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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

Although the avatar wields power beyond imagination, he relates to each of us as our closest friend. He reads the heart and mind of each. To each man, woman, or child, he appears not as a powerful sovereign, but as our dearest companion. His power manifests to us as love and wisdom, not as force or dominion.

The avatar is a child to the children, a boy to the boys, a man among men, a woman among women, so that the avatarís message might reach each heart and receive enthusiastic response as ananda (bliss). It is the compassion of the avatar that prompts his every activity.

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The history of India is resonant with the traditions of the avatars and of great saints. In India, spiritual realization is considered to be the pinnacle of human achievement. It is a testimony to the spiritual greatness of India that poorna avatars are incarnated only in that land. it is a land replete with the language and the teachings of divinity. However, even in India it is not easy for human beings to recognize an avatar. Rama and Krishna were recognized as divine by very few people in their times. Despite the transcendental greatness of those days, even family and kin did not recognize the divinity of these incarnations.

The incarnations of the Lord were not accepted as such by many. Even their parents, kinsmen, and comrades hesitated to adore them. Only a few sages who had cultivated the inner vision through study and sadhana knew their reality.

Sathya Sai Speaks 6

Lack of recognition resulted partly because Rama and Krishna were born into royal families. They were not available to the public, nor did they announce their missions. The avatars of old were only recognized by the masses after they dropped their physical forms.

On previous occasions when God incarnated on earth, the bliss or recognizing him in the incarnation was vouchsafed only after the physical embodiment had left the world, in spite of plenty of patent evidences of his grace. And the loyalty and devotion they commanded from men arose through fear and awe at their superhuman powers and skills, or at their imperial and penal authority.

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