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Saviour / Avatâra Defined – One who brings salvation.
“The Avatâra or Saviour is the messenger of God. He is like the Viceroy of a mighty monarch. As when there is some disturbance in a far-off province the king sends his viceroy to quell it; so whenever there is any waning
of religion in any part of the world, God sends His Avatâra there.” – Ramakrishna Paramhansa
[1] “When a mighty raft of wood floats down a stream, it can carry a hundred men, and still it does not sink. A reed floating down may sink with the weight of even a crow. So when a Saviour becomes incarnate, innumerable are the men who find salvation by taking refuge under Him. The Siddha (perfect one) only saves himself with much toil and trouble.” – Ramakrishna Paramhansa[2] “As a large and powerful steamer moves swiftly over the waters, towing
rafts and barges in its wake, so when a Saviour descends, He easily carries thousands across the ocean of Mâyâ (illusion).” – Ramakrishna Paramhansa[3] “It is one and the same Avatâra that, having plunged into the ocean of
life, rises up in one place and is known as Krishna, and diving again
rises in another place and is known as Christ.”  – Ramakrishna Paramhansa

[1] A Siddha-purusha (perfect one) is like an archaeologist who removes the dust and lays open an old well which was covered up during ages of disuse by rank growth. The Avatâra, on the other hand, is like a great engineer who sinks a new well in a place where there was no water before. Great men can give salvation to those only who have the waters of piety and goodness hidden in themselves, but the Saviour saves him too whose heart is devoid of all love, and dry as a desert. – Ramakrishna Paramhansa

[2] The Saviors are to Brahman as the waves are to the ocean. – Ramakrishna Paramhansa


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