This newsletter does not relate to James Cameron’s movie, “Avatar.” Rather, in a more erudite context, we will introduce and elaborate on the Hindu meaning of the term, avatar.
The Sanskrit word avatar literally means “descent.” It refers to the descent of divinity from heaven to earth, a soul sent by the will of God back into manifested existence to help others. Some beliefs look upon an avatar to be a direct manifestation of God, while other traditions apply this approbation to a re-incarnation or re-appearance on earth of a soul that has been liberated. That is, avatars do not fully participate in human suffering or lose the knowledge and power of their divine nature.
The concept of avatar within Hinduism is most often associated with Vishnu, the preserver aspect of God within the Hindu Trinity. Vishnu’s avatars typically descend for a very specific purpose. An oft quoted passage from the “Bhagavad Gita” describes the typical role of an avatar of Vishnu as bringing dharma, or righteousness, back to the social and cosmic order:
“Whenever righteousness wanes and unrighteousness
increases I send myself forth.
For the protection of the good and for the destruction of evil,
and for the establishment of righteousness,
I come into being age after age.”
In addition to Hinduism, the scriptures of many religions speak of a coming leader who will consummate the fulfillment of the divine will on earth. This individual will manifest in his(her) person the righteousness and compassion of God, and will bring about the final defeat of evil and establish the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Prophecies that a leader will come and accomplish such a mission are nearly universal. Religions call an avatar by various names –Jesus Christ in his second coming (Christianity), the Maitreya Buddha (Buddhism), Imam Mahdi (Muslim tradition) and the Hebrew Messiah. All of these are avatars in the tradition and recognition of Hinduism.
As it is written, “An Avatar always learns from God and never has any other guru. Only God can be his guru” – certainly not a Hollywood mogul, no matter how popular he is!
About the Center for the New Age
Spirit guided us to this special place which centuries earlier was used by ancient people as a ceremonial site. We were guided by Spirit to open the Center at this place which is now the heart of spirituality in Sedona.
We’ve searched the globe and pulled the most accurate Psychics and Healers and amazing Massage-Therapists from all over the world who have come here to be part of this special community, whose energy makes them even more psychic. Their services are offered at the Center daily and by phone at (928) 282-2085.
Center for the New Age
341 State Route 179
across from Tlaquepaque
Sedona, AZ 86336-6111