Story about the flute of Krishna

Value- Love

Sub value- Surrender, Faith

There is a beautiful story about the flute of Krishna. We all know Krishna always holds a flute in his hand, but there is a great story behind it. Everyday Krishna would go in the garden and say to all the plants, “I love you”. The plants were very happy and responded back and said “Krishna, we love You, too”.

Krishna with flute

One day Krishna rushed quickly into the garden very alarmed. He went to the bamboo plant and the bamboo plant asked, “Krishna, what´s wrong with you?” Krishna said “I have something to ask you, but it is very difficult”. The bamboo said “Tell me, if I can, I will give it to you”. So Krishna said “I need your life. I need to cut you”. The bamboo thought for a while and then said “Don´t you have any other choice. Don’t you have any other way?” Krishna said, “No, no other way”. And it said “OK, I surrender to you”.

While Krishna cut the bamboo and made holes in it, the bamboo  cried out in pain,  as carving holes hurt the bamboo  a lot.  After enduring all that pain and suffering,  bamboo found itself  transformed into a beautiful flute by Krishna’s chiseling. And this flute was with Krishna all the time, 24 hours a day.

Even the Gopis were jealous of the flute. They said, “Look, Krishna is our Lord, but yet we get to spend only some time with him. He wakes up with you, He sleeps with you, all the time you are with him”. So one day they asked the bamboo, “Tell us the secret of it. What secret do you have, that the Lord treasures you so much?”

And the bamboo said “The secret is that I´m empty inside. And the Lord does whatever he wants with me, whenever he wants with me and however he wants with me”.

So this is complete surrender: where God can do whatever He wants with you, whenever He wants, as He wants. And for that you don’t need to be scared, you know, you have just to give yourself. And who is yourself in reality? It’s just Him!


God knows what is right for us. He has planned the best for us. Once we do our best, let us just leave it to Him. We have a limited vision. We are afraid of trials and tribulations, little realising that it is for our good interest in time to come. When we have the complete surrender to the Lord, He takes over and gives us only the best.



Hallmark of Humility

Value- Right Conduct

Sub value- Humility, forbearance

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was an extremely humble person and many a times it was this part of his nature that inspired others. Several incidents and anecdotes from his life reflect his simplicity and humility. All these plus his contributions towards society, made him a renowned  and respected person all across India.
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar along with his few friends was working hard on a mission to start the Calcutta University and for this they were seeking donations. Though advised by his fellow members not to approach the Nawab, who was known to be an unsavory character, Vidyasagar went to the palace of the Nawab of Ayodhya to fulfill the same mission.   Vidyasagar met Him and presented the whole situation to the Nawab; who in complete disdain and disrespect, dropped his shoes into Vidyasagar’s donation bag. Vidyasagar did not react but just thanked the Nawab and left the palace.


The next day, Vidyasagar organized an auction of the Nawab’s shoes just in front of the Nawab’s palace. People, in order to impress the Nawab, including the Nawab’s jagirdars and court members, etc came forward and started bidding. The shoes were auctioned to the highest bidder for a good sum of R.1,000. The Nawab on hearing this was pleased and donated the same amount.

When the Nawab dropped his shoes in the donation bag,  Vidyasagar could have reacted in another manner, he could have taken this as an insult or got depressed. But on the other hand, he used those shoes as an opportunity to fulfill his mission. He not only got the money but also pleased the Nawab with his resourcefulness.

Vidyasagar always worked above his personal feeling  towards one goal; and soon enough his dream of opening Calcutta University also fructified.


When one faces an adverse situation, one should respond rather than react. How does one respond? We should keep our goal above our ego. One should be able to subordinate ones likes and dislikes for the higher purpose of life. When one develops such forbearance and humility like Ishwar Chandra by keeping personal feelings on hold  then one shall be able to achieve ones  goal and succeed in life.






Priest and the Fool

Value- Love

Sub value- Devotion

Once there was a priest who was very well learned, very smart. He knew all the scriptures very well. He was a very spiritual and inspiring man and he would travel around to the different communities and teach people.

In one village he went to, he was given a tour of the lake. In the middle of the lake, there was an island. On that island there lived one man. The man was very simple minded and many considered him to be a fool. As the priest came to the water of the lake, he heard the man singing bhajans, scriptures, “Bajh ghovindhan, bhuj govhindim moodaamate, lalalaaa…. lala…” But the fools pronunciation was TERRIBLE! He obviously didn’t know much.

