When Lord Shiva was embarrassed in his moment of bewilderment by the enchanting female form of Lord Vishnu- Mohini murthi, he accepted his fallibility and glorified his Lord. If we were embarrassed the way he was, many of us would plunge into depression- imagine chasing a woman in front of everyone, and your students or disciples see your lust!
Still, the slip of these great personalities is not a blemish on their characters. On the contrary, all of them openly glorified the Lord and accepted their small position. Even Brahma, the most intelligent being in the universe got bewildered by Krishna’s pastimes and made a severe error of judgment in kidnapping Krishna’s friends and calves. Yet, when he was exposed and humbled, he didn’t defend his position; instead, he accepted his mistake and happily sung praises of his Lord. Often we cover up our mistakes and present only our right side to the world. But the Srimad Bhagavatam opens up the awkward moments of the most influential people on this planet, for all to see and for all time to come. But a discerning reader of the Bhagavatam would observe the lesson taught by these personalities. They were glorious not because they didn’t slip, but because of the way they accepted their insignificant position humbly. We fight, fret and fume to prove our superiority in this world, and Srimad Bhagavatam offers a refreshing relief that there is no need to prove anything to anyone- we are all tiny in front of the Lord. When the mightiest are happy to be humble, why should we hold on to an imaginary position of glory and power in a world that offers fleeting fame and fortune?
Let’s seek to rise beyond the shallow promises of this world and embrace the reality of Lord’s love. And this love is accessed by pure, humble hearts; by those who are detached from greatness but more concerned with authenticity in their relationship with themselves and God. And Srimad Bhagavatam offers us innumerable examples to learn these lessons.