The Avatar in India
RAMA - KRISHNA - BUDDHA - JESUS - MEHER BABA
The Avatar: 'God in Human Form' incarnates on Earth, time after time.
In the beginning there was... and creation became. In a wave in the ocean of God a million million drops were ejected and they became separated from God , or so they thought. Illusion was created for the millions of souls to journey through, until they can find themselves as being part of the ocean. One by one, over eons, each drop is ready to shed illusion and see
itself as God. It does require a push from a soul who has already seen itself. One drop, that first drop to discover itself, returns into illusion, time and time again to give a push to all humanity and a push to many who are closer to the end of their journey. and that final step of spiritual progress is through the doorway of love.
Rama was born in Ayodhya Krishna was born in Mathura Buddha in Sarnath Jesus tomb is in Kashmir Meher Baba's Samadhi is in Meherabad
It is for love that the whole universe sprang into existence and it is for the sake of love that it is kept going. - Meher Baba.
This present Avataric cycle started with Avatar Zoroaster. There are 24 advents in this 7,000 year cycle of which 7 are major advents and 17 are minor advents. 5 of these Major Avataric Advents occurred, or partially occurred in India.
RAMA KRISHNA BUDDHA *JESUS MEHER BABA
Muhhamad did not visit India. Zoroaster may not have.
*Jesus visited India and died in Kashmir.
----------------- Suggested path to see the Holy cities of India.
------------------ The stories of the 5 Avatar Advents in India
The River Ganges springs forth from snow melt in the Himalayas and runs across northern India until it exits into the sea in Calcutta. Varanasi (formerly called Benares) is the spiritual center of pilgrimage for Buddhists. Buddha began his Avatarship in Sarnath ( near to Varanasi) and then spent much of His time here in Varanasi. Hindus alike believe that to bathe in the River Ganges is to cleanse ones soul and all try to make the pilgrimage during their lives. Elderly people come to Varanasi to die and have their bodies cremated and floated away down the River.Varnasi is not a tourist place, but many tourists come to see it. There is a feeling of spirituality that envelopes Varanasi, especially boating on the Ganges at dawn. It is an old city with twisted roads and traffic. Cows wander in the streets and alley ways. Varanasi is not the new and modern India.
"Every Avatar has come to this city and touched his feet in this river's waters." There are more than 1,500 temples in Benares (earlier called Kashi). "Since ancient times, the holy city of Benares has been the abode of saints, rishis and highly advanced souls. As such, it is imbued with a spiritual atmosphere, congenial, and helpful to any spiritual aspirant or seeker. As to the shrines and temples that abound here, it is not the walls of bricks and stones, but the atmosphere and environment here that breathe spirituality [because of the presence of advanced souls]
A little scary, the overcrowding on these boats on the Ganges River, early morning.
'City of Light', the 'luminous city as an eminent seat of learning'
Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Buddha and Lord Jesus visited Varanasi. Avatar Meher Baba visited Kashi. Kabir was a weaver in Kashi. Guru Nanak visited Kashi in 1507, a trip that played a large role in the founding of Sikhism
Poets, writers, and musicians live or have lived in the city. 'Benares gharana' form of Hindustani classical music was developed. Varanasi is Famous for its silk weavers, perfumes and crafts . In addition to its 3,300 Hindu religious places, Varanasi has 12 churches, three Jain mandirs, nine Buddhist shrines, three Sikh shrines, and 1,388 Muslim holy places. One of Asia's largest residential universities is 'Banaras Hindu University', created in 1916. Ann Besant founded the college because she wanted "to bring men of all religions together under the ideal of brotherhood in order to promote Indian cultural values and to remove ill-will among different sections of the Indian population."
AYODHYA: LORD RAMA
The story of Rama. 5,000 BC:
DIWALI 'Festival of lights' marks the day that Prince Rama triumphantly returns to his kingdom of Ayodhya with his wife. It is said that Ayodhya’s citizens welcomed their prince home with thousands of glowing oil lamps on a moonless night. The lamps symbolize the victory of good over evil, and Hindus celebrate this story every year by lighting millions of them all over the world.
