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Introduction Prophecy What is an Avatar?
When Darkness Threatens The Nature of the Avatar
How to recognise the Divine Being How to benefit from the Incarnation

The word avatar is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning "descent." An Avatar is a descent of spirit into form. Although all people are spiritual beings encased in mortal bodies, the word avatar describes the manifestation of God in human form. All people possess a divine inner reality, but few manifest it. The avatar expresses divinity throughout his incarnation. His earthly career is a sign of his everlasting love for all people.

Generally, the avatar is described as a "coming down" from a higher status to a lower one. But no! When the baby in the cradle weeps, wails, and clamors for help, the mother stoops and takes it in her arms. Her stoop is not to be described as a "coming down."

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