The priest listened for a minute and thought to himself, “Oh my God, my ears, they are hurting! He is making so many mistakes!! I HAVE to help this man!” So the priest in his compassion got in a boat and went over to that small island to teach the man. He told the man, “Namaste ji (hello), I have come to extend my service to teach you.” The man said, “It is my honor sir! Please, please let me serve you food and water!”

The priest spent three whole days teaching the man. He taught him how to say the scriptures, he taught him how to pronounce the prayers properly, he told him many stories of truth and spirituality.

After three days the foolish man on the island was happy to have learned so much, “Thank you, thank you, thank you good sir! Uncle ji, God bless you, I love you!” The priest got in his boat and left that island. As he was rowing the boat……



He ran over to the priest in the boat and said to the priest, “Uncle, sir, pandit ji! I forgot one thing! How do I pronounce that one line again???” The priest was still shocked that the man had walked on water but he managed to reply, “Umm… it…it is pronounced….” After the priest corrected him the fool said, “OH THAT’S RIGHT!!! Hahaha yay!” And he ran back to the island on top of the water.

The priest was very humbled. He had so much knowledge, but this beautiful man on the island…. had more than that. Not only did he have spiritual powers, the man on the island had such sweet devotion. The priest thought, “He is not a fool at all. I am a fool compared to such a sincere devotee as that man…”

The Guru says,

By recognizing reality, one becomes a true priest.”


God sees the love, sincerity and humility of the devotee rather than his knowledge and proficiency in scriptures and prayers. The ultimate aim of understanding and practising the prayers is to transform oneself and develop a pure and compassionate heart.

Practice Humility

Value- Right Conduct

Sub Value- Humility

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Many years ago, a rider came across some soldiers who were trying to move a heavy log without much success. The corporal was standing by, watching;  as the men struggled. The rider asked the corporal why he wasn’t helping; to which  the corporal replied, “I am the corporal; I only give orders.” The rider dismounted, went up to  the soldiers and as they were lifting the log, he helped them. With his help, the soldiers were able to move the log.

The rider quietly mounted his horse and on his way out, went to the corporal and said, “The next time your men need help, send for the Commander-in-Chief.”

After he left, the corporal and his men found out, much to their disbelief, that the rider was  none other than George Washington.


The message is pretty clear. Success and humility go hand in hand. When others blow your horn, the sound goes further. Just think about it? Simplicity and humility are two hallmarks of greatness. Humility does not mean self-demeaning behavior.


Humble devotee of the Lord

nambuValue- Right Conduct

Sub Value-Humility

Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri was a devotee of Guruvayoorappan- Lord Krishna. He composed the 1034 verseNarayaneeyam, a summary of the Bhagavata Purana in 1586 AD. Melpathur Bhattithiri was a student of Achyuta Pisharody, who became ill. As a student of the guru, Melpathur Bhattithiri took the disease upon himself as part of Guru Dakshina. The disease was incurable, and he was instructed by Ezhuthachan to become a devotee of Guruvayoorappan. Being a Sanskrit scholar, Melpathur Bhattithiri composed a verse every day for the Lord, and after the final verse was complete, he was cured of his ailments.

Poonthanam Namboodiri was a humble devotee of Lord Guruvayurappan. He wrote a Malayalam lyric “Jnanappana” in praise of the Lord. He was not erudite like Bhattathiri but his lyrics were noted for their simplicity and devotional fervour. He requested Bhattathiri to revise it, but the erudite Bhattatiri lacked humility and looked down upon Poonthanam’s knowledge of Sanskrit. A saddened Poonthanam went home and wept bitterly before the Lord.

That night a boy appeared at Bhattathiri’s house as he was preparing to recite Narayaneeyam. Seating the boy at his side, he started to recite. The boy pointed out an error in the very first verse. The poet admitted it and proceeded with the next verse, and the boy pointed out two mistakes. In the third verse, he pointed out three mistakes and so on. After the tenth verse, Bhattatiri realised that the boy was the none other than the Lord himself, and understood that Poonthanam’s bhakti was far more pleasing to the Lord than his own superior knowledge of Vibhakti (Sanskrit grammar) and learning. He rushed to Poonthanam and sought his forgiveness; later as  he read the Jnanappana, he found that it was flawless.


Faith and devotion is more important for Lord than the accumulation of knowledge without love and humility. Humility is the hall mark of character building.

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