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Narada - Punishing the evil:
Sometimes Narada's remarks outwardly looked like scandalous gossip. But it was his intention that evildoers should merit punishment and the virtuous are fittingly rewarded. Kamsa was a cruel king. He, along with his like-minded 'Rakshasas', used to torture people. His sister Devaki got married to Vasudeva. Then an invisible voice said: "O Kamsa, you shall meet your end at the hands of the eighth child of Devaki." Kamsa's anger knew no bounds. At once he took out his sword and rushed to kill Devaki. Vasudeva begged him not to kill her. He assured Kamsa that he would handover to his custody all the children born to Devaki. Kamsa left Devaki unharmed.

Later Narada met Kamsa in secrecy and said: "O Kamsa, the gods have conspired to kill you. Your father Ugrasena, Devaki, and Vasudeva - all these people have joined hands with the gods. You are after all a 'rakshasa', a demon. Don't you know that the gods and the rakshasas are sworn enemies?" On hearing this Kamsa was outraged. Immediately he imprisoned Devaki and his father Ugrasena, and declared that thereafter he was the king of that state.

One wonders why Narada stooped to such tale bearing. But he had a noble purpose. He knew that it was only when the cup of evil was filled to the brim that the wicked will attract punishment. Kamsa's cruel acts came in quick succession. He sent an army of 'rakshasas' to kill Sri Krishna who was then a little boy in Nandagokula. All of them met their end. Soon Lord Krishna found enough justification for killing Kamsa, and did so.

Narada and Durvasa:
Once Narada was sitting in Lord Ishwara's court on Mount Kailasa. Illustrious sages and brahmarshis attended it. 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 then threw away the books into the sea and went into penance.

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