Krsna’s flute offers a shifting medley of symbolism at many levels.
One symbolic interpretation around the music from the flute representing the sound of the inner voice (Antarnad)
Antarnad – that inner calling from the heart often leads us on a journey of self discovery. The sound of the inner calling is often unstruck – Anahata (literal meaning ‘unstruck’) is that subtle sound produced by the vibrations of bio-energy (prana) within the body through the nerve channels (nadi) and recognised as “sound” by the brain, though there is no external source of vibration causing it.
The hollow reed of the flute symbolizes the energy canal (sushumna) within the spine through which life energy (kundalini) ascends – the spinal column., akin to a flute – Krsna blowing his breath through the hollow of the spine. playing notes from the unstruck music of the bio-energy.
The name Kṛṣṇa is Sanskrit, means “black” as the “dark of the night sky.” The night sky comes about as an expansive all enveloping darkness, which is very odd when you consider that the sky is filled with so many glowing sources of light from numerous stars that irradiate enormous volumes of light. How then could there be darkness with such huge quantity of light ? Sounds illogical ?! If the universe is filled with glowing stars. emitting immeasurable amounts of light energy, why would there be darkness ? It only appears dark because our eyes cannot see that light beyond the visible spectrum. Our eyes are blind to it. We cannot with our eyes, those levels of luminosity that is beyond our vision; it appears dark to us. But, if we had the vision that could see it, the universe would not appear so dark.
Like Krsna – the Egyptians also had a black God in the name of Osiris. His consort Isis, the Divine Mother, representing the sky filled with stars, that fundamental emptiness from which all of creation is born. ( And Krsna – as a light that emerges in the darkness. Darkness also contains light – light from beyond the visible spectrum. )
When our mind, our perception, cannot comprehend the light of Krsna – We see darkness.
Krsna's message of light is described in the discourse of Bhagavad Gita set in the backdrop of an epic war between right and wrong – however that war in Mahabharata is only a metaphor for the epic battle that is constantly waging inside of ourselves, against ourselves.
Krsna is about conquering our limitations, those defective aspects of ourselves that we have nourished and cherished., aspects that cloud our inner calling – Antarnad, and living with those aspects that we “possess” as part our inner being is the foe. Our enemies are actually parts of ourselves that we have known and nourished over time. And., a moment dawns when we begin to engage with our inner calling – at that moment we become overwhelmed with the confusion of “I cannot possibly destroy things that are part of me, because I am all I know. How do I get rid of things that I have nourished for years, how do I consider these possessions of mine as the enemy ? “ It all appears too scary. That is when Krsna shows the light of his multifaceted truth with an explosive awareness as the “presence” within everything that exists. Every being, every plant, ever animal, every thing as an expression of Krsna.
We develop a capacity to perceive Krsna by learning how to listen to our inner voice – an ability to perceive – without any filters, without ego. A perception of pure consciousness, that is free, unfettered from the illusion of perceived reality. A beautiful, cognizant comprehension of Krsna.