Monday was the appearance day of Lord Sri Nrsimhadeva. The pastimes of the Supreme Lord are beyond our imagination. I was recently listening to a lecture by Srila Prabhupada where he expounded on the greatness of God. He explained that we shouldn’t limit God to our own conceptions or understanding. He said (and I paraphrase) – God is greater than anything we can imagine, why can’t he appear as a half man, half lion? This is true. He can do whatever he wants, right? He’s God.
Some not familiar with the Vaishnava tradition may not understand the story of Nrsimhadeva or think him to be imagination, creative writing of some sort. But again, why limit God to our own mundane concepts of the mind. The Lord appeared to Moses in the form of a burning bush, to Muhammad deep inside a cave on the mountain of Hira, he has millions and trillions of incarnations which serve various different purposes. If he wants to appear in the form of a rock, a tree, a person, an animal, a half man half lion, so be it. He is the glorious Supreme Lord.
As Lord Krishna states in the Gita –
Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharat, and predominant rise of irreligion – at that time I descend Myself. (BG 4.7)
To deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to re-establish the principles of religion, I myself appear, millennium after millennium. (BG 4.8)