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Avataras of the Lord

CHENNAI: Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that it is not possible for anyone to count the number of avataras He has taken. Nor is it possible for anyone to fathom the significance of His deeds during the avataras.

The Vedas that praise the Lord say that He who does not have to be born like us, came to this Earth, explained Kidambi Narayanan in a lecture.

The Lord came in many forms. The Lord has no parents as we do. How can the Creator have parents?

Yet, the Lord wanted to be accountable and answerable to parents just as we are. He wanted to be obedient to parents. So He instructed the celestials to pray to Him to take avataras, for various purposes.

This would give Him the excuse He needed to put in an appearance on this Earth, and thereby to have a set of parents. One more reason for the Lord to want to take avataras was because He wanted to be in the midst of His devotees.

Avatara means to come down from a higher plane. A person who has education or wealth would be considered to be on a high plane.

But when human beings have either education of a high quality or wealth of great magnitude, along with these comes the sin of Pride.

Thus it is that a scholar cannot be friends with those who are less educated than he is. The wealthy keep the company of only the wealthy.

The Lord, on the other hand, lacks nothing. He is Omniscient, and the entire universe is His. But He who has everything chose to be among the humble folk of the world.

He came to this Earth out of His compassion for us. He did not come as we do because of our sins and good deeds. Both sins and good deeds result in births.

But His arrival on the Earth is not the result of such factors. It is because of His mercy. He could very easily have killed Ravana with just His thoughts. Just as a man plucks off a flower for his wife, so could the Lord easily have plucked off Ravana's head. There was no need for Him to come to the Earth and to suffer the tribulations of forest life.

But He chose to undergo all of this, because He wanted to be among His devotees.

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