THE TOUCH OF A MASTER
The incarnation of the Avatar does not take place unless it is precipitated by the five Perfect Masters of the cycle. In all of his incarnations except the first, even the Avatar needs a master in order to come into his own eternal and infinite consciousness. He does not become an exception to the rule that a "touch" of a master is necessary for God-realization. However, the "touch" of a Perfect Master does not necessarily mean physical touch.
When we say that we are "touched" by music, or a poem or story, the touch has deeper significance. Far more truly is this so when it is a question of spiritual "touch". In the case of the master, this deeper spiritual touch is often transmitted through the physical touch.
THE ADVANCING STREAM OF LIFE, p. 3, ed Ramakrishnan
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