What does word “Narayana “ mean?
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(Though I have heard this story before I happen to see it again in Tamil in the post of Balasubramanian Nannilam Ranganathan . Thanks to him )
Sage Narada once went to a sage asked,
:What is the meaning of Narayana and he ,
Told him, “He who sleeps on water” but,
Narada was not convinced and he went to Narayana himself.
Lord Narayana said “I myself do not know,
Better go and ask the bee in shores of Narmada,
And poor Narada chased that bee all over and asked,
“What does Narayana mean? “ and the bee died that instant
Naraada after some time again met Lord Narayana ,
And asked him the same question once more,
And he in his great majesty said , “Is it so ,
Then you go and ask that parrot that you see there?”
Narada in right earnest went to the parrot and asked,
The same question and the parrot died instantly and as ,
Per direction of Lord Narayana , Narada asked this question,
To a cow which died and later he was directed to the prince of Benares.
Sage Narada was greatly scared but after some prodding ,
From Narayana went and asked the same question to the prince,
And he replied, I was the bee and hearing “Narayana “, I was born,
As the parrot and hearing it again I was born as a cow and now as prince of Kasi.
Then sage Narada understood that “Narayana”
Means “that which makes you born as greater being”,
And also means, “that which takes a person ,
To Salvation “when he has exhausted all his sins.,”