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RE: Krishna/Vishnu in Bhagavatam

From: Martin Gansten (
Date: Mon Apr 24 2000 - 08:43:45 PDT

Dear Krishna Kalale,

>I don't think Madhvas and SMarthas accept the GV view regarding Krishna /
>Vishnu avatar issue.  

You are right, they don't; that's what I wanted to make clear. Sorry if I
didn't express myself clearly. To the best of my knowledge, *only* GV's
hold the Krishna form to be ontologically prior to Vishnu. Everyone else --
Vaishnavas and Smartas alike -- holds the opposite.

>However, Sri Sankaracharya definitely leans towards Krishna / Narayana /
>Vishnu in his prasthana traya bhasyas.

Yes; and he is also clear that the Krishna avatara is an amsha of Vishnu,
as seen from the introductory passage of his Gitabhashya: naaraaya.naakhyo ... devakyaa.m vasudevaad a.mzena kila sa.mbabhuuva.

Martin Gansten

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