Having experienced a profound divine vision of who I am and what my purpose in this Universe is, I will now tell you about another unfathomable experience – that of experiencing the sound of Krsna’s flute, which I heard in my heart. One beautiful evening in October 2009, I was reading some beautiful stories about Krsna and contemplating what my Master had taught me that day. It was beginning to reach late into the night and suddenly, the world around me became a blur, as if I was in a vacuum. I then heard, within the depths of my heart, the far away singing of the Koel bird, in a picturesque scene in a rain forest. Words fail me as I try to describe this sound. It is like the sound of a mild, deep whistle; a joyful, divine, minute vibration – the sound of the Flute of Krsna. It was the most enchanting sound of all time, and it is still vibrating in my heart, even after all these years.
It is the sound of the flute played by Krsna during his reign in Vrajabhumi, where Krsna used to play out his Leelas (Past times/Plays). This is the same sound which enticed every Gopi, every Gopa and all creatures in Vrindavan (Forest of Basil Trees). Whenever Krsna played his flute, the sound drew people to him unconsciously. The moment they heard the flute they would drop everything that they were doing and would rush towards Krsna. They would lose consciousness of their physical surroundings and not realize that they were drawn towards him. Not caring about their physical or mental state of undress, nor even their state of being.
When Krsna plays the flute, Supreme Love or ‘Prema’ is invoked in the entire Universe; that of the Cosmic World which he creates from this sound which is called ‘Omkara’. Everyone in Vrindavan is bewitched by this alluring and captivating celestial Tune. Mother Nature comes alive, the peacocks start to dance as if in a trance state, the birds chirp and sing away to glory, the cows give up their grazing, and calves stop sucking the milk completely lost still in the stillness, the tranquility. The Gopis lose their usual consciousness as they hurriedly dress to meet Krsna. One wears her nose ring in her ear, one puts on her head scarf the wrong way around, etc. Everyone makes their way hurriedly towards Krsna as a magical tune of love filled with divine passion for the Lord comes from His flute.
This sound is called the ‘Para’ (pronounced ‘Pur-ah’) which is the highest form of sound and cannot be heard by any normal human being. This sound is like the ‘Omkara’ or throbbing of the Universe which cannot be heard by human ears or any aural means. No instrument can detect this sound, and yet it exists. It comes from the domain of the Unmanifest.
So now that I have given you a background of my experience, let me elaborate on the four different kinds of Sounds or Vibrations as explained to me by my Master:
- Audible Sound (Vaikhari) – This is the sound which we use in our normal course of talk and discussion. This is a sound which conveys a physical meaning to a person. He can understand and react to it.
- Inaudible Sound (Madhyama) – This is the sound which is like thoughts coming into action but are inaudible. In other words, you can’t hear these sounds, but they have physical manifestation and can be understood to be like the braille script used by the blind or hand movements of the deaf and mute.
- The Thought (Pashyanti) – This sound can neither be heard nor turned into any physical manifestation. It is the sound of the thought which cannot be actualized into physical action. It is the sound of the imagination. This can be felt in the mind, yet, we are not aware of its origins.
- The Unheard or Anahata Sound (Para) – This is the sound of the Divine which created this Universe or the sound of ‘Omkar’ which manifested this entire creation. It is a constant throb which can be heard in the highest state of existence. No one can hear or imagine this last state of sound. It can only be experienced by the Lord’s highest of the devotees.
Krsna’s flute plays out this ‘Omkar’ and creates the Creator of the creations. It is said that there is a Creator of the manifest Universe which is called the Brahma, who was manifested out of the navel of the Lord (Maha Vishnu) in his divine sleep state called ‘Yog Nidra’. The Lord wanted to physically experience this dream so in his Divine deep sleep state he created this form. This form disappears the moment he comes out of his Divine sleep state. These are the two stages which occur beyond the visible screen of human existence.
Now imagine this unmanifest domain’s creation happening by the trigger of the sound of flute of Krsna being played out in the second divine unmanifest called the Golok Vrindavan (in Christianity it is called the Heavenly Father’s – the Father of Jesus Christ – domain). This was that sound of the flute which played in my heart and I was mesmerized completely and became totally unaware of the outer world.
As I was writing this article I was teleported back into that experience I had of Krsna in Golok Vrindavan where I was running towards Him in in wild abandon, Maha Vishnu in his divine sleep state, and the sound of the flute in my heart. I can still feel the shivers of bliss, tears rolling down my cheeks with divine fervor within my heart – a state which is so beautiful, and indescribable. Very recently in one of my Master’s expositions of Srimad Bhavagadam it was mentioned that this sound can only be heard by the Lord’s highest of the devotees with an absolute purest heart. I did not realize the profoundness of this divine experience until very recently. With the grace of my Master I have been able to pen this beautiful experience in a string of words.
Thank you for reading and do watch out for my next write-up about me receiving the Guru Mantra in a very unusual manner.