Narada Muni - Father of Devotional Service Part 2

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

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Narada Muni - The Father of Devotional Service". In the previous offering, we have learnt about the appearance of Narada Muni. Today, we will see instruction of Narada Muni to Srila Vyasadeva on Srimad Bhagavatam.

2. No Literature is complete without Krishna's glories in it: Once, Devarshi Narada visited great sage Vyasadeva, the incarnation of Supreme Lord. After being duly received, Narada Muni found that Vyasadeva was morose and not satisfied with his work of Mahabharata. Vyasadeva himself felt that his work is incomplete, due to absence of emphasis on devotional service. Now, Vyasadeva after glorifying Narada Muni enquires the reason for his own dissatisfaction. Narada Muni responds to the point that Vyasadeva has not glorified spotless glories of Personality of Godhead. Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.5.10 and 11 conveys the wonderful instruction of Naradji.

na yad vacaś citra-padaṁ harer yaśo
jagat-pavitraṁ pragṛṇīta karhicit
tad vāyasaṁ tīrtham uśanti mānasā
na yatra haṁsā niramanty uśik-kṣayāḥ

tad-vāg-visargo janatāgha-viplavo
yasmin prati-ślokam abaddhavaty api
nāmāny anantasya yaśo ’ṅkitāni yat
śṛṇvanti gāyanti gṛṇanti sādhavaḥ

Those words which do not describe the glories of the Lord, who alone can sanctify the atmosphere of the whole universe, are considered by saintly persons to be like unto a place of pilgrimage for crows. Since the all-perfect persons are inhabitants of the transcendental abode, they do not derive any pleasure there.

On the other hand, that literature which is full of descriptions of the transcendental glories of the name, fame, forms, pastimes, etc., of the unlimited Supreme Lord is a different creation, full of transcendental words, directed toward bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world's misdirected civilization. Such transcendental literatures, even though imperfectly composed, are heard, sung and accepted by purified men who are thoroughly honest.

Srila Prabhupada says in his purport that fruitive workers are like crows and saintly persons are like swans. Crows take pleasure in a place where garbage is thrown as fruitive worker take pleasure in wine and woman. Spiritually advanced men do not take pleasure in such dead literature, which are sources of pleasure for men who are spiritually dead. Transcendental literature like Srimad-Bhagavatam will not only diminish the activities of the corrupt mind of the people in general, but also it will supply food for their hankering.

We learn from the above that any piece of literature is no good for humanity, other than the one which glorifies the Lord. It is the transcendental literature on Krishna, not the mundane literature that liberates human race from eternal miseries and lamentation. Hence, instead of glorifying others in this material world of misguided civilisation, we should glorify Krishna alone, as He is the Supreme Father, dear most friend, well wisher and creator of all the universes.

Krishna willing, we will learn more about the Narada Muni's instruction in the next offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Manohar Suvarna
Abu Dhabi.