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Gadhada I-23: Emptying a Pot of Water; Remaining in an Elevated Spiritual State

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Shivji did not behave in such an elevated spiritual state...

When Shivji learned that Vishnu Bhagwan assumed the beautiful form of Mohini, causing the asurs to become gripped with lust, and gave the amrut to the devas to drink, Shivji became eager to see the Mohini form. Taking Sati (Parvati) with him, they went to Bhagwan Vishnu seated on a bull. Here, Shivji requested Vishnu Bhagwan to assumed the Mohini form again. Vishnu Bhagwan tried to explain that he only assumed that form to cause infatuation in the asurs and give the amrut to the devas; he will show him that form but it is only appropriate for lustful men. Vishnu Bhagwan disappeared and gave Shivji the sight of Mohini form. Seeing the attractiveness of the Mohini form, Shivji could not restrain himself. Despite the presence of his consort Sati and his troop, Shivji ran after Mohini, grabbed her hair and embraced her. Only when Shivji ejaculated, he realized his shameful state. However, he was able to overcome his lament by thinking of the greatness of God.

[Bhagwat: 8/12]

Brahmā did not behave in such a state...

When Brahmāji decided to start the creation process as according to God’s wish, he created various forms of creation from the various parts of his own body. From his mouth, Saraswati, the goddess of speech, emerged. She had a youthful and attractive form. Once, when seeing her attractive form, Brahmāji became overcome with lust. Noticing such immoral thoughts, Brahmāji’s sons, Marichi Rushi and other, explained, “Father, you cannot have such thoughts toward your own daughter. No other Brahmā from the past has done something like this and no one in the future will do this.” Realizing the truth in his sons’ words, Brahmāji became shameful of his actions and discarded his body.

[Bhagwat: 3/12/28]

Nāradji did not behave in such an elevated spiritual state...

Naradji was a great sage who traveled around the three worlds to offer guidance to devotees. After having gained knowledge from Brahmāji, he took the vow of celibacy in order to serve Lord Nārāyan (Vishnu). He started performing austerities on the banks of Ganga in the Himalayas. Indra became suspicious of Naradji’s motive. He spoke to Brihaspati who said he might be aiming to take your throne.

To thwart him from his austerities, Indra sent Kamdeva. Kamdeva attempted to break his austerities in many ways; however, Naradji remained unmoved. Kamdev acknowledged defeat and asked Naradji for forgiveness for attempting to detract him. Naradji asked Kamdeva who had sent him. Kamdeva replied that he was sent by Indra. Naradji told Kamdeva to tell Indra that he had conquered all desires and is above temptations. The devas also praised Naradji for not succumbing to the god of lust, causing Naradji to develop arrogance.

Naradji went to Shankar to boast of this accomplishment. Shankar told Naradji not to tell Vishnu, yet Naradji went to Vishnu and boasted that he defeated the god of lust. Vishnu told Naradji not to let his guard down, in case... However, Naradji felt Vishnu did not acknowledge his achievement and unecessarily told him to be on guard. To put Naradji in his place and reduce his arrogance, Vishnu created an illusionary city belonging to King Shilnidhi.

Naradji arrived in this charming city. Shilnidhi learned of Naradji’s arrival and welcomed him to his city. Shilnidhi asked Naradji to read his daughter Shrimati’s (Vishwamohini’s) palm to determined who would be suitable for her hand in marriage. On seeing her extraordinary palm, Naradji became infatuated with her attractiveness and desired to marry her. At the moment, Naradji realized she is the very form of Lakshmi and said only Hari (Lord Vishnu) is worthy of marrying her. Shilnidhi decided to hold a swayamvara to determine who Shrimati chooses as her husband.

Naradji thought if he had Shrimati as his wife, no one would be more fortunate. He thought of winning her hand by praying to Vishnu. Vishnu appeared. Naradji asked Vishnu to make his face resemble that of Hari’s. Vishnu granted Naradji his wish, but instead of Hari’s face, he granted him a monkey’s face. (The word ‘Hari’ also means monkey).

