Reasons of Lord Brahma's fall down
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.14.02 - Reasons of Lord Brahma's fall down (download mp3) and (download flv)
by Murlidhar Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
asyapi deva vapuso mad-anugrahasya
sveccha-mayasya na tu bhuta-mayasya ko ’pi
nese mahi tv avasitum manasantarena
saksat tavaiva kim utatma-sukhanubhuteh
My dear Lord, neither I nor anyone else can estimate the potency of this transcendental body of Yours, which has shown such mercy to me and which appears just to fulfill the desires of Your pure devotees. Although my mind is completely withdrawn from material affairs, I cannot understand Your personal form. How, then, could I possibly understand the happiness You experience within Yourself?
In Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Chapter Fourteen, Srila Prabhupada explains that in the present verse Lord Brahma expressed the following prayerful sentiment: “Your appearance as a cowherd child is for the benefit of the devotees, and although I have committed an offense at Your lotus feet by stealing away Your boys and calves, I can understand that You have bestowed Your mercy upon me. That is Your transcendental quality: You are very affectionate toward Your devotees. But in spite of Your great affection for me, I cannot estimate the potency of Your bodily activities. It is to be understood that when I, Lord Brahma, the supreme personality of this universe, cannot estimate the childlike body of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, then what to speak of others? And if I cannot estimate the spiritual potency of Your childlike body, then what can I understand about Your transcendental pastimes? Therefore, as it is said in the Bhagavad-gita, anyone who can understand a little of the transcendental pastimes, appearance and disappearance of the Lord immediately becomes eligible to enter the kingdom of God after quitting the material body. This statement is confirmed in the Vedas, where it is stated simply: By understanding the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one can overcome the chain of repeated birth and death. I therefore recommend that people should not try to understand You by their speculative knowledge.”
When Brahma disrespected the supreme status of the Personality of Godhead, Lord Krsna first bewildered him by exhibiting the Lord’s own transcendental power. Then, having humbled His devotee Brahma, Krsna gave him His personal audience.
According to Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, Lord Krsna’s transcendental body can also function through the agency of His plenary expansions, called visnu-tattva. As stated by Brahma himself in the Brahma-samhita (5.32): angani yasya sakalendriya-vrttimanti. This verse indicates not only that the Lord can perform any bodily function with any of His limbs but also that He can see through the eyes of His Visnu expansions or, indeed, through the eyes of any living entity, and similarly that He can hear through the ears of any Visnu or jiva expansion. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura points out that although the Lord can perform any function with any one of His senses, in His transcendental pastimes as Sri Krsna He generally sees with His eyes, touches with His hands, hears with His ears and so on. Thus He behaves like the most beautiful and charming young cowherd boy.
The Vedic knowledge expands from Lord Brahma, who is described in the first verse of Srimad-Bhagavatam as adi-kavi, the primeval Vedic scholar. Yet Brahma could not understand the transcendental body of Lord Krsna, because it is beyond the reach of ordinary Vedic knowledge. Among all the transcendental forms of the Lord, the two-armed form of Govinda — Krsna — is original and supreme. Thus Lord Govinda’s pastimes of stealing butter, drinking the gopis’ breast milk, tending the calves, playing His flute and playing childhood sports are extraordinary even in comparison with the activities of the Lord’s Visnu expansions.