Avatars and Evolution

The supreme lord manifests himself in human form from time to time for world peace. This has been observed for some time and the seers and saints have been able to predict this manifestation of the supreme being in human form.

In Hindusim, which is one of the oldest religions, Lord Vishnu's dasa(10) avatars have illustrated the Darwin's theory of Evolution. Today it has been proved by scientists that our genes and the genes of Chimpanzees are 98.5% common and we share 90% of our genes with most of the mammals. This has only been proved more in Hinduism as illustrated below.

Maha Vishnu in the early times was incarnated as a

Mastya Avathar - Lord Vishnu in the form of a Fish. Lord Vishnu, from the AUM does the protection job. For protecting the sages, people and the king in the brink of extinction from natural calamities and disasters Lord Vishnu incarnated as a fish and steered them clear to safety to the next yuga/era.

Yoga Concept - The Kundalini force is like a fish swimming in a sea. When this kundalini force rises to the Sahasrara(the highest chakra), the longitivity increases and he attains mukthi/liberation through his yogic powers. He will even be able to sustain natural calamities and disasters. The message from this avatar is "We should swim in the ocean of desire using the fish called Yoga and reach ashore"

Kurma - Lord Vishnu in the form of a Tortoise. It lives in land and water. It is a reptile that reproduces via eggs. This signifies a very deep yoga concept. In KURMA Avatar, Lord Vishnu incarnates himself as a tortoise. It is an interesting story involving both the gods (Devtas) and asuras (demons). In the ongoing saga of battle between the gods and asuras, on one occasion the gods suddenly lost all their strength due to a curse by the short-tempered sage Durvasa.Vishnu then asked them to churn the ocean of milk after adding medicines into the ocean. Mt Mandara could be used a the churning stick he said. He requested them to ask the help of Asuras in lifting the mountain in exchange for offer of the share of nectar of immortality that would ensue from the churning. Both the devatas and the asuras churned the ocean using the serpent Vasuki as the rope. But as churning was proceeding the mountain was sinking and then Lord Vishnu took the form of the tortoise KURMA and kept the mountain afloat. As the churning continued first lots of demons appeared, then kamadhenu, then the nectar of immortality.

Yoga Concept - A yogi should learn from the tortoise. To protect itself it hides its 4 limbs and head inside the shell. Likewise a yogi should not surrender to his 5 senses and protect himself through manthra japa to churn from the ocean of desire. As a consequence of his penance, first he will release many bad qualities(synonym to poision). Later on he attains all the 8 siddhis. After that he will be able to drink the nectar of immortality from the Sahasrara.

Varaha - Lord Vishnu in the form of a Pig. A demon Hiranyaksha, had prayed for Lord Shiva and got awarded a boon that no beast nor man nor god could kill him. But somehow from the list of beasts the name of boar was missing. This proved to be his lacunae. He then started a campaign of plunder across the worlds. He pushed the world to the Pataal loka, or the under of the sea. He stole the Vedas, the holy scriptures from the Lord Brahma.To retrieve the Vedas and to save the world the Lord Vishnu assumed the role of a boar and brought out the earth from the under of the ocean, using its two tusks. It then killed Hiranyaksha and retrieved the Vedas from the asura and brought it back to the safe custody of the Lord Brahma.

Yoga Concept - A man is composed of both Deva Guna and Asura Guna. To get rid of the asura gunas he should fill himself with deva gunas. Even though Hiranyaksha was a great Shiva devotee, and conquerer of all the worlds he let his ego get to his head and was involved in lot of misdeeds . As a consequence he was destroyed by this Varaha avatar. This avatar emphasises that one should be courageous but not cocky and lead thier lives virtuously.

Narashima - Lord Vishnu in the form of a semi-man,semi-lion. IThe king of demons(asuras), Hiranyakasyapa, wanted to become immortal and wanted to remain young forever. To this end, he meditated for Lord Brahma and because of his severe penance, the gods were frightened and asked Brahma to pacify the king. Brahma was impressed by his austerity and granted him a wish. HiranyaKasyapa wished that he be neither killed by a man or beast, nor in daylight or at night and neither inside or outside a building. Having obtained the wish he considered himself the supreme God and frobade all worship of gods by anyone. But his son Prahlada, was an ardent devotee of Vishnu. This enraged Hiranyakasyapa very much. He ordered numerous ways to kill Prahlada including asking his sister Holika to sit with Prahlada in the fire. But everytime Prahlada escaped unhurt. Enraged, once he asked Prahlad to show him the Lord Vishnu. Prahlad said, "He is everywhere". Further enraged, Hiranyakasyapa knocked down a pillar, and asked if Lord was present there. Lord Vishnu then emerged as a half lion, half man from the pillar which was neither inside the house nor outside, and the time was evening, neither night nor day. He then killed Hiranyakasyapa thus saving the life of his devotee Prahlada.