HOW TO VISIT: Ayodhya is most easily seen as a day trip from Lucknow. There are many fine hotels in Lucknow. Arrange a car for the 2 hour trip each way. Remember that temples close for 3 hours (11AM to 2PM). Stay for lunch, boat ride, bazaar etc. Then return to Lucknow. You must leave Ayodhya early to return to Lucknow before dark. There are hotels in Faizabad, next to Ayodhya.
MATHURA VRINDAVAN DWARKA: LORD KRISHNA
The story of Krishna. 3,000 BC
Krishna's youth in Gokul. His Radha and gopis in Vrindavan.
A paper in 2004 by a group of archaeologists, religious scholars, from Somnath Trust of Gujarat, determined the supposed location of the where Krishna spent his last moments, fixes the death of Sri Krishna 3102 BC . Krishna Janmashtami -- A two day festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna in Mathura. In either August or September.
HOW TO VISIT: Mathura and Vrindavan are a short train or car ride away from Delhi. There are many hotels, both in Mathura and Vrindavan. There is a nice hotel near the train station in Mathura. Fancier hotels are in Vrindavan. You can hire a car and driver in New Delhi and drive (3 hour drive) to Vrindavan and Mathura and Gokul. Lord Krishna left Mathura after his youth and moved his companions to Dwarka, where he ruled as King.
HOW TO VISIT: Dwarka and Beyt Dwarka on the Western tip of Gujarat. Fly from Mumbai to Jamnagar or Rajkot and continue by train.
The Dwarka of Krishna's reign, in western Gujarat, is under the sea. The town of Dwarka adjacent to it is a place of pilgrimage. There are many hotels by the sea. Getting to Dwarka, in Gujarat, is difficult.
The first Aryan migration into India was 3,500 years ago. The Aryans came from the North, first through Kashmir. Until then, the Indian population was very dark skinned. Rama and Krishna were very dark skinned. The Aryans were white skinned. Hindu nationalists do not like to admit that the Aryans were not the first inhabitants of India and that the Harappan civilisation existed long before their arrival. It would mean acknowledging that Aryans or their Vedic culture were not the earliest sources. Ram and Krishna and Hinduism were before them.
SARNATH: LORD BUDDHA SEAT
The story of Buddha. 700 BC Sarnath remained abandoned until 1834 when Alexader Cunningham excavated the site.
Sarnath attractions to visit https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/destinations/sarnath-attractions-that-you-shouldnt-skip/gs56469286.cms
HOW TO VISIT: Sarnath is a mere 10 Km from Varanasi through congested traffic. There are flights from Delhi and elsewhere to Varanasi. You can drive from Lucknow, a 4 hour drive, or less. Trains arrive from all over India. There are hotels in Sarnath and many hotels in congested Varanasi and by the ghats overlooking the River Ganges. A good hotel by the railway station with excellent food is: Hotel Four Elements.
KASHMIR: LORD JESUS
The story of Jesus after his crucifiction: He revived, after three days, and left with his closest disciples. They walked East and visited India and further East. Jesus and his companions retired in Kashmir 'Jesu the Good Shepperd' and He is buried on a mountainside in Harwan, Srinagar in Kashmir.
HOW TO VISIT: You can easily fly to Srinagar from Delhi, There are many taxis available in Srinagar and a Tourist Center in town. Hundreds of fancy hotels and budget options are available. If you are there in the cold season check that the hotel is heated!
MEHERABAD: MEHER BABA'S SAMADHI
The life of Meher Baba. until January 1969:
Information about Meher Baba: https://avatarmeherbabatrust.org/
ITINERARY TO SEE THE INDIA HOLY CITIES OF THE AVATAR
BUDDHIST STUPA JUST NORTH OF VARANASI in SARNATH
Friendly Jain priest invited us to join them for lunch. The Jain temple complex was in the
same town as Khajurajo Temple .
NORHTERN INDIA CITIES OF THE AVATAR
CONTD. . . INDIA PHOTOS KINNAUR AND SPITI VALLEYS OF THE HIMALAYAS