19. Krishna Avatars

  • The four Kumaras 1 959 557 120 years ago First of all, in the beginning of creation, there were the four unmarried sons of Brahmä [the Kumäras], who, being situated in a vow of celibacy, underwent severe austerities for realization of the Absolute Truth. They are especially empowered by the knowledge potency of the Lord.
  • Varaha Once, when the planet Earth was diverted from her orbit and fell down to the Cosmic Ocean because of the evil deeds of the demons, the Lord appeared as a wild boar and used His tusks to lift the Earth and put her back in her original place.
  • Narada In the millennium of the åñis, the Personality of Godhead accepted the third empowered incarnation in the form of Devarñi Närada, who is a great sage among the demigods. He collected expositions of the Vedas which deal with devotional service and which inspire selfless action.
  • Nara Narayana The Lord became Nara and Narayana, the twin sons of the wife of King Dharma. Thus He undertook severe and exemplary penances to control the senses.
  • Kapiladeva Kapiladeva explained the creation of the material universe and its elements and how to attain liberation following the processes of analytical study (sankhya) and devotional service (bhakti). He was the son of Devahuti and Kardama Muni.
  • Dattatraya The great sage Atri prayed for offspring, and the Lord, being satisfied with him, promised to incarnate as Atri's son, Dattatreya [Datta, the son of Atri]. And by the grace of the lotus feet of the Lord, many people became so purified that they obtained both material and spiritual blessings.
  • Yagya 1 652 837 021 years ago When the law-giver of mankind, Manu, was performing austerities in the forest for one hundred years, the demons attempted to devour him. But Lord Yajna, accompanied by the demigods, protected His devotee and killed the demons. Then Yajna personally took the post of Indra, the King of the heavenly planets.
  • King Risabhadeva The Lord appeared as the son of Sudevi, the wife of King Nabhi, and was known as Risabhadeva. He performed mystic yoga to equibalance the mind. This stage is also accepted as the highest perfectional situation of liberation, wherein one is situated in one's self and is completely satisfied.
  • Prithu Maharaja O brähmaëas, in the ninth incarnation, the Lord, prayed for by sages, accepted the body of a king [Påthu] who cultivated the land to yield various products, and for that reason the earth was beautiful and attractive. The Lord was the example of the perfect king.
  • Matsya 119 237 118 years ago When there was a complete inundation after the period of the Cäkñuña Manu and the whole world was deep within water, the Lord accepted the form of a fish and protected Vaivasvata Manu, keeping him up on a boat. The Lord also preserved the Vedic knowledge.
  • Kurma Once the demons and the demigods declared truce in order to churn the milk ocean and to obtain the nectar of immortality. For churning rod they used the huge Mandara mountain, but because it was very heavy and it did not have support the mountains sank in the ocean. Then the Lord appeared in the form of a gigantic tortoise and supported the Mandara mountain on his back. Then the churning resumed and the demigods and the demons were able to obtain the nectar.
  • Dhanvantari When the churning of the ocean was successful an incarnation of the Lord appeared and delivered the nectar. His name was Dhanvantari and he is famous as the giver of the Vedic medical science Ayurveda.
  • Mohini Murti When the nectar of immortality was produced the demons took it by force although it was supposed to be equally distributed. Then the Lord appeared as a most beautiful woman, Mohini Murti. He took the nectar from the demons and on the pretext that he will distribute it equally amongst the demigods and the demons he gave it only to the demigods, knowing well that the demons do not deserve it.
  • Narasimha When the Lord wanted to protect His dear devotee, Prahlad, and kill Prahlad’s demoniac father, who terrorized the whole Universe, He appeared as Narasimhadeva in a half-man, half-lion body.
  • Vamana Once the demons in the universe became so powerful that they conquered even the heavenly planets. To help out the demigods, the Lord appeared as a beautiful small boy, Vamanadeva. Under the pretext that He wants only three steps of land as charity from the demon king Bali Maharaja, He crossed the whole Universe with only two steps, took the heaven away from the demons, and gave it back to the demigods.
  • Parashurama When, in days of yore, the rulers of planet Earth became degraded and exploited their subjects instead of protecting them, the Lord came as Parasurama and, with His fearsome axe, He killed 21 generations of these corrupted kings, thus freeing the population of their evils.
  • Vyasadeva The seventeenth incarnation of Godhead, Çré Vyäsadeva, appeared in the womb of Satyavaté through Paräçara Muni, and he divided the one Veda into several branches and subbranches, seeing that the people in general were less intelligent.
  • Rama When the Lord wanted to show an example of a perfect king, He appeared as Lord Rama with a bow and arrows in hand. He build a bridge over the Ocean and killed the great demon Ravana, who kidnapped His wife, Sitadevi.
  • Balaram 5 243 years ago Balaram is the first personal expansion of Lord Krishna. He is the original Guru and the source of all spiritual strength.
  • Krishna 5 243 years ago When the world is overburdened by the fighting strength of kings who have no faith in God, the Lord, just to diminish the distress of the world, descends with His plenary portion (Balaram). The Lord comes in His original form, with beautiful black hair. And just to expand His transcendental glories, He acts extraordinarily. No one can properly estimate how great He is.
  • Buddha 2 579 years ago As Lord Buddha He appeared to stop the slaughter of animals in the name of religious rituals.
  • Kalki in 426 882 years At the end of our age (Kali Yuga) the human population will be most degraded, therulers will be simply plunderers and cannibalism will be a common affair. Then Lord Kalki will appear as the son of a brahmana called Visnu Yasa in the village of Sambhala in the Himalayas and will kill all the demons without mercy.

All of the above-mentioned incarnations are either plenary portions or portions of the plenary portions of the Lord, but Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa is the original Personality of Godhead. All of them appear on planets whenever there is a disturbance created by the atheists. The Lord incarnates to protect the theists.

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