You may use these lakshanas to identify divine people.
As per Sankara’s Gita Bhasyam.
And that dispenser of fortunes, (bhagavAn), who is always endowed with the six attributes of
- gnyAna (knowledge),
- ais’warya (wealth and prosperity),
- s’akti (competence),
- bala (strength),
- vIrya (valour),
- tEjah (brilliance),
who is without birth (aja), who is unchanging, who is the Is’vara (the master according to whose will the world acts), whose own nature (svabhAva) is eternally pure, knowledgeable and free, having taken under his control (vas’IkRtya), his mAya (illusion), the mUla prakRti (the primordial force), vaiSNavI, whose self is the three guNAs, by his own mAya was born as if he was one with a body, with an intention to grace the world.
- To identify an avataar of bhagavAn we need to see how many of the 6 lakshaNAs they possess and to what extent. An avataar like Sri Krishna who possesses all the 6 qualities in their entirety is considered a pUrNa avataar or puruSOttama.
- In the Devi Bhagavatham, in the story vatapatrasAyi as well as Hayagriva, we are told that Vishnu is under the influence of Devi. But in the Bhagavad Gita, we are taught that it is the puruSa who is in control of prakRti (mAya). Sankaracharya takes the view of the Gita and not that of the Devi Bhagavatham.
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