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Topic: Avatar(s)

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Krishna pictured with some of His prominent avatars Avatar, "one who descends," refers to one of the Supreme Person's many incarnations or expansions who periodically visit the material world. Krishna Himself, or one of His empowered representatives, comes in every age in order to free His devotees from repeated birth and death and to vanquish the wicked. Avatars either fully or partially...
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Krishna expands Himself into Vishnu forms in the material world Vishnu is a form of the Supreme Person, described in the Srimad-Bhagavatam as an extraordinarily beautiful male with a dark bluish complexion, decorated with dazzling, spiritual gems, and four hands—holding a club, conchshell, chakra (disc), and lotus flower. When Krishna, the original Personality of Godhead, wishes to create the...
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A Vedic perspective on the popular allure of Buddhism. Buddhism has at times attracted a measure of interest from a small number of Americans. In the last century Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Some will have bad thoughts of me, when they hear their Christ named beside my Buddha.” And in the middle of this century, writers like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Alan Watts showed a regard for...
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“Our dear Lord, You have appeared in Your original unalloyed form, the eternal form of goodness, for the welfare of all living entities within this material world. Taking advantage of Your appearance, all of them can now very easily understand the nature and form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead:” —Srimad-Bhagavatam, Tenth Canto, Chapter Two The Supreme Lord is not formless or impersonal....
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Of the Avatars of Lord Krishna described in the Srimad- Bhagavatam, Lord Nrisimha, whose appearance coincides with this issue of BTG, is especially intriguing to many of us. Half man, half lion—and all God. People encountering a picture of Nrisimhadeva ferociously ripping apart Hiranyakashipu are often taken aback. “You believe this is God?” Why not? God is the ultimate in everything. He can...
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The Supreme Being comes to earth many times and in many forms. India’s ancient scriptures bring us startling news about these momentous events. All over the world we find the kind of literature we call scripture. These works tell us a particular kind of tale. They report those extraordinary occasions on which the divine penetrated into our world, and our tiny space and time housed for a while...
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From Vedic history comes the story of the avatar who purged the earth of demonic kings for twenty-one generations. Once, many thousands of years ago in the age known as Treta- yuga, the great sage Richika approached Varuna, lord of the waters, and obtained one thousand horses, each as lustrous as moonlight and having one black ear. Richika Muni presented the horses to the great king Gadhi as a...