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Re: Badarayana

From: M.N.Ramanuja (mnr_at_physics.iisc.ernet.in)
Date: Sat Feb 24 2001 - 00:12:08 PST

Dear Srivaishnavas,

The ongoing postings by Sri V Agarwal regarding the identity of Vyasa make
interesting reading. 
 I have heard that in each cycle of a chaturyuga all avataras repeat
themselves. We are now in the Kaliyuga of the 28th Chaturyuga. In the
first skandha of SrimadBhagavatam in the third Adhyaya we have a list of
23 of the most important incarnations of Lord Vishnu. 
There is one verse,
    tatassapthadashe jAta: satyavatyam Parasharat
    chakrE vEdatarOshshAKha: drishtvA pumso$lpamEdhasa: 
 
 which tells that Vishnu incarnated in the 17th avatara as the son of
Satyavati through Parashara and classified the vEdas as the people were
having poor intelligence. Regarding the heirarchy, Sri Rama's Avatara is
reckoned next and then Balarama and Krishna and then comes Buddhavatara.
We cant say that this purana is written after the events, because Sri
Kalki's avatara is reckoned as the future prediction,
   athAsow  yugasandhyAyAm dasyuprAyEshU rAjasu
    janitA visnuyashasO nAmnA Kalkirjagatpati:
There is another verse in the 3rd skandha which pinpoints the identity of