svayambhuva kaya vrttya
vartitam te param vayah
katham cedam udasraksih
kale prapte kalevaram
svayambhuva—O son of Brahma; kaya—under what condition; vrttya—occupation; vartitam—was spent; te—you; param—after the initiation; vayah—duration of life; katham—how; ca—and; idam—this; udasraksih—did you quit; kale—in due course; prapte—having attained; kalevaram—body.
O son of Brahma, how did you pass your life after initiation, and how did you attain this body, having quit your old one in due course?
Sri Narada Muni in his previous life was just an ordinary maidservant's son, so how he became so perfectly transformed into the spiritual body of eternal life, bliss and knowledge is certainly important. Sri Vyasadeva desired him to disclose the facts for everyone's satisfaction.
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