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New movie Avatar shines light on Hindu word
12-18-2009, 04:28 PM (This post was last modified: 12-18-2009 04:44 PM by wisdom007.)
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New movie Avatar shines light on Hindu word
New movie Avatar shines light on Hindu word
By ARLENE NISSON LASSIN FOR THE CHRONICLE
Dec. 18, 2009, 12:31PM

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In James Cameron's new film, Avatar, the Titanic director creates a world where humans take on the form of avatars to exist on a planet called Pandora. The humans that belong to these avatars control them through technology, but some use their powerful avatar bodies for evil as they try to ruin the resources of the planet.

The term “avatar” might already be familiar to those who play virtual reality games where avatars are movable images representing real people.

Avatar's origins, however, come from the Sanskrit language in sacred Hindu texts, and it's a term for divine beings sent to restore goodness to Earth.

Hinduism, the third-largest religion in the world with about 1 billion adherents, began many centuries ago on the Indian subcontinent, and a majority of the world's Hindus reside in India.

Those who practice Hinduism recognize three main deities. Lord Brahma is considered the creator of the universe; Lord Vishnu is considered the sustainer of the universe, to right things when needed; and Lord Shiva is the redeemer of the universe.

It is believed that these deities sent avatars — incarnations of themselves in human form — to perform “dharma,” or righteous duty, to right wrongs or to restore peace and goodness.

Hindu theology names 10 numbered avatars. Two of the most important from Hindu scripture are Lord Rama, the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu and written about in the poem Ramayana; and Lord Krishna, written about in the mythological poem Mahabharata.

The Mahabharata, the world's longest epic poem at more than 90,000 verses and one of the most important Hindu texts, tells of a battle between bad forces and the Pandava family. The avatar Lord Krishna appears to assist Arjuna, one of the five Pandava family brothers, reveals his divinity to him and encourages him that it is his duty to fight for right.

Illustrations of these Hindu avatars, which are magnificently detailed and reflect an aura of divinity, are in stark contrast to Cameron's alien-meets-robot-warrior look in the film.
Despite the very different avatar interpretations, local Hindus' reverence for specific avatars from their scripture does not conflict with how they are seeing the modern usage of the term.
“The way the term is now being used is not a distortion of my beliefs,” said Anil Dandona, a practicing Hindu. “It is just a term. We believe the Supreme Being sent humans to create righteousness. These messengers of God take a human form, but they have godlike qualities, and they are delegates sent to do a task.”
Rishi Bhutada, Houston coordinator of the American Hindu Foundation, agreed with Dandona. He said that while Hindus use the term to mean an alternative representation of the divine, using it to mean some other representation does not “raise any hackles.”
“There are certain sacred terms that would offend Hindus if used improperly, but avatar is not one of them,” Bhutada said.
Local filmmaker Ashok Rao, who has made four full-length feature films, is looking forward to Cameron's film, and he feels that as long as filmmakers do not insult the sensitivities of a particular religion, then artistic license can be used.
“The film's use of avatar is a close relationship to the original meaning. It is a word meaning reincarnation and isn't meant to always mean a representative of God on Earth. It simply means one being in another form.”
“In literature, moviemaking, poetry and other forms of art, something is taken and stretched in meaning. That is art,” said Rao.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life...77326.html
Originally from Sanskrit, and used to describe the earthly incarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu, avatar is a common term among digital games players for the pixelated representations of themselves in the online world. Avatar is also the title of Cameron’s new epic science-fiction adventure, in which a crippled former marine is given the body of an alien to infiltrate the culture of a world under invasion by the Earth.

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/t...954555.ece
Many SciFi movies from Hollywood are Copied from Hindu Concepts - Star Wars,Matrix Triology to Avatar ...But many of us dont know it .
Darwin's Theory of Evolution & Hindu Dasa Avatharas
Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dqbfB7MO...L&index=22

More on Avatar - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar
Matrix was based on Concept Maya or Illusion that Triology ended with
Upanishad Sanskrit Mantra ...

