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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2961

Understanding Divine Plan, Significance of Avatar

By *Rayala Ramachandraiah - Syndicate Features

Meherabad (Ahmednagar, India) 07 February, ( The message of all religions is the same and it is universal brotherhood. Every religion, in its formative days is not orthodoxy personification; rigidities have set in over time, and have made worship a complicated exercise, according to several commentators.

Whether one agrees with that assessment or not, the reality is that no religion preaches hatred nor does it claim that its prescription alone leads one on the path to nirvana. Meher Baba, whose 50th Amartithi (deathless Day) commemorating the day He had dropped his physical body, observed on Jan 31, has expounded on this theme many a time. He blamed the priestly class for making religions complex, and ritual oriented. He also spoke about the divine plan that brings God down to earth as the Avatar in age after age to redeem humanity.

The conscious decent of God as man is the Avatar; he does not pass through the cycle of evolution, reincarnation and involution of consciousness. But a veil is placed on him by the five perfect masters who bring him down from his formless being. Reason? If he were to be brought without such a veil into the worlds of forms, the existing balance between reality and illusion would be profoundly disturbed. However, when the moment is ripe, the five perfect masters remove the veil they had placed on the Avataric consciousness.

From that moment the Avatar consciously starts his role as the Avatar. And willingly returns to the world of illusion to awaken God in man who remains bound by ignorance. His mission is universal push which benefits not only humanity but also everything in the creation.

The Avatar has an inner circle. It is formed from the moment he realizes his Avatarhood; the circle comprises twelve men and two women and they function according to his dictates. These wise men realize god during the same Avataric period, which is of one hundred years after the manifestation of the Avatar on earth.

Meher Baba said repeatedly that the Avatar is always one and the same. This is because god is always one and the same, the Eternal, indivisible, infinite one who manifests himself, as the messiah, as the prophet as the ancient one - the highest of the high. This Eternally one and the same Avatar repeats his manifestation from time to time, in different cycles, adopting different human forms and different names, in different places to reveal truth in different garbs and different languages, in order to raise humanity from the pith of ignorance and help free it from the bondage of delusions.

Where does the Avatar manifest age after age? On earth, and in the East as male always, according to Meher Baba.

From the advents of Jesus and Muhammad, we can infer that “East” includes Middle East as well as the Far East.

“The Avatar has always been and will always be born in Asia. This is because of the peculiar situation there in the evolution of the universe and the existence of the gross plane which necessitates the manifestation of the Avatar on that particular continent”.

Avataric periods are like the spring tide of creation. They bring a new release of power, a new awakening of consciousness, a new of experience of life not merely for a few, but for all. Qualities of energy and awareness, which had been used and enjoyed by only a few advanced souls, are made available to all humanity. Life as a whole, is stepped up to a higher level of consciousness, and geared to a new rate of energy. This is the universal push of the Avatar

The Avatar is consciously alert to the needs of all animate and inanimate things. Consequently, he works not only for the benefit of humanity, but also for the benefit of souls still in evolution.

Avatar’s Helplessness, Sufferring

When the five perfect masters, also known as Sadgurus, affect the presentation of the Divinity of God into illusion, the divinity pervades the illusion and presents itself in innumerable of forms - gross, subtle and mental consciousness. Consequently in Avataric periods God mingles with mankind as man and with the world of ants as an ant, and so on. But the man of the world cannot perceive this and hence simply says that god has become man and remains satisfied with this understanding in his own world of mankind.

When God incarnates as man, he undergoes through universal suffering and helplessness in order to emancipate mankind from its ignorance of suffering and helplessness. Jesus Christ, who had infinite power, let Himself become helpless and suffered humiliation.

If the Avatar were to use his infinite power, how could he experience helplessness? If the Avatar were to use his infinite bliss how could he suffer? He therefore does not use either his infinite bliss or his infinite power. Such is his infinite love and compassion for creation.

The Avatar appears in different forms, under different names, at different times, in different forms. It always coincides with the spiritual regeneration of man; the period immediately preceding his manifestation is always one in which humanity suffers from the pangs of the approaching rebirth.

As the Bhagavad Gita says, this phase sees man enslaved by desire, more than ever driven by greed, held by fear, swept by anger. The strong dominate the weak, the rich oppress the poor, large masses of people are exploited for the benefit of the few who are in power. The individual, who finds no peace or rest, seeks to forget himself in excitement. Immorality increases, crime flourishes, religion is ridiculed. Corruption spreads throughout the social order. Class and national hatreds are aroused and fostered. Wars break-out. Humanity grows desperate. There seems to be no possibility of stemming the tide of destruction. It is at this very moment, when the situation is ripe, that the Avatar appears like a gauge against which man can measure what he is and what he may become. He sets the standard of human values by interpreting them in terms of divinely human life.

Now a snapshot of seven Avatars -. Zarathustra, Ram, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, and Meher Baba
Prophet Zarathustra lived some six thousand years ago in present day Iran. At the time of Zarathustra, humanity was hesitant and lacked equilibrium. The Persians were neither complete materialists nor really attracted towards the spirituality. He taught them to be good house-holders to marry and abstain from desiring the wife of another, and to worship God. His own life was based on the principle of “Good thoughts, Good words and Good deeds”.

