Flute of Vrindavan (Krishna Coriolis, #3) by Ashok K. BankerThe third book in the series by Ashok Banker that chronicles the life of Krishna. This volume captures his life from the time of being a baby that crawls on all fours to the time that he becomes a rascally young chap. It also captures the plight of the race of Yadavas as they move into exile to ward off the wrath of their tormentor : Kamsa.
The storyline follows the same approach as bankers previous books in the series. The life story of Krishna and Kamsa are detailed out in alternating chapters. Considering the fact that Krishna is an incarnation of Vishnu, the preserver his is a story that is more supernatural in nature. On the other hand, Kamsas is a coming-of-age tale with a difference. It is this aspect of the tale that I found to be more imaginative and speaks of Bankers skill as a story teller.
A more detailed review I shall do once the series is done with.
How good was Lord Krishna at playing flute?
the symbolism of Krishna’s flute and the peacock’s feather
Krishna was thus challenging Cupid by advertising His transcendental glories all over the world. Krishna has different flutes and He plays different melodies for different purposes. There are three kinds of flutes used by Krishna NoD chapter This kind of flute produces a very enchanting sound. Krishna would play on any of these three flutes when they were needed. These flutes were sometimes bedecked with jewels. Sometimes they were made of marble and sometimes of hollow bamboo.
He has preached prema, love, through his flute. He has created this world out of the sound of Omkara that emanates from his flute. What merits does our Lord see in you that he holds you so lovingly and tenderly day and night that you might drink deep the nectar of his lovely lips and installs you as the most beloved queen among us all? Where lies the charm, the beauty, the grace and attractiveness in you? Though black and born of a wild bamboo family, you have bewitched our lord. When he plays upon you, the peacock madly dances to your tunes, and other birds stand dumb on the summit of the hills.
Krishna is the ideal of divine love, the God of love. And the divine love expresses itself by entering into man and filling his whole being. Therefore the flute is the human heart, and a heart which is made hollow will become a flute for the God of love to play upon. When the heart is not empty, in other words, when there is not scope in the heart, there is no place for love. Rumi, the great poet of Persia, explains this idea more clearly. He says the pains and sorrows the soul experiences through life, are like holes made in a reed flute, and it is by making these holes that a player makes the flute out of a reed.
The Indian flute is made of bamboo, which is specially grown for the purpose. Only bamboo that does not have a tough bark can be used. After the bamboo is cut, one end is closed, leaving only one end open.
rod parsley silent no more
caitanyera dāsa muñi, caitanyera dāsa; caitanyera dāsa muñi, tāṅra dāsera dāsa