Asato ma sad gamaya,
tamaso ma jyotir gamaya,
mrtyor mamrtam gamaya.
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.
Which translates to:
Lead us from darkness to the light,
Lead us from knowledge of the unreal to the real,
Lead us from fear of death to knowledge of our immortality.
Peace, peace, peace.
Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mjUe4vYbVA
Matrix Revolutions Soundtrack - Neo vs Smith (GOOD V/S EVIL) Neo was Avatar !
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjSpHAqb2...re=related

http://www.thematrix101.com/revolutions/symbolism.php
The Matrix has been an alarmingly hit Hollywood movie that has seeped through the corners of the world, generating billions of dollars of revenue. This action masterpiece created by the Wachowski brothers has produced millions of fans around the world. But the Matrix trilogy has a deeper meaning than just guns and bullets. This is one interpretation of The Matrix.

There are many parallels between The Matrix trilogy and Hindu philosophy. The Matrix can even be considered as an example to better understand some of the concepts of Hinduism. Maya, Moksha, the concept of God and the balance of good and bad can all be understood through its well-known story. For those who haven’t seen the movies, The Matrix is about a computer hacker (Neo) who is given the knowledge by Morpheus that the world he was living in is not real, and just a simulation created by machines of the future. He races to save the city of the real world (Zion), created by others like him, from the machines.

Let’s start from the beginning of the story. Neo, a computer hacker, is wondering about what The Matrix is, after he hears about it in a chat room. It haunts him for a long time, until he meets Trinity, aide of Morpheus, who tells him how to find out. Neo asks her, "What is the Matrix?", to which Trinity replies, "Twelve years ago I met [Morpheus], a great man, who said that no one could be told the answer to that question. That they had to see it, to believe it." Morpheus here acts as a guru or teacher, a realized one who leads his followers to truth. He tells Neo exactly what Ramakrishna Paramahamsa said to Swami Vivekananda’s question, "What is God?" Hinduism says that God cannot be explained…the truth can only be experienced.

Then in the story, Morpheus shows and explains to Neo about the Matrix, the world from which he was living in before he got to the real world. Neo asks, "This isn't real?" To which Morpheus replies, "What is real? How do you define real? If you're talking about your senses, what you feel, taste, smell, or see, then all you're talking about are electrical signals interpreted by your brain."

In Hinduism, this concept of the "Matrix" is called Maya. It is said that the world we live in is just an illusion, created by our minds. Our senses, feelings and emotions are just illusions we trick ourselves into believing in. In explaining Maya, Sankara very often refers to the example of the rope and the snake. As long as one mistakes a rope for a snake, he is frightened and reacts to the rope as if it were a real snake. When he realizes that what he sees is only a rope, he laughs.

The Hindu concept of God is the state in which one realizes that the world is just a Matrix, or Maya, and that everything around him is an illusion. This state is called Moksha, or Nirvana, which Neo attains in the movie after he realizes what the Matrix is.

Then, in the second movie, the maker calls Neo "an unbalanced equation". By this he is saying exactly what Hinduism believes. Good cannot be alone in this world. Without Bad, the earth will not spin. There has to be a balance of good and evil, of creation and destruction. One of our Gods, Shiva is called the destructor. Destruction is also necessary because "Everything that has a beginning has an end."

Maybe the Wachowski brothers did not think of Hinduism when they created the widely known Matrix trilogy. But Hinduism is such a scientific way of life that it automatically applies to the modern world. To fully realize Hindu philosophy, we must do what a well known phrase says – "Wake up, Neo."
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Star Wars and Hinduism
http://www.yodajeff.com/pages/hinduism/
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6KMzse98I0
Hindu Themes in the "Star Wars" Saga
http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=11178560
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Sanskrit Return of Jedi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBd1kaLKoIg
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Sanskrit Theme Song of Star Wars
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyCigHHwOcE
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Sanskrit Lyrics
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Duel_of_the_Fates
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Check this image even Vaishnava Tilak (Mark) is used for Avatar !

Avatar of Lord Vishnu Lord Ram and Lord Krishna shown as Sky blue in colour !

Lord Krishna (8th Avatar)
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Lord Ram (7th Avatar)
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Kalki Avatar is Pending will come in end of Kaliyuga Dark Age (present)
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12-18-2009, 07:31 PM
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interesting.
im so going to see this. lol.
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12-20-2009, 11:48 AM
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The avatars of the modern world
December 21, 2009

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Final Avatar Lord Kalki

Divine beings in all mythologies of the world have intervened in human history.

