यदा यदा हि धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भवति भारत ।
अभ्युत्थानमधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजाम्यहम् ॥४-७॥
Lord Krishna addressed Arjuna thus: O Bharata (descendant of Emperor Bharata in whose name India was called Bharatvarsha in earlier times)… in times of distress, tribulation… extreme strife, in times of adharma (lawlessness) when evil seems triumphing over Dharma (righteousness) would I manifest human form to save mankind from anticipated effects of ill happenings.
Divinity manifesting itself occurs all the time whenever a soul atman, the spirit within manifested life on mother earth! But in times of adharma (lawlessness)… to contain evil coming of a messiah, saviour was ordained by God Almighty! Such a saviour, messiah as per Lord Krishna was termed an avatar (God manifest in human form).
The powers of an avatar in Hinduism could never be quantified. But for ordinary mortals, commoners… masses the activities of an avatar entitled him equivalent of God Almighty! Re-establishing Dharma (righteousness) was no ordinary job. Even a man God like Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ or Prophet Mohammed could not accomplish the same.
An avatar as per sermon of Bhagavad Gita by Lord Krishna was a combination of man God and Chanakya (the most able administrator in the history of entire mankind). To save lives of millions of people, Chanakya succeeded in eliminating hundred kings in one night. As per Lord Krishna, to save lives of millions… if lives of few were sacrificed, then no sin was incurred!
God Almighty himself manifesting human form is never a possibility! God Almighty never was form of human beings. But to maintain order in cosmic system, to re-establish Dharma (righteousness)… when a single human being manifests cosmic, godly powers that be… people termed one an avatar (God manifest in human form).
Such manifestation of cosmic power by an ordinary mortal could never happen without grace of God Almighty. From that angle, Lord Krishna can certainly be called no ordinary mortal! At a very young age… he realized all as his Kundalini Shakti awakened fully. Full awakening of kundalini always announced one reaching last leg of cosmic life, 8.4 millionth manifestation!
Dharma is that inherent ingredient of cosmic system that is ingrained into every living being right from first manifestation… start of cosmic life! The definition of Dharma is straight and clear… “Dharma” … “Your right to do what is just and right and not what was destined”. Following inner conviction, following sweet small inner voice of our soul atman when human beings pursued cosmic goal of life as dictated by our soul atman, one was following ones Dharma (law of righteousness)! All human beings have free will, that special power of discrimination exercising which one distinguished self from animals! It is exercise of free will, power of discrimination that finally results in following ones Dharma sincerely and truthfully!
The cosmic journey of life as per Lord Krishna never belonged to the manifest physical self… the body, the human form! As per Lord Krishna our soul atman, the consciousness within was all the time governing! At each and every stage of life… our soul atman, the spirit within was absolute master and controller of human life! Prime reason why we must the entire time act as a trustee of God Almighty! As everything belonged to God Almighty as per of Advaita Vedanta doctrine of Hinduism… it was in our interest as a human being (the highest manifest stage in cosmic life cycle) to walk path of spirituality as dictated by our soul atman, the consciousness within!
As per Lord Krishna in the sermon of Bhagavad Gita… our soul atman, the consciousness within manifested in its entire life cycle a series of bodies totaling 8.4 million to work out its karma, remove dross impurities within! After manifesting 7.3 million bodies in insect, plant and animal life… the soul atman finally manifests human body. It is through a chain of 1.1 million manifestations in human form a soul atman finally reached cosmic end of life when human beings gained enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) in their lifetime. Undertaking spiritual journey, gaining enlightenment and finally salvation moksha is our ultimate goal of life.
Only when human beings travelled spiritual journey did they succeed in manifesting destiny! People who were primarily spiritual… truthful all the time most of time succeeded in manifesting destiny! Ask any successful entrepreneur… the answer of most would always be the same! Behind every success laid unwritten principles of spirituality! Unless we recognized cosmic truths of life… unless we realized we were primarily a soul atman, the cosmos within… we would never be able to successfully undertake spiritual journey! At a very young age… Lord Krishna realized all cosmic truths of life finally resulting in his becoming, manifesting form of an avatar (God manifest in human form). Becoming a pure soul atman, the spirit within truly was a gigantic task!
