Nov 10

The Master’s hand

A story… some sites claim that it’s fiction… i prefer to believe that it actually happened, if not with Paderewski, then some other great pianist :)…

Wishing to encourage her young son’s progress on the piano, a mother took her boy to a Paderewski concert. 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 the child was missing.

Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy was 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 the 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 obligato. Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was so mesmerized they couldn’t recall what else the great master played. Only the classic “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

That’s the way it is with Guruji… and God πŸ™‚ What we can accomplish on our own may not be noteworthy. We do our best, but the results may not be exactly graceful flowing music. But with the hand of the Master, our life’s work can be transformed from the merely mundane to the truly beautiful.

Next time you set out to accomplish something big, and things are not working exactly the way you wanted them to, listen carefully. You will hear a voice whispering in your ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.”

I emphasize the word “play”! πŸ™‚

Have a lovely week!

Jai Gurudeva!



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64 Responses to “The Master’s hand”

  1. Aparna says:

    OMG!!! Wow!! Fantastic!! Awesome!! Just amazing!!

    Jai Gurudev!

  2. Bhavesh says:

    Believe it or not! It works.. Don’t quit. Keep Playing!!! And moving away, this utter Playfulness has transformed my most responses from lust to love!!! And now, I rock!!!
    Thanks Bawa.. Keep posting..and keep making our day, everyday!!!
    Jai Gurudeva!!!

  3. Arya says:

    it was a lovely story bau:)
    jai gurudev:)

  4. Vandana says:

    Thank you bau….i needed to hear this…:) havent been able to paint for a week now…had a huge block…wil start today with this thought….
    lots of love

  5. Vishal says:

    Coool ..

    A great week to you too .. πŸ™‚


  6. jatin says:

    excellent bawa… there can b no good example rather than this to explain how does our master play a imp role in our life….

    too good… just brilliant….

    jai guru dev

  7. vivek says:

    wow… u made my day bau πŸ™‚ … though it’s night over here πŸ™‚ jgd!!!

  8. Karpagavalli says:

    Very very nice Bawa, loved the story πŸ™‚ Especially the last part:

    “You will hear a voice whispering in your ear,
    β€œDon’t quit. Keep playing.”
    I emphasize the word β€œplay”! :)”

    And it made it clear what I need to do now at exactly the right time, when I thought I would “quit”:).

  9. parth says:

    I dont understand bau how does this great things come up to you……!!!

    simply superb, this is the second best which i liked after Monday morning

    Thaks for sharing such a great story …ooops True Story

    Jai Gurudev


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  11. Dilkhush says:

    Beautiful Story πŸ™‚

    Jai Guru Dev πŸ™‚

  12. Ashwani says:


    Rajesh Bhaiya said once – if we can just keep our mind out of the way…divine’s job becomes so simple…:)

    ~ Ashwani.

  13. SG says:

    thank you so much bau….wowww.. it seems like this this story was put up here.. just for me to read :)….so that i dont quit… :)i will not quit now… i’ll keep ‘playing’ till the end and let guruji do the magic :):)

  14. vinod says:

    very beautiful post.
    jai gurudev

  15. beautiful….very beautiful bay…
    especially d line…” dont quit.keep playing”
    wow…loved it…

  16. Tejshree says:

    Very very nice one…Hv a great week bau πŸ™‚

  17. Vijay says:

    Looks like this post was written for me exactly for today. Some work planned on the YES+ front over the weekend didn’t go fully as planned and I was wondering if I had done justice to what I set out to achieve. But maybe there is a reason why it went that way and I think I learned quite a few things along the way which I might have missed if everything went to plan. As always knowledge seems to flow absolutely when required in this path. Jai guru dev.

  18. Poo!! says:

    Dude…you come up with so motivating stories right at the moment when i am struck….n it takes me back to the track where i need to be…
    Thanks for being there….

  19. Anshika says:

    So true !
    “dONT qUiT , kEEP pLaYING.”

    P.S. Are you planning not to write for the entire week now ! Pls be sympathetic towards us !

  20. anusha says:

    jai gurudev bawa,
    I was really upset today that i couldnt do my best.This is the perfect knowledge sheet ever for me.i was thinking about guruji as nothing was happening the way i wanted it to be and rightly today i saw this here.Thank you so much for this.i will definitely continue playing..
    lov u bau!!

  21. Monica says:

    oh wow, too beautiful πŸ˜€

  22. B Prasanna says:

    Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful!

    I am reminded of a brilliant quote from one esteemed pianist. (I don’t remember his name). He said, “The beauty of music doesn’t lie in the notes themselves, but in the pattern of silences amidst them.”

    Jai Gurudev!

  23. Cmu says:

    thanks bhaiya….
    i really needed that πŸ™‚
    love n blessings 4 all.