Yoga Concept - This avatar incarnated to signify the omnipresent and omnipotent nature of the Supreme Being and protect his followers at any cost at the right time. For a devotee who is constantly lamenting about Lord Vishnu, even when faced with lot of difficulty will be protected. We should always remember that we should be humble. However powerful we may be, we are meek before God. Those who embrace the feet of God can never be defeated.

Vamana - VAMANA Avatar, Lord Vishnu incarnates himself as a dwarf priest in this world. BALI, the grandson of Prahlada was a very valorous and mighty asura. By his penance and might, he conquered the whole world. Indra and other gods fearing that he and asuras would conquer all the three worlds, went to Lord Vishnu for help. Lord Vishnu was then born as a dwarf Vamana in the household of a brahmana(priest). He went to Bali on growing up and asked for alms. Bali was delighted to offer him anything he requested even though his priest warned him that it was Lord Vishnu.
Vamana then requested for the amount of land that could come under his three feet. Bali gracefully agreed. Lord Vishnu then grew in size and covered the earth and heaven in two stride. And due to lack of space, he put his third leg on Bali himself and crushed Bali to the nether or the Patala loka(underground world), thus helping the Gods out. A dwarf. This form was taken to destroy the egos and unnecessary evil in humans and to show the path of the righteous?This incarnation later manifested itself to show the truly universal nature of god by occupying all the 3 worlds.

Yoga Concept - However big a person is, if one deviates from righteousness and acts egoistic he is bound to be doomed. This avatar implicitly mentions that “God’d Feet is present in all Human Beings heads”. What this means is that God is present in all beings and that we are all connected to the Lord. If we meditate in the Sahasrara Chakra(found in the crown point at the very top of the head - an essential element in obtaining supramental higher consciousness of the truth that one is all and all is one) we can break the shackles of Karma and attain liberation. It was based on this that the practice of Namam and Vibuthi came to effect.

Parasuramar - In PARASURAMA Avatar, Lord Vishnu incarnates himself as a brahmana(priest) in this world. He was brought in this world to avenge all kshatriyas who had become arrogant and were suppressing the brahmans in the world. He was born to Jamadagni and Renuka, and belonged to the Brighu clan. Parashurama was always carrying an axe presented to him by Lord Shiva of whom he was an ardent devotee. Kartavirya a powerful king, once went to Jamadagni's home when he was out, and after a meal, stole the Kamadhenu cow, which was supposed to give endless quantity of milk. Jamadgni was enraged and he went and killed the king and brought Kamadhenu back. On hearing this the son of the king came back and killed Jamdagni. Parasurama was enraged at this and went and avenged the death of his father by killing all kshatriyas over 21 generations. This avatar was an example of devotion to parents and proved that nothing is more important than a pledge from the dad. This avatar also proved that man at one time was living a life of a jungle man and used to carry an axe in his hand.

Yoga Concept - When one reaches a certain stage in Yoga they attain certain occult powers (supernatural powers) one being Kamadhenu. This is represented as a cow with a head of a women. This is the transformation of kundalini power. For people who practice yoga and indulge in penance, kamadhenu- i.e. one of the occult powers will be realised. This story also emphasizes that if a great sage is killed, the assassin’s entire race will be destroyed. This avatar was an extraordinary example of devotion to parents.

Rama avatarIn RAMA Avatar, Lord Vishnu incarnates himself as RAMA , the central character in the epic RAMAYANA. In this biggest epic of Indian mythology a myriad of topics are covered, including war, love, brotherhood,ideal man , son etc. It is essentially the story of an ideal king, son, father and man, RAMA. As an ideal son, he agrees to abide by wishes of his father King Dasaratha to spend 14 years in forest, along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman. During the course of his stay in forest, the demon Ravana abducts his wife Sita. Ram then sets out in search of his wife. During this he makes friends with king of monkeys Sugreeva, and his devotee Hanuman. In the end he wages a war with Ravana and rescues Sita to return to Ayodhya and rule it as an ideal king for 1000 s of years.

