Advice given by H.H.Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi:
Today I was thinking that we'll have the puja of Shri Vishnu, who was the basis of dharma. So far we have never worshipped anyone who were the basics, except for Shiva. We only worshipped the incarnations because they became as incarnation; Ganesha came as incarnation, the Goddess came as incarnations, Rama, Shri Krishna, Gurus, Christ, Buddha, all of them came as incarnations on this earth. And we worshipped the incarnations who came on earth specially. But today, as Sahaja Yoga is established as dharma, we have to know about Shri Vishnu who is the basis of dharma. Later on He came on this earth as Shri Ram, then as Shri Krishna, and ultimately as Kalki. It is a beautiful evolution of Shri Vishnu. So, one has to understand what is the basis of dharma. If you know, in the matter they are eight valencies. They are negative, positive and neutral. But in human beings there are ten valencies, and these ten valencies are created by Shri Vishnu, within us . They are protected, looked after, and nourished by Shri Vishnu. And whenever He finds human beings falling down in their dharma, He takes His birth on this earth. Ultimate stage is the Virat. At that stage, this Vishnu principle divides into two: one goes to Virat, another to Viratangana. But the third principle is what you call as the Mahavishnu, which incarnated as Lord Jesus Christ. So all these three principles act, at this time, in Sahastrara mainly.
(extract from Shri Vishnu Puja, Paris, 1994) (1994-0713)
On the day of Shri Krishna Puja, I'm going to tell you about Shri Krishna. But before that, we should know how the whole thing evolved from Shri Vishnu's evolutionary process. So, as you know there were ten[unclear: sounds like Avataras], ten incarnations of Shri Vishnu. Now Vishnu is the one which grows to be the Virat, to be the [unclear: may be macrocosm or microcosm], as they call it, and this Vishnu principle is very well established within us. As a result of that only, we also seek and we seek money, power, love, families, children, all kinds of things we seek. That is only through, because of the Vishnu principle within us. But the biggest thing about the Vishnu principle is that it gave us evolution by which we evolve. Also, we evolved at the social structure, the political structure, the economic structure. We also evolve. India, I mean, I would say, India was once upon a time, you see, a slave country. Then democracy came in, and the English had to give up India, because they learned that if they have to make a majority rule in India, then there are more Indians than English. So they had to give up, in any case. So, wisdom came over and they gave up, you see. ...
So the wisdom is the kind of a light that comes in our understanding. But as human beings have evolved, even the deities have evolved themselves accordingly. So it was a fish, and then a tortoise and like that, it went on, till we come to the stage of Wavana avatara where it was a small man, then a big man, a tall big man, a Greek, who we call as Zeus, Parashurama. And then came Shri Ram. Shri Rama was the one who was wise, extremely wise, cautious, careful, a very formal, beautiful person and he had forgotten that he was the incarnation of Vishnu. He was made to forget that he was an incarnation. But he knew about his powers, but he did not know that he was an incarnation of Vishnu. But he knew he had all the powers and he could do all these things, that he knew. So, the ... because he was to become a Maryada Puroshottama means he had to become a man who was observing all the maryadas, all the boundaries of dharma, and that he had to be the best person.
(Pre-Shri Krishna Puja Talk, Ipswich, UK, 1990) (1990-0817)
Today we are here to worship Shri Krishna. As you know Shri Krishna is the incarnation of Vishnu. And Vishnu is the one who is the preserver of this universe. When this whole world was created it was necessary to create a preserver also because this world would have been destroyed and completely if it is left alone without a preserver, then the way human beings are, they could have done anything to this world. But so, Vishnu is the preserver. He's the preserver and He's the only one really incarnates. Of course, sometimes Brahmadeva also incarnated, but He only takes forms. In our evolutionary process He has taken different forms. He came on this earth in different ways. But still He had, as you say, twelve - up to twelve was Shri Rama and up through ten He was there. So He created also an atmosphere of the many great prophets around Himself so that they could preserve the dharma of this universe. So the basis of preservation was dharma, which has got, as you know, the most important basic foundation for spiritual life. In this dharma whatever was to be established was to be established balance. Was a habit with people to go to extremes in anything. So He created a balance within us. The first principal of dharma was to create balance. If a person doesn't have a balance then he cannot achieve his ascent. As simple as that. If you don't have a balance in your airplane it cannot ascend. If you don't have a balance, say on a ship, it won't move. In the same way, first the human beings had to achieve the balance. But they are born with different capacities, with different capabilities. I said that, Ya Devi sarva bhuteshu Jhati rupena samstita, means the aptitudes are different. They are born with different aptitudes, with different faces, with different colors, because variety was to be created. If everybody looked the same, you see they would be looking like some robots or something. So everybody was created in a different way, according to the country, according to the parents. All this was organized by the principal of Shri Vishnu, that He created this world in different varieties. He gave variety, and Shri Krishna is the master of it.
(Shri Krishna Puja 1994) (1994-0828)
Sahaj A-Z: Virata
TempleNet: Dasaavataaram - The Ten Incarnations of Vishnu