Krishna’s flute

18 08 2009


In Hindu symbology, Krishna, the god of love, is pictured playing a flute. Divine love enters a man and fills his entire being. The flute is the human heart, and a heart that is made hollow becomes a flute for the god of love to play. The pain and sorrow the soul experiences through life are the holes made in the reed flute. The heart of man is first a reed. The suffering and pain it goes through make it a flute that can then be used by God to produce his music.

-Shems Friedlander, Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes

The immortal voice of Pandit Jasraj



One response

18 08 2009
Leyla Jagiella

Pandit Jasraj`s voice … truly immortal.

Years ago I read the work of some Muslim scholar from Pakistan and in a passage of that book the scholar likened Krishna´s flute to the trumpet of the angel awakening mankind at the Day of Judgement.

According to some Islamic traditions, that angel will be Israfil (Raphael) and the sound of his trumpet can be interpreted as representing the healing powers attributed to Raphael.

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