In times of adharma (lawlessness) when society practically reached its lowest ebb… it was only an avatar of that era that could succeed in re-establishing Dharma (righteousness)! Adharma (peaking off evil) was part of cosmic system… not in control of one, not even God Almighty! Life comes full circle every 3500 to 5000 years! When society reached its bottom, when moral values lost their shine… it was only a world war of highest magnitude that could result in cleansing of the society. This stage in Jainism is termed Chatham Chatta, the time when clock strikes five o’clock in morning… practically, the darkest hour of night! Beyond six o’clock laid beginnings of a new era… the golden period! But for adharma (lawlessness) to subside… a full-scale nuclear war was the only way out. The rot needs to be cleansed from the society forever.
In this mother of all wars when people not in thousands but millions died… to assuage feelings of mankind and lower forms of life… coming of a saviour, messiah was necessitated! A messiah, saviour… avatar was one who provided needed succor to ailing society. Mounted with power of Bhagavad Gita… such an avatar (God manifest in human form) and finally succeeds in unveiling of a new era… the awaited golden period! The clock has finally struck six o’clock in the morning… the dawn of a new era, the golden era! In absence of an avatar (God manifest in human form)… life on mother earth would practically lose its meaning. With millions of deaths world over… masses would find it difficult to continue with life in absence of an avatar! The sermon of Bhagavad Gita truly acts as the much needed balm in times of full adversity!
In Bhagavad Gita chapter 4 verse 7 Lord Krishna finally depicts why coming of an avatar on mother earth was necessitated. In present times, in present era we are facing almost similar conditions as existing in times of Lord Krishna… the Dwapar Yuga! In the present Kali Yuga, people await coming of Kalki avatar… one who shall succeed in annihilating dark forces of nature that bared their fangs. No matter what the shortcomings, how precarious the circumstances… David shall finally succeed in defeating Goliath. That was how God Almighty ordained life on mother earth to be. Kalki avatar… a one-man army would be something to watch! One single person developing a devoted following of above 2000 million people worldwide, something unbelievable! Yet, cosmic truths contained in Bhagavad Gita could never be belied.
Everything in cosmic system moves with clockwork precision. If we have good times, we also undergo our part of sufferings. If we experience golden times, we also have the bottom trough! As is the expectation of most human beings, one just could not experience happiness all the time. When the clock rings 12 o’clock in noon… it is peak of Satyuga (golden era)! With passage of time, decay in moral and ethical values was ingrained into cosmic system! For people suffering in present times, message of Lord Krishna was absolutely clear… golden times were not very far ahead. But must we keep waiting for coming of Kalki avatar or indulge in our part of Dharma? The sermon of Bhagavad Gita says… every single human being on mother earth must indulge in ones karma, no matter what!
It should always be our endeavor to provide a helping hand to awaited Kalki avatar, no matter how small the support! It is with support of commoners, masses… Kalki avatar would truly become a representative of mankind on mother earth.
Personification of God Almighty through Kalki avatar was how God ordained cosmic system to be! Manifestation of cosmic powers becomes a reality only by travelling path of pure spirituality. Never through path of religion (rituals) could one ever reach God. People who preferred travelling path of religion (rituals) than path of spirituality never reached anywhere in life. Such commoners, masses always believed in Sakaar form of God (having a form). True reality of life laid elsewhere. How could we believe in God and also remain materialistic? Practice of spirituality demands our travelling path of jnana yoga (path of absolute wisdom) and nishkama karma yoga to realize cosmic truths of life forever.
Commentary by: Vijay Kumar “Atma Jnani”… The Man who Realized God in 1993 – May 13, 2013
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