Advaita Vedānta

Bhagavad-gītā kiñcitadhītā” One śloka a day – 4.7

यदा यदा हि धर्मस्य ज्ग्लानिर्भवति भारत |

अभ्युत्थानमधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजाम्यहम् || ७ ||

yadā yadā hi dharmasya glānirbhavati bhārata |

abhyutthānam adharmasya tadātmānaṁ sṛjāmyaham || 7 ||

Bhārata (Arjuna)! Whenever there is a decline in right living and an increase in wrong living (everywhere), I bring Myself into being (assume a physical body).

Śaṅkara

When, and for what purpose, does the Lord’s birth occur?

Whenever righteousness declines, righteousness as embodied in the order of castes, life-stations etc., which promotes prosperity and makes for the emancipation of all living beings and unrighteousness prevails, then, through Māyā, I project Myself.

Madhusūdhana Saraswatī

When there is a decline in righteousness as enjoined by the Vedas, which is means for liberation of creatures, which manifests through castes, stages of life and their respective duties, when unrighteousness which is prohibited by the Vedas originates, then, I manifest…

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