Srimad Bhagavatam 10.87.04-07 - Prayers are the Essence of a Devotee's Life (download mp3)
by Haridas Thakur Prabhu ISKCON Chowpatty
atra te varnayisyami
naradasya ca samvadam
rser narayanasya ca
In this connection I will relate to you a narration concerning the Supreme Lord Narayana. It is about a conversation that once occurred between Sri Narayana Rsi and Narada Muni.
Lord Narayana is connected in two ways with the following narration: as its speaker and as the subject it describes.
ekada narado lokan
sanatanam rsim drastum
Once, while traveling among the various planets of the universe, the Lord’s beloved devotee Narada went to visit the primeval sage Narayana at His asrama.
yo vai bharata-varse ’smin
ksemaya svastaye nrnam
a-kalpad asthitas tapah
From the very beginning of Brahma’s day Lord Narayana Rsi has been undergoing austere penances in this land of Bharata while perfectly performing religious duties and exemplifying spiritual knowledge and self-control — all for the benefit of human beings in both this world and the next.
paritam pranato ’prcchad
idam eva kurudvaha
There Narada approached Lord Narayana Rsi, who was sitting amidst sages of the village of Kalapa. After bowing down to the Lord, O hero of the Kurus, Narada asked Him the very same question you have asked me.