This poem is based on an ancient story. The great sage Narada was filled with pride and to teach him a lesson in humility, Lord Vishnu played a trick on him and brought him out of pride and self-conceit.
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.
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