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Politics of Avatara

GPD IN the Indian tradition one concept that has rarely been questioned if at all, has been that of the 'avatara', the godhead which descends down to the world of the mortals and saves it. The Gita has quite a theory about it. It talks about how when 'dharma' declines the Lord himself descends down to this earth to destroy the 'adharma'. Only the 'mahanubhavas', the 12th and 13th century mystics questioned that notion partially, (They paid the price for it seven centuries later when a court in Maharashtra decided to prevent the government of Manohar Joshi from publishing their major work presumably much to the delight of his MLAs. But that's another story.) Otherwise the notion of avatara has survived and dominated the Indian psyche. It has been a constant feature of Indian thinking. The evil grows and grows. It takes the Lord himself to rescue the world.

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