Acquiring the boon, Naradji went to the swayamvara with the face of a monkey. Shrimati walked past all of the princes that arrived but she was not pleased with anyone. She prayed for Vishnu to take her. Naradji stood up and exclaimed she must be looking for him. Everyone poked fun at Naradji’s monkey face. Naradji realized he was duped by Vishnu.

Vishnu appeared in the swayamvara and Vishwamohini garlanded him as her beloved husband. Naradji felt Vishnu wanted Vishwamohini for himself and became enraged, “You promised me your face and gave me a monkey’s face instead.”

Vishnu replied, “Dear, Narad. Being a scholar of Sanskrit, did you not know that Hari also means monkey.”

“Am I stuck with this face forever?”

“Calm down, Narad. Look around.”

The illusionary city disappeared. There was no swayamvara. It was all created by Vishnu to make Naradji realized his misplaced arrogance that he had conquered lust.

[Tulsi Ramayan, Balkand: 123-133]

King Parikshit was not such a devotee...

In Vrundavan, Krishna Bhagwan played ras with the Gopis on the night of Sharad Punam. Shukdevji described this incident vividly and extraordinarily to King Parikshit. Hearing these human-like actions of Krishna Bhagwan, Parikshit developed a great doubt in his mind: Why did Krishna Bhagwan behave against dharma by associating other with women when he himself took birth to eradicate adharma? Shukdevji explained the greatness of God to crush his doubts, “Fire consumes everything, yet it does not acquire the flaws (properties) of the things it consumes. Similarly, great eminent purushes have no personal motives in their actions, and by engaging in such misdeeds, nothing wrong is being done. He who is the God of all of the living beings is not susceptible to the effects of sinful or pious deeds.” In this way, Shukdevji explained the greatness of God to Parikshit and resolved his doubts.

[Bhagwat: 10/33]

Indra’s Reputation Blemished

Vishwamitra Rushi tells Ram and Lakshman the following story upon reaching an old, abandoned hermitage in Mithila:

Maharshi Gautam and his wife Ahalya lived in this ashram while he was performing penance. Once, Gautam Rishi left the ashram to gather wood. Indra arrived at the same time in the guise of Gautam Rishi and requested Ahalya to associate with him. Ahalya recognized Indra in his guise, yet she still accepted Indra’s request. As Indra was leaving the ashram, Gautam arrived and saw him in his guise. Overcome with anger, Gautam Rishi cursed him, “Wicked person! You disguised yourself as me and performed this sinful act! You will become impotent (devoid of genitals).” Gautam Rishi also cursed Ahalya, “You will also remain here for thousands of years on air and suffer great misery among ashes. You will remain invisible to all the creatures. When Ram, the son of Dashrath, walks in this forest, you will be freed from this curse.”

Later, after praying to the ancestral deities, they affixed genitals from sheep in his body.

[Valmik Ramayan, Balkand: 47-48]

Chandra’s Reputation Blemished

Chandra was born from the eyes of Atri, one of Brahmā’s sons. Brahmā appointed Chandra to preside over Brahmins, herbal medicines, and the constellations. Chandra conquered the three worlds (swarga, mrutyu, and pātāl) and completed the Rajasuya Yagna. Becoming arrogant of his accomplishments, he abducted Bruhaspati’s wife Tara, leading to a battle between Chandra and Bruhaspati. Shukracharya and the asurs sided with Chandra; and Shivji, his troops, and the devas sided with Bruhaspati. Angiras Rushi went to Brahmā and asked him to stop the feud. Therefore, Brahmā called and scolded Chandra and told him to return Tara. However, they learned that Tara was bearing a child. At Bruhaspati’s advice, Tara removed the child from her womb. Bruhaspati and Chandra both fought to claim the child. Brahmāji asked Tara to reveal the father, so Tara said the child was borne from Chandra. Chandra took the child and Brahmā named him Budh.

[Bhagwat: 9/14/2-14]

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