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Re: the significance of avatars

From: Ram Anbil (
Date: Mon Jun 18 2001 - 07:53:56 PDT

Dear friend:
Avataras of the Lord are for 3 purposes. Paritranaya Sadhoonaam (Saving the 
virtuous), Vinaasaaya cha Dushkrithaam (destruction of evil ones) and Dharma 
Samsthaapanaaya (Establishment of Dharma).

Of course, He can do all the three by remaining in His Srivaikuntam and by 
His mere Sankalpa. Why, then should He come "down to earth"?

By being in the proximity of virtuous people, He imparts a sense of 
reassurance to them that He is there to protect them and they need have no 
fear. Vide "Abhayam Sarva bhoothebhyo: dadaami ethad Vratam mama" and "aham 
tvaa sarvapapebhyo mokshayishyaami, maa suchah".

Also, He loves His devotees so much that He cannot bear to be physically 
away from them. He says in Gita, "the Jnaani is my own Atma". How could He 
be away from His own Atma, when that Atma is on this earth?

My two cents worth.
Anbil Ramaswamy

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