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Author: Swami Sivananda
Publisher: Divine Life Society
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170521297
The Supreme Light descended into this mortal world of gloom and darkness, two thousand years ago.
The Law governing the Lord’s descent upon earth is the same at all times, everywhere. When unrighteousness grows and righteousness is waning, when the forces undivine seem to be stronger than the divine forces, when the word of God or commandments of His Messengers are forgotten or disobeyed, when religious fanaticism follows the letter of the scriptures killing the spirit, it is the that the Lord incarnates Himself on earth, to save Man, to save righteousness. That is why we find so much in common between the birth of Lord Jesus and the Avatara of Lord Sri Krishna.
Even at birth, the Lord had silently begun to deliver His Message. He chose, not a palace but a stable to be His first earthly home. He chose, not royal parents, but humble, poor, but faithful and pious people to own Him, the Lord of the Universe, as their offspring.
His scale of values is different from mortal. In His eyes, earthly pomp and splendour, as also pride of piety and vanity of intellect, are not receptacles worthy of His descent: for blessed are the pure at heart, for they shall see God.
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