Wednesday, January 5, 2011

IV: 8

Chapter 4, Verse 8

"In every age I am born
To deliver the holy
And to destroy the sin of the sinner
For the fulfillment
Of the kingdom of righteousness."

Sri Aurobindo:

"There are two aspects of the divine birth. One is a descent, the birth of God into humanity, God manifesting in the human form, the eternal Avatar. The other is an ascent, the new birth of the human being into God, rising into the divine nature and the divine consciousness. It is this new birth which the Avatar is intended to serve.

The Avatar stands above, not entangled and helplessly driven round and round in the mechanism, working in the bright light of wisdom and not, as most do, in the cloud of ignorance. The Avatar is the direct manifestation in humanity by Krishna, the eternal soul, the divine condition of Being to which Arjuna is called upon to arise. Krishna is the manifestation from above of that which we are to grow into from below."

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi:

"Dharma is that which upholds and sustains all that is. The ancient Indian exponents of Ayurveda, the science of health, hold that it is the equilibrium of the three Gunas, or qualities of life...Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas...that sustains all things. Creation gains in stability with the rise of Sattva and falls into disintegration with the rise of Tamas. Whenever Dharma is in decay, the balance of the three Gunas is out of whack, the equilibrium in nature is absent, the path of evolution is disturbed, and chaos ensues. At such special times, the Lord incarnates.

Life has two phases: relative and absolute. The eternally ever-changing nature of relative existence is maintained in all its aspects of creation and evolution by virtue of the enormous power in nature of Dharma, which is at the basis of the smooth interplay of the triple-strand of qualities. Dharma is like a powerful current which carries on it all that come into its path. Dharma upholds all of creation. But when as a result of the wrongdoing of many people on Earth, the power of Dharma becomes overshadowed, and the natural force of evolution in nature becomes weak, a situation is created whereby the ever-changing world of relative existence begins to stray from its natural pattern. Then, Incarnation appears, the whole of nature rejoices in the coming, Dharma is restored, and darkness gives up its reign."

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