferior to all the others. Brahma replied that though he had mastered all the Vedas and was a great devotee of Lord Hari, he had not been initiated into a mantra by a Guru. Narada was constantly singing and chanting the Lord’s name, but he had never approached a Guru and obtained Mantra Deeksha from him. Realizing this, he told the Assembly that he would go down to Earth (Bhoomi), and whoever he sees first at dawn, he would accept that person as his Guru and with the Guru mantra he would return soon. The light at dawn had just begun to dissolve away the darkness of the night. Narada was waiting expectantly for the sight of the ‘one’ who would be his Guru, and whom does he see! An old fisherman with a net on his shoulder came walking along, and all the time he was busy weaving the net. Narada ran to him and fell at his feet and declared him to be his Guru. He requested the old firsherman to initiate him with the Guru mantra. The fisherman was shocked to see the great sage at his feet. He told the sage that he himself had never taken any mantra from a Guru and was incapable of giving him Guru mantra. Narada did not give up. He asked the old firsherman to speak whatever was in his mind at that moment. The fisherman said “Hari Bol”. Accepting this as his Guru mantra Narada returned to the assembly of the Devas. Now, he was given a higher seat in front of the Assembly as he now had both a Guru and a Mantra! The assembly demanded to meet his Guru, upon which Narada returned to the old fisherman and requested the old man to come with him. But the old man said he was partially lame and hence could not undertake this long journey. On hearing this, Narada lifted the old man and carried him on his back to Deva loka. Narada now presented his Guru to the entire assembly. Everyone was surprised and shocked to see an old lame fisherman who was being introduced as Narada’s Guru. In the presence of all, in utter surrender Narada fell flat at the feet of his Guru.  All the Devatas in the assembly were surprised seeing Narada falling at the feet of an old fisherman. At that very moment the old fisherman revealed his true nature. He was none other than Lord Shiva Himself who had appeared to Narada in the form of an the old fisherman. The Lord had taken up the form of the old fisherman to test whether Narada would keep up his words and take as his Guru whoever he first saw at the break of dawn, and Narada had indeed lived up to his words. Narada’s firm resolve and his eager longing for the Guru brought him to none other than Lord Shiva Himself who initiated him and gave him the mantra. [PS: I request all to please forward and share these value based stories rich in our culture and tradition to elders, youth and children]
Devarishi Narada: A personality very familiar throughout the Puranas. He works everywhere as a friend, philosopher and guide, to all devotees....it is his job to propagate the Path of Love, and, therefore, he appears of his own accord to guide devotees of the Lord. - Swami Chinmayananda
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Sri Hanuman and the music competition

Narada and Tumburu are the well known celestial musicians who constantly sing the glories of Lord Vishnu. Once when Sri Hari praised Tumburu’s music, Narada became very unhappy. The Lord then sent Narada to learn music from the music teacher of the celestial musicians Ganabandhu. Still not up to the mark, he then went and learnt music from Rukmini, the consort of Lord Krishna. Thus, after sufficient training, Narada wanted the Lord to judge both, Tumburu and himself and declare who was the best musician amongst the two. Narada and Tumburu sang with all devotion unto the Lord. Both of them were very good and the Lord did not want to displease anyone by taking any one particular name. He thought of calling an expert and accomplished musician for this task. He summoned HANUMAN – who is Kavya – Nataka – Sangeeta – Natya – Paripoorna!!

Hanumanji came and the contest started. Tumburu sang along accompanied by his veena – Kalavathi. His music was so enchanting that the whole universe of things and beings came to a standstill, almost froze and became silent! Hanumanji nodded in appreciation. Next was Narada’s turn. He rendered his music accompanied by his veena – Mahathi. The celestial music melted all that which was previously frozen!! Both of them were exceptionally good. Everyone was eagerly awaiting Hanumanji’s judgement.

Hanumanji asked for both their veenas and removed the frets of the veenas (the vertical strips on which the horizontal strings run), gave it back to them and asked them to go ahead and play the veena. Rather annoyed, they asked him how the veena can be played without the frets. Hanumanji silently took the fretless veena and played on it using a small piece of bamboo stick. He was an expert in playing the veena with or without frets. He sang and played on….. All the devatas were lost in the divine ecstatic devotional outpouring of Hanumanji. After some time when they looked around, they found Lord Sri Hari Himself present amongst them listening in rapt attention to Hanumanji’s Sangeeta.

