In his previous life, he was the son of a maidservant. He had no educational qualification and neither had any riches. Once he got the opportunity to serve the sages for few months. He associated with these great devotees of the Lord, heard from them about the Supreme Personality of Godhead earnestly and even ate the remnants of the food left by them. Just by associating with these sages he developed immense taste for practicing devotional life. The son of the maidservant in his next life became Narada Muni, an emblem of devotional life and devotional service. Narada Muni, a crest jewel among the devotees, has played a very vital role in preaching the message of the Lord for several generations. His intense devotion, his enthusiasm, his charm has captivated all.
Narada Muni’s life demonstrates that to advance in spiritual life we need to seek association of the advanced devotees of the Lord. Those devotees who are incessantly chanting the names of Krishna, who only speaks about Krishna and topics related to Krishna and whose life is dovetailed as per Krishna’s instructions given in the scriptures can bring us closer to God. If an iron rod is kept in the fire then in due course of time it acquires the qualities of fire and become fiery. Similarly association of advanced devotees burn all our sins and impregnates our heart with love for Krishna.