Story Title: Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
Storyteller: Prabha Sathyanarayanan
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One day, a doubt arose in Sage Narada’s mind. Narada is a great devotee of Lord Narayana who roams around the three worlds always chanting the Lord’s name. He went to his father Brahma and asked the meaning and importance of chanting the powerful Narayana mantra ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’.
Brahma gave an advice to Narada asking him to find out the truth from a bee that lives in the banks of Godavari River. Narada felt surprised by this suggestion from his father Brahma. He wondered what will a bee know about Narayana Mantra. Since it was his father’s order, he followed it but the moment he chanted this mantra in front of the bee, the bee died. He panicked and ran to his father again, but got more instructions from Brahma to meet other species that was born recently. Narada did the same but all the living things whom he met such as parrot, bird, owl died one by one as soon as Narada chanted the mantra.
Brahma kept advising Narada to find out the power of this mantra to many species that was newly born, one after the other. Brahma also asked Narada to find out the secret from a cow calf but the cow calf also died as soon as Narada approached the calf. Narada who was shivering to witness all this at last went to Kingdom of Kashi to meet a newly born child.
Narada was struck with panic and fear that this child will also die, but when he approached the child, to his surprise the child talked. The child expressed that all the living things that Narada met in the past were the child’s previous births and every moment Narada chanted the great mantra, that living thing died and was reborn as a higher species. The child also added that now that he listened to this great mantra, he will be soon reaching Vaikunta, the heavenly abode of Lord Narayana.
Sage Narada was spell bound to hear this and he was surprised to witness all that happened. He realized the power, importance and the benefit of chanting the mantra “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya”.[/three_fourth_last]