tau drstva madira-mattau
sapam dasyann idam jagau
tau—the two boys of the demigods; drstva—seeing; madira-mattau—very intoxicated because of drinking liquor; sri-mada-andhau—being blind with false prestige and opulence; sura-atmajau—the two sons of the demigods; tayoh—unto them; anugraha-arthaya—for the purpose of giving special mercy; sapam—a curse; dasyan—desiring to offer them; idam—this; jagau—uttered.
Seeing the two sons of the demigods naked and intoxicated by opulence and false prestige, Devarsi Narada, in order to show them special mercy, desired to give them a special curse. Thus he spoke as follows.
Although in the beginning Narada Muni appeared very angry and cursed them, at the end the two demigods Nalakuvara and Manigriva were able to see the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, face to face. Thus the curse was ultimately auspicious and brilliant. One has to judge what kind of curse Narada placed upon them. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura gives herein a good example. When a father finds his child deeply asleep but the child has to take some medicine to cure some disease, the father pinches the child so that the child will get up and take the medicine. In a similar way, Narada Muni cursed Nalakuvara and Manigriva in order to cure their disease of material blindness.
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