In every age, there have been avatars, world saviors who have come to lead mankind back to higher consciousness. These are the way showers who fully embody the Christ consciousness of the Son of God and remind God's children of their original spiritual estate and divine destiny.

The ultimate example of the avatar is found in the story of Sanat Kumara, who descended to earth with 144,000 volunteers to help save the planet. This story is described in the book, The Legend of the Ancient of Days.

According to clairvoyant C. W. Leadbeater, about 40,000 BC, the world-teacher avatar Thoth was born, later called Hermes by the Greeks. Hermes/Thoth came to teach the doctrine of the inner Light that dwells in the heart of every man. The Egyptians gave him the name Trismegistus, which means “thrice great” in his role as philosopher, priest and king. Referred to as the father of alchemy, he teaches the hermetic principles that “what is below is like that which is above, and what is above is like that which is below.” According to legend, these principles were inscribed on an emerald tablet found in his tomb, along with profound alchemical formulas.

In that incarnation, Hermes explained that man's destiny is to become one with Osiris, the universal Father, who is both a brilliant sun the heavens, and the light in our heart. Isis, the counterpart of Osiris, is Mother of all life and the universal feminine principle expressed in nature.

Together, Isis and Osiris give birth to Horus, the archetypal Christ figure who comes to restore the body of God, which is the very purpose of every avatar. Isis helps restore the body of Osiris, who is then resurrected by the gods.
The original founder of the Greek mysteries was Orpheus.

Orpheus was also the incarnation of the world-teacher who had come to the Egyptians as Thoth/Hermes. Orpheus came as a singer, wandering through the land, loving the life of nature. A band of disciples grew around him, and he taught them by song, by music, music of voice and instrument, and he used a pentatonic scale. By sound he worked upon the astral and mental bodies of his disciples, purifying and expanding them; by sound he drew the subtle bodies away from the physical and set them free in the higher worlds. And he taught that sound was in all things, and that if man would harmonize himself, then would the divine harmony manifest through him, making all nature glad.

 According to Leadbeater, the World Savior who incarnated as Thoth and Orpheus, also incarnated as the first Zarathustra in Persia in 29,700 BC. He taught of Mithra, captain of the hosts of God and savior of mankind. As with Jesus, the sacrament taught by Zarathustra consisted of bread, wine and salt, and was consecrated as a solemn ceremony, similar to the way in which we celebrate holy communion today.

Zarathustra then incarnated around 1000 BC, as prophet and avatar. His main objective was to eradicate evil. He came forth with the vision, the anointing and the sacred fire of Ahura Mazda, and converted King Vishtaspa and Queen Hutaosa to the message of his guru. He taught the law of karma and reincarnation, and waged warfare against evil ones through the hand of the archangels.
 
In Hinduism, we find a number avatars who are incarnations of Vishnu, the divine Son, and most notably Rama and Krishna. We also have Gautama Buddha, who was Prince Siddartha and became a chela of Sanat Kumara.

Rama is the seventh incarnation of Vishnu and most of the details of his life come from the epic story, the Ramayana. Here Rama is referred to as the Perfect Man, the Lord of Self-Control and Lord of Virtue. He outpictures perfect adherence to dharma in spite of the harsh tests of life For the sake of his father's honor, he abandons his claim to the throne and is exiled for fourteen years in the forest, together with his wife Sita, and brother Lakshmana. When Sita is captured by the evil Ravana, Rama faces long and arduous tests of his personal strength and virtue. He then fights a colossal war against Ravana's armies, in a combat where there are powerful and magical beings, and greatly destructive weaponry and battles. Rama eventually slays Ravana, liberates Sita and returns to be crowned king and later, emperor. It is said that he reigns for eleven thousand years, an era of perfect happiness, peace,
 
Krishna is the eighth incarnation of Vishnu and his story is told in the Bhagavad Gita, which means, “Song of God.” In it, Krishna describes himself as “the Lord of all that breathes” and the “Lord who abides within the hearts of all beings.” He explains that, “When goodness grows weak, when evil increases, my spirit arises on earth. In every age I come back to deliver the holy, to destroy the sin and the sinner, to establish righteousness.” Krishna embodies all of the divine personalities, the frolicking, mischievous child, Gopala, who loves to steal butter; the wooer of souls and lover of shepherdesses who draws them with the sound of his flute; and the friend and counselor to the mighty warrior Arjuna.