Yoga Concept - Even though Lord rama was the son of a great emperor, he possessed the highest of virtues. It is said that Sita was discovered in a furrow in a ploughed field by King Janaka. She represents jeevathma symbolically since jeevathmas live on Land. The process of Sita the Jeevathma attaining Rama the Paramathma is called Mukthi/Liberation. Further more this signifies sanadhana dharma. This is the deepest concept in Yoga.
It is also intresting to see Darvin's evolution theory in action in Ramayana, i.e. man evolving from monkeys. This was evident from Hanuman, Vali & Sugreevan who were closely associated with Rama avatar. This is a very significant example of how man evolved from monkeys.

Balaramar - Balarama, the Hindu equivalent of Bacchus in Greek and Roman mythology, is the brother of Krishna.

Yoga Concept - Balarama is considered to be an incarnation of Adiseshan the 5 headed snake, which in our human body represents the 5 organs. Lord Narayana is said to be lying on this Adiseshan in Yoga Nidra. This signifies a very deep concept. Adiseshan's five heads represent our five organs in the body or five boothas outside of us. Thus the five organs (pancha indreyam)which is a constant source of distraction for a yogi, when gained control over becomes a positive force. The lord is said to be lying over adiseshan and implies that the lord controls the pancha boothas. This adiseshan is said to be supportive to Lord Vishnu which implies that the pancha boothas and the pancha indreyams will always aid a Yogi.

Lord Krishna- In KRISHNA Avatar, Lord Vishnu incarnates himself as KRISHNA , the central character in the epic MAHABHARATA. In this biggest epic of Indian mythology a myriad of topics are covered, including war, love, brotherhood, politics etc. It is essentially the story of two warring groups of cousin brothers, the PANDAVAs and the KAURAVAs. As a part of the Mahabahrata, during the war KRISHNA, gives a long discourse to his disciple ARJUNA, collectively termed as Bhagvad-Gita.
Unlike Ramayana, Mahabharata deals with more down to earth issues like politics, human nature, human weaknesses, and does not attempt to idealise the characters as in RAMAYANA.

Yoga Concept - By creating the most significant Hindu Bible, Lord Krishna gave the world the Gita which is considered by many to be by far the most superior yoga texts ever. This also proved that during this era man was at the peak of spiritual knowledge. Krishna Avatar is full of Yogic concepts. Lord Krishna deals with Karma Kogam(Yoga of Action), Gyana yoga(The yoga of Knowledge), Bakthi Yoga(Yoga of Devotion) in the Gita. The important point to realize is that one should practice Karma Yoga, Gyana yoga and Bakthi yoga. All of these are steps to attain moksha.

Kalki avatar -In Hindu traditions, Kalki is the tenth and final Maha Avatara (great incarnation) of Vishnu the Preserver, who will come to end the Kali Yuga, (The Age of Darkness and Destruction). The name Kalki is often a metaphor for "Eternity" or "Time". The origins of the name probably lie in the word Kalka which refers to "dirt", "filth" or "foulness" and hence denotes the "Destroyer of Foulness", "Destroyer of Confusion", "Destroyer of Darkness", or "The Annihilator of Ignorance".

Yoga Concept - All jeevathmas are born based on the “Laws of Karma”. This avatar will explain how to break the shackles of karmic bondage and attain Mukthi/liberation. He will be a Guru who will practice and preaches Karma yoga, Gnayana yoga and Bakthi yoga and Annihilates Ignorance. Thus destroying injustice and restore Sanathana dharma Mahaguru Parthasarathy has re-incarnated as Kalki Avatar. Add photo.

Sana - Paramathma/God/Sreeman Narayanan.
Dhanam - Lakshmi/wealth(The representative of the Jeevathma/humans).

Lakshmi is commonly understood as wealth. But the deeper meaning of this is the Athma. Lakshmi is always found to be united with Lord Vishnu. The union of Jeevathma with the paramathma is the true meaning of sanathana dharma. And by this union freedom/liberation is achieved. The union of Shreeman Narayanan with Maha Lakshmi is the fundamental goal and is the purpose of human life. The path how Mahalakshmi achieved Janarthanam is Sanathana Dharmam.