“He by whom the world is not agitated, and who cannot be agitated by the world, who is freed from joy, envy, fear, and anxiety-he is dear to Me.”
~ Srimad Bhagwad Gita, Chapter 12, Verse 15
The greats had the need to appear in the first place because the world was in agitation, fever, and turbulence. Otherwise, why would the greats assume a form in the first place? Greatness, by its nature, loves to remain latent and unmanifest, greatness doesn’t enjoy exhibition. Exhibitionism does not still well with truth. Truth is quite a sleepy thing; it does not want to display itself. It remains relaxed, sleeping, tucked away in some corner away from the public eye.
Only when there is some great exigency that the truth wakes up and exhibits or manifests itself, otherwise the truth loves being a non-doer. It maintains a hands-off approach.
Krishna clarifies by saying that ‘only when the world experiences a total fall in value and defeat of dharma, do I come over to save the sages and punish the evil ones.’ He qualifies it very clearly;
“Whenever there is a decline of righteousness,
O Arjuna, and rise of unrighteousness, then I manifest Myself.”
~ Srimad Bhagwad Gita, Chapter 4, Verse 7
Only when dharma (righteousness) experiences a decline or a fall or an attack, do I (Krishna) come over. So, when Dharma is not experiencing a decline or a fall, then what does Krishna do? He sleeps.
Truth, as I said is quite sleepy. Truth is not an exhibitionist.
They (Krishna and Ram) came over because these chaps, Ravan, or Kansa, or Duryodhan were creating a fair bit of ruckus in the world. They were causing commotion and disturbance and all kinds of upheavals. Therefore, a Ram or a Krishna had to appear. They did not appear to agitate anybody, they appeared because of the pre-existing agitation. And as a result of their appearance the agitation subsided. Hence, obviously they did not come to agitate, (rather) they came to becalm the agitation. Is that not so?
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