Zarathustra was married. Little is known of Zarathustra’s actual life and what was written down contemporaneously to record Zarathustra’s life and teachings has been lost. People wrote on cowhides, and those cowhides were presumably destroyed in the invasion of Iran by numerous hostile armies, including one led by Alexander, the Great.

Lord Rama lived in India. His father, Dasarath, was a king who ruled from Ayodhya. Ramayana tells us that, at the time of Rama’s birth, saints complained that “demons” were oppressing everyone. The leader of the demons was Ravana. Vishnu heard the prayers, and agreed to help them by coming down in human form. One half of Vishnu’s spiritual force was born as Rama to Dasarath’s first wife Kausalya; one-fourth was born as Bharatha to Dasarath’s second wife, Kaikeyi, and one fourth of Vishnu’s spiritual force was born as Lakshmana and Sathrughna, to Sumitra, Dasarath’s third wife. Rama lived in forest for fourteen years with his brother Laxman and wife Sita; eliminated Ravana, ruled from Ayodhya in present day Uttar Pradesh; His rule is today’s bench mark for Ram Rajya.

Krishna lived approximately 5300 years ago. He proclaimed himself as the Avatar. His discourse Bhagavad Gita - the Song of the Lord is no more than an allegory for the ethical and moral struggles of the human life. It says people are perpetually tied to the wheel of birth and death, spending and accumulating sanskars – Karma - unable to pry themselves loose from attachment to the result of their actions, unless they linkup with a redeemer. At the time of Krishna, envy and greed were predominant, and a real concept of spiritual life and love was un-known to them. Krishna based his teachings on laws of love and pure, innocent merriment. Human beings were joyfully directed toward a disinterested ideal of love.

Buddha was born in approximately 560B.C. He belonged to the Sakya tribe of which his father, Suddhodana, was the king. The Sakyas lived in the foot hills of Himalaya. At the time of Buddha the people of India were deep into materialism. He demonstrated that their conception of value was wrong and they were victims of the Goddess of illusion or maya.

When Jesus arrived as the redeemer, arrogance, imperiousness pride and cruelty were the characteristics of people; nevertheless, they possessed a conception of justice in regard to women and marriage, therefore it was not necessary, as it was in Arabia much later, to make marriage an example. Jesus lived the life of humility, simplicity and poverty and he endured suffering in order to direct human beings towards the purest ideal of God as Beloved.

When Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) (Born in 570 AD in Mecca) came amidst mankind, the Arab tribesmen were very sensuous and it was not considered bad or illegal to live with several wives. If Muhammad had not married like Jesus and had advocated celibacy, or if he had imposed absolute abstinence, it would have produced inevitably dangerous reactions. Few people would have followed his teachings and fewer still would have been attracted to such an ideal.

Meher Baba was born in India on February 25, 1894 as Merwan. His birth place: Pune. His parents: Persians who had come to live in India. His perfect masters were Hazrat Babajan (Pune), Narayan Maharaj (Kedgam near Pune), Tajuddin Baba (Nagpur) Sai Baba (Shirdi), and Upasni Maharaj (Sakori near Shirdi); all these Sadgurus lived in the state of Maharashtra in India and their places are 350 miles from Pune. They took almost nine years to unveil the Avatar of the Age, according to Lord Meher, the multi-volume biography of Meher Baba, written by Bhau Kalchuri.

It was through Babajan, Merwan attained infinite bliss, through Sai Baba he attained infinite power, and through Upasni Maharaj he attained infinite knowledge. Narayan Maharaj and Tajuddin Baba played direct roles in bringing him down after he was God realized.

Meher Baba message is simple and direct.

He says ‘I have come not to teach but to awaken. Today the urgent need of mankind is not sects or organized religions, but love. Divine love wil conquer hate and fear. It will not depend upon other justifications, but will justify itself.

“I have come to awaken in man this divine love. It will restore to him the unfathomable richness of his own eternal being and will solve all of his problems.

“I have come to sow the seed of love in your hearts. So that, in spite of all superficial diversity which your life in illusion must experience and endure, the feeling of oneness, through love, is brought about among all the nations, creeds, sects and castes of the world”.

How to love God?

If instead of seeking faults in others, we look within ourselves we are loving God.

If instead of robbing others to help ourselves, we rob ourselves to help others, we are loving God.

If we suffer in sufferings of others and feel happy in the happiness of others, we are loving God.

If instead of worrying over our own misfortunes, we think of ourselves as more fortunate than many, many others, we are loving God.

If we endure our lot with patience and contentment accepting it as His will, we are loving God.
If we understand that the greatest act of devotion towards God is not to harm any of His beings, we are loving God.Well, the same edicts that we have heard from Prophets of every Age. Because truth remains the same in any age.

* The author, a devoted follower of Meher Baba, lives and runs a Meher Baba Centre at Khammam (Telangana state)

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