[Sanskrit ''Avatāra'' “descent’, from ''avatarati'' “he descends”, from ''ava-'' “away” + ''tarati'' “he crosses over”
.) The incarnation of the [[Word]]; the descent or crossing-over of the [[Universal Christ]] from the plane of Spirit to the plane of Matter.
The avatar of an age is the Christ, the incarnation of the Son of God ([[Vishnu]]), the Second Person of the [[Trinity]]. The avatar, with his divine complement, [[Shakti]], or [[twin flame]], “outpictures” and “outplays” in consciousness and in the four lower bodies the archetypal pattern of the Father-Mother God for the evolution of souls in a two-thousand-year cycle.
The principal avatars of an age are two in number—the masculine and feminine prototypes who embody and show by their example the path of initiation designated by the solar hierarchies responsible for the lifewaves moving toward the center of the Cosmic Christ through the Open Door (the Teacher and Teaching) of that two-thousand-year dispensation. According to mankind’s karma, the evolutionary status quo of the children of God (their soul progress or lack of it in previous dispensations), and the requirements of the Logos, the [[Manu|Manus]] may designate numerous Christed ones—those endued with an extraordinary Light—to go forth as world teachers and wayshowers.