When I hear the flute, my blissful remembrance of Forms and Pastimes becomes unlimited. My mind jumps between Radha Kund Lila and Ekachakra Jahnava Nityananda Lila.
● Both Lilas Open Up
Various Scenes, Forms, Qualities and Lila Characteristics of Both the Lilas open up in front of my eyes. I can hear the flute 24/7 and be in such intense remembrance of both the Lilas.
● Flute Takes Me Beyond the Form
The sound of the flute takes me even beyond the Form of the Lord. I see both my spiritual Forms at different times, not together. I see the qualities, pastimes, and even what the Associates are feeling and talking. I can feel the water, air, bridges, pavilions, and the surroundings in the Dham.
● My First Love
Those of you who have met me personally, know that I have felt intense uddipana with the flute sound from the very beginning. I have been hearing it for hours upon hours for decades now.
● Multi-Tasking with Remembrance Becomes Possible
Another beauty is if I do intellectual thinking and writing with the flute sound in the background, still in the empty thought gaps in my mind, I am able to quickly see the Lilas instantly during those intervals.
Also, it would be an aparadha if I play some Hari Katha or Harinam Kirtan in the background and don’t concentrate it regularly. So that is recommended while doing physical work which does not involve so much intellectual absorption. But there is no such aparadha in playing flute music in the background while doing intellectual work as it is just a flute and not direct Harikatha or Hari Kirtan.
I have never found it so easy to remember Lila and still work intellectually, which honestly feels like poison to me every single time, as my Lila smaran in the flute is compromised by intellectual sevas. Oh when can I just listen to the flute and be immersed in the ashtha-kaliya-lila?
● Flute is The Constant Companion Of Every Soul
Brahma Samhita states: Vamshi priya sakhi. It means that the sound of the flute is the constant sakhi companion of all the residents of both the Lilas in the topmost abode of Goloka, awakening Roop and Lila remembrance in them throughout the day and night, even when they are not with the Lord.
By making the sound of the flute my constant companion in this material world also, I am getting a glimpse of how it can always keep us drowned in the remembrance of the Forms and Pastimes of the Lord.
● Flute Takes Me Into All Lilas
Sometimes it is Hadaisuta standing in Siddha Bakul playing the flute, sometimes it is my sevasthali Jahanva Kunj in Hadaisuta’s Kund in the Ekachakra Yogapeeth, sometimes it is Gaurasundar dancing with all His associates in Srivas Angan in the night, sometimes it is Krishna in the Kunja playing the flute, sometimes the water-pastimes in Radha and Shyam Kund, and sometimes it is my Radha-sevasthali Ananga Kunj in the center of Radha Kund.
My mind reaches all these places spontaneously just by listening to the sound of the flute. I am sorry I can’t describe in words how that happens.
● Flute Sound is Vibhava
Srila Rupa Goswami confirms this in Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu:
atra vibhavadi-samanya-laksanam —
MURALI-NADADYA hetavo rateh
karya-bhutah smitadyas ca
||2. 1. 12||
“The general characteristics of the ingredients are as follows: In tasting rasa, the causes of rati such as Krsna, His devotee, and the SOUND OF THE FLUTE are called vibhavas.”
Vibhava = 2 Kinds of Alambanas + Uddipana stimuli.
vibhavyate hi raty-adir
yatra yena vibhdvyate
vibhavo nama sa
||2. 1. 15||
This is mentioned in the Agni Purana [Alankara section, 3.35]:
“Vibhava refers to the two kinds of alambana — the person (Lord Himself) in relation to whom the rati and other elements are experienced (visaya), the person (The Associates) in whom the rati and other elements are experienced (asraya) — and to uddipana, the stimuli by which rati is experienced.”
● Venu Madhurya
63RD QUALITY OF KRISHNA WHICH IS NOT EVEN IN NARAYAN OR RAM
(63) venu-madhuryam, yatha tatraiva (10.33.15) —
savanasas tad-upadharya suresah
kasmalam yayur aniscita-tattvah
(63) venu-madhuryam: the sweetness of Krsna’s flute.
An example from the Srimad-Bhagavatam [10.35.14-15]:
“O pious mother Yasoda, your son, who is expert in all the arts of herding cows, has invented many new styles of flute-playing. When He takes His flute to His bimba-red lips and sends forth the tones of the harmonic scale in variegated melodies, Brahma, Siva, Indra and other chief demigods become confused upon hearing the sound. Although they are the most learned authorities, they cannot ascertain the essence of that music, and thus they bow down their heads and hearts.”
yatha va vidagdha-madhave (1.26) —
Another example, from Vidagdha-madhava:
“The sound of Krsna’s flute wandered everywhere, piercing though the shell of the universe. It stopped the clouds, amazed the Gandharva Tumburu, broke the meditation of the yogis headed by Sananda, astonished Brahma, made Bali unsteady with longing, and made Ananta dizzy.” ||BRS 2.1.214||