Glories of Sri Nara-Narayana Rishi - Part 1

Glories of Sri Nara-Narayana Rishi - Part 1

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Vaijayanti mala devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev! 

 In the eleventh canto, fourth chapter of Srimad Bhagavatam, Sage Drumila explains the incarnations of Godhead and he describes Nara-Narayana Rishi who is perfectly peaceful and is the best of sages, born as the son of Dharma and his wife Murti, the daughter of Daksha. Nara-Narayana rishi taught the devotional service of the Lord, by which material work ceases, and He Himself perfectly practiced this knowledge. He is living even today, His lotus feet served by the greatest of saintly persons. King Indra became fearful, thinking that Nara-Narayana Rishi would become very powerful by His severe penances and seize Indra's heavenly kingdom. Thus Indra, not knowing the transcendental glories of the incarnation of the Lord, sent Cupid and his associates to the Lord's residence in Badarikashrama. As the charming breezes of spring created a most sensuous atmosphere, Cupid himself attacked the Lord with arrows in the form of the irresistible glances of beautiful women. We learn a few things from this pastime.

1. The world is a mirror of our consciousness:  Here we see that King Indra, not understanding the glories of the Lord, who has got the supreme opulence of renunciation, was placing the Personality of Godhead on the same level as he himself, considering the Lord an ordinary enjoyer who would be attracted by mundane sex life. It is very nicely mentioned in the purport to SB 11.4.7, "Indra's plot to cause the fall down of Nara-Narayana rishi could not affect the Lord, but it reveals the shortsightedness of Indra himself. Because Indra is attached to his heavenly kingdom, he took it for granted that the Supreme Lord was performing austerities to acquire such flickering phantasmagoria as the kingdom of heaven." We also see that in the pastime of Shyamantaka jewel, King Satrajit who was very much attached to the jewel, is seen spreading the rumor that Krishna has stolen away the jewel. He thought that in the same way that he is attracted to the jewel for the pounds of gold it is producing, Krishna must also be attracted the same way. He did not realise that Krishna is the master of all the opulences.

So this makes us understand that we see the world through the glasses of our own consciousness. This makes us realize that if we go on seeing the faults of others and are never able to see their good, it actually means that we have all these faults in us and that is the reason we see the world that way. This shortsightedness can only be removed by intense devotional service and thorough study of the scriptures under the guidance of a bona-fide spiritual master, by which our whole vision and perspective of seeing things change.

Krishna willing, we shall see more of this beautiful pastime, in the ensuing offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayanti mala devi dasi,
Abu dhabi.