Vishnu is the physical form of Abstract God Supreme. He is the provider of all. He is death for those who trouble his faithful against the norms of the creation. He takes incarnations to establish the rule of Dharma. According to Puranas Vishnu is destined for 1 incarnation. His incarnations of Rama and Krishna are the most famous. On these two incarnations is based entire Hindu culture.
Rama is Man Supreme. Krishna is Man Miracles. The sages say that the preaching of Krishna are most sublime. Rama is superior in character. So, one must act Rama and think Krishna.
The dialogue between Rama and Sage Vashishta is known as ‘Yog Vashishta’ in book form, which makes an important dimension of spiritualism.
The dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna in the battle field became famous as ‘Gita ‘, the very soul of Hindu ideology.
One who is in perfect peace, sleeps on Sheshnaga bed, whose navel sprouts a lotus stem, who is protector and well wisher of gods, bears the universe, is infinite as space, whose complexion is like dark clouds, entire body is bathed in goodness, is the master of Laxmi, whose eyes are beautiful like lotus petals and who is attainable to true yogis at thought, to such Lord of the universe, Vishnu I pay my obeisance in total surrender.
Lord Vishnu is the defender of the forces of goodness. He took various incarnations, in their defence, in the forms of Meen (Fish), Kachchhap(Turtle) or Narsimha ( ManLion).
In answer to the prayers of the devotees, he rushes to their rescue. Vishnu has promised- ’Whenever the forces of darkness will be in ascendance, I will take incarnation as a human on the earth to correct the balance.’
When as result of the curse of Sage Narada, the soldiers of Shiva took births as Ravana and Kumbhkarna, and then Vishnu took incarnation as Rama in Ayodhya. Rama’s character is that of an ideal son, ideal pupil ideal brother, ideal friend, ideal husband, ideal commander, ideal warrior and an idol opponent. Some people question his act of giving Sita the fire test but they should remember that he was an ideal king too who wanted to prove the piety of his queen to the people to retain their respect to the throne.
In Dwapra age Vishnu took incarnation to slay Kansa and other symbols of evil. As Krishna he was related to places like Mathura Gokula and Vrindavana. Krishna is the pivotal character Mahabharata. Saga Vyasa considers him to be the embodiment of practical Dharma, which is the ideal mix of the basic principles and their application with common sense.
Rama and Krishna are the foundation rocks of Hindu Dharma Everyone must know about them, especially the young generation which is being torn away from its roots by global philosophy.
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