You may ask, why should the Lord Himself incarnate? Why can He not set about the task of restoring dharma through the many minor gods He has at His command? This question was posed before the courtiers by Akbar himself, for, he laughed at the hindu idea of the Formless adopting Form, and descending into the world as an Avatâr to save dharma. Tansen asked for a week's time to furnish the answer and got it granted by His Imperial Majesty. A few days later, when he was in the pleasure boat of the Emperor sailing across the lake with his family, Tansen cleverly threw overboard a doll made to look like the emperor's little son, crying at tbe same time: "O, the Prince has fallen into the water". Hearing this, the emperor jumped into the lake to rescue his son! Tansen then disclosed that it was only a doll and that the son was safe. He allayed the anger of Akbar by explaining that he had perforce to enact this drama, in order to demonstrate the truth of the hindu belief that God takes human form Himself to save dharma, without commissioning some other entity to carry out that task.
Dharma is as the son God loves so dearly. Akbar could have ordered one among the many personnel he had on board, to jump in and rescue his son but, his affection was so great and the urgency so acute that the Emperor himself plunged into the lake to pull out the "son". The decline in dharma is so acute a tragedy; the intensity of affection that the Lord has for good men is so great that He Himself comes.