Haré krishna maharaj
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Can you explain saktyavesa avatar
Can Lord Brahma and siva be in this category?


The word avesa means “entering into”. When a particular divine energy (sakti) enter into a living entity for a specific task, he comes to be called Sakti-avesa-avatara, that for grammatical reason becomes Saktyavesa-avatara.

There are six kinds of incarnations:
(1) the purusa-avataras,
(2) the lila-avataras,
(3) the guna-avataras,
(4) the manvantara-avataras,
(5) the yuga-avataras and
(6) the saktyavesa-avataras.

We find information about the saktyavesa-avatara in Teachings of Lord Caitanya (Chapter 6).

First of all there are two types of saktyavesa-avataras. Infact Srila Prabhupada says “when Sri Krishna empowers some suitable living entity to represent Him, that living entity is called avesa-rupa or saktyavesa-avatara”.
The saktyavesa incarnations are of two kinds – direct and indirect. When the Lord Himself comes, He is called a saksat, or direct, saktyavesa-avatara, and when He empowers a living entity to represent Him, that living entity is called an indirect, or avesa, incarnation.”

Therefore we have these two types of saktyavesa-avatara.

About Brahma:
“As far as the saktyavesa-avataras are concerned, they include Kapila, Rsabha, Ananta, Brahma (although sometimes the Lord Himself becomes Brahma), Catuhsana (the Kumaras, who are the incarnation of knowledge), Narada (the incarnation of devotional service), King Prthu (the incarnation of administrative power) and Parasurama (the incarnation who subdues evil principles).”
Therefore Brahma is a saktyavesa-avatara but also a guna-avatara.

Examples of indirect, or avesa, avataras are the four Kumaras, Narada, Prthu and Parasurama.
Examples of direct, or saksat, saktyavesa-avataras are the Sesa incarnation and the Ananta incarnation.

Concerning Lord Siva, He is a guna-avatara, representing tamo-guna, the quality of darkness. He is not a jiva but a particular expansion of Narayana for dealing with the material creation.

– Manonatha Dasa (ACBSP)
14 november, 2018


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