"Somewhat similar are the avatars of Vishnu, who becomes incarnate in a portion of his essence on ten occasions to deliver mankind from certain great dangers.
Krishna himself is usually regarded as one of these avatars."
But despite the artificial character of the Trimurti, it has retained to this day at least its theoretical validity in orthodox Hinduism, whilst it has also undoubtedly exercised considerable influence in shaping sectarian belief, in promoting feelings of toleration towards the claims of rival deities; and in a tendency towards identifying divine figures newly sprung into popular favour with one or other of the principal deities, and thus helping to bring into vogue that notion of avatars, or periodical descents or incarnations of the deity, which has become so prominent a feature of the later sectarian belief.
Certain, however, it is that at least one of his Avatars is clearly based on the Vedic conception of the sun-god, viz.
Of the ten or more Avatars, assumed by different authorities, only two have entered to any considerable extent into the religious worship of the people, viz.
The generally recognized principal Avatars do not, however, by any means constitute the only occasions of a direct intercession of the deity in worldly affairs, but - in the same way as to this day the eclipses of the sun and moon are ascribed by the ordinary Hindu to these luminaries being temporarily swallowed by the dragon Rahu (or Graha, " the seizer") - so any uncommon occurrence would be apt to be set down as a special manifestation of divine power; and any man credited with exceptional merit or achievement, or even remarkable for some strange incident connected with his life or death, might ultimately come to be looked upon as a veritable incarnation of the deity, capable of influencing the destinies of man, and might become an object of local adoration or superstitious awe and propitiatory rites to multitudes of people.
The ten Avatars of Vishnu are the most famous.
It is a plausible hypothesis that stocks which once claimed descent from animals, sans phrase, afterwards regarded the animals as avatars of Zeus.
Suddenly, real-world businesses from banks to record labels are creating a virtual presence that can appeal to players ' in-game avatars.
The administrator may also have enabled custom avatars, which allows you to upload an avatar image from your computer.
These animated avatars move and react to players inputs within an online virtual environment.
female avatars fetch 12 to 16.5% less than male avatars with comparable skills.
This menu is a listing of the other avatars in the space.
If avatars are enabled by the administrator you will see and avatar section when viewing your profile.
I believe there are a couple people who have enabled user avatars on their sites (not counting the Gravatar system ).
entityers In The Shade Avatars form dynamic representations of discrete entities in the network.
gifted with divine power from Ra, allowing them to transform into armored avatars of different animals.
Integrating with other technologies: video-conferencing; PDAs; SMS; electronic voting; body morphing and avatars.
ninetyere is the list of members currently using nineties avatars, presented in a form known as alphabetical.
They allow an individual using the web to adopt a persona with which they can then interact with other avatars in a virtual world.
Great to meet some of the talk punkers, you are much nicer in the flesh than your avatars would have us believe.
Great to meet some of the Talk punkers, you are much nicer in the flesh than your avatars would have us believe.
Gamers must employ creativity when individualizing their avatars, and this leads to some of the best and most humorous names for their characters.
Models hit the stage in a variety of avatars.
If you want to connect a picture to your screen name, look for avatars and icons online featuring everything from you favorite movie stars to famous quotes.
It includes images of avatars sitting down on the furniture, injecting meth.
One of the highlights is an "icon archive" that stores small headshots of Lovato for people to use as their icons or avatars on forums or social networking sites.
Check Mii Out Channel: This provides an online community for the Mii avatars to mingle with one another.
Perhaps the most interesting unlockable characters are the Mii avatars.
There are three character classes for the avatars: Soldier, Gunner, and Commando.
The Xbox Avatars, for instance, are quite similar to Mii characters on the Wii.
This utility inside of the Wii's main menu allows for the creation of custom avatars that can be used inside games like Wii Play and Wii Sports Resort.
START! releases a new webcomic every week with topics ranging from Pokemon to Superman, Raving Rabbids to Xbox Avatars.
The advent of avatars and skins in games like Quake let them personalize their gaming experiences.
With the Mii Channel, you can create a whole series of in-game avatars.
Deca Sports is developed by Hudson Soft and not Nintendo, so while there is no support for the Mii characters, you do get on-screen avatars that are styled in much the same way.
The on-screen avatars gravitate toward the ball on their own, while you must swing the Wii Remote (just like how you swing a real tennis racket) to hit the ball back.
There's even a multiplayer chess community that supports chatting and avatars.
The humans use avatars to live and interact with the Na'vi tribe members.
In order to survive in this strange environment, humans connect to avatars designed to imitate the Na'vi.
Yahoo! offers avatars and YukYuk.com offers medieval chess characters which were designed by a cartoonist.
Role Playing Games: These dating games allow participants to create an avatar or persona and then act out dating with other avatars created by other people.
The game was a rousing success when it was released, allowing people to create their virtual avatars or random characters and helping them get a job, clean house and take care of their virtual lives.
The characters their avatars interact with often have real people on the other side of the computer screen.
These avatars have many different factors you can try and influence - for example, encouraging them to take up new hobbies by buying them magazines - and virtual parties and the thrill of the goodnight kiss all become part of the game.
However, members have access to features such as calendars, a tracking feature and avatars.
Reznor used repeated melodic avatars, including bass riffs and piano melodies, to tie the album together.
The community features tons of different songs from a number of popular artists and includes fully customizable avatars and a lush 3D environment ripe for exploration.
PCD Music Lounge is a project by Interscope Records and Doppelganger, a San Francisco-based company that focuses on creating customizable avatars and interactive environments.
The gods are a pantheon of avatars for various characteristics, with complex interrelationships evocative of the love-lives of the Olympians.
It is the scenes in which the rebels interact with the machine avatars in virtual reality that set this movie apart from other action-adventures of the nineties.
The machine avatars have control over reality, so they are inhumanly unstoppable.
This tutorial walks you through making your own Harry Potter icons sized for Live Journal avatars.
Free fairy art is available online to use as screensavers, website backgrounds, desktop wallpapers, icons, avatars, posters, and even coloring pages.
Free chat rooms with avatars can be a lot of fun.
Avatars are commonly used in online forums, instant messaging, and in chat rooms.
Some online chat rooms allow users to import their own avatars.
Some online chat users find that avatars accentuate their experience greatly because it gives them a larger sense of identity among all the other people chatting.
Most free chat rooms with avatars allow users to choose from a wide variety of wardrobe options for their avatars including theme costumes.
Moove offers users the opportunity to create avatars as well as customized environments.
OnChat provides free chat rooms with avatars after an initial download.
Always keep in mind that avatars are fictional representations of other chatters.
While some folks choose avatars which are relatively accurate portrayals of their appearance, the majority of people prefer to create a fantasy avatar which does not actually represent them whatsoever.
The ability to create personal avatars, to imbue them with the user's personality, is something that has become quite important to the serious chat-room participant.
These benefits include customizable avatars, permission to buy things with virtual money, and the ability to join multiple groups.
You can use a microphone for local chat, but keep in mind that even though the voice conversation is between two avatars, any character within hearing distance can listen in.
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