It’s very curious to consider how the absolute could be found right on the surface in form. Form is relative, changeable. As it is expressed progressively, the surface is seen to be quite a distance from silent being. In fact we typically experience deep silence within but not in the world.
I talked about avatars previously but it’s worth going into this further.
During the Kumbha Mela celebration of 1966, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi spoke to the subject of avatars. Here are some excerpts:
“Incarnations [Avatars] are the same water, material, of the Absolute, appearing as a form. The same sap appearing as a leaf.”
“The unmanifested in form, not manifested in form. The Absolute has not become relative.”
“Remaining absolute, it has assumed a form.”
“Becoming relative means ceasing to be absolute. It is not becoming relative, it is remaining absolute, yet absolute in form. And this is an Incarnation.”
“The earth from which the world comes out is the three gunas. Whereas the form of Lord Krishna has nothing to do with three gunas, remaining transcendental – no three gunas, no five elements, purely Absolute.”
In maya but not of it. And yet the recent avatars of Vishnu have all arrived through a human birth and their form matured much like any human. It’s easy to misunderstand what is being experienced or described.
Yet as Chapter 11 of the Bhagavad Gita illustrates, the form of an avatar is vastly greater than an appearance of an individual person. Not to mention the abilities and understanding they have.
To further complicate this, the above is a perspective that sees a separate absolute and relative. Through Self Realization or Cosmic Consciousness they are quite distinct. This is why the stage is known as dwaita or duality. There are 2 realities, two fullnesses.
But further along, it is all discovered to be one reality, non-dual. No separate absolute and relative. They are more like 2 sides of one coin, the relative being lively absolute; waves on the ocean of being.
From the refined version of this context it’s all of and in the divine. But even here, there is a big difference between being a wave on the ocean that knows it is the ocean and being the whole ocean embodied in an apparent wave.
For perspective, in the Kala model, humans can reach only about half way up the ladder of potential. One can only imagine how powerful the presence of an embodied avatar would be.