The gods in Greek and Roman mythology even transformed themselves into human forms or gave birth to demigods and heroes by forming connections with human females.

In contrast, the divine beings of Hinduism preferred to be born again as humans or animals with characteristics completely different from their original form.

The Sanskrit word for that is avatar or avatara.

The avatars of Vishnu, one of the three main Hindu gods, are charged with ensuring peace and justice for all of humankind. The hero Rama and the invincible warrior Krishna are also avatars of Vishnu.

Although they have human bodies, ordinary humans are no match for them because their powers are the same as those of other divine beings.

In the Mahabharata, the greatest Hindu epic on war, most of the allies or enemies of Krishna are avatars of other gods. There is no one among them that can beat the avatar of Vishnu, the supreme Hindu god.

Today, avatars have been reborn as the alter egos of numerous Internet users in cyberspace.

Many of these avatars, which come in different shapes and with characteristics that are different from those of their human masters, are omnipresent. From social network sites like Cyworld to gaming sites like Lineage, they seem to be everywhere.

¡°Avatar,¡± a new film by James Cameron, who directed ¡°Titanic¡± 12 years ago, is also a story about a character with an alter ego.

The movie, which mixes computer graphics and real film at a ratio of six to four, has earned acclaim for its new format and visual accomplishments.

It also uses its allegorical story line to reveal something about our present-day reality.

Although the protagonist Jake is a man with a disability that makes him unable to use his legs, his avatar form goes on an adventure that transforms him into a brave warrior.

Jake¡¯s dual life is similar to that of an otaku who is addicted to role playing games. The way he confuses reality with games, neglecting to take meals or bathe even when he comes back to his human form, is a caricature of the addiction to gaming that is so prevalent today.

In the film, Jake sides with the Na¡¯vi tribe in a fight against the humans, even though he himself is human, which is a realistic scenario given that we are currently living in a world where ego and alter ego do not necessarily go together.

In mythology, too, not all avatars were friendly toward human beings. Some say that Vishnu has 10 avatars and others say 20. But most will say that the last avatar is Kalki, the one who will declare the end of the world in 430,000 years.

The writer is the content director at JES Entertainment.

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12-20-2009, 02:04 PM (This post was last modified: 12-20-2009 02:38 PM by wisdom007.)
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Vishnu's Ten Incarnations (Avatars)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTk37Km8JKw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dqbfB7MO...L&index=22
Hindu Concept MAYA :The Greatest Secret - Is this World Real (Must See)

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More info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_(illusion)

Hindu matrix Hologram

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_2s65RbSdw
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12-24-2009, 09:47 AM (This post was last modified: 12-24-2009 09:48 AM by wisdom007.)
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Vishnu’s Tenth and Last Reincarnation — Decoding Avatar

Sudipto Chattopadhyay

The Avatars of Vishnu

Despite being a non conformist and an atheist I have a theory to propose. This theory has evolved in the context of the release of James Cameron’s Avatar, a film that is expected to revolutionize the way we look at movies forever from now, due to its sheer aesthetic and technological brilliance. I merely wish to meditate around the idea that must have given birth to this motion picture.

The ancient Hindu scriptures have forever reiterated that whenever the world would be on the brink of disaster and mankind faces extinction, whenever the vessel of sin is about to spill over to create death and destruction, the divine Lord Vishnu would considerate his duty to manifest himself in mortal, palpable form to save mankind from the impeding doomsday. That was the only way the human civilization would find continuance and reach salvation.

This is so eloquently quoted in the verses of the Bhagvad Gita, the sacrosanct and most definitive Hindu religious text.

YADA YADA HI DHARMASYA GLANIRBHAVATI BHARATA |
ABHYUTTHANAMADHARMASYA TATHATMANAM SRAJAMYAHAM ||
- Bhagvat Gita (Chapter IV - 7)

Loosely translated it means thus: Whenever and wherever there is decline of dharma (righteousness) and ascendance of adharma (unrighteousness), at that time I manifest Myself in visible form. For the protection of the righteous and destruction of the wicked, and for the sake of establishing dharma again, I incarnate Myself on earth ages after ages.


