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  6/4/13Narada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narada1/3 Possibly Narada, the inventor of theVina. Narada From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  Nar ad redirectshere; for the village in Slovakia, see Ňárad. In Hindu mythology  Narada (Sanskrit: नारद  , nārada means Naara =Wisdom +Da = Giver) or  Narada Muni is a divine sage who plays a prominent r ole in anumber of the Puranic texts, especially in theBhagavata Purana, and in the Ramayana. Narada is the author of thePāñcarātra, a standard text for Vaisnava's priests which contains thetechnical and philosophical meanings of the temple Deity worship. Narada is portrayed as a travelling monk with the ability to visit distantworlds or planets ( lokas in Sansk rit).He carries a veena as his musicalinstrument—and not a Tampura as is commonly assumed [1][2]  —which heuses to accompany his singing of hymns, prayers and mantras asan act of devotion to his Lord, Vishnu. In the Vedas, Narada is described as asaintly traveler who sometimes while remember ing Vishnu by singing HisGlories his Brahminical holy thread breaks, because of bodily expansionsthrough the emotions he feels of pure bhakti (love of God) in separation,which he derives from his unalloyed devotional service. In the Vaishnavatradition he is held in special reverence for his chanting and singing of thenames  Hari and  N arayana and his promoting of the process of devotional service, known as bhakti yoga asexplained within the text accredited to Narada himself,knownas the Narada Bhakti Sutra. He is often described asa mischievous character, though his intentions are always good at heart. Narada is also said to have orated the maxims of the Nāradasmṛti (100BC-400CE), which has been called the“juridical text par excellence” and re presents the onlyDharmaśāstratext which deals solely with juridical matters and ignoring those of righteousconduct and penance. [3] Sage Narada is believed to have inititated the Carnatic musician and saint Thyagaraja into the var ious worshipmethods of Lord Rama. The saint refers to this meeting in his various compositions.He is also said to have installedthe Rama yantra at the UpanishadBramham Mutt at Kanchipuram. Contents 1 Enlightenment2 Temple3 Footnotes4 See also5 References6 External links  6/4/13Narada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narada2/3  Narada found Vishnu in viraatswarupa Enlightenment The Bhagavata Purana describes the story of Narada's spiritualenlightenment: He was the primary source of information among Gods,and is believed to be the first journalist on Earth. He never married butclaimed to have 60 wives. In his previous birth Narada was a Gandharva(angelic being) who had been cursed to be born on an earthly planet dueto some offense. [ citation needed  ] He was born as the son of a maid-servant of some particularly saintly priests (Brahmins). The priests, being pleased with both his and his mother's service, blessed him by allowinghim to eat some of their food (prasad), previously offered to their lord,Vishnu.Gradually Narada received further blessings from these sages and heardthem discussing many spiritual topics. After his mother died, he decidedto roam the forest in search of enlightenment in understanding the'Supreme Absolute Truth'.Reaching a tranquil forest location, after quenching his thirst from anearby stream, he sat under a tree in meditation (yoga), concentrating onthe paramatma form of Vishnu within his heart as he had been taught bythe priests he had served. After some time Narada experienced a visionwherein Narayan (Vishnu) appeared before him, smiling, and spoke that despite having the blessing of seeing himat that very moment, Narada would not be able to see his (Vishnu's) divine form again until he died . Narayanfurther explained that the reason he had been given a chance to see his form was because his beauty and lovewould be a source of inspiration and would fuel his dormant desire to be with the lord again. After instructing Narada in this manner, Vishnu then disappeared from his sight. The boy awoke from his meditation both thrilled anddisappointed.For the rest of his life Narada focused on his devotion, meditation upon and worship to Vishnu. After his deathVishnu then blessed him with the spiritual form of Narada as he eventually became known. In many Hinduscriptures Narada is considered a saktyavesa-avatara or partial-manifestation (avatar) of God, empowered to perform miraculous tasks on Vishnu's behalf. Temple  Narada Temple is dedicated to the Divine Sage Narada. These temples are located in Chigateri , which is 50 kmsaway from Davanagere, Karnataka, India and the temple is famous in neighbouring districts of Davanagere, and in Korva which is 29 km north-east of Raichur in Karnataka, India. Korva is a beautiful island surrounded by theKrishna River. Korva is looked upon as a holy place and is popularly known as Naradagadde - one of the mostscenic islands on the Krishna River. Due to its exquisite location the temple is not only visited by devotees but also by tourists. Footnotes 1. ^ Guy, Randor (31 July 2010). Bhaktha Naradar 1942 (http://www.hindu.com/mp/2010/07/31/stories/2010073151750700.htm). The Hindu . Retrieved 9 October 2011.  6/4/13Narada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narada3/3 2. ^ Bhag-P 1.5.1 (http://vedabase.net/sb/1/5/1/en1) Narada is addressed as 'Vina-panih', meaning one who carries avina in his hand 3. ^ Lariviere 1989: ix See also  Narad Bhakti SutraBhagavata PuranaFour Kumaras NāradasmṛtiVishnu References Translation by Richard W. Lariviere (1989). The Nāradasmr̥ti . University of Philadelphia. External links Complete Narada-Bhakti-Sutra (http://naradabhaktisutra.com/en1) Narada's Instructions on Srimad-Bhagavatam for Vyasadeva (http://srimadbhagavatam.com/1/5/en1)Translation from Sanskrit of Narada Bhakti Sutras at www.urday.com/narad.htm (http://www.urday.com/narad.htm)References to Narada in Gaudiya Vaishnava texts (http://www.vedabase.net/n/narada)Ruesi Narot - Narada in Buddhist Thailand (http://www.sak-yant.com/?page_id=1145)Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Narada&oldid=556288652 Categories:Hindu sagesPrajapatisForms of VishnuCharacters in the Bhagavata PuranaThis page was last modified on 22 May 2013 at 16:28.Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply.By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization.
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