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SB 1.6 - Nārada's dependence on his mother

Nārada said that the sages who imparted scientific knowledge of transcendence (vijñānam) to him departed for other places. Nārada wanted to leave home after hearing the instructions of the sages, but he awaited Kṛṣṇa’s arrangement. Nārada’s mother was a maidservant and a simple woman. She bound him, who was her only child, with the tie of affection. She wanted to look after him properly but was unable to do anything for him because she was dependent on others. The world is under the full control of the Lord, and thus everyone is like a wooden doll in the hands of a puppet master. Only five years old and inexperienced with time, place and direction, Nārada lived in a brāhmaṇa school, and was dependent on his mother’s affection.

One day when his mother went out to milk a cow, she was bitten on the leg by a serpent, influenced by supreme time. The poor boy was being looked after only by his affectionate mother, and yet the mother was taken away by the supreme will in order to put him completely at the mercy of the Lord.