Chapter XXVIII - 97 Home | Index | Previous | Next

"God has no bondage to time and space. For Him all beings are the same. He is the master of the living and the non-living. At the conclusion of every aeon, the process of involution is completed in the deluge; then, evolution starts again and, as Brahma. He creates beings again. He enlightens every one with a spark of His own glory and fosters on the path of fulfilment every one of them, as Vishnu. It is He again, who as Siva, concludes the process by the destruction of all. Thus, you can see that there is no limit to His might, no end to His potency. There can be no boundaries for His achievements. He incarnates in countless ways; He comes as an incarnation of a Kala (fragment) of His, or an Amsa (part) of His; He comes as an inner inspirer for some definite purpose; He comes to close an epoch and inaugurate another (Yugavathar). The narrative of these incarnations is the Bhagavatha."

"The one divine principle works through three forms, as Brahma, Vishnu and Siva, in order to manipulate and complete the process of becoming and being, called Srishti. The three are fundamentally of the same essence; there is no higher or lower; all three are equally divine. Associated with creation, He is Brahma; with protection, He is Vishnu; with dissolution, He is Siva. When He comes down assuming special form on special occasions for a specific purpose, He is known as Avathara. In fact, Manu and Prajapathi and other persons are divine persons entrusted by Brahma with the mission of peopling the world. Everything happens in consonance with the divine will. So, we can assert that the saints, sages, ascetics and men, both good and bad, are all Avatharas of the Vishnu entity. Avatharas are as countless as living beings are, for, each is born as a consequence of divine will. But, the story of the Yugavathar alone is worth perusal, for, the advent is to restore Dharma and moral life. The story of all the rest is but a story of distress and despair."

"Brahma deputed Manu to proceed to the earth and to create living beings thereon; Devi, the feminine principle, eluded him and took the earth into the nether regions. Brahma then had to seek the help from Vishnu (Hari) and He assumed the form of a boar and brought the earth from the nether regions, and placed it among the waters. Later, the earth was so incensed at the atrocities of emperor Vena, she kept all the seeds sown, within herself and did not allow them to sprout. So, all beings were afflicted with the agony of hunger. The earth became a medley of hills and valleys with nothing green on it. Then, the Lord assumed the form of Prithu, who levelled the surface and added fertility to the soil and induced the growth of agriculture and promoted the welfare of mankind. He fostered the earth like his own child and so, the earth is called Prithivi. He is said to have built the first cities upon the earth."

"That is to say, it was the Lord's will that it should be done so. It is that will which is being worked out. The Lord originated the Vedas, for the preservation of man, through the practice of morals and spiritual exercises. The Vedas contain names that will liberate beings, and the rules and regulations that will guide men. When the Asuras or the evil-minded threatened to steal the Vedas, they hid themselves in the waters and the Lord assumed the form of a fish to recover them. He saved the seven sages and Manu from the same waters. This is the reason why it is said that the Lord incarnated as a fish."