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Naarad Jee is Affected by Krishn's Maayaa
Culminated from " Dialog With Death" written by Eknath Easwaran.
A similar story has been described in relation to Shiv also - read it here Events
I read this story in a book "Dialog with Death" by Eknath Easwaran. This book is about Kath Upanishad. In fact this is the second story about Vishnu's Maayaa. Before also, he was affected by Vishnu's Maayaa once - this description on previous page under the heading "Naarad Gave Shaap to Vishnu".
Once Naarad Jee asked Krishn - "Could you explain the secret of your magic, called Maayaa?" Krishn first hesitated for a while because understanding Maayaa could take whole of a life, still He said - "Of course, let us sit down here in the shade of this tree and I will explain it to you. But Naarad, it is very hot here, would you get me a glass of cool water first?" Naarad said "Why not?" and set out to bring water.
Naarad immediately proceeded in one direction to bring some cool water for Krishn. He saw a line of thatched huts along the horizon, so he continued towards those huts, but they were not as near as they seemed. Sun was too hot, he also got very thirsty while walking. He thought he would ask for two glasses of water instead of one, one for Krishn and one for himself. Finally he arrived in the village, he knocked the nearest door, the door opened and there stood a most beautiful girl he had ever seen. She smiled at Naarad and Naarad felt something in his heart and body that had never happened to him before. First he stammered then he could only utter - "Will you marry me?" The girl agreed, they got married and started living together a blissful life.
After a while children started coming. All this made Naarad a staunch householder. Naarad and his wife became engrossed in their new life, private little world, quietly building their dreams. Years passed, children grew up, went to school, got married, and in time Naarad got grandchildren too. Naarad became the father of the whole village respected by everybody. He and his wife would look at each other and say - "Don't you think that being grandparents is the greatest bliss of our life?" "Yes, of course."
Then came a great flood. The whole village was filled with water. Just everything he loved and lived for - his land, cattle, house, even his wife, children, grandchildren all were swept away in that flood. Only he alone remained alive in that village. Unable to watch this destruction, he cried for help - "Krishn, Krishn". At once the flood disappeared and there was standing Krishn, as Naarad left Him before coming to this village, under the tree. Krishn asked - "Naarad, Where is my glass of water? Have you brought it?" Naarad Jee understood that it was all Hari's Maayaa, he asked Him to show him.
This was another time Naarad was affected by Vishnu's Maayaa, although he himself asked to see it.
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 03/26/13