From time to time great ones have come, who have systematised this Cosmic plan and formulated a method so that individuals in whom this purpose has been awakened may make use of this method and reach the goal quickly, that they may consciously achieve this process in themselves.
These methods have come to the various religions of humanity.
Gradually, these religions have had a greater and ever-widening group of followers.
These great groups exist all over the world as the great section of Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, and so on.
But the one inescapable fundamental fact about these religious remains that all these various religions are but methods which seek to work out in some way or other the ascent of man from birth and death to Immortality.
The ten Avataras of the Lord, which are described in the scriptures, are an order calculated to teach us a sublime spiritual lesson.
Sri Swami Chidananda
To be continued ...