Narada and Tumburu bowed down and acknowledged that indeed Hanumanji was not only the  greatest devotee of the Lord, but also the most accomplished musician !!

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Gajendra Moksha

Gajendra moksha

Gajendra, the king elephant, very powerful and strong, was sporting in the beautiful lush green forest lands in the valley of the Trikuta mountains, along with his herd of female companions. After a while, exhausted they all entered into a beautiful lake to quench their thirst. Unaware of the danger awaiting them in the form of a crocodile, they started sporting in the waters.

A crocodile dwelling in the lake seized the foot of the king elephant and started dragging it into the waters. The elephant on the other hand tried with all its might and strength to release itself from the jaws of the crocodile. But in vain. There ensued a great tug-of-war between the two. All the other elephants tried to help but having failed, left the site. The crocodile seemed to become stronger and stronger while the lonely elephant started getting exhausted.

At that point of time, realizing its utter helplessness, the elephant sought refuge at the feet of the Lord. Gajendra plucked a lotus from the lake, held it up in its trunk and invoked Lord Sri Hari with a beautiful, ardent prayer: “Narayana Akhila Guro Bhagavan Namaste”. The entire invocation is known as “Gajendra Stuti”. The Lord known as the Saviour of the afflicted, out of infinite compassion, alighted on his vehicle Garuda and immediately came to the rescue of Gajendra. Sri Hari released His Sudarshan chakra which instantly killed the crocodile. The Lord Himself pulled Gajendra out of the lake and rescued him.

Spiritual Significance: Gajendra represents an individual living amidst temptations, fallen into the lake of samsara and seized by the crocodile called ‘ego’. Any amount of effort to get released from this monstrous ego becomes futile. Left all alone in life’s journey, the only refuge is the Lord. And the moment, we invoke the Lord with all our faith, devotion and knowledge (represented by the lotus), the Lord immediately comes and saves us from drowning in the pool of samsara. The ego is destroyed by the Sudarshan. When the ego is eliminated, what remains is “Su-darshana” – the “Divine Vision” – the State of Enlightenment.

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Benefits of Chanting Vishnu Sahasranama

Vishnu Sahasranama is known as Stotra Raja. This stotra contains the power of all the Devatas. Therefore, when this Stotra is chanted, we are invoking the grace and blessings of all the Devatas. It also generates enormous Spiritual
Vibrations which are beneficial to us.

  • Vishnu Sahasranama bestows on us knowledge, peace, prosperity, wealth, health, welfare, values (good qualities), fame, memory, including Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha.
  • It destroys our worldly bondages. It is a healer of all diseases (physical & mental). It protects us from the adverse effects of the planets.
  • It is the essence of all the shastras (sarva shastra saara) and hence becomes a doorway to salvation. It is indeed the best Yagna (Japa Yagna). Hence no grave calamity can ever happen to a person who chants Vishnu Sahasranama with devotion.
  • The names of the Lord is the best choice to choose a name for our children.
  • Sage Madhvacharya says that Vedas can be interpreted in three ways, the Mahabharata in ten different ways, but the names of the Lord have a hundred different meanings (interpretations)!

  • Chanting Vishnu Sahasranama once with true Bhakti is equivalent to visiting a thousand Vishnu Kshetras.
  • If one has nakshatra or navagraha dosha, the best remedy is to chant Vishnu Sahasranama.
    There are 27 nakshatras and each nakshatra has 4 padas.
    27*4 = 108 – which is equal to the number of verses in Vishnu Sahasranama. Therefore, there is ‘ONE’ specific verse in the Vishnu Sahasranama for every individual belonging to a particular nakshatra – pada.
    Also there are specific verses to help us to improve our memory, acquire noble qualities, eliminate finance problems , improve health,
    better relationships at home, to acquire inner peace etc.
  • Also Vishnu Sahasranama belongs to the Rig Veda where there are 1000 slokas called Brihati Sahasra. Each verse has 36 swaras and 36 vyanjanas – hence 72 aksharas.
    Hence 72*1000 slokas equals 72000 aksharas which equals 72000 naadis in the human body.
    Hence Vishnu Sahasranama becomes the greatest healer which energises all the 72000 naadis in our human body.

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