There is always a debate between religious views and modern science for Creation and Evolution. Religious preach that human is created by God and sent to the earth whereas science claims that human beings evolved from monkeys. Mythology and science both aim at providing an answer to the mystery of the Universe. If one studies Indian mythology one can get much similarity between Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and ’10 avatars of Lord Vishnu’.
Hindu religion and mythology are probably the oldest in the world. Not only this but it also tells about the wonderful concept of AVATARS of lord Vishnu-the preserver in the Hindu religion which is very similar to that of Darwin’s theories of evolution.
Whether it is just a mere coincidence or a fact, gains mixed debates.
Darwin’s Theory of Evolution mainly states that we have evolved from a common source i.e from the water. If you intersect ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu you can find a similar theory. Evolutionary theory, when viewed from a particular perspective, neatly intersects with the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
Let us know the 10 avatars of Visnu and let us find the similarity between the Vishnu Avatar and Darwin’s theory of evolution.
#1. Matsya – The Fish
According to Darwin’s theory, life began in the water. Vishnu’s first avatar, Matsya, was a fish.
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As the evolution was, to begin with, the water, thus fish or Matsya became the first simple being to begin the evolution process of the complex human beings.
#2. Kurma – The Amphibian
Darwin said that the species then began coming out of the water. Kurma, which was Vishnu’s second avatar was an amphibian.
In Darwin’s theory, the second stage was when the fish finally evolved out of the water and evolved to reptiles with legs to be accurate. The examples are A tortoise, lizards, etc.
Our Hindu mythology also suggests the same theory.Kurma avatar appeared during Samudramanthan in Satyuga. Life moved from water to the land.
#3. Varaha Avatar – The Mammal
The Varaha avatar (Satyuga), signifies the birth of the mammal.Theory of Evolution says reptiles evolved into semi-amphibians and then into mammals and land animals in the Triassic period.
Darwin soon brought in light the need to travel across long distances, so creatures developed legs.
Varaha, the third incarnation, was a boar who is more efficient in walking and losing the ability to live underwater.
#4. Narsimha – The Half-Ape
Narasimha Avatar has the upper body of a lion but lower body of a man which indicates the transformation from animal to human form.
This directly relates to the idea of a pre-human without a well-developed brain.
Evolutionary theory suggests the transformation from animal to ape in the fourth stage of evolution.Beings that are half animal and half human.This stage tells how transition took place from animals to humans.Also, Read|10 Health issues that women suffer in the recent time
#5. Vaman Avatar – The Dwarf
Vaman avatar which is the fifth avatar of Lord Vishnu represents a being that is very close to humans but is extremely short.It indicates the complete transition into human form and the beginning of intelligence in humans.
The fifth stage according to the Evolutionary Theory is the transformation from ape to short, premature human beings.The change signified developed intelligence.
#6. Parashuram – The Early Human.
Warrior with an axe, from the Tretayug, this is the sixth avatar of Vishnu that has no animal characteristics and holds an axe. So Parashuram, in other words, is a Homo Sapien.
Evolutionary theory suggests the appearance of early humans living in forests using weapons.Homo Sapien is the present day human and biological evolution ends at this stage. Parsuram is a forest dweller and holds an axe in his hand.
#7. Lord Rama – The Human
Ram, who is the prince and the king of Ayodhya from the Tretayuga, is the seventh avatar of Vishnu.Lord Rama represents the fact that man has not only evolved, but also his quality of living and mannerisms have fully developed.
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Darwin states that humans started living in a community and developed mannerisms. Survival of the fittest began at this stage of his theory.
#8. Lord Krishna – The Cow Herder, Teacher
Lord Krishna is the eighth avatar and a flagbearer of cultivation, war, and philosophy.Here the evolution comes to an end as far as physical appearance is concerned.
At this point, Man started knowing more about the intelligence of mind not only in terms of physical reality but also in terms of metaphysical reality.The Theory of Evolution coincides here with the humans practicing animal husbandry and politically advanced societies.
#9. Adi Buddha- The Intelligent Human.
Buddha was the ninth incarnation of Vishnu in Kaliyuga.This avatar signifies the fact that a human being is capable of attaining Moksha.
Parallel to this, Darwin suggests the phase of Humans attaining enlightenment.
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The article aims at discovering the fact that how two theories developed by entirely different people or by a group in different places, and at different times in history, end up being so similar.