Are Avatars Real ?
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Sage TGN : Every religion has three aspects :
1. Philosophy, without which the Intelligentsia will not be convinced;
2. Mythology to teach basic truths to children and the uneducated, and;
3. Rituals to keep common people on the track of virtue, with promises of incentives in Heaven for good folk and threats in Hell for wrong-doers.
The concepts of Yugas
and Incarnations are part of Mythology and they are the products of fertile and
purposeful imagination on the part of the Sages who had the task of guiding the
society. Every Religion has its quota of legends — if the water-god is Varuna
in Hindusthan, his counterpart is Neptune in
Swami Dayananda Saraswathi, the militant monk of the 19th century, who founded the Arya Samaj, researched into the scriptures and published the authentic version of the Vedas. This voluminous Satyartha Prakash available in English translation in standard libraries should be read in order to get cleared all our doubts of gods and avatars.
Swami Dayananda, who is hailed as the Architect of Modern India by no less a person than Mahatma Gandhi, states categorically that whoever is born on this Earth is born only through a channel; and whoever is born has to die at the appropriate time either of old age or disease or through accident.
There were some rare role-models for
society who conducted themselves on lofty principles and they came to be
worshipped by others. Rama and
western countries, much behind