Themes :

The flute is an important sacred symbol in mystical poetry, particularly in the Sufi and Hindu traditions.

On a simple level, the flute is like a plaintive, purified human voice, calling out -- an expression of longing. The flute is also hollow, empty, and it is precisely because of this emptiness that its sound is so pure.

On a more esoteric level, each human being is a living flute. The hollow reed is the sushumna, the central spiritual channel that parallels the spine. The holes of the flute are the chakras that open out from the sushumna. Living music is produced when the breath of God flows through this hollow reed, producing bliss, producing the sound of God. The sound heard is a soft hum or quiet ringing which gently draws us into the divine embrace.

Poems with the theme of Flute

  Ammons, A. R. Small Song
  Hafiz If life remains, I shall go back to the tavern
  Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) No Conflict
  Islam, Nazrul Come silently like the Moon
  Jayadeva My heart values his vulgar ways (from The Gitagovinda)
  Krishnamurti, Jiddu Song of the Beloved (from The Immortal Friend)
  Maghribi, Muhammad Shirin Invisible Caravans
  Meshullam da Piera Song at Dawn
  Nasimi, Imadeddin At love's most sumptuous feast was I with love made drunk
  Ramsay, Jay By Loch Arrow
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Fasting
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin The glow of the light of daybreak is in your emerald vault, the goblet of the blood of twilight is your blood-measuring bowl
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin What I want is to see your face
  Schuon, Frithjof Heart's Wisdom
  Shankara The Shattering of Illusion (Moha Mudgaram from The Crest Jewel of Discrimination)
  Tagore, Rabindranath Listen, can you hear it? (from The Lover of God)
  Tagore, Rabindranath Who are You, who keeps my heart awake? (from The Lover of God)
  Tagore, Rabindranath Your flute plays the exact notes of my pain. (from The Lover of God)
  Tagore, Rabindranath (1) Thou hast made me endless (from Gitanjali)
  Walters, Dorothy Whoever Went In
  Yogananda, Paramahansa OM