Who is a great devotee?

Value-Devotion

Sub value-Faith

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Once upon a time Sage Narada who always greets people by saying “Narayan,Narayan” visited the heavenly abode of Lord Vishnu and asked him who he thought his greatest devotee was?

Lord Vishnu pondered for a while and then told Narada that his greatest devotee was a poor farmer who lived in a small village of India.

Narada was surprised and he reasoned with the Lord that none chanted the lord’s name more than he did…( he is known to chant “Narayan,Narayan” every second of his life)

The Lord smiled and told Narada that this might take a while but before that he had an errand for him. Narada agreed to run lord’s errand half heartedly.

Lord Vishnu gave him a bowl full of oil….it was filled up to the brim….and as the lord handed Narada the bowl he told him that he wanted him to take the bowl around the whole world making sure that while he did so not a single drop dripped out of the bowl. Narada carefully took the bowl and left for his journey around the world.

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Narada returned with the bowl after having taken it around the world as the Lord had directed….proud of his accomplishment of not having spilled a single drop of oil.

As he handed lord Vishnu the bowl the Lord questioned him…..”Narada,thank you for running this errand for me…..how many times did you chant my name as you went around the world with this bowl?”

Narada was left speechless…..he had been so engrossed in making sure that not a drop of oil spilled out of the bowl that he had completely forgotten  to chant/remember god’s name in any way….

“But Lord…”he argued”it was your errand…..I was doing the work you wanted me to do….it was your work…..”

“Narada…..that farmer is also doing the work I have picked for him….he is living the life I gave him…..dealing with all the circumstances that I give….and inspite of all this…..he takes time out of his busy routine to remember me and that is what makes him my greatest devotee!”

Learning

We have to learn to chant the Lord’s name in all situations in our life. Every work that we do we must offer to the Lord; if we do that sincerely with faith and devotion; He will always be there for us.

Courtesy-http://www.bhagavatam-katha.com/narada-muni-story-who-is-greatest-devotee/

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