  24. sudar says:

    a wonderful story and really touching. i will keep playing!

  25. girijesh says:

    wow…. its really too exciting….. doing smthing gr8 n experincin d blessing of master makes the job so effirtless….

  26. nitu says:

    hey bau this was something i needed thanks a lot love u

  27. Abhishek says:

    just love ur blog bau.. love u..

  28. Anupam Gupta says:

    Jai Gururdev Bau,

    as usual one of the most fantastic stories with an even better interpretation!!!!

    TOOO GOOOOOOOD!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. tanu says:

    beautiful bau :):)
    love you soo much

  30. srikanth says:

    bau ,,, how do u manage to write the right thing at the right time ,,, the master is indeed playing alongside you

  31. Nanddeep says:

    That took a lot of burden off my shoulders!
    Jai Guru Dev!

  32. Nanddeep says:

    And, yes! I too needed this right now !!

  33. Prakirtee says:

    oh bau this is so beautiful πŸ™‚

  34. Kruvesh says:

    great inspiration bawa….jai gurudev!

  35. Kola says:

    Too good. πŸ™‚

  36. vinita says:

    yeah bau …we all need this from u more often…. u r the best … need i say that ???????????

    love ya

  37. Kanasu says:

    Its so inspiring!

  38. Manchit Mahajan says:

    Jai Gurudeva,

    Wonderful……i needed it now…
    thanx Bawa

  39. Manchit Mahajan says:

    i m in such a situation…all ican do is now to continue playing..
    thanx Bawa

  40. Manchit Mahajan says:

    Dear Bawa..
    Can u plz explain me why emphasis on “play”

  41. Japleen says:

    “if not with Paderewski, then some other GREAT pianist :)…”hmmmmmm. Do I know the great pianist’s name???;)
    Jai Gurudeva:)

  42. Japleen says:

    needed that for instant healing n motivated me for the long run
    Jai Gurudeva:)

  43. Ana says:

    Thanks Bau!
    I needed this story just now!

  44. Shikha says:

    I needed it for today….after my first intro talk :p
    thanks fr being the msngr…..:)
    15 down :O

  45. gauri says:

    this is really a very inspiring and touching story. Keeps us grounded and yet gives us the sweetest and the best fruit of our efforts…

  46. hetal says:

    I have tears while reading this story BAU!
    Thankyou for sharing this beautiful story.It has helped me.
    I like you emphasising on the word “PLAY” very much!
    The story in truely inspiring………
    Love and gratitude!

  47. siddharth says:

    so so so very beautiful bau, tells us how insignificant we are without gurujee, yet he has the genorosity to do brilliant things through us, makes me think how will i ever be able to repay(gurudakshina :)) him?

  48. Manasi says:

    Ahaaaa Bau!!!

    Beautiful!!! you made my day!!!
    Yes i am ‘Playing!!!’ and it works! πŸ™‚


  49. Anil says:

    Dear bawa,

    how is it that at times where you are so confused and mechanical and despo in need of such messages, they always pop up,,, i typed in your blog and this sheet opened… eyes did not go on the details of the other posts… just this story and it has stuck… its been almost a month since i touched a drum….and guess wat i got home , didnt change went to my room took out my drum and started (9 PM in the night)….

    U can guess wat would have happened after that



    P>S – Please answer my question – How does this happen ?????

  50. suresh says:

    awesome..and i loved it to death when you said you emphasize the word playing….you found the subtle beauty ..which made it so profound..

  51. Akshar says:

    sheer genius. The truth in these words is beyond doubt! Everything is run by the master’s blessings!

  52. Monica Tiwari says:

    Wow, Bau, re – read this one.
    ‘Tis overwhelmingly Beautiful.
    Guruji is ‘THE’ One πŸ™‚
    Jai GuruDeva.

  53. Monica Tiwari says:

    I can cry of joy !

  54. Kamatchi says:

    Love you Bau!! Thank You! Jai Gurudeva!!

  55. Vishu Khandelwal says:

    jai gurudev bawa,
    truly amazing story of master’s grace. specially those words ‘Don’t quit, keep playing’. nice experience…
    love you πŸ™‚

  56. anagha says:

    thanks a lot bawa…

  57. Sreekala says:

    Simply beautiful!
    I particualrly liked the punch line ” I emphasize on the word “play”!

  58. Manish Mali says:

    I simply Loooooooovvvvvvvve this :

    ” Keep Playing !!! ”

    Lovely Morning My Dear Bawu !!!

    Jai Guru Deva !!!

  59. Abhishek Bhardwaj says:

    So so inspiring..I am spellbound..Thanks a lot πŸ™‚

  60. Khushu says:

    Its Awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

  61. sucheta says:

    so loving..

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