It is said that every day Bhagavan Krishna used to walk through the gardens and say to all the plants: I love them!
All the plants felt very happy and also got used to saying thank you: Krishna, we love you too!
One day, however, Sri Krishna, greatly alarmed, entered those gardens. Realizing His affliction, a bamboo asked Him: Lord, what's wrong?
Bhagavan replied: I have a very difficult request!
The bamboo replied: Tell me, Lord, that if you can, I will be very happy to answer you.
Sri Krishna then told him: I need to cut it.
Bamboo reflected for some time and replied: The Lord has no other choice? Is there no other way out?
Bhagavan replied: No, there is no other way out.
Even without perfectly understanding what was going on, the bamboo said: Yes, Lord. Therefore, I surrender to You.
Sri Krishna then cut the bamboo, polished it and made some deep wounds in it. With cad movement, the bamboo staggered in pain.
At the end of the whole process, the bamboo then realized that Bhagavan had made it his precious flute. From that day on, he never left the company of the Blessed Lord.
Even the Gopis (devotees of Krishna), observing this, felt left out. Realizing that the Lord used to spend all his time with that flute, they decided to question the flute: the Lord is always with you! Tell us the secret of it!
The satisfied bamboo flute told them: the secret is to be empty inside!