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Narada becomes Hari!

Updated on February 16, 2016
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Shaloo Walia is an astrologer and tarot reader. She is an Art of Living teacher and also an ardent Krishna devotee and a follower of ISKCON.

Narada was lost for days in intense meditation

Kamadeva sent beautiful girls beyond imagination

To allure Narada and lead him to temptation

But all failed and Kamadeva gave up in desperation.

Going to Shiva and bragging about his unbelievable feat

“I have defeated Kamadeva. I am beyond lust.”

Shiva smiled and gave Narada a valuable advice

“Before telling Vishnu, you better think twice.”

Ignoring Lord Shiva’ s priceless words of wisdom

Narada went proudly to Lord Vishnu’s kingdom

“Defeating Kama, I am free from lust and desire.

I have extinguished this eternal burning fire.”

Smiling Vishnu praised and told him to be on guard

But self-conceit and pride had hit Narada so hard.

Soon after he was approached by a mighty king

Sheelanidhi with his daughter charming as the Spring.

Captivated and blinded by her beauty divine

Narada knew only Lord Vishnu could make her mine

And thus he went to Vishnu with an humble request

“Make me look like Hari, so among princes I look the best!”

Vishnu fulfilled the desire of his ardent devotee

And Narada reached the Swayamwara to see

All the mighty and handsome princes in the line

Adorned in the best clothes and jewellery fine.

Soon the princess came with a garland in hand

And she passed by the princes of the far-off lands

Seeing Narada in the line, she burst into laughter

And it was then Narada came to know of the disaster.

Narada had asked to be Hari, Vishnu’s divine appearance

Hari also meant Monkey, he forgot in his false pretence.

And so with a monkey face was Narada bestowed

To free him from the ego and undue pride that showed.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on 'Desire' from the Bhakti Sutras

© 2016 Shaloo Walia


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      manatita44 15 months ago from london

      Beautiful story. By the way, Narada is one of my favourites. I have written a lot about him and told his story to many. Actually, I think I told Surabhi about the one you posted recently about Maya. Maybe she knew, don't remember.

      I always want to sing; to dance; to praise the Lord and that's probably why I like him, but again, some of the stories on his many adventures are so cute! Do you know the one about him meeting the Yogi and the other man beneath the tree? Or the one where he met the man trying to find Narada (him) to kill him?

      Sri Sri expresses it well (desires). King Yayati is a great example. Actually Guruji tells us that unless Realisation occurs, one is never safe and he cites many examples, even of great Spiritual Teachers. Hey, I'm still learning. I am a beginner seeker, an eternal beginner.

      Now I like your poetic expressions. They are so melodious! I was trying to read your pattern but you don't seem to follow the western style. You are truly Indian, Shaloo, and they are ahead of us in the West. Hari Om!

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A wonderful story full of meaning and wisdom. I sure like your style of writing.

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      John Hansen 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I love this story Swalia, and it has a great message. Thank you for sharing. Nice images too.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My education continues thanks to thank you!

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      Shaloo Walia 15 months ago

      @manatita Narada is very cute indeed! He is often portrayed as the one who is always gossiping here and thus causing feuds wherever he go. But so blessed he is...Imagine the easy access he has to all the Gods including the Supreme Personality of Godhead! His bhakti sutras are a must read for all those on the path of devotion.

      As for the poetic style, I guess I am still trying to find mine :)

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      Shaloo Walia 15 months ago

      Thank you Eric, Jodah and Bill! I am glad that you are liking the Indian mythological stories I present in my poems.

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      Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

      These stories you tell here are so interesting, and I really enjoyed this one. He learned a great lesson and that is never bad, right? lol.

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      Dana Tate 15 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Nice pic's with a strong message.

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      Shaloo Walia 15 months ago

      Thank you Dana!

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      Shaloo Walia 15 months ago

      Thank you Missy! These are stories from our revered scriptures like Upanishads and Srimad Bhagvatam.

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      Surabhi Kaura 15 months ago

      Beautiful narration. I recall Manatita telling me a story about Narada. Nice poem. I was busy with my exam. Sorry, Shaloo. I love your poems though :) Love ya!

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      Shaloo Walia 15 months ago

      Thank you Surabhi. Hope exams went well! missed you here :)

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      Surabhi Kaura 15 months ago

      I missed you too my Dear, Shaloo! You are always in my Heart :)

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      Shaloo Walia 15 months ago

      Thank you Surabhi!

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      Devika Primić 15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A wonderful idea for a hub. A great message with a powerful image.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 15 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      A wonderful story and most inspirational.

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      Shaloo Walia 15 months ago

      Thank you Devika and Gypsy Rose!

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      Hari Prasad S 15 months ago from Bangalore


      Excellent. You are really pampering us with excellent mythological stories.

      We have so many inspiring stories in our mythology, i think you are doing a great job by getting us back to our roots.

      I suggest you start a series called forgotten / hidden stories of India mythology.

      - Hari :-)

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      Shaloo Walia 15 months ago

      Thank you Hari for the suggestion! I will surely work on it.

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      Deb Hirt 15 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      As human beings, will we ever learn the error of our ways? I really enjoyed this.

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      Shaloo Walia 15 months ago

      Thank you Deb!

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