Welcome: This is the recording of our Vedic Astrology Club call which occurred on Saturday July 5, 2014. Thank you to all the participants and to Rani and Bhairavi, our guest speakers.

Various Avatars of Vishnu

Call Recording: Avatars of Vishnu and Other Discussion


The 1st 4 Avatars of Vishnu appeared in the Satya Yuga (or prior Golden Age), the next 3 appeared in the Treta Yuga, the 8th the Dwapara Yuga, and the 10th to defeat the wicked, liberate the virtuous, and initiate a new Satya, or Kalki Yuga. At that time the Supreme Godhead will appear on the earth acting with pure spiritual goodness. He will rescue eternal religion, restoring Dharma. The Supreme Soul of all will take a birth to protect the principles of dharma and to relieve His saintly devotees from the reactions of material work.

1) Matsya, the Fish – Vishnu take the form of a fish to save Manu from the apocalypse, He takes His boat to the new world long with one of every plant and animal gathered in a great cyclone.

2) Kurma, the Tortoise. — When the Devas and Asuras were churning the Ocean of Milk in order to get the Amrita, the nectar of Immortality, the Mt Mandara that they were using as a churning staff, began to sink. Lord Vishnu took the form of a tortoise to support its weight.

3) Varaha, the Boar. – Lord Vishnu appeared to defeat Demon Hiranyaksha who had taken control of earth and carried it to the bottom of the Cosmic Ocean. The battle waged on for a thousand years. Varaha, the victor, then carried earth upwards on his tusks and restored it to its place in the Universe.

4) Narasimha, the Lion-man. – The rakshasa (an evil person), Demon King Hiranyakashippu, (the elder brother of Hiranyaksha who was killed by Varaha), acquired a boon from Brahma that he could not be killed by man or animal, inside or out, neither day nor night, on earth or the stars, nor by a weapon that was either living or inanimate. So Vishnu descended in an anthropomorphic form, with the body of a man and head and claws of a lion. He kills King Hiranyakashippu with his lion’s claws, at the courtyard threshold of his house while lying across his thighs.

5) Vamana, the Dwarf. – Bali, the 4th Hiranyaksha, was able to defeat Indra with devotion and penance. He then extended his authority over the 3 Worlds, and the Deities appealed to Vishnu for help. Vishnu descended as the dwarf, Vamana. During a yagna of King Bali. Bali was pleased to see the diminutive holy man and promised him whatever he wanted. Vamana asked for 3 paces of land. Bali agreed and the dwarf expanded his size to that of a giant. He stepped over Heaven in his first stride, and the Netherworld with the second stride. Bali then realized that Vamana was Vishnu incarnate. In deference, the King offered his head as the third place for Vamana to place his foot. The Avatar did so and granted Bali immortality. Then in appreciation to Bali, and Bali’s grandfather Prahalada, Vamana made Bali the ruler of the Netherworld. Bali is believed to have ruled Kerala and Tulunadu. He is still worshipped there as the King of Prosperity, and honored before the harvest.

6) Parasurama, Warrior with an Axe which he received from Siva. Brahmin-Kshatriya in Hinduism, or warrior-saint. He is the son of Jamadagni (Brahmin) and Renuka (Renuka – Parasurama is the 1st of the Kshatriya clan that ruled Ayodhya and was in the ancestral lineage of Rama). King Kartavirya Suryavenshi visited Jamadagni at his Ashram and the Saint was able to feed them through the Blessings of Kamadehnu, the celestial, wish-fulfilling cow. The King demanded Kamadehnu for himself, and when Jamadagni refused, the King took the celestial cow by force and destroyed the ashram. Parasurama then killed the King at his palace and destroyed the army. The sons of the king then killed Jamadagni. Parasurama vowed to kill the Kshatriyas 21 x’s over, and filled 3 lakes with their blood. Ultimately his grandfather, the great Rucheeka, appeared and made him halt. He is still alive today as a Chiranjivi (meaning no samadhi) at Mahendragiri.

7) Rama, or Ramachandra, the Prince, and King of Ayodhya, is thought of as the ideal heroic man and his story is recounted in the Ramayana. While in exile from his kingdom with his brother Lakshman, the Monkey God hanuman, and his wife Sita. Sita was abducted by the Demon Ravana and taken to Sri Lanka. Rama with the help of Hanuman, and Lakshman, set off to Lanka, killed the Demon King Ravana, and rescued Sita.

8 Krishna was the 8th commonly worshipped Deity in Hinduism. He appeared with his elder brother Balarama (an avatar incarnation of Shesha Naga).

9) Gautama Buddha. The Founder of Buddhism, teacher of ahimsa (non-violence), and The 8 Fold Path to attain Nirvana.

10) Kalki Avatar (meaning Eternity, White horse, and destroyer of evil) is the final incarnation of Vishnu and foretold to appear at the end of the Kali Yuga. He will be atop a white horse with his sword drawn, blazing like a comet. He will destroy all of the unrighteous and evil and usher in the Satya Yuga, the Golden Age of Truth. son of Devaki and Vasudeva and is the most

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