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No offence, but;

  1. Why did Shiva have an extra-marital affair with Mohini and beheaded his own son Ganesh by mistake like a human, being a supreme god?

  2. When Rama, the incarnation of the god Vishnu, lost his wife, he did not get her back with supernatural, authoritative power. He had to fight for her (although he did many other things with supernatural power). In the battle, when his brother got injured, Rama was helpless until a sage prescribed a Himalayan plant for his treatment. Rama, though he was god, was helpless to procure the plant; so Hanuman flew to the Himalayas and got the plant. Sita, Ram's wife offered vows to Ganga while praying for Ram's safety. When Rama wanted to kill Bali, a bad guy, he had to use stealth because Vali had a boon that he could draw half his opponent's power to himself. Rama could not nullify this boon. Similarly, Rama could not prevent Ravana's 10 heads from rejoining themselves to his neck whenever Rama beheaded him. Being a supreme incarnation of god why he did he fail to do all these things?

  3. Even in Mahabharata, Krishna behaves like a normal human being not using any supernatural powers. Why?

    • What was god's intention in doing all these things?
    • What is god's message to us from all his incarnations?
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In answer to the first question, Shiva behaved that way because the stories were written at a time when men behaved that way and men at the time would have understood behavior like that.

In answer to the second question, when God incarnates in human form He is taking form in maya and therefore accepts the limitations of maya. God is limitless in the spiritual realm. Everything is limited in maya. When He takes birth in maya, He accepts the limitations of maya.

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    thanx for your answer, i didn't understand your first statement, what stories were written? can you elaborate please! @Swami Vishwananda – Avis Nov 3 '14 at 16:28
  • The parts known ans the Smritis. – Swami Vishwananda Nov 4 '14 at 4:32
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    @SwamiVishwananda - You can improve your answer , i think.... – Kiran RS Nov 22 '14 at 8:36
  • My answer is as a follower of the Adviata. I have not read the scriptures of the Shavites. The Rig veda says Shiva is one of the triune god - Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. He is not spoken of as the Supreme Being. In the early and classic Puranas (Visnu Purana, Matsya Purana, Brahma Purana, others) Shiva is a mask or figure assumed by Vishnu to reabsorb the universe. Only in later Puranas (Markaandeya Purana, Kurma Purana) does Shiva come to be independent and the main God of the triune god. Shiva and his consort have come to represent the personifications of the Nirguna and Saguna Brahman. – Swami Vishwananda Nov 22 '14 at 13:30
  • Sruti are the vedas, revealed to man by Brahman. Smritis are secondary scriptures (for example, the Puranas, Bhagavatam, Ramayana). Smritis were written by men. All the great modern commentators- Madhva, Shankar, Ramanuja -have all accepted the Upanishads, the Gita, and the Brahma Sutras as the 3 pillars of Vedanta. – Swami Vishwananda Nov 22 '14 at 13:37
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  1. These are just myths created to explain the existence of specific 'God' or 'Energy' or 'Power' that affects human life. For instance the joining of Shiva and Mohini (actually a female form of Vishnu), creates a God with the qualities of both Shiva and Vishnu (worshiped in South India as Hariharputra). See here for an explanation of these myths (including that of Ganesha).

  2. Rama and Krishna behave like humans because that is what they are. They are also incarnations of Vishnu, meaning the divinity of Vishnu has descended into them making them divine. However they still remain human. Krishna was a more of a God ('Sampoorna Avatar') than Rama, so he did not have as many difficulties or was as helpless as Rama during his lifetime. It is the same as asking, if Jesus was a God how did he allow himself to be tortured and beaten.

  3. Gods intention in sending these Avatars like Rama and Krishna is to send them as teachers for humanity. Rama taught us as a role model of being a perfect human and Krishna taught us through his Geeta.

  • thanks for your answer. But 1 st point is not convincing? – Avis Nov 20 '14 at 21:50
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    @David G: +1 . Absolutely right! That time men were ignorant . Today what can be explained by science was totally a supernatural thing to the men of that age. Greatly inspired by Ancient Aliens!! "Let there be light!" Why did The God say this? Hmmm... He was not talking about light but Big Bang:) – user1081 Nov 21 '14 at 4:54
  • @David, it would be helpful if you can quote some excerpts from the linked website. This is a policy across SX sites, so that in case the website goes down, this answer will remain relevant. – Vineet Menon Aug 17 '16 at 12:30
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How many of us have supernatural powers like god or god like persons?? The answer might be a 4 digit number or any small number, so every time if god used these power to do the lilas. How could they help a (so called) powerless man, they wanted to preach that the highest power of this universe is inside you i.e. Atman. Which is direct incarnation of god in you so you don't have to use some magic and stuff to do your work you just need to realize that you are a free soul and everything will come to you as if God himself is helping you.

Even Lord Krishna wanted to preach same as Lord Rama that when you don't have a righteous way then you have to be unrighteous with unrighteous persons to establish Dharma or righteousness in world.After all who can understand god's lilas? we are alpabuddhi or narrow minded in front of god that's why we cannot understand the true meaning of the lilas of god.The above is my opinion every one can have it's own,so let it be on thinker what he considers it. When Lord Krishna fled out of battle field he was named Ranchod (the one who leaves battle ground like coward) but no one knew it was his leela.

This article tells the story of Why Krishna is called Ranchod.

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    what is your reference for Krishna fleeing the battle and being named Ranchod? – Swami Vishwananda Nov 3 '14 at 13:28

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