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Date: Fri Aug 11 1995 - 19:47:04 PDT
"Men who live in Krita Yuga and other ages long to be born into this world in the age of Kali, O King. For it is in the Kali age that men who are wholly devoted to Lord Narayana will appear. O King, they shall be found everywhere, but they shall be found in large numbers in the Dravida country where the rivers Tamraparni, Kritamala, Payasvini, the extremely sacred Kaveri, and the great Vetravati (which flows to the west) flow. The men who drink the waters of these rivers will become pure of heart and devoted to Lord Keshava." Bhagavatam 11.5.38-40 "When by the influence of the wicked (daityas), virtue wanes, the Perfect incarnates on earth to re-establish it. When again, by the effects of time, God-dear virtue wears away, Three are born in the Krita-age, and Three in the Treta. And Three in the Dvapara, and Three in Kali; and these emanate from the Shanka, Chakra, Gada, Padma, Sarnga, and Senapati (the Lord of Hosts). And Sesha, Lakshmi, and the effulgent Sanaka and others, take birth among all grades of society, Brahma, Kshatra, etc. Some pure souls of Vishnu descend ex-uterine, and in the Dravida Land mostly, and proclaim (truths) by (Dravida) hymns. Sesha, as post-disciple of Natha (-muni), takes birth in the Kali age to proclaim the real import of the Vedanta Sastra. The wicked Daityas, who were killed in Tripura, and those on the Saugandhika-occasion, are born on earth; and they upset the Vaishnava System. Matarisva is similarly born, and battering down evil systems, establishes the righteous one. All these show men virtue. Pure Godly souls are to be worshipped with God. And this course was established in the past. God (Garuda-dhvaja) granted them the privilege, that unless they were worshipped, His own worship would be fruitless. Also God put to them the power of composing the Prabandhas, -treating of His Greatness-when on the Gandhamadana-mount, they were performing Tapas, immersed in His service. They thus deserve worship along with God (in His Temples). Hence (O Bharadvaja), I (Angiras) have related all to thee, -how lost virtue was restored, etc." >From The Holy Lives of the Azhvars by A. Govindacharya Introduction #2, Pages xxxi-xxxiii.