Concerned Hindus have asked James Cameron to attach a disclaimer in the beginning and end of his forthcoming film “Avatar”, saying that it has nothing to do with Hinduism or its concepts.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Thursday, November 5, said that the term “avatar” was one of the central themes of Hinduism and insensitive handling of faith traditions, sometimes resulted in pillaging serious spiritual doctrines and revered symbols, thereby hurting the devotees.
Zed, who is the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, explains that “Avatar”, a sanskrit term, means descent or incarnation. Hinduism is shaped by its traditional belief in the incarnation of Vishnu (the preserver in Hindu trinity) into ten forms to establish dharma (divine law), which include Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parasurama, Rama, Krishna, Buddha and Kalki,which is believed to come at the end of the present Kalyuga. Hindus believe that without such intervention, the entire created universe would have been destroyed.