Avatars and other spiritual figures go unrecognisedIt was the fate not only of Sri Krishna to be recognised only by a few seekers during his lifetime, but it is the fate of all the Avatars. All the Avatars have been ridiculed and have had to suffer ruthless criticism from human beings. Sri Krishna was known as an Avatar only by five or six while he was on earth. Now the whole world knows him as an Avatar. Sri Ramachandra was India’s first Avatar and he was also known by only two or three. Ramakrishna was known by very few, as was Christ. All the Avatars have been known or, you can say, realised, only by a very few. The Avatars are ignored. The fate of Yogis and other spiritual figures is the same. Very often they are ignored and despised even by their dearest ones. Now, however, this deplorable situation is improving.
Sri Chinmoy, AUM — Vol. 8, No. 9, April 1973, AUM Centre Press, 1973