Sitting in his hermitage of Badarikashrama, one day Sri Ved Vyasa asked sage Narada, “ Man seeks freedom. This seeking without devotion is dry. Many paths lead to freedom but they have importance only in so far as they are auxiliary to devotion. I, therefore humbly ask you to me the virtue of devotion.”
The sage said, “You have discussed the problem of knowledge in the Uttaram Makasa. Now, you have taken the problem of devotion. Its full explanation will be given by you in ‘Srimad Bhagavatam’. I shall explain devotion to you in the form of sutra (aphorism). Saying so, the sage delivered a discourse on devotion in 84 aphorisms.
These aphorisms form the contains of the scripture entitled ‘Narada Bhakti Sutra’.
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Narada Bhakti Sutra
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Translated by : Y. Subramanya Sharma
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