deva-dattÄm imÄá¹ vÄ«á¹Äá¹
gÄyamÄnaÅ carÄmy aham
deva - the Supreme Personality of Godhead (ÅrÄ« Ká¹á¹£á¹a); dattÄm - gifted by; imÄm - this; vÄ«á¹Äm - a musical stringed instrument; svara - singing meter; brahma - transcendental; vibhÅ«á¹£itÄm - decorated with; mÅ«rcchayitvÄ - vibrating; hari-kathÄm - transcendental message; gÄyamÄnaá¸¥ - singing constantly; carÄmi - do move; aham - I.
The musical stringed instrument called the vÄ«á¹Ä, which was handed to NÄrada by Lord ÅrÄ« Ká¹á¹£á¹a, is described in the Liá¹ ga PurÄá¹a, and this is confirmed by ÅrÄ«la JÄ«va GosvÄmÄ«. This transcendental instrument is identical with Lord ÅrÄ« Ká¹á¹£á¹a and NÄrada because all of them are of the same transcendental category. Sound vibrated by the instrument cannot be material, and therefore the glories and pastimes which are broadcast by the instrument of NÄrada are also transcendental, without a tinge of material inebriety. The seven singing meters, namely á¹£a (á¹£aá¸ja), á¹ (á¹á¹£abha), gÄ (gÄndhÄra), ma (madhyama), pa (paÃ±cama), dha (dhaivata) and ni (niá¹£Äda), are also transcendental and specifically meant for transcendental songs. As a pure devotee of the Lord, ÅrÄ« NÄradadeva is always fulfilling his obligation to the Lord for His gift of the instrument, and thus he is always engaged in singing His transcendental glories and is therefore infallible in his exalted position. Following in the footsteps of ÅrÄ«la NÄrada Muni, a self-realized soul in the material world should also properly use the sound meters, namely á¹£a, á¹, gÄ, ma, etc., in the service of the Lord by constantly singing the glories of the Lord, as confirmed in the Bhagavad-gÄ«tÄ.