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In the Bhagavad Gita, The Song of God, the Blessed Lord states the following to Arjuna:

"Though I am unborn and eternal by nature, and though I am the Lord of all beings, yet, subjugating My Prakriti, I accept birth through My own maya.

Whenever there is a decline of dharma, O Bharata, and a rise of adharma, I incarnate Myself.

For the protection of the good, for the destruction of the wicked, and for the establishment of dharma, I am born in every age.

Whoso knows, in the true light, My divine birth and action will not be born again when he leaves his body; he will attain Me, O Arjuna.

Freed from passion, fear, and anger, absorbed in Me, taking refuge in Me, and purified by the fire of Knowledge, many have become one with My Being."

​                                          translated by Swami Nikhilananda,  Ch. 4, verses 6-10