vartamano vayasy adye
tata etad akarasam
naradah uvaca—Sri Narada said; bhiksubhih—by the great sages; vipravasite—having departed for other places; vijnana—scientific spiritual knowledge; adestrbhih—those who imparted unto me; mama—mine; vartamanah—present; vayasi adye—before this life; tatah—thereafter; etat—this much; akarasam—performed.
Sri Narada said: The great sages, who had imparted scientific knowledge of transcendence to me, departed for other places, and I had to pass my life in this way.
In his previous life, when Naradaji was impregnated with spiritual knowledge by the grace of the great sages, there was a tangible change in his life, although he was only a boy of five years. That is an important symptom visible after initiation by the bona fide spiritual master. Actual association of devotees brings about a quick change in life for spiritual realization. How it so acted upon the previous life of Sri Narada Muni is described by and by in this chapter.
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