<languages/> An Avatar is any master teacher who has a strong and pure connection to Consciousness, whose life is devoted exclusively to dissemination of The Message, and who encourages and supports individual and collective Realization.
Most successful spiritual traditions have an avatar (or two) at their root. As Abraham Maslow noted:
The very beginning, the intrinsic core, the essence, the universal nucleus of every known high religion… has been the private, lonely, personal illumination, revelation, or ecstasy of some acutely sensitive prophet or seer. The high religions call themselves revealed religions and each of them tends to rest its validity, its function, and its right to exist on the codification and the communication of this original mystic experience or revelation from the lonely prophet to the mass of human beings in general (Maslow, 2012).
In Hinduism an Avatar (from the sanskrit avatara or "descent") is the descent of a specific and powerful identity into a Physical Unit for the purpose of correcting a Descent into Darkness. In Hinduism, an avatar is commonly seen to be an incarnation of Vishnu that has descend into the body to correct conditions and return Dharma to the world.
Anybody can be an Avatar. All an individual has to do is become an expert in something that contributes to reconnection and realization (e.g., music, cooking, sociology, spirituality), achieve a strong and pure connection to consciousness, become an expert teacher, and devote their life to the reconnection of humanity and the realization of The Plan.
References and Further Reading
Maslow, A. H. (2012). The "Core-Religious" or "Transcendent" Experience. In J. White (Ed.), The Highest State of Consciousness (pp. 339-350). New York: Doubleday.