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Sage Narada and His Veena

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I found this story captivating. From the divine graciousness of Lord Krishna to the devotion of the simple people of the village, I felt I was watching the tale unfold before my eyes.
I can understand that it is not unusual for a learned soul of noble birth to misjudge others who come from simpler backgrounds, and this narrative brought that out for me in charmingly sweet detail.
Reflecting on this, I felt I could see through the eyes of the great Narada. I appreciated his willingness to recognize Lord Krishna’s grace and open himself to learning. I respected the way he overcame his shortsightedness and drew closer to the Lord through his new understanding.

New York, United States

This story reminds me of a recent vision I had in meditation. As I reflected on the vision, I felt it was showing me that when I look for flaws and am critical of others, I cannot see the perfection that is already there, and miss the experience of love and stillness that is available. 

Port Douglas, Australia

This story teaches me about the power of devotion. It also reminds me that people live and experience life in different ways, and it’s important to be friendly to everyone.

Wijchen, Netherlands

I was recently challenged by a friend about why I’d accepted a job for pay that she thought was insufficient for the quality of my work. I replied that I was so glad and grateful to be working again after a long interruption. In addition, the purpose of this job was so important to me because my heart was in it. For me, if you feel God in action when you do a job, you shouldn’t be too proud to accept it, even if the financial payment is modest.
I am by no means the sage Narada, but I have known the sense of pride to such a degree that it left me without a job. Now I wish to live from the heart and follow the teachings and the Guru—in my work as well as my life.

Hørsholm, Denmark

Reading the story was like following a journey, which gave me the experience of the rock in the story. As I followed the feelings in the story, I began to soften like the rock when the local musician sitting on it sang from the source of his love and devotion. By the end of the story my hands had shifted from being slightly closed to resting open on my lap. I had a smile on my face. My posture had shifted subtly, as my body felt connected to the love expanding within the space of my heart.  

South Yarra, Australia

While reading the story, I felt connected to the true devotion evoked through chanting. For a few moments my state was like that of the villagers who participated in the ceremony—serene and calm, filled with true love. Now it is time for me to recollect the teachings and follow them with true devotion.

Hyderabad, India

This wonderful story, along with the thoughtful shares about it, evoked openness and humility in me. I felt encouraged and empowered to release judgment, not only of others, but also of myself. This has made today a pivotal day for me.
I feel grateful to Gurumayi for helping me move beyond my ego.

Beccles, United Kingdom

For me, the imagery here created a vivid picture of the musical evening. I could hear the divine music simply through focusing on the words of the story. I felt I was right there next to Lord Krishna. And surprisingly, in my reverie, when I looked more closely at the Lord, I saw Gurumayi herself!

Thane West, India

Reading this story, I felt as if I were actually present at the wedding ceremony, and I was deeply moved. My mind became silent, and I experienced my heart softening and melting like the rock.

Lyon, France

While reading this story, I felt the ecstasy of the chanting scenes as if I were there. I experienced it all as a play of Krishna’s compassionate love. I understood that what is important is not one’s faults, but one's true inner greatness and sincere devotion to the Guru.

Madrid, Spain

As I read this story, I felt that it’s the perfect story for our times.
Tears of recognition welled up as I realized that sometimes I look down on others I consider less knowledgeable or intelligent than I am. But I understand that love is most important. No matter what our opinions or beliefs, we are all connected by love. To remain calm and peaceful, I can see and respect the love in the hearts of those I don’t agree with.

Florida, United States

I love this story because it represents for me the immense power of devotion and the greatness of the bond of love between the Guru and disciple.
As I read the story, I felt Narada’s frustration. I recognized myself in him, particularly in the way he made judgments about people he thought were not at his high level.
The lessons about my own ego are the most painful for me to bear, but it is so sweet when love melts the rock of ego and allows love to shine forth. When this happens, I can see that the Guru is setting me free, and I can feel the great love the Guru has for all of us.
I bow to Gurumayi with all my love and gratitude for her precious teachings, which light up the path before me.

Milano, Italy

Such a great story!
Narada teaches me that wherever I am, whatever happens to me, the ultimate truth is God. When the heart melts, there is no dilemma. Nothing remains but the pure love in the name of God.

Nasik, India

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.

New York, United States

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!

Texas, United States

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!

Florida, United States

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.


Massachusetts, United States

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.

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.

New York, United States

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.

Maryland, United States

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.

Massachusetts, United States

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.

I am grateful for these tools, these beautiful ways to remember what we have, and why we are here.

Vienna, Austria

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 nonjudgmental 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.

New York, United States

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.

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.

Ohio, United States

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 Narada Bhakti-sutra
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.

North Carolina, United States

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.

Zutphen, Netherlands