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.
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!
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.
Sahana Vavatu, Sahanao Bhunaktu
Sahaveeryam Karvaa vahai
Tejaswee Naava Dheeta Mastu Ma Vidvishaa vahai
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
translated: I pray that You help me teach.
You help me learn! May our study be brilliant and may we not
misunderstand! Om Peace, Peace, Peace!
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.
Soul or the Aatman is the Divine Spirit in 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’
are many Avataars (Incarnations) described in the Shrimad
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.
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.
called Himself the son of God and was persecuted and
Ram and Krishna were also not appreciated by all who lived in
list of the persecution of Sages and Saints is endless.
Shrimad Bhaagvad was penned thousands of years ago.
Avtaars of Fish, Tortoise, Boar, Half-Lion/Half-Man… could
be likened to the Darwin's Theory of Evolution…
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
is believed that Lord Krishna and Lord Rama are Avtaars of Lord Vishnu.
The symbols of the tools carried by the
Lord Shiva carries a trident and a rattle
Brahma is identified by his:
Books, rosary and pot
Vishnu is identified with 4 symbols:
Conch shell, trumpet or shankh, discus
whirring around his index finger or chakra
A mace or gadda and a lotus or padma
Vishnu’s Conchshell or Shankh:
It is blown to announce his presence in a
battlefield in Vedic times…it is a measure of lung power and mind control…
Vishnu’s Chakra which whirrs around his
index finger is a weapon and a symbol.
As a Weapon: It strikes the target and
returns to Vishnu’s finger.
As a symbol of life it indicates that
what goes around comes around…
The mace or gadda is like a teacher’s
ruler to punish those who do not do what they are supposed to do.
The above inspired by Devdutt Pattanaik
The Lotus is born, lives and dies in the
water and yet remains untouched by water…The Lotus inspires us of the same mode
of conduct in Life. Though we are born in the world, live in the world and die
in the world we should be untouched by it!
following are the different Avtaars recorded in the Shrimad
Sanat-Kumaras. The Ever-Pure young Brahmachaaris.
Lord, in the Form of a ‘Boar’ rescued the ‘World’
when it had sunk to Unreachable Depths.
He is A Symbol of ‘Devotion’ (Bhakti)
(The Fusion of Man and God)
He expounded the knowledge of ‘Saankhya Shaastra’which
had got lost in time.
He came as the son of Atri. He gave the Wisdom of ‘Brahmagyaan’.
Avtaar came in the Form of ‘Yagya’ (sacrifice) to
Prajapati and his wife Aakuti.
He came as the son of King Nabhi and his wife Merudevi. He
taught how the people in Aashrams (Hermitages) should
conduct their lives.
came as King Pruthu due to the prayers of the Rishis. He
helped in the preparation of medication which proved very
beneficial to mankind.
Lord incarnated as the Fish (Matsya Avtaar) and saved the
earth from drowning.
the churning of the Ocean, the churner was not finding
stable ground to churn. The Lord incarnated as a tortoise
(Kachhap), to give it support.
the form of Dhanvantari, the Lord extracted nectar (Amrut)
from the ocean.
Mohini, the Lord gave the Amrut (Nectar) to the
was the Incarnation of God as half-man, half-lion. He came
in this form to protect His great devotee: Prahlaad.
Vaaman Bhagvan, He asked for 3 steps of land, and restored
the kingdom to the Devtas.
Parashuram, he repeatedly destroyed armies of corrupt
Ved-Vyaas, He was a Gyaan- Avtaar. He penned many works of
Rama of the Ramayan fame.
the brother of Shri Krishna.
Kaliyuga, Budh- Avtaar
the future, Lord Kalki