The Piano Lesson
Wishing to encourage her young son’s progress on the piano, a mother took the small boy to a concert of the great concert pianist, Paderewski. After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her.
Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door marked “NO ADMITTANCE.” When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that her son was missing.
Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in he boy’s ear, “Don’t quit.” “Keep playing.”
Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child and he added a running obbligato.
Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was mesmerized.
That’s the way it is with our attempts at personal and spiritual growth and improvement. What we can accomplish on our own is not always as noteworthy as we may wish it to be. We try our best, but the results don’t always meet our expectations. With the hand of the Universe — tuned in to our Higher Self, guiding our way, our life’s work truly can be beautiful.
Next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully. You can hear the voice of your inner, Higher Self, whispering in your ear, “Don’t quit.” “Keep playing.” Feel the loving arms around you. Know that in the big picture of things, you really can’t hit a wrong note.
Remember, The Universe doesn’t call the equipped, It equips the called.”
I had received this story a while back, as an anonymous one, and I felt it quite sahaj in its message. Personally I had met wonderful piano teachers that went far and beyond their ‘duties’ , so this article is dedicated to them. Also, it is dedicated to all of us students that at least once had experienced a life transforming, guru-like relationship with a teacher. The teaching of any skill becomes so inspirational and effective when the student feels included in the learning process, when there is Oneness – that transcends the mutual respect, trust and pure love – in the pupil/teacher relationship ; then only the student can hear the Perfection already sneaking into his own imperfect notes, simply because the Teacher is right there for him and with him, at every step of his learning and transforming journey.
Similarly it happens at the free sahaja yoga meditation classes offered anywhere, because this was the path set in Sahaja Yoga Meditation since its foundation by Shri Mataji in 1970. The declared and transparent goal of our meditation classes, in Halton and everywhere else, is that any student or beginner can become a Teacher himself, a fully matured Lotus and for achieving this purpose, the support is always made available, genuinely and joyfully.
Comment to Piano Lesson Story & Image from Adrian (sahaja yogi & friend from Burlington)
In this paragraph is Adrian’s comment to the story and original article below, and because I had found Adrian’s comment very sahaj = connected, I had felt to incorporate his comment into this article and enrich it. Enjoy!
“The piano is a very interesting instrument. Note the photograph at the beginning of this article… and notice the diagram containing the piano’s keys. There are groups of black keys surrounded by white keys. notice that any group of 5 black keys are surrounded 7 white keys. I think this grouping is called a chord. So there are 12 keys in total, each adjacent black and white key are a half tone apart. So at the opposing ends we find two white keys… with 5pairs of keys in between. The ends are the Mooladhara and Sahasrara… these are individual chakras… the others all exist as pairs a half tone apart… one in the front of the body and one behind, ie Nabhi, Anahat, etc. The keys of the piano are in tune… in harmony… as they should be in order to play an infinite variety of tunes. This is quite a metaphor for us to see, if we are looking WITHIN.
Not a coincidence.”