Evolutionary Interpretation

Every so often, a thought fills your head and blows your mind off. I always knew about the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu (Dashavataar) but had never gotten around to thinking about them from the perspective of evolutionary interpretation.

Shut up Rahul!! The theory of evolution was propounded by Charles Darwin.

OK. Chew this. The ten avatars and their interpretation from the evolutionary perspective are:

  1. Matsya – The Fish – the first class of vertebrates; evolved in water
  2. Kurma – The Tortoise – amphibious (living in both water and land; but not to confuse with the vertebrate class amphibians)
  3. Varaha – The Boar – wild land animal
  4. Narasimha – A being that is half-animal and half-human (indicative of emergence of human thoughts and intelligence in powerful wild nature)
  5. Vamana – short, premature human beings
  6. Parasurama – early humans living in forests and using weapons
  7. Rama – humans living in community, beginning of civil society
  8. Krishna – humans practicing animal husbandry, politically advanced societies
  9. Buddha – humans finding enlightenment
  10. Kalki – advanced humans with great powers of destruction

I sat stunned for 10 minutes when I read about this theory in Wikipedia.org and then jumped to my dormant blog so that I may share this with you.