It is found in the Trikaya doctrine of Mahayana Buddhism, in descriptions for the Dalai Lama in Tibetan Buddhism, and many ancient cultures. According to Oduyoye and Vroom, this is different from the Hindu concept of avatar because avatars in Hinduism are unreal and is similar to Docetism. Vishnu The concept of avatar within Hinduism is most often associated with Vishnu, the preserver or sustainer aspect of God within the Hindu Trinity or Trimurti of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. An oft-quoted passage from the Bhagavad Gita describes the typical role of an avatar of Vishnu:
Film Review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Share Following the death of his twin brother, a scientist, Jake Sully Sam Worthingtona former Marine who is confined to a wheelchair, is recruited to take his place in the secret Avatar program on the faraway planet of Pandora.
The year is and the Earth is in serious environmental trouble. Because the air in Pandroa is toxic to humans, "drivers" have their consciousness linked to an avatar, a remotely-controlled biological body that can survive in the lethal atmosphere.
As an avatar, Grace has done fieldwork among them and is impressed with their rainforest culture. Miles Quaritch Stephen Langhead of Secops, the technologically equipped mercenary squad, thinks the natives are nothing more than ignorant savages that should be stamped out like cockroaches.
In the rainforest, he is separated from the others in his party and squares off with a Hammerhead Titanothere, a fierce beast with head like a sledgehammer and a bad disposition to go with it; he also is attacked by a Thanator, a fierce panther-like creature, and a group of Viperwolves.
Jake is rescued by Neytiri Zoe Saldanaa highly-gifted huntress from a member of the Omaticaya Clan who live in the rainforest. Neytiri sees Jake as ignorant of the forest as a living and nurturing place, but she also senses he may be open to learning their ways.
In exchange, he is promised an all-paid operation which will enable him to walk as a human again. This film is rumored to be the most expensive film ever made, and every dollar shows up on the screen. All the characters, creatures, plants, costumes, weapons, vehicles, and environment are from the prodigious imagination of this writer and director who has stated, "I really want audiences to have a completely satisfying cinematic experience.
Cameron transports us to another world where we are immersed in the cross-cultural adventures of an ordinary man who is transformed by his encounters with the ancestral teachings and ecological activities of an alien race.
The 3-D effects the film will be in theaters in both 2-D and 3-D are state-of-the-art, so subtle and natural that we found ourselves moving in our seats to see around a tree.
All this is enough to recommend this amazing movie, but even more awe-inspiring is its spiritual dimensions.
While giving us a natural world of beauty, it also forces us to deal with the shadow side of life. It vividly depicts and condemns the blindness, selfishness, and destructiveness of the American path of warfare, violence, and use of technology to destroy the Earth and others considered to be subhuman or "collateral damage.
The character of Quaritch stands in for the cowboy mentality of some military and corporate leaders who will do anything to get control of the lands and resources necessary for their profit-making and survival. Contrasted with those who believe in domination over other civilizations, just wars, and occupation to maintain control over foreign lands are the indigenous people and their ancient ways that reverence rather than try to master nature.
Cameron is to be commended for presenting their life-affirming integration into the larger web of life as an alternative to the narrow perspective of the Western world. His story celebrates diversity and other ways of knowing. The "People," like other tribal cultures, value harmony, simplicity, community, the spirit in nature, the sacred feminine, and much more.
Cameron gives the People an Earth-based cosmology that is totally in sync with contemporary spirituality movements: Through his sympathetic portrait of the scientists, he even mirrors the current-day marriage of science and religion that has been catalyzed by discoveries in quantum physics and energy medicine.
There are many "teachable moments" in Avatar. The French existentialists envisioned life as a project. Seeds, trees, animals, insects, water, leaves are all part of the web of life. Everything is alive and conscious and interconnected. It may be necessary to kill for food. A clean kill involves a respect and a ritual for any animal that gives itself to you for food and other uses.
Even vicious and seemingly violent animals have the right to protect their turf and participate in the dance of life. Having a good heart and being fearless are part of being a warrior.
Signs are all around us in nature and in our own experiences:The religion of Avatar, in essence is the worship of nature and to die doing it. The religion of Christianity is the worship of a creator God and live doing it.
The religion of Christianity is . Avatar has come under attack by a number of political and religious criticisms since its come out, but any time one of those organizations has the opportunity to soapbox they will try.
Nature religion is, of course, commonly associated with Native Americans and other indigenous people, as it was in Avatar. But the film suggests that all open-hearted humans can come to such spirituality, just as did several of the invaders.
Mar 18, · Frankly, what Goldberg seems to be doing here is stepping off the movie's depiction of the Pandoran Na'Vi race's druidism-on-steroids religion to .
The American science fiction film Avatar has earned widespread success, becoming the highest-grossing film in history. The blockbuster has provoked vigorous discussion of a wide variety of cultural, social, political, and religious themes identified by critics and commentators, and the film's writer and director James Cameron has .
Dec 30, · Over at the LA Times, Jonah Goldberg sets about attempting to decode the quasi-religious aspects of James Cameron's "Avatar". I've not seen the movie yet, but Goldberg reliably informs me that it.