The Narada Bhakti Sutra also known as Narada Bhakti texts are written based on the conversation between Narada and other noble sages in the Naimisaranyam forest. This text focuses on showing devotion to the almighty in a selflessness manner. These divine texts are popular amongst the devotees of Lord Vishnu, and it helps to know about the easiest ways to attain salvation. Rishi Narada is considered as one of the foremost devotees of Lord Vishnu, and he only insisted the holy children, Prahalada and Dhruva to meditate on Lord Vishnu, and also gave spiritual guidance to them.
It is also believed that Sri Purandaradasa, a 16th century saint, who was an incarnation of Rishi Narada, had popularised the Narada bhakti texts amongst the masses. Purandaradasa was the famous composer of Carnatic songs and he was the disciple of the great Madhwa saint, Sri Vyasaraja.
This holy text was transferred by Swami Prabhavananda, a Ramakrishna Mission saint during the 20th century AD. Apart from him, the ISKCON Founder, Sri Prabhupada and his disciples were also translated the “NARADA BHAKTI SUTRA” in various regional languages.
From the holy text Narada Bhakti Sutra, we can also develop utmost devotion on Lord Vishnu, and this text contains the following teachings, which must be followed by us in our life.
1. Importance of bhakti.
2. Surrendering ourselves in the holy feet of the god.
3. Showing our divine love with Lord Vishnu, by praising him through glorious songs and worshipping him whole heartedly.
4. Considering bhakti as our main aspect of life.
5. Using devotion to attain the highest spiritual level in our life.
6. Difference between normal bhakti and supreme bhakti.
7. Attaining salvation through our devotion.
8. Self-realization of the god.
9. Importance of reciting the names of the god.
10. Listening to the divine lectures and spreading the bhakti amongst the people in the earth.
11. Attachment to the beauty of Lord Vishnu.
12. Removal of bad habits like lust, anger and greed.
13. Considering the entire living beings as an amsha of the god.
14. Providing food, clothes and shelters to the devotees of Lord Vishnu.