When evil increases,
I make myself a body.
In every age I come back
To deliver the holy,
To destroy the sin of the sinner
To establish righteousness
God has no bondage to time and space. For him, all beings are the same. He is the master of the living and the non-living. At the conclusion of every aeon the process of involution is completed in the Deluge; then, evolution starts again and as Brahma (the Creator), He creates beings again. He enlightens every one with a spark of His own Glory and fosters on the path of fulfillment every one of them, as Vishnu (the Preserver). It is He again, who as Shiva (the Destroyer), concludes the process by the destruction of all. Thus you can see that there is no limit to His Might, no end to his Potence.
|The power that various Avatars wield differs greatly. God sometimes incarnates with full powers and sometimes a smaller portion of His glory depending on His purpose. Full Avatars are born only in India, the ancient land of Bharath, because only in India have the Vedas and Sastras been understood and practiced by sages over the milleniums (see section on India). Partial Avatars may be born anywhere on Earth. Another type of Avatar is called a "Messenger of God". Such a one was Christ. Sages and Saints are quite distinct from Avatars, being pure human souls aspiring to God. The difference between an Avatar and a sage or saint is this: the full Avatar is enlightened and completely aware of his own Divinity even at birth. The Avatar is never overcome by the maya (illusion) of the world, and is always aware of His mission and the Divine powers at His command. In contrast a sage or saint is a human who has attained some degree of spiritual progress and is reborn in ever higher states until, in a final life, that sage or saint attains to Self-Realization or mergence in the Absolute. The sage or saint is devoted to God and practices meditation or rituals or prayers, depending on the path, as spiritual sadhana to approach ever closer to the Supreme Being.
Some spiritual beings, even after attaining to Realization may choose to be reborn voluntarily to further some specific plan or purpose of the Divine. There are many examples of such types of beings in India and elsewhere who have come to accomplish various tasks. Many times their activities are carried out using very subtle means. In the East such a one is called a Sat Purush. Various religions use other terms such as a Saint, Prophet, Buddha, etc.
|Sometimes, when the created world has to be sustained, I myself assume name and form and initiate Manvantharas (great eras of time) and provide the Earth with appropriate Divine Personalities and Sages, who set examples to be followed and indicate the path of progress.
I end also the unlimited increase of beings, when it happens. For this sake, I take on the form of Rudra (the destructive aspect of God). I create the bad, in order to high-light and promote the good; and in order to protect the good, I set certain limits, both to the good and the bad, for, they would otherwise, stray into wrong ways and inflict great harm. (Bhagavata)
"People believe that incarnations of God happen only for two reasons: the punishment of the wicked and the protection of the righteous. But, these represent only one aspect of the Task. The granting of peace and joy, of a sense of fulfillment to seekers who have striven long - this too is the Task.
The Avatar or Form Incarnate is only the concretisation of the yearning of the seekers. It is the solidified sweetness of the devotion of godly aspirants. The formless assumes the Form for the sake of these aspirants and seekers."
...There is a third category of personages or august or exalted beings, who, though embodied in a human frame, in truth are super beings. From time immemorial such personages, albeit only on extremely rare occasions, take birth on this earth, live, and work amongst the common humanity and guide an immense number of them to the Supreme Wisdom. They are the highest manifestations of the Primary Consciousness or Almighty God and therefore from the very moment of their birth they have the Absolute Wisdom about the nature of the whole cosmos and all its contents. They also have Absolute knowledge of Primary Consciousness, in other words, the knowledge about their own Divinity and Godhead. These super beings are called Purna Avatars (also Poorna or Full), or Supreme Incarnations of Almighty God, in Sanathana Dharma (Ancient Wisdom) or the Perennial Religion. Purna Avatars are born with an extraordinary array of supernatural powers, and possess an inexhaustible ability to perform divine miracles or miraculous deeds. They use these supernatural powers of theirs with the highest motives for both spiritual and temporal good of other beings, especially human beings. They never use these powers to benefit themselves.
Up to now, in the whole history of mankind, all together four such Purna Avatars or Supreme Incarnations of Almighty God have taken birth on earth....
|When He comes down assuming special form on special occasions for a specific purpose, He is known as Avathara. In fact, Manu and Prajapati and other Persons are Divine Persons entrusted by Brahma (the Creator aspect) with the mission of peopling the world. Everything happens in consonance with the Divine Will. So we can assert that the saints, sages, ascetics, and men both good and bad are all Avatharas of the Vishnu (Preserver) Entity (also called Hari). Avatharas are as countless as living beings are, for, each is born as a consequence of Divine Will. But the story of the Yugavathar (The Avatar of the Age) alone is worth perusal for the Advent is to restore Dharma (righteousness) and moral life.
Supreme God-intoxicated devotee. Approached God through a multitude of paths.
Spoke and laughed directly with the Divine Mother
Passed his intoxication on to many others including Vivekananda.
Messenger of God Inculcated the concept of love among mankind
Incarnation of the Christ principle
Taught the omnipresence of the Divinity within the heart
Spread the doctrine of enlightenment to millions of people
Identified the cause of suffering Promoted purity in thought, word and deed
Be tranquil in mind, tolerant of others, bring no harm to anyone
|Sathya Sai Baba
Man of Miracles and Wonder
Beloved living teacher of millions of people throughout the world
Embodiment of the Shakti-Shiva principle (Universal Mother-Father)
|Nityananda of Ganeshpuri
Fed the poor, performed great works, inspired thousands
Healed many in both body and mind
Took birth and lived his miraculous life for the sake of others
|Milarepa, Great Yogi of Tibet
A legend in native Tibet and the world Went from sorcery to enlightenment in a single lifetime.
Meditated strenuously in Himalayan caves until gaining total illumination.
Taught even gods and goddesses
|Shirdi Sai Baba
Crest Jewel of the Saints an Incarnation of God Shiva
Omniscient presence - Promoted unity among Hindu and Moslem disciples
Vowed to look after all devotees even after death
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