From Humble to Divine

Today, let us unravel the captivating story behind the name ‘Muralidhara’, which means 'Bearer of the flute.' It's a story that reminds us of the power of humility and transformation in the hands of the divine.

Apr 28, 2024
In the dense and fragrant groves beside the sacred Yamuna River, where the divine and the natural seamlessly blend, Lord Krishna watched a friend skillfully playing the flute. Hearing the sweet sounds, a desire for a flute of His own was born in Krishna’s celestial heart.
This wasn't just any flute, but one with a story of soul-stirring transformation.
Bamboo stalks jostled for space on the riverbank, each stretching up tall skyward, wearing its height as a badge of pride. All the bamboo shoots seemed to compete for their ego, except for one bamboo stalk—it was unique in its humility. This lone bamboo was not reaching for the skies; it bowed down instead. As if it bowed down in eternal devotion.
Performing its own spiritual meditation, it stood on one leg in the water, bending towards the earth in a humble and graceful sway. While villagers harvested its tall and towering siblings, considering them useful, this humble bamboo remained untouched, seemingly insignificant to them.
And yet, in its gentle curve lay a profound patience. It was waiting, as if in quiet anticipation for a divine rendezvous, for its moment of sacred transformation.
One fateful day, the heavens seemed to draw near when Lord Sri Krishna graced the Yamuna's banks. Among the towering bamboo shoots, His eyes fell upon the humble, bowed stalk. In that moment of divine recognition, Lord Krishna chose it.
From this meek and humble bamboo, Lord Krishna crafted His celestial flute, an instrument that would soon prove to be no ordinary artifact. Just as sages and saints make great efforts to become worthy of moksha or salvation, this bamboo stalk prepared itself to become an instrument of the divine by practicing humility.
And when Krishna played His flute for the first time, the sound was nothing short of divine alchemy. Even Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva were entranced. Every entity, whether animate or inanimate, in all the three worlds, seemed to pause in divine astonishment.
And so, in a small corner of the universe, on the banks of the Yamuna, a simple bamboo stick found its ultimate purpose: to become an instrument in the hands of the Divine, guiding hearts toward cosmic love. Thus, the humble bamboo teaches us that greatness awaits not those who stand tallest, but those who bend in humility and devotion.
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Listen to the The Divine Flute of Muralidhara

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