A reader who read about my note on Creation is concerned that my ‘notes' may add confusion rather than add to the clarity to the thinking process’. I replied that my notes are from data that I have gathered from the Original Shrimad Bhaagvad. My idea was not to confuse but to help experience an awe over the Greatness of the Scriptures in trying to explain the inexplicable.
Guru Nanak in the Granth Sahib states that even though one has to use ‘akhri’ (words) to describe the Lords Creation, words cannot do the job by far!
I am about to write on the Incarnations of the Lord. I pray that I am able to do it the best way I am inspired to do it! There is a Mantra to be chanted before one is performing such a mammoth task.
Loosely translated: I pray that You help me teach.
As the name ‘Shrimad Bhaagvad’ suggests, its mainline is ‘God and His Creation’ Bhaagvad comes from the word ‘Bhagwan’. Last time in ‘The Creation’ we learned that God became part of the Creation and that the same elements that pervade the Universe form the body of Man.
The Soul or the Aatman is the Divine Spirit in Man.
Man is no different from God . Man is only separated from God by the veil of ignorance. Or the amount of dirt on the glass. If the glass is clear the sun shines unhindered. But if it is stained, one is not able to see through it. God shines through man as much as ‘his glass is clean’
There are many Avataars (Incarnations) described in the Shrimad Bhaagvad.
All do not enjoy the same status. Some are called Ansh (Part)-Avtaars and some Puran (Complete) Avataars. When gold has to be moulded into an ornament it has to take the help of an alloy. In the case of Avtaars the same rule applies.
For God to incarnate, He has to have a mixture of ‘Maya’ (The illusion of Creation) This is the reason why many who lived in close proximity to great Avtaars were not able to recognise their Divinity.
Christ called Himself the son of God and was persecuted and humiliated.
Shree Ram and Krishna were also not appreciated by all who lived in close proximity.
The list of the persecution of Sages and Saints is endless.
The Shrimad Bhaagvad was penned thousands of years ago.
The Avtaars of Fish, Tortoise, Boar, Half-Lion/Half-Man… could be likened to the Darwin's Theory of Evolution…
Shree Krishna promised in the Bhaagvad Geeta that the Lord would incarnate to protect His devotees from atrocities inflicted upon them by the amoral people from time to time ‘yuge yuge’
The following are the different Avtaars recorded in the Shrimad Bhaagvad:
Dal Sabzi for the Aatman
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