Question: When an Avatar is in one of his animal incarnations, will he know he is an Avatar?Sri Chinmoy: A portion of the Avatar's inner consciousness will know, but his conscious mind may not know. Only when the mind receives some light will he be able to know, and for that human incarnation is necessary. Unless you know something with the mind, you cannot be aware of it consciously. In the animal consciousness there is no mind.
Sri Chinmoy, The Avatars and the Masters, Agni Press, 1979