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Narada and the Hunter 2

Narada and the Hunter 2

Once, the great sage Narada Muni was passing through a forest and saw that many animals were lying, half-dead. The barbaric hunter Mrgari had hurt them. Narada told him, “Why are you half-killing these animals? It is a great sin. You will have to suffer very much for it.

The hunter became thoughtful and asked, “What should I do?”

Narada Muni advised him to give up his nonsense business.

Magari protested, “Then how shall I eat?”

Narada Muni said, “I shall provide you with food.”

The hunter agreed.

Narada Muni then requested Mrgari to sit down on the bank of the Ganges and chant the Hare Krsna mantra. Narada Muni then went to the nearby village and announced that a pure devotee of the Lord was now chanting nearby, on the bank of the Ganges.

Upon seeing Mrgari sitting and chanting peacefully, the village people said to one another, “He has given up his hunting business and is chanting Hare Krsna.” They began coming regularly to the bank of the Ganges to visit Mrgari and to bring him food.

After some time, Narada Muni called upon his friend Parvata Muni and said, “I have a very nice disciple who was a hunter. Let us go and see how he is doing.” Parvata Muni agreed. When the two sages approached Mrgari house, they saw that he was jumping this way and that. Seeing Narada Muni he prepared to offer obeisances at his feet, but before he did so he took the edge of his cloth and gently brushed away the ants crawling on the ground so as not to crush them. He had been jumping because he was trying to avoid stepping on the ants. This was the very man who a short time before had been tormenting all kinds of animals, yet now he was not prepared to kill even an ant. That is the nature of a devotee.

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