The Glory of Narada Idol ||54||

1Narada said: O son of Pritha, there is my idol too there (installed) due to the desire of the Brahmanas. I never abandon it which is adorned with umbrella and staff.
2By worshipping me on the splendid eleventh day in the bright half of the month of Karttika, one is liberated from the blemishes of Kali.
3Arjuna said: Ever since my boyhood there has been a doubt in my mind. If I (openly declare it and) ask you about it, O Brahmana, it does not behove you to be angry.
4You have always been well-acquainted with the duties pertaining to salvation. You are impartial to all living beings. You have complete control over the sense-organs. You are devoid of excessive attachment and hatred.
5You have equally eschewed censure and praise. You observe the vow of silence. You are glorified as ever liberated. (But) O Narada, O sage, you are as quick (i.e. fast moving) as the wind in the world.
6You are seen moving about like lightning. You are honoured by the intelligent ones (but) you always provoke quarrels in the world. You are devoid of kindness towards all living beings.
7Many thousands of Devas, Gandharvas, Rakshasas, kings, leading sages and Daityas have been ruined on account of the quarrels provoked by you.
8Why do you have this type of activity? Dispel this doubt of mine, O Brahmana. On account of this doubt, one is unable to sleep happily like the deer pierced with an arrow.
9-10Suta said: On hearing these words from Phalguna, O Saunaka, sage Narada laughingly glanced at the face of Babhravya. This Brahmana named Babhravya was a scion of the family of Harita. He always remains near sage Narada.
11Highly intelligent that he was, be understood the desire of Narada. He said laughingly to Phalguna in friendly words:
12Babhravya said: What you say about Narada is true, O son of Pandu. In this matter all men have the same doubt.
13Therefore, I shall report everything to you as it had been heard a short time ago from Krishna, the scion of the Yadava family.
14-18aIn the course of his pilgrimage to Mahisagara, Lord Krishna came there accompanied by Ugrasena, Vasudeva, Babhru, Rama, son of Rukmini, Yuyudhana and others. After going to Mahi-sagara-sangama along with his kinsmen, he performed Pinda Dana (offering rice balls) etc. and made many charitable offerings. With great care, he worshipped Guhesvara and other Lingas. He took his bath in Kotitirtha and worshipped Jayaditya. Thereafter, Krishna of lofty mind and yogic power worshipped sage Narada. He was accompanied by an earlier born (i.e. senior by birth) one who had matted hair.
18bEven as many leading Brahmanas including me were within hearing, Ugrasena, the great king, spoke to Krishna in the assembly:
19-20Ugrasena asked: O Krishna, I shall ask you to clarify a doubt of mine. This Narada is highly intelligent and honoured by the whole universe. Why is he exceedingly fickle? Like the wind he wanders over the universe. Why is he fond of quarrels? Why is he exceedingly fond of you?
21-26Sri Krishna said: What has been asked by you is true. O king, I shall speak everything to you. Narada, the excellent sage, was formerly cursed by Daksa on seeing that his sons were led astray from the path of creation (i.e. natural path) by Narada. Since he led astray his (Daksa’s) sons on two occasions, Daksa pronounced two curses: “You will nowhere stay while wandering over all the worlds. Incited by others, you will become a tale-bearer .” Although he (Narada) was capable of countering the curses the sage accepted them. He deserves praise for it since he himself is capable (of countering the curses). It is after foreseeing the time of (imminent) ruin that he instigates (and increases) a quarrel. As he tells the truth, he is not defiled by a sin. Although he wanders everywhere, he is not affected by the defects of wandering since his mind never deviates from the (supreme) being who ought to be meditated upon (i.e. God). Listen as to why he entertains such an exceedingly deep love for me.
27Indeed I always eulogize Narada of divine vision by means of the hymn pronounced by Mahendra. Listen to it, O king:
28I bow down to that Narada who has no arrogance due to learning or good conduct but whose learning and good conduct are well-known.
