“How would you like to interview an Avatar?” Jill, an advertiser on ‘Move UP’ my TV show, asked me.
“Sure! I’d love to… What’s and Avatar?” I asked in delighted anticipation.
Originally Avatar arises from avatāra, an ancient Sanskrit word. It means ‘to descend’, but there are also several modern day applications.
- ‘Avatar’ is commonly known to westerners as the 2009 movie of the same name. This wonderful futuristic, science-fiction film features the Na’vi a population of humanoids. They are a blue human-alien tribe on Pandora, where humans attempt to colonize the territory.A nice combination of fantasy, adventure, and spirituality. (Directed by James Cameron)
- In the world of computer technology, Avatar refers to a graphic or a picture representing the user.
- The ancient term avatāra gave birth to the current use of Avatar in Hinduism. It describes an incarnation of God. It is believed that God comes to earth in human form. The specific purpose of the Divine birth is to help mankind. (By this definition, Jesus would be an Avatar.)
I am an Anglo-African-American. I am here on a Soul Adventure. I love the open, inclusive teachings of Eastern Philosophy. I have followed a Hindu Spiritual Master since 1993. Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda is a great composer and musician. I would venture to say that His Holiness certainly qualifies as an Avatar.
Swamiji, therefore, I am naturally most interested in the original Hindu attributes of an Avatar.
One of the most important scriptures for those interested in Eastern philosophy is the Bhagavad Gita, (which is the essence of the Vedas). It covers many of the same great teachings of Jesus, as well as teaching unity consciousness, Oneness with God. Many intellectuals consider the teachings within the Bhagavad Gita to be a systematic, perennial philosophy.
Although the actual word ‘Avatar’ does not appear within the Bhagavad Gita, it is implied as in the following statement: ‘Whenever there is decay of Dharma, (righteousness) and an outbreak of Adharma (non-righteousness), I descend Myself to protect good, to annihilate the wicked and to re-establish Dharma.’ That is to say, God takes human form or incarnates, for the specific purpose of helping mankind to live a good life.
It is believed that the Supreme Power incarnated as Jesus the Christ, Krishna and Buddha. Therefore, they would each be considered an Avatar. God in human form, born on earth, with the definite purpose of restoring goodness and purity.
God lives, breathes and sustains each one of us. Could it be
that the main difference between an Avatar and all other earth-walking beings is that we are simply unaware that, ‘I and The Father are one’? Maybe we are all in the process of becoming fully conscious beings? And perhaps as we evolve and attain Unity consciousness, we are all potential Avatars?
What do you think?