Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Doctrine of Avatars

Jesus' true position as a Teacher and Saviour of humanity can never be fully appreciated without an understanding of the doctrine of Avatars. An Avatar is one who through his own efforts continued for many ages has finally reached the place where reincarnation is no longer a Karmic necessity. He has gained the right to freedom from rebirth, but deliberately chooses to return to earth for the benefit of suffering humanity.
As Krishna says in the Bhagavad-Gita:
“I produce myself among creatures, O son of Bharata, whenever there is a decline of virtue and an insurrection of vice and injustice in the world; and thus I incarnate from age to age for the preservation of the just, the destruction of the wicked, and the establishment of righteousness.”
The great Avatars appear in definite cycles, and each of the larger cycles includes and influences several smaller ones. The great cycles are those marked by the appearance of Rama, Krishna and Buddha in India, of Menes in Egypt and of Zoroaster in Persia. The Buddha was the last of the great Avatars, and the cycle in which Jesus appeared was one of the smaller ones within the great Buddha-cycle.
The legends surrounding the lives of all Avatars are similar. All of them have a symbolical meaning and should be so interpreted. As Jesus was an Avatar, it is natural that the legends with which we are all familiar should correspond in every way with those of his predecessors.

The mothers of Krishna, Buddha and Jesus are said to have been Virgins. "In the early years of the Kali-Yuga shall be born the son of a Virgin," says the Vedanta. The Gospel of Matthew states: "Behold a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son."
Krishna descended from a royal family, Buddha was the son of a King, and Jesus is said to have come from the royal line of David. Krishna was brought up by shepherds, the first disciples of Buddha were shepherds, and Jesus was worshipped by shepherds at his birth and is called the "Good Shepherd."
Buddha and his cousin Ananda were born at the same time. The visit of Buddha's mother to the mother of Ananda and the mutual greeting of the unborn children is repeated in the Christian story of Mary and Elizabeth.
Krishna was persecuted by the wicked tyrant King Kansa who, hoping to destroy the new prophet, ordered the destruction of all the male children in his realm. According to the Gospels, the same thing happened in Jesus' day as Herod killed all the new born male children.
As a child, Buddha astonished his teachers with his great learning. It is said that Jesus discussed philosophy with the Jewish doctors, "and all that heard him were astonished at his learning."
Buddha went through the temptation of the world, the flesh and the devil as personified by Mara. The Gospel of Matthew records: "Again the Devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the earth, and the glory of them, and saith unto him; 'All these things will I give thee if thou wilt fall down and worship me."
Krishna, Buddha and Jesus were friends of the poor and humble. Each of them is said to have washed the feet of his disciples. All three are credited with miraculous cures.
Krishna is said to have died on a cross, nailed to it by an arrow. Buddha is represented in many temples as sitting under a cruciform tree, or with a cross on his breast. The crucifixion of Jesus is accepted by all Christians.
After his death, Krishna is said to have ascended into Svarga, Buddha into Nirvana, and Jesus into Paradise.
So what is in a name or religion as all point to eternal truth.

Acknowledgement: THEOSOPHY, Vol. 24, No. 8, June, 1936, (Pages 346-350)

Love to you all.


  1. Dear Uncle, quite mind blowing, it shivers my knuckles. A rare finding indeed, it could very much help in Sanctifying the code of religon from a different perspective also to decimate the waved fantic illusion.
    Love -Edwin

  2. Thank you Edwin,
    Sacred history is written with lot of spiritual symbolism, hence the commonality and organized religion treat them as mysteries or dogma in a historical context and as something supernatural which are not to be questioned. Only enlightenment of individual consciousness change the the view and move towards an internal spiritual journey.