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From: Anand K Karalapakkam (anand_at_engr.uconn.edu)
Date: Mon Aug 17 1998 - 10:41:00 PDT
Sri : Srimate Lakshmi Nrusimha Para Brahmane Namaha Dear Sri Madhava Kannan & other devotees , namo nArAyanA . kindly accept adiyen's pranAmams . Sri mAdhava kannan wrote : 2. There is another version of this avtaar and killing of asurAs. When 3. There is yet another interesting "different" version in BrahmANda PuraaNam- Sri Devi Bhagawatham. There was a asurA, by name Hayagreeva ---------------- adiyen : adiyen guesses that Sriman mAdhava kannan didn't quite express his thiru ULLam (intention) exactly here (choice of words may be misinterpreted by readers like adiyen). There cannot be multiple versions of the same incident / LeelA of Sriman NArAyanA with explicit contradictions. If they are quite contradictory in evidence (pramAnam) it is to be understood that the narrations pertain to the actual incidents that occured in different kalpAs ie. In one kalpA , nArAyanA performed the LeelA as reported in one pramAnam & in another kalpA , nArAyanA performed the leelA as reported in another pramAnam . The two contradictory pramAnams obviously are not narrating the same incident . The other possibility is that both the LeelAs took place in the same kalpA at different time periods . Depending upon the particular incidents in question one can always come to some conclusions like that . For instance , Suka Brahma Maharishi (Srimad BhAgavatham) while describing the most glorious Nrusimha avatAram says that even Goddess Lakshmi was unable to face the angry of Nrusimhan & kept some distance ( Ofcourse pirAtti's intention to glorify the bhaktA PrahalAdA is understood ) . This is the way it is described in other purAnams dealing with Nrusimha avatAram ,with one exception as that of pAdma purAnam . Our dear Kaliyan (Thirumangai AzhvAr ) describes the nectarian pastime of how Nrusimhan made pirAtti seated on His left lap & embraced Her with 1000 hands ( ie. With so much love ) giving the sevai as that of MAlolan , after slaying the demon Hiranyakashipu . This same description is given in pAdma purAnam also This doesn't mean that vyAsar is writting some fiction story with some imagination & Kaliyan is in a dream world of his own imaginations & speculations . Unfortunately all the rich & glorious writtings / revealations of Rishis & AzhvArs are categorically branded as "myths "& blasphemy after blasphemy are made on these things over the years by many ignorant men. These are not some "symbolism" of the purAnic level ; personification of this & that etc & are different from "vedic - level" . All these funny & speculatory ideas are somehow prevalent these days . VyAsar/ Sukar being parama bhAgavathAs had the qualification to enjoy the nectarian pastimes of NArAyanA in front of their eyes (jn~Ana drushti ) . NArAyanA reveals to them . Similarly MAlolan revealed His pastimes to Kaliyan ( No wonder why he is an AzhvAr ). Nrusimhan performed a type of pastime in one kalpA & another pAstime in a different kalpA & are revealed to such parama bhAgavathAs . It is not a joke to become a great bhAgavathA like either vyAsA or kaliyan . Humility is needed to understand these things . NArAyanA out of great compassion performs many leelAs for teaching some dharmA /morals to the baddha jIvAtmAs . This doesn't mean that all of His leelAs are for that only. There are many instances where He & His devotees enjoyed their communion . However , it is strongly to be noted that vyAsar is not writing some fiction to teach morals . Such blasphemies are somehow floated around by many & its undigestable for we Sri VaishnavAs / devotees of Sriman nArAyanA . namo nArAyanA adiyen anantha padmanAba dAsan krishnArpanam P.S. : Sorry dear Sriman Madhavakannan for conveying some of adiyen's frustrations using your postings as a vyAjA .