1. Narada versus Rama:
Rama is Bhagavan whereas Narada is merely a journalist. In the fiction there are big egos and smaller ones. Rama is one of the biggest. Narada was also an incarnation of Vishnu like Rama but Ramayana glorified Rama. Narada had initiated Valmiki the creator of Ramayana. Narada asked his lord Narayana to confer an appearance like that of Hari. It was to win the swayamvara contest and get married to the most dazzling princess of Mayanagri. Sadly the lady marries the lord Narayana who reveals that Narada was deluded by his Matrix and the girl as well as city were to examine his devotion. But it’s late as Narada had already cursed Narayana to suffer in separation from his wife ( the sorrow by seeing his monkey like face in the mirror became the cause of the curse which made lord Narayana suffer when Seeta his wife was kidnapped by the Raw One of Shri Lanka.)
I tell this story to my mother. I also tell her about the past incarnation story of Narada where he was not a muni but a five year old Bodhisattva who serves some teachers and gains merits to be born as the Manasa Putra of Bramha. His initiation makes all 10000 sons of Aasak ti and Daksha renunciates. This is repeated once again before Daksha curses him to remain a lifelong bachelor. This became the precursor to the story of Swayamvara recounted up thread.
I told stories. Vyasa said briefly about Rama: he enacted the role of a sensual man suffering by being separated from his wife and he calls her name Hey See te! He asks :” Oh birds, oh deers, oh Betels , have thou seen my Seeta who has eyes like a fawn?” And he swoons by recalling her lovely ways.
When I told about Vyasa version of Rama as told in Bhagvat Puran: the Mahanta of Gyaan Gudri Jagannath Ashrama, Gyaan Prakash ji became palpably agitated and started rebuking me severely.
My mother says: Rama is lord himself. Narada is mere servant. They are both incarnation of Narayana the sage. Or Vishnu the Hara, the Natarajan the dancing light of Grace.
Why Krishna is the supreme personality of Godhead? And Rama? Why not Narada? Because it’s about householders and world. If Rama was a social reformer and transcended death after 11000 years of rule as per Ramachari Manasa of Tulsidas: Ramananda and Kabir also qualify for same worship because they left the earth with their bodies intact and they kicked death in the butt. Krishna had 16108 wives and helped wipe out a sizeable portion of population within 18 days of Mahabharata war. He was super detached and aloof force of nature when his own kins killed each other off in Prabhas Kshetra. This makes him grand.
In my humble opinion. Only the authors Vyasa, Valmiki, Tulsi and Shankaracharya are grand. Dancing light of Grace: logos and visual aspects of nameless fill the stories romantic and otherwise with Colors as per the need. Narada is superior to Rama. Narada is superior to Krishna. Narada is looked down upon by the masses because of being an honest journalist and guru of all and sundry. Why worship a Rama or a Krishna when you yourself are Rama, Krishna, Narada, Shiva and much more? Isn’t it all a play of consciousness: the Vaasudeva?
2. People choose to believe what suits their causes. For example: people around me choose to believe that Ramayana and Mahabharata being telecast by Doordarshan are statements of Truth not mere myth. Similarly some people choose to believe in the constitution of a nation state or a book called Bible or Quaran. Look how Quaran is similar to Quarantine. Linguistics like James may find that link by research. Kabbalah and Science uses some tools to. Authorship and meritocracy emphasizes the importance of an agreed upon rulebook. The Hindu Rashtra advocates want all the wealth to be with very few chosen ones. Corporate houses who govern by proxy.
3. As I was taking breakfast: I saw a program in which the DD Bharati was showing spectacular India. A few churches in Shillong, Chera poonzi and elsewhere emphasize devotion to holy spirit. The kids clapping in the chorus look devoid of life. They look like robots. No critical thinking left in them. They might be happy and the place does look clean with greenery but they look like Stepford Wives. They appear to be too good to be true.
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