Narada Muni - Father of Devotional Service - Part 23

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 previous offering we saw how Narada Muni instructed Haryashvas to take up to self realisation. Now we shall continue further.

Convert Curse into Blessings: Prajapati Daksha, who was very sad at the loss of his sons, begot one thousand more sons in the womb of his wife, Pancajani, and ordered them to increase progeny. These sons, who were named the Savalashvas, also engaged in worshiping Lord Vishnu to beget children, but Narada Muni instructed them to follow their brothers Haryashvas and not to get entangled in material life. This time Prajapati Daksha became very angry and chastised Narada Muni.

nanu bhāgavatā nityaṁ bhūtānugraha-kātarāḥ
ṛte tvāṁ sauhṛda-ghnaṁ vai vairaṅ-karam avairiṇām

All the devotees of the Lord but you are very kind to the conditioned souls and are eager to benefit others. Although you wear the dress of a devotee, you create enmity with people who are not your enemies, or you break friendship and create enmity between friends. Are you not ashamed of posing as a devotee while performing these abominable actions?

He further curses Narada muni in verse 6.5.43:

tantu-kṛntana yan nas tvam abhadram acaraḥ punaḥ
tasmāl lokeṣu te mūḍha na bhaved bhramataḥ padam

You have made me lose my sons once, and now you have again done the same inauspicious thing. Therefore you are a rascal who does not know how to behave toward others. You may travel all over the universe, but I curse you to have no residence anywhere.

Such harsh words are very intolerable. But Narada Muni is tolerance personified and did not retaliate to Daksha's words. When Daksha cursed him, Narada Muni took the curse to his advantage. Without any fixed residence, he visits all the planets chanting Lord's name and shows his mercy to the fallen souls. Srila Prabhupada very nicely mentions in his purport, "Preaching can be a difficult, thankless task, but a preacher must follow the orders of the Supreme Lord and be unafraid of materialistic persons." Narada Muni through his personal example is teaching us the way to preach. 

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 Gurudeva,
Manohar Suvarna
Abu Dhabi.