మానవ జాతి పరిణామక్రమం ఆధారంగా ఎగిసిన ఈ హృదయాం’తరంగా’నికి నండూరి రామమోహనరావు గారి నరావతారం, విశ్వరూపం, విశ్వ దర్శనం పుస్తకాలు పునాదులు వేస్తే శ్రీ అరవిందుని మాటలు ఆసరా అయ్యాయి. నా జాతి ప్రస్థానం పరమాణువుకి ముందు మొదలై పరబ్రహ్మ వరకూ సాగుతుందని, అందులో నేనూ ఉన్నానని, ఎప్పటికీ ఉంటాననీ తెలిసి పొందిన అనుభూతి అది నాకు అర్ధమయ్యేలా తెలిపిన మహానుభావులందరికీ అంకితం –
The Ten Avatars as a Parable of Evolution
Avatarhood would have little meaning if it were not connected with the evolution. The Hindu procession of the ten Avatars is itself, as it were, a parable of evolution. First the Fish Avatar, then the amphibious animal between land and water, then the land animal, then the Man-Lion Avatar, bridging man and animal, then man as dwarf, small and undeveloped and physical but containing in himself the godhead and taking possession of existence, then the rajasic, sattwic, nirguna Avatars, leading the human development from the vital rajasic to the sattwic mental man and again the overmental superman. Krishna, Buddha and Kalki depict the last three stages, the stages of the spiritual development—Krishna opens the possibility of Overmind, Buddha tries to shoot beyond to the supreme liberation but that liberation is still negative, not returning upon earth to complete positively the evolution; Kalki is to correct this by bringing the Kingdom of the Divine upon earth, destroying the opposing Asura forces. The progression is striking and unmistakable. As for the lives in between the Avatar lives, it must be remembered that Krishna speaks of many lives in the past, not only a few supreme ones, and secondly that while he speaks of himself as the Divine, in one passage he describes himself as a Vibhuti, వృష్ణినాం వాసుదేవః.. We may therefore fairly assume that in many lives he manifested as the Vibhuti veiling the fuller Divine Consciousness. If we admit that the object of Avatarhood is to lead the evolution, this is quite reasonable, the Divine appearing as Avatar in the great transitional stages and as Vibhutis to aid the lesser transitions.
– Sri Aurobindo
(from Letters on Yoga)