According to the Puranas, since time immemorial till the end of human civilization this act of reincarnation, of manifestation shall occur only ten times. Of which, through mythology and history we have learnt nine such appearances have already been made. They include,

1. Matsya, the fish, appeared in the Satya Yuga.

2. Kurma, the tortoise, appeared in the Satya Yuga.

3. Varaha, the boar, appeared in the Satya Yuga.

4. Narasimha, the half man/half lion appeared in the Satya Yuga.

5. Vamana, the dwarf, appeared in the Treta Yuga.

6. Parashurama, Rama with the axe, appeared in the Treta Yuga.

7. Rama, Ramachandra, the prince and king of Ayodhya, appeared in the Treta Yuga.

8. Krishna (meaning “dark coloured” or “all attractive”).

1.Gautama Buddha (meaning “the enlightened one”) appeared in the Kali Yuga (specifically asSiddhartha Gautama).
In “ghor Kalyug” the tenth and final avatar Kalki (“Eternity”, or “time”, or “The Destroyer of foulness”) is expected to appear at the end of the era.

That brings us back to our basic premise. Despite the fear of being lynched by Hindu Fundamentalists, I propose that Cameron is alluding to that tenth avatar of Vishnu becoming manifest as the US marine (the character played by Sam Paddington) in Pandora’s universe. The deliberate choice of the blue skin instantly, magically and metaphorically relates our protagonist to two previous avatar’s namely Rama and Krishna. The use of the word Avatar hence could never be an accident.

As I had mentioned in one of my earlier blogs that cinema is a conglomeration of myths and archetypes. With his brave new Epic, Cameron reaches the dizzying heights of dignity of the Epic poets from Homer to Valmiki to Vyasa for having created a truly post-structuralist, post -modern work of epic proportions both in terms of story telling and redefining how the human eye can perceive a constructed image in motion.
This Avatar fits into the shoes of his predecessors with perfect poise by taking the side of those who are morally correct and are being threatened of being dispossessed of a land that truly belongs to them. With epic sweep Cameron alludes to cross cultural history and mythology with such fecundity. In the larger perspective the Avatar is meant to be the savior, the messiah of his own race and people. The beauty of the script lies in how dexterously Cameron makes the outsider embrace the faith of the oppressed (a la Moses for Jews) and stand up for their rights. Krishna belonging to the Jadu tribe did the same thing for the Kshatriya race of Pandavas. So did Ram for the monkey kingdom( the tail wagging Navi’s are an allusion to that). Through majestic master strokes on his canvas, Cameron saunters like the mythical magician constantly alluding to the Advait and Mayavad school of Hindu philosophy, smattering it with the native wisdom of African tribes, the dispossessed Native Americans, the oppressed Tibetans , the uprooted Maoris and so on and on. The subaltern people of all centuries seem to have found a voice in what is most ironically a product nurtured in the environs of the imperialistic American hegemony (read Studio system of Hollywood). The innate connect to nature through worship of the spirit, the celebration of Mother Nature being the ruling deity is all oriental perspectives. The final touch comes with the transmigration of the souls when the soul of the protagonists human avatar is transmigrated to his Navi avatar. It is perhaps the ultimate triumph of seeing the film from the Hindu perspective.

Apart from the deeply spiritual and religious saga (though this film purports to be guised in the form of wholesome entertainment and no apologies offered for it), it is in many significant ways a scathing indictment of America’s economic and political global policies of colonizing the world. The rare mineral found in Pandora is the main cause for conflict in this film. The allusion to the Gulf wars and invasion of Iraq for oil is simply too strong to overlook. The sheer avarice of the multinational corporations is indicted in no uncertain terms. All this through a richly layered sub- text.

By creating an alternate universe, Cameron has virtually opened up the Pandora’s box from which all venom is spewed out to eventually leave the jar become a crucible of hope that it was originally meant to be.

After this cinema will be divided into two eras — Before Avatar/After Avatar.

I feel truly blessed to have lived long enough to witness this reincarnation unfold before my eyes.

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01-09-2010, 07:18 AM
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Hi Wisdom,
I just read your post and I am impressed with the writings they are really very good and feel that they were really the words of wisdom enlightening the soul. I have heard that Lord Vishnu in his Krishna avatar had many names. I am searching for the information on this these days.

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