- View SourceIn the incarnation of Vamana, Vishnu with folded hands gave salutations to his father, Kasyapa Prajapati. As Rama he showed the same respect to his father Dasaratha, mother Kausalya, and the sages Viswamitra and Vasishtha. Again, as Krishna he offered pranams to his foster parents, Nanda and Yasoda, his parents Devaki and Vasudeva, his guru Sandipani and other sages. When He took the form of Dakshinamurthy, he greeted with folded hands Brahma who came for His darshan. This mode of behaviour is the norm of righteousness endorsed by the Itihasas and Puranaas. What these examples serve to point out is whether one is born with divine traits or not. The evidence is in their natural inclination to greet with folded hands. It means that the one who sincerely, in thought, word and deed, performs namaskaram can cognise divinity or is born with a divine trait. Non-performance of namaskaram as a matter of principle, and unwillingness or disinclination denote arrogance, the wrong kind of self esteem. Hence, it is a demonic property. Perceiving in all creatures the divine is also perceiving himself, he partakes of the nature of the indweller of all, antaryamitatva. This is the reason for his becoming an incarnation. He who has objections or reservations about greeting others with folded hands sees in others something other than divinity. Therefore, he does not have antaryamitatva, and cannot become an avatar. Rama, Krishna, Vamana, and Parameswara demonstrated the truth of this through their own practice. The namaskaram performed with sincerity in thought word and deed awakens man's potential divinity.