In Hindu mythology, Vishnu descends to earth to defeat the demonic forces that disrupt the moral order and easy living. At times, the demons represent the dark, personally unloving aspects of our attitudes and actions towards each other that cause unnecessary human suffering. Mainly they simply stand for the random calamities that life imposes as indifferent necessities of misfortune marked “To whom it may concern.”
As preserver of moral order, Vishnu comes to protect our physical and emotional well-being. Ready to offer himself in opposition to the demons, he is eternally on call to rescue those whose welfare he cherishes. His ever-changing incarnations are not expressions of his own needs but of his response to the neediness of those he loves.
When people we care about are in trouble, it may be time to put their needs ahead of our own.