Sage Narada and his Veena: Part II

Sage Narada and the Stone: Part I
Updated: Sept 20New Shaktipat Intensive
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After reading the two stories of King Parikshit and Narada, two great beings, I am very inspired to take the Intensive to have more experiences of chanting. I am very grateful to the sevites who have extracted these precious gems from the scriptures and presented them so comprehensively.

a Siddha Yogi from North Carolina, USA

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 am currently a visiting sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram. One of the highlights of my day is chanting at noon with the musicians. This story connects me to of the power of devotion I hear in the chanting.
The chanters and the musicians chant so sweetly and sound like one voice, offering their voices to God with such devotion. I listen, and when I respond to the chant, I practice becoming part of that one voice and that devotion. It lifts me to a space beyond words and thought.

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, 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.
This insight gives me deeper understanding of the title of the upcoming Intensive.
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

After reading Part II of the 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

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

Narada "wondered what he, or Lord Krishna, was doing in such a place." I'm not sure exactly how the story will turn out, but it 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

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'm eager to hear how Krishna’s love will melt the walls of the heart, thereby giving a grander view of life.

a Siddha Yogi from Maryland, USA

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

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

Yesterday, 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 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 can hardly wait to read the next part of the story! My imagination is full of questions.What will happen next? I feel as if I am in the story myself!

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, 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.

Thank you so much for posting this!

a Siddha Yogi from Texas, 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 look forward to seeing how this unfolds, and I think since Krishna is involved, we’ll see Narada’s ego being transformed as well.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, 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

I enjoyed reading the new posting. Although Narada possessed many siddhis, or magical powers, he was not able to use any of his powers to open the door to his own heart.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

After reading the first part of “Sage Narada and the Stone,” 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