The Divine Sages: Nara-Nārāyaṇa

Everything was supremely auspicious when they were born. In space, in the wind, in the waters, and on the land – everything became happy, carefree, and pleasant. Music vibrated through the heavens, and flowers fell like rain. Satisfied sages chanted auspicious mantras. Gandharvas and Kinnaras sang. Celestial women danced.

Brahmā and all the gods offered congratulations and prayers. They said, “Today the Supreme Person has appeared as a sage in the family of Dharma. He is the one who creates this world from the mystical power within his own self. The world is like a cloud, and he is like the sky.

“He is the ultimate object of all the hypotheses of we hosts of gods and spiritualists. He has come here to cure the ills which disturb this creation, by his abundantly merciful glance, which is more auspicious than even the spotless lotus in which the Goddess of Auspiciousness dwells.”

While worshipping and praising the All-Attractive, the gods obtained that merciful glance. Nara-Nārāyaṇa then departed for the intoxicatingly fragrant Mount Gandhamādana.

Those two sages, Nara and Nārāyaṇa, are certainly fragments of All-Attractive Hari. They have now appeared as the two Krishnas: Yadu-Krishna, and Kuru-Krishna (Arjuna), and continue to relieve the burdens of the world’s ills.

This is an English rendition of Bhāgavata 4.1.53-59. I am finally back on track, translating forward. This chapter was a challenge. It took a lot of time to discover the import in the genealogical tables, many of which involve very ancient and rare Sanskrit names, and then to figure out the best English edit to express the import without losing the genealogy and without sounding goofy.

Here is a very nice painting of Nara-Nārāyaṇa discussing tattva with Nārada.


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