Sage Narada and his Veena: Part II

Sage Narada and the Stone: Part I
Updated: Sept 17New Shaktipat Intensive
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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