The story of Prince Siddartha who becomes the avatar, Gautama, is beautifully depicted in the movie, Little Buddha. Gautama was born in the sixth century BC as a prince. As a young man, having been confronted with sin, disease and death, he renounces his throne and leaves his wife and family. He pursues enlightenment in order to break the wheel of karma, death and rebirth. During his exile, Gautama discovers the middle way and rejects asceticism, and all forms of fanaticism. Sitting under the Bo tree, he finally reaches full spiritual awakening, but first, he must defeat evil in all of its forms. These are the five senses, personified as the five seductive daughters of Mara, then the terrifying armies of Mara, and finally coming face to face and discarding his self-identification with the human ego personality, the “architect.”

In that moment, Gautama affirms, “I AM awake," and becomes the buddha. He spends forty-nine days in deep meditation and rapture, and discovers the four noble truths, the overcoming of desire, and the eightfold path to enlightenment. As Buddha sets out to teach, Mara confronts him one last time:

“How can your experience be translated into words? Return to Nirvana. Do not try to deliver your message to the world, for no one will comprehend it. Remain in bliss!”

“There will be some who will understand,” Buddha replies, vanquishing Mara from his life forever.

Like Buddha, Jesus came to show mankind the way, the truth and the life, which is the divine presence of the I AM THAT I AM ensconced in every heart. He came to remind us that we are all Sons and Daughters of God and that like, him, we can conquer death and hell, fulfill our mission and ascend home to God. He came to teach us how to walk a path of personal Christhood and become the Christ. This, he affirmed when he said, “These things shall ye do, and greater things, because I go unto my Father.”

Jesus had many embodiments before his Galilean mission, which ultimately prepared him for his magnificent service. In his final incarnation, Jesus was trained in the mystical traditions of Judaism, Egypt and India. His parents, Mary and Joseph, were members of the mystical Essene community, and Jesus learned of Jewish mysticism from birth. As a child growing up in Egypt, he applied to the hierophant of Egypt and received initiations in the Great pyramid. Then, at age twelve, he left on a caravan for India, where he remained for twelve years, learning from Hindu sages and teaching the people. Jesus returned to Palestine, called his disciples and trained them in these ancient mysteries, and in the working of miracles.

Jesus demonstrated all of the points of spiritual law. He fully embodied the mantra, “I AM the resurrection and the life.” He learned how to expand the threefold flame within his heart until it enveloped his entire aura and intensified into the resurrection flame. This mastery allowed him to perform wondrous miracles that pierced the limitations of time and space. He could walk on water, turn water into wine, heal the sick, raise the dead, multiply the loves and fishes, disappear from their midst and much more. The greatest miracle of all was his physical victory over death and hell.

Jesus willingly surrendered to the initiation of a physical crucifixion, and then reignited his own threefold flame in the heart, which resurrected his body. In so doing, he left a record for all time of the appointed victory of every Son and Daughter of God.

Author's Bio: 

Therese Emmanuel Grey is spiritual and relationship mentor who teaches the inner family archetypes to help heal individuals and families. She wrote The Legend of the Ancient of Days, available at www.sanatkumara.info. She co-authored two landmark books, Why We Do What We Do and The Psychology of Success. Her autobiography, Miracles, Masters and Mirth: Adventures in Spirituality and Self-Awareness, provides extraordinary insights on the purpose of life and can be found at www.miraclesandmasters.com Therese nurtures a fast-growing online community of spiritual seekers and holistic minded individuals at www.lightworldwide.net. She also hosts several radio programs, including daily violet flame mantras and meditations at www.violetflamemiracles.com. Therese teaches weekly classes, webinars and facilitator training courses from her home in Montana, including the well-loved Radiant Sherpa Retreat. She also offers private sessions, where she shares highly effective insights and rituals to help you connect to your angels and sponsoring master. Find out more at www.ascendedmasterindex.com