in the Scriptures for Rituals at Home and Services at the Temple
historians and modern day religious researchers are quick to "prove"
that these "gods" were ordinary people who were living
in this society in ancient times and were popular by their social
service. They were remembered through monuments, marker stones and
statues in Temples, with prayers being offered to them as "Gods".
They often quote other Religious and Mythological stories and historical
events to support their theory. Do they really represent God Himself
or just a fiction?
Puranas with various manifestations of God through the ages may
appear as mere fictional stories to a Tamasika person with ignorance
and limited knowledge. The Rajasika persons with their avidya or
false knowledge consider them as ordinary people with super human
powers who have been elevated with fame to the levels of Divine.
Knowledgeable Satthvika person with true understanding of the teachings
realizes that the various Deities described are truly manifestation
of the Divine. He only knows that God Himself takes these forms
from time to time as His incarnations to protect the pious, to destroy
the evil and to save the world from calamity and what is told in
"Mythology" is true and factual narration of historical
The concept of Avathara is explained in all the Agamas, Ithihasas
and Puranas. Avathara or Divine Manifestation is the descent of
God on earth for the ascent of man, with the establishment of rule
and spiritual discipline. The Bhagavathas followed Panchrathra Agamas,
with prayers to God as Vasudeva. It greatly emphasized the doctrine
of Avathara and popularized the immortal texts of Harivamsa, Vishnu
Purana and Bhagavatha Purana. They were based on God's Grace to
Saiva Agamas and Sakthi Agamas gave rise to the several Puranas
and the many manifestations of God. Worship of Deities in these
Avatharas and studying their texts helps to get high spiritual attainment
Sivananda says: "Worship the Avatharas at all times with all
your heart and all your mind. Glorify Him in your heart and keep
Him ever in your Thoughts. He will soon reveal Himself to you and
you will feel His presence. This will lead on to attaining immortality
and eternal bliss."