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NARADA

Book - Learning Not Enough

Once Narada was sitting in Lord Ishwara's court on Mount Kailasa. It was attended by illustrious sages and brahmarshis. Just then Durvasa entered the assembly carrying a huge bundle of books. Although Durvasa was a great saint, he was highly irascible, quick to anger. Ignoring the august assembly, he went and sat by the side of Lord Shiva. Shiva asked him smilingly: "Sir, how are your studies progressing?" The saint proudly displayed his bundle of books and said, "I have thoroughly studied these books and I know them by heart."

Narada stood up and called Durvasa a donkey carrying a burden of books on his back. Durvasa thundered in wrath.

Narada retorted, "There you are! You have not been able to get over your passions in spite of your scholarship. You have ignored the assembly and gone and sat by Lord Shiva. What good is scholarship without patience and forgiveness? These books are nothing but the burden of a donkey." Durvasa realized his folly. He Narada threw away the books into the sea and went into penance.

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Narada -  A holy personage and celestial musician, engaged in aiding pious in times of challenge.
About Narada
Introduction
Narada's True Intention
"May You  Wander Like A Vagabond"
Story Of Earlier Birth
In The Hermitage Of Valmiki
Narada And The Other Great Epics
Desire For Marriage
The Naive Sages
Srimati's Choice
Narada The Guide
Dhruva
Chitraketu
Prahlada
Savitri
Punishing The Evil : kamsa
Mahabharata
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Revered, Learned
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