29 Days of Spiritual Messages.
Today's passage comes from the sacred Hindu Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, literally "the song of the Lord."
In this passage, the Lord Krishna declares:
"Whenever virtue declines and vice predominates, I incarnate as an Avatar. In visible form I appear from age to age to protect the virtuous and to destroy evildoing in order to reestablish righteousness."
The text is presented in the form of a dialogue between the avatar Lord Krishna and his disciple Arjuna on the eve of the historic battle of Kurukshetra. There's a sense of ease and comfort that comes through Krishna's words as he converses with Arjuna, even as they face an impending battle. It's as if Krishna is saying, "Whenever something pivotal is about to happen, I will be there to intervene." In this case, vice is winning over virtue; the bad is outweighing the good. Krishna sees the selfishness and the misdirection of his people and knows his time has come to step-in to right the situation.
What's interesting is his comment, "I incarnate as an Avatar." The word "Avatar" comes from the Sanskrit avatara, with roots ava, "down," and tri, "to pass." Avatars are those who have attained union with Spirit and then return to earth to help mankind; they are divine incarnations on a special mission. They come to pass down something to us.
What's even more interesting is that the Lord says that "in visible form," he "appear[s] from age to age." This implies that he has incarnated more than once, and he will continue to incarnate "whenever virtue declines and vice predominates." This seems to indicate that not only does he come in visible form, but he is with us in an invisible form as well. When in invisible form, he is in a state of potentiality that is waiting to be expressed or incarnated. He has always been and will always be, no matter what form he takes, visible or invisible.
Also, the Avatar doesn't incarnate in the same visible form ("I incarnate as an Avatar," not the Avatar), but in many, and each of these physical forms contained or contains the same God-Mind, the same Infinite Intelligence, throughout the ages. It's this God-Mind that is passed down from Avatar to Avatar to us. It also implies that we humans will somehow be able to recognize these Avatars when they do incarnate. We are not a totally lost people after all. We just need some redirection from time to time, and the Avatars who show up, show up for a very specific reason.
Sometimes our thinking gets so flawed that we take it out on ourselves and on one other. We inflict pain and hurt, we commit crimes, we start wars, we cause suffering because we have lost our mind -- our God-Mind -- and we need to be Re-Minded. The Avatar comes to destroy "evildoing," not evildoers, but the wrongful thinking that leads to doing harm; the Avatar comes to "reestablish" -- to reconnect and reunite us -- to our rightful mind, the God-Mind that is ours, too.
Human nature is what it is. We are a forgetful people who tend to do horrible things when we disconnect from the God-Mind. Avatars are Spirit's Emissaries sent to remind us to renew our minds, to renew our thinking, to the Mind of God, the Universal and Infinite Intelligence. Without this intercession of God's love come to earth in the example and form of Avatars, we would be lost in a world of delusion and illusion. Avatars (Krishna, Buddha, Jesus...) from age to age have come and continue to come as guides who open access to spiritual understanding.
They get us back to good.