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The Real Purpose Of Avatara
As far as the atheistic are concerned, it is not necessary for the Supreme Lord to appear as He is to destroy them, as He did with the demons Ravana and Kamsa The Lord has many agents who are quite competent to vanquish demons. But the Lord especially descends to appease His unalloyed devotees, who are always harassed by the demoniac.The demon harasses the devotee, even though the latter may happen to be his kin. Although Prahlad Maharaja was the son of Hiranyakashipu, he was nonetheless persecuted by his father; although Devaki, the mother of Krishna, was the sister of Kamsa, she and her husband Vasudeva were persecuted only because Krishna was to be born of them. So the Lord appeared to deliver the devotee and vanquish the demon miscreants.
After speaking the above two verses Lord Krishna gives the real reason for His appearance in the next verse:
janma karma ca me divyam evam yo vetti tattvatah
tyaktva deham punar janma naiti mam eti so 'rjuna
"One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna."
The real reason that God appears is to give pleasure to His devotees. By seeing His beautiful form, chanting His holy Name, and remembering His wonderful pastimes, His devotees become greatly inspired and rapidly advance to reunite with Him in transcendental loving service.