Why Narada Cursed Kuvera's Sons

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.10.01-03 - Why Narada Cursed Kuvera's Sons (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
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SB 10.10.1
kathyatam bhagavann etat
tayoh sapasya karanam
yat tad vigarhitam karma
yena va devarses tamah

King Pariksit inquired from Sukadeva Gosvami: O great and powerful saint, what was the cause of Nalakuvara’s and Manigriva’s having been cursed by Narada Muni? What did they do that was so abominable that even Narada, the great sage, became angry at them? Kindly describe this to me.

SB 10.10.2-3
sri-suka uvaca
rudrasyanucarau bhutva
sudrptau dhanadatmajau
kailasopavane ramye
mandakinyam madotkatau
varunim madiram pitva
stri-janair anugayadbhis
ceratuh puspite vane

Sukadeva Gosvami said: O King Pariksit, because the two sons of Kuvera had been elevated to the association of Lord Siva, of which they were very much proud, they were allowed to wander in a garden attached to Kailasa Hill, on the bank of the Mandakini River. Taking advantage of this, they used to drink a kind of liquor called Varuni. Accompanied by women singing after them, they would wander in that garden of flowers, their eyes always rolling in intoxication.


This verse mentions some of the material advantages afforded to persons associated with or devoted to Lord Siva. Apart from Lord Siva, if one is a devotee of any other demigod, one receives some material advantages. Foolish people, therefore, become devotees of demigods. This has been pointed out and criticized by Lord Krsna in Bhagavad-gita (7.20): kamais tais tair hrta jñanah prapadyante ’nya-devatah. Those who are not devotees of Krsna have a taste for women, wine and so forth, and therefore they have been described as hrta jñana, bereft of sense. The Krsna consciousness movement can very easily point out such foolish persons, for they have been indicated in Bhagavad-gita (7.15), where Lord Krsna says:

na mam duskrtino mudhah
prapadyante naradhamah
asuram bhavam asritah

“Those miscreants who are grossly foolish, lowest among mankind, whose knowledge is stolen by illusion, and who partake of the atheistic nature of demons, do not surrender unto Me.” Anyone who is not a devotee of Krsna and does not surrender to Krsna must be considered naradhama, the lowest of men, and duskrti, one who always commits sinful activities. Thus there is no difficulty in finding out who is a third-class or fourth-class man, for one’s position can be understood simply by this crucial test: is he or is he not a devotee of Krsna?

Why are devotees of the demigods greater in number than the Vaisnavas? The answer is given herein. Vaisnavas are not interested in such fourth-class pleasures as wine and women, nor does Krsna allow them such facilities.