Who is an Avatar? || Acharya Prashant, on Bhagavd Gita (2020)

Questioner (Q): How do we recognize an avatar? How do we differentiate between an avatar of divinity versus an ordinary human being? Is it even possible for the Supreme to take an avatar in the human form? Please explain.

AP: An avatar is not a specific person. You have to understand.

Truth is absolute and supreme freedom. The normal, mortal human being is a bundle of limitations. The limitations really have no incentive to go against themselves. The limitations in a way are cast in stone. The baby that emerges from the mother’s womb is almost surely destined to spend all his life in physical and mental bondages. So, it’s a great difference between the Truth and the human being. The Truth is absolutely free. The human being is condemned to live in bondages of all kinds.

Yet, sometimes a meeting happens. When that meeting happens, it is called an avatar; that meeting is the avatar.