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Sage Narada & his Veena

Sage Narada & his Veena - Based on a Story told by Baba Muktananda
Updated: Jan 20Gurumayi's Message for 2017Updated: Jan 23Updated: Jan 24January 2017
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The story reminds me never to doubt that the presence of the Lord can be found in every place, every situation, and every person that I meet. When I find myself questioning this, it is a signal that there are more lessons to be learned. I am so grateful that I have a Guru to teach them to me.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

After reading “Sage Narada & his Veena,” I was drawn to question my own attitudes and actions. I thought about where in my life I make assumptions about people and situations that might color my vision and prevent me from seeing the highest in others.

a Siddha Yogi from New Hampshire, USA

I enjoyed reading this story. Although Narada possessed many siddhis, or magical powers, he was not able at first, on his own, to use any of his powers to open the door to his own heart.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

The most telling part of the story for me was that despite how devoted Narada was to the Lord, he still had lessons to learn.

a Siddha Yogi from Iowa, USA

As I read this story, I could feel that some part of Narada's ego was going to be challenged, and that the stage was being set in a loving and playful way by Krishna from the very beginning. I loved seeing how this unfolded—how Narada’s ego was transformed through Krishna’s patient and gentle love and wisdom.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

Many times, in day-to-day activities, I unknowingly take a holier-than-thou attitude, if not verbally, then mentally. This story serves as a reminder not to indulge in such pettiness.

I’m so grateful to read this!

a Siddha Yogi from Texas, USA

This story has really opened my heart this morning to reflect on my own actions and my perception of others. This teaching is arriving at the perfect time as well. I feel as if I am in the story myself!

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

Recently, a colleague stopped me in my tracks. I had been sharing with her how stressed I felt about having too much to do at work. She said, "I don’t get stressed anymore. I took some classes many years ago in how to let the energy move in my body, and what I learned stayed with me."

After reflecting on this in the context of the story, I realized some of the ways I behave like Narada. I had not seen this colleague as someone I could particularly learn from. I felt humbled and grateful for the reminder to appreciate, honor, and implement the rich, uplifting Siddha Yoga teachings and practices I have received.

I returned to my office, not only more relaxed, but also with a heart more open to seeing God in others. This encounter, especially while we are contemplating the story of Narada, feels like a precious gift to me.

Thank you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

This morning, after reciting Shri Guru Gita, I had the insight that if I am focusing on the faults of other Siddha Yogis instead of their virtues, I need to practice the understanding that they belong to God and the Guru as much as I do. My Guru has accepted them along with me to lead us to the experience of the Truth.

a Siddha Yogi from Gandhinagar, India

Even though there was a joyful celebration going on, Narada felt apart from the villagers because of his judgments of them. I feel this happens to me. When I judge another person, it feels as if my heart contracts, separating me from them—a very lonely place.
 
I am finding that, as my sadhana progresses, I am getting better at catching judgmental thoughts and expanding them back into the light they came from, breathing with the mantra So’ham. This practice helps me to keep my heart connected to the hearts of others.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I am deeply drawn to this story. I find myself making similar judgments and assessments based on appearances that are contrary to my expectations and conditioning. I love seeing how Krishna’s love melts the walls of the heart, thereby giving a grander view of life.

a Siddha Yogi from Maryland, USA

This story reminds me that the essence of music is love. Sometimes when chanting with other people, I hear someone in the room singing off key. This used to really bother me, until I started paying attention to the love in the singer's voice. That love makes the singing beautiful and reminds me to offer love with my own voice.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

After reading this story, I wonder: can performing any act with love and devotion allow one to see the world and everything in it as reflections of the same Lord?

a Siddha Yogi from Iowa, USA

I love this story! My favorite line is "his voice carried the love he felt for the Lord." I have always longed for this kind of devotion. Just reading this makes my heart melt, my eyes moisten. I am so blessed to be on the Siddha Yoga path, which is a path of devotion, a path to the heart.

Thank you so much for providing these tools, these beautiful ways to remember what we have, and why we are here.

a Siddha Yogi from Vienna, Austria

This story really brought home for me, once again, that devotion, all-encompassing love for the highest, is not something that I have to strive ambitiously to attain. Instead, it is what I am made up of. It's the essence of who I am, once I let go of the pride and the self-consciousness and concepts.

