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Re: What controls an avatar ...
Dr Tim Regan <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>Apologies if you get this twice I'm having problems cross posting.
>I understand that the term "avatar" used in virtual worlds to mean the representation of yourself
>in the world comes from Hinduism where it means the form a god takes on Earth. So, for example,
>Krishna was Vishnu's avatar - I think.
>What I'm after is the backwards part of the relationship. Is there a word for this. So just as you
>might say "Mike's avatar is the Silver Surfer" I'd like to say "The Silver Surfer's X is Mike".
>PS Sorry if the Krishna example is wrong. If it is do tell me real examples from Hinduism but
>that's not my main question.
>PPS If you don't know about virtual worlds try some out :
When a soul or spirit which is behind a human after several
incarnations is liberated from the need to reincarnate, does sometimes
reincarnate to help the humanity they are born as prophets. If the
soul had its evolution on earth and is reborn to teach us then it is
"not" an avatar.
Hindu tradition recognizes that there are several solar systems and
universes in addition to our own. When a soul or spirit had its
evolution in another solar system and was liberated and is reborn to
teach us then it is called an avatar.
After all these are only theories as no one can prove them.
The most comprehensive explanation I have seen on Avatar is a write up
by H. P. Blavatsky, one of the Founders of the Theosophical Society.
Peace to all living beings.
M K Ramadoss