When the Premamrutham Hall was inaugurated, Swami got the painting of Dashavatars of Maha Vishnu done in the traditional Mysore style by an artist who hailed from the family of painters from the court of Mysore Maharaja. This collection which now adorns the Premamrutham Hall is the largest in the world by size. However, as per the scriptural injunctions of Vishnu Purana, the ten Avatars of Lord Vishnu depicted were, Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parashurama, Rama, Krishna, Balarama and Kalki. Lord Buddha who is generally shown as the ninth Avatar was replaced by Balarama as per the Mysore tradition. This confused a tiny tot who promptly stopped Swami in His tracks and asked, “Swami who is the ninth Avatar over there?”(pointing to the stage top). Swami looked up and said, “That is Balarama”. The worried boy asked, “Then what about Lord Buddha?” I was wondering as to what Swami would reply to this, when He playfully said, “Why worry about Buddha, why not your photo over there? You are an Avatar too.” The boys around burst in to laughter so did Swami. But Swami quickly regained His poise and said, “No, I am serious, you are also God just as they are.”
Isn’t it why He calls all of us, “Divyaatmaswarupullara”- Personifications of Divinity!