It's reassuring to know that even Narada, the sage who wrote so eloquently and definitively about devotion, also needed to learn (with the help of the Lord) to let go of his pride and limiting thoughts before he could swim in the ocean of limitless love.

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

Last evening, while I was playing a table game with my grandson, a young adult, we paused and engaged in a lovely, long spiritual conversation. Halfway through the conversation, he shared with me profound insights, and I realized he is one of the most non-judgmental human beings I have ever met.

As our conversation continued, I became aware that, rather than being fully present with what he was saying, I was pondering an appropriate spiritual response. Then, I remembered the lesson Narada learned from truly listening to the voice of the villager. I felt my being pause into a deep silence and heard within, “Just listen to him. He has something to teach you.” In deep gratitude, I just sat, fully present, as I listened and learned. I no longer felt I had to teach him.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I was struck by how Narada’s instrument was cemented in the stone. While reading, I was worried that he would break it in his attempts to pull it out. I was relieved when he was able to drop enough of his pride before doing that. He became less forceful and looked to God for guidance. When guidance came to him, he obeyed and regained his precious instrument.

I could feel his struggle in myself, between my ego’s pride, its shame, and my desire to truly want to be one with God. Letting go and opening myself to guidance is a lesson I learned, once again, along with Narada.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

Recently, while traveling in India, I had a very similar experience to Narada's. I visited a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu for the evening arati, and it was full of people. Once the arati started, it became so loud I could hardly focus on the deity. I was disturbed by how loud and rough the people seemed.

Then, all of a sudden, I was able to see the murti of Lord Vishnu in the form of Jagadisha, the lord of the universe. He was beautiful, and to me it seemed that he was very pleased and smiling. I stopped for a moment while the arati was being sung, and I could feel my body filling with devotion. I looked around. My vision had shifted, and all I could see was the devotion of these people. And I could feel my own love for God.

a Siddha Yogi from Heidelberg, Germany

I was so surprised to find myself crying when I read that Narada was filled with pride and shame. When I realized this is a perfect description of the way I feel when I'm caught in my ego, I saw that my tears were full of compassion both for Narada and myself.

The story is also reminding me of the essential role of grace in extricating me from the stone of my ego. Fortunately, Narada allowed Lord Krishna's patient, gentle grace to intervene and guide him. Without this, his efforts were futile.

I feel so fortunate to experience the Guru's compassionate grace right now, through this story on the website, gently supporting and guiding me.

a Siddha Yogi from Ohio, USA

I offer thanks for the boon of reading this story. I have bristled with pride many times. But I feel blessed to have been reminded—this time by the website—of the power of love and devotion and absorption in chanting God's name.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

What a blessing to read this moving story! I was particularly stirred by the message that the power of chanting God's name with love and devotion was not only capable of melting the rock—but also had the power to melt Narada's pride and shame.
 
After Narada experienced a contracted and judgmental state, the beauty of the singing and Lord Krishna's grace opened his heart to receive the lesson he needed to learn. And then look what he became—the author of the profound Bhakti Sutras
 
Such a sweet reminder to all of us, that we, too, through Gurumayi’s grace and by chanting God's name, can become pure vessels of love to offer to the world.

a Siddha Yogi from North Carolina, USA

I realized that singing the name of God with love and devotion creates miracles surrounding the singer. Not only does it melt the rock, but it also melts the inner hardness of ego and all other inner impurities.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for a great gift.

a Siddha Yogi from Vadodara, India

This story of the great Narada reminds me of the power of sound that is kindled in music performed with right attitude. I am a musician, too. When I look back to the greatest moments I experienced while performing, I see that I was connected to something bigger within and also felt connected with the public in such a way that we shared the music as one.
 
On the other hand, it is so easy to fall into the hands of pride, which draws one away from the inner connection. Seeing that even the great Narada had to learn humility in this situation shows the subtle and deep effect pride has on the mind. This story inspires me to do my daily meditation practice and see everything as an opportunity to grow in connection with love. Then I can recognize again and again the stillness behind all sounds, all thoughts. That stillness makes me free.

a Siddha Yogi from Zutphen, Netherlands