29I bow down to that Narada who has none of these (defects): Absence of interest, anger, fickleness and fear. He is composed and free from (habitual) procrastination.
30I salute that Narada who does not change his word (once uttered) either due to lust or to covetousness and who is worthy of being adored by all creatures (i.e. living beings).
31I pay obeisance to that Narada who is conversant with the principles and goal of spiritual endeavour, who is forbearing, powerful and straightforward, who has conquered his sense organs and who speaks the truth.
32I bow down to that Narada who is full-grown and venerable in respect of splendour, fame, intellect, prudence,’ humility, birth and penance.
33I salute that Narada whose conduct and dress are pleasing and whose diet, behaviour, eyes and utterances are good and who is splendid.
34I pay obeisance to Narada who causes excessive happiness, who has no sin and who never takes delight in other people’s misfortune.
35I bow down to that Narada who always abides by the duties enjoined in the Vedas, Smrtis and Puranas and who is free from (i.e. is above) either pleasure or displeasure.
36I salute Narada who is uninterested in foodstuffs and other things, who is learned, who is never idle, who is a Brahmana of vast learning and whose narratives are charming.
37I bow down to that Narada who has never erred before in respect of wealth, anger and love and by whom these defects have been eliminated.
38I pay obeisance to Narada who is devoid of the defect of infatuation and fascination, who has great devotion to welfare and who has prudence and modesty.
39I bow down to that Narada who is never contaminated by contacts (but) whose soul appears to be attached, who is eloquent and who has no prolonged doubts.
40I bow down to that Narada who never abandons scriptural texts, who never subsists on his penance and whose mind is productive at all times.
41I salute that Narada who puts in great efforts, who exerts his intelligence, who is never satiated with concentration and meditation and who never errs in his efforts.
42I bow down to Narada who does not become elated by the acquisition of wealth, who does not become dejected on account of non-acquisition, whose intellect is steady and whose soul is not excessively attached.
43I seek refuge in Narada who is richly endowed with all good qualities, who is efficient, pure and unafraid, who knows the proper occasions and is conversant with good policies.
44Every day I recite this hymn of Narada, O king. Therefore, the excellent sage has great love for me.
45If any other person too remains pure and repeats this prayer everyday, he will ere long attract great favour of the Celestial Sage.
46O king, after listening to these good qualities of Narada, repeat this meritorious prayer. The sage will be pleased with you.
47Babhravya said. On hearing the good qualities of Narada from Krishna orally, in this manner, the king became extremely pleased and acted according to his suggestion.
48After giving plenty of excellent gifts to the excellent leading Brahmanas (admirers or worshippers) of Narada, saying. “Let Narada be pleased”, he worshipped Narada.
49After concluding this pilgrimage duly, Krishna the excellent Purusa, went to Dvaravati along with his brother, kinsmen and relatives.
50Similarly you too, O descendant of Kuru, after listening to the good qualities of Narada entertain faith and listen to the duty in this connection.
51On the Prabodhini Dvadasi (twelfth day) in the bright half of the month of Karttika, this sage always wakes up from his trance and meditates on Vishnu .
52On that day, with great concentration and purity, a devotee should take his holy bath here itself in the well dug up by Narada and perform Sraddha with great care.
53-57The penance, charitable gift, and Japa done here in the well, become everlasting. Then the devotee shall waken up Vishnu by (reciting) the Mantra beginning with “Idam Vishno” . Afterwards, O son of Pandu, he should waken up sage Narada by means of the following Mantra: “O excellent sage, just as the yogic slumber was abandoned by Hari so you too abandon it for rendering help to the worlds. After wakening him by this Mantra, he should worship Narada by means of the hymn pronounced by and also by offering umbrella, garments and splendid adorations. Uttering “Let Narada be pleased”, he should bow down to the Brahmanas devoutly. Umbrella, garments and pot of water should be given to Brahmanas in accordance with his capacity.
58If it is done like this, he is liberated from sins by the grace of the sage. He will never meet with quarrels. He will never have misery or sorrow.