Words of God: The Sai Avatar on Himself - Part 5 "Facets of the Avatars"
...... The avatar of Krishna was a full
incarnation, with all the sixteen facets of glory. In the avatar of Rama,
out of the sixteen, the three brothers had one each and Parasurama, the
contemporary, had one, until Rama met Him and overpowered Him and drew
Himself the fraction of the Divine power that He had.
Other incarnations were for ad hoc purposes, the suppression of evil
represented by one evil person or group of persons. The Rama and Krishna
avataras were, however, for more general purposes, the mission of
restoring Dharma and fostering virtuous living, besides punishing the
wicked and teaching the world that vice will not succeed. Man is an
amalgam of Humanity, Animality and Divinity. It is a tragedy if he cannot
get rid of the animality; it is a greater tragedy if he cannot cultivate
his Divinity. Contemplation of the Rama and Krishna avataras and their
leelas and mahimas is the surest method of cultivating the Divine in man.
**..... The Avatar
comes to reveal man to himself, to restore to him his birthright of Atmic
Bliss. He does not come to found a new creed, to breed a new faction, to
install a new God. If such happens, it is the consequence of the evil in
man. The Avatar comes as Man in order to demonstrate that Man is Divine,
in order to be within reach of Man. The human mind cannot grasp the
Absolute, Attribute less Principle; it is Abstract and beyond the reach of
Speech, Mind and Intellect. Fire is inherent in the match-stick but it is
only when it is struck as a flame that we can benefit by it. The Nirguna
has to manifest as Saguna; the Nirakara has to appear with Form. Then only can Man listen, learn, understand, follow and
be saved, through the Bliss of that Experience ... He lights the flame of
Realisation in each; and the age-old ignorance is destroyed in an instant.
Who is Sai Baba - His Mission, Teachings & Writings
is an ancient scripture narrated by sage Vasistha to Rama. A
unique and an extremely profound discourse, that provides
innumerable insights and secrets to the inner world of
consciousness. This extremely huge scripture covers all the topics
that relate to the spiritual study of a seeker.
This scripture is a must read for anyone trying to understand the concepts of consciousness, creation of the world, the multiple universes in this world, our perception of world, dissolution of the world and the liberation of this soul.
Yoga Vasistha propounds that everything from the blade of grass to the universes is all but consciousness alone. There is naught else but consciousness. It expounds the non-dual approach to this creation.
Just as the blue sky is an optical illusion this entire world and the creation is but such an optical illusion. When the illusion ends in the mind, the world and its miseries too end. The self is the seer of all, the self is the perceiver of all and the self is the experiencer of all. And that self is only one. There is no two, there is no subject, seer and the object. It is all one.
Another oft repeated verse in the text is that of Kakathaliya (co-incidence). The story of how a crow alights on a coconut tree and that very moment the ripe coconut falls on the ground. The two events are apparently related, yet the crow never intended the coconut to fall nor the coconut only fell because the crow sat on the tree. Yet, one event led to the other in a subtle way.
This entire creation is such a co-incidence and yet there is absolutely no co-incidence in this creation. Everything is connected, meaning no co-incidence.