By the word "Incarnation" are meant those who have attained that Brahmanhood, in other words, the Jivanmuktas — those who have realised this freedom in this very life. I do not find any speciality in Incarnations: all beings from Brahmâ down to a clump of grass will attain to liberation-in-life in course of time, and our duty lies in helping all to reach that state. This help is called religion; the rest is irreligion.
- Swami Vivekananda
1895.The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 6/Epistles - Second Series/LXIX Shashi