“The Lord immediately got up from His seat and invited Narada Muni to sit on His personal seat. The Lord again worshiped him with as much paraphernalia for reception as He had in the palace of Rukmini. After worshiping him properly, Lord Krishna acted as if He did not know what had happened in the palace of Rukmini.” (Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vol 2, Ch 14)
“I am not sure if you follow this stuff, but the modern day of everyone having their own press release mechanism has many disadvantages. Sure, there is the positive in that you can get around the censors in the corporate media. The bought and paid for political talking heads won’t ever cover real corruption taking place. A lot of the time, they are in the thick of things; they have their own skeletons in the closet.
“The downside I am talking about is that it is really easy to destroy someone publicly. Take old text messages you sent to them. Record previous phone calls. Reveal emails containing not-so-polite language. The people doing the exposing don’t even have to be enemies in the press or rivals in the professional field. It could be someone who was once your really good friend.
“It is quite dangerous, if you ask me. Benjamin Franklin once quoted a Latin proverb. I think it is ‘littera scripta manet.’ This means that the written word remains. If you are going to say something controversial, make sure it isn’t in writing, because that might get you in trouble later on.
“Well, everything can be put into writing nowadays. There are cameras everywhere. You might be recorded cursing out of frustration after stubbing your toe. Then the entire world chastises you for the blemish. It would seem to me that under this microscope of scrutiny, no one will survive. If we treat everyone like they are a horrible person, reminding them of their transgressions, there won’t be anyone left to look up to.
“How does God handle the situation? He would have to know everything about us. He is the all-pervading witness, antaryami. He could enter any public situation and humiliate us within moments, by bringing up our past.”
We see this in an incident in Dvaraka, where Shri Krishna welcomes a brahmana guest. It is the famed traveler of the three worlds, Narada Muni. As Krishna is in the role of king at the time, which is the kshatriya order, etiquette dictates that the brahmana guest be properly received.
Krishna is so amazing that He extends the same hospitality multiple times throughout the day, pretending as if the previous meetings never occurred. He is living with sixteen-thousand queens simultaneously. None of them feel short-changed; they think that Krishna is only with them.
When meeting Narada Muni, Krishna could refuse to extend any grace. He could bring up past transgressions. We know of only a few through the pages of shastra. These aren’t serious mistakes, as the pure devotee is always under the care and affection of the spiritual version of illusion, yogamaya.
Nevertheless, a less intelligent person could use the information against Narada. They could diminish his status as a respected brahmana. They could embarrass him when dealing with others, when he tries to save them from despair, despondency, fatigue, and hopelessness tied to a material existence.
माम् एकं शरणं व्रज
अहं त्वां सर्व-पापेभ्यो
मोक्षयिष्यामि मा शुचः
mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja
ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo
mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ
“Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 18.66)
The concluding verses in Bhagavad-gita offer relief from any benefits missed through varieties of religion or systems of righteousness. Krishna advises Arjuna to surrender fully and to not fear. This is because the supreme dharma is love and service to God the person.
This does not mean that a person can intentionally behave poorly on the strength of that devotion, but the accidental mistakes will not be held against them. They will not be posted on a wall in the spiritual kingdom, for others to constantly view and serve as a mechanism for belittling. Rather, the constant link to the spiritual land of Vaikuntha will be remembered, and that link will lift them out of the place of birth and death, with no return required.
The public not to relent,
Under scrutiny intense.
Receiving constant grief,
From spotlight no relief.
That blemish into record set,
A permanent reminder to get.
But to Krishna with devotion living,
Release from all reactions giving.