Count The Frequency Of Creation
The concept of avatar is an integral part of Hindu philosophy."Sambhavami yuge yuge" (I will appear in every decade.) is the eternal promise given by Krishna to despairing humanity. However, God's descent on earth as God-man or avatar at periodic intervals is neither easily understood nor accepted by many. When an individual transcends duality of illusion to become One with divinity, he achieves God-realisation. When such a God-realised person is able to retain human consciousness while continuously enjoying God-hood, he is called the sadguru or perfect master.
Amongst the 56 God-realised souls that exist on earth at any point of time, only five are destined to qualify and perform the role of sadguru who consciously helps humanity in the journey towards salvation. So while the perfect one, also called man-god, ascends from duality to divinity, the God-man or avatar descends from Infinity to duality to work amidst us. This avatar was the first individual soul to emerge from the evolutionary process as a sadguru. He is the only avatar who has ever manifested or will ever manifest. Through him, God first completed the journey from unconscious divinity to conscious divinity, first unconsciously became man in order consciously to become God. Through him, periodically, God consciously becomes man for the liberation of mankind.
In Hindu mythology, Ganesha is considered the first Soul, Adi Devata, to have traversed the path from Divine Unconsciousness to world-consciousness to Divine consciousness. Being the first, He has a natural and divine responsibility to guide the rest on their journey towards God-realisation. Bound by this burden, He keeps coming back to help us redeem ourselves. The Ganeshotsav symbolises avatar's presence that purifies our existence and environment and then, after some days, He departs. We immerse Him in the sea, symbolising return to infinity. Avatar is an incarnation of God in a special sense.
Zoroaster was an avatar, as were Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad. An avatar is love personified, the divine glory and energy concentrated in human frame. Avataric periods are like the tide of creation, bringing in a new release of power, a new awakening of consciousness, a new experience of life. Qualities of energy and awareness, which were limited to a few advanced souls, are made available for all humanity. Entire life is stepped up to a higher level of consciousness, is geared to a new rate of energy.
The avatar appears in different forms, under different names, at different times, in different parts of the world. As his arrival coincides with the spiritual birth of man, in the period immediately preceding his manifestation, humanity suffers from labor pain. When things get so bad that human beings seem enslaved by desire, driven by greed, held by fear, and when the strong dominate the weak, the rich oppress the poor, the time is ripe for the presence of an avatar.
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. Humanity grows desperate. This is the moment for avatar's appearance and subsequent manifestation. He uses every circumstance as a means to lead us towards realisation, leaving for posterity the stimulating power of a divinely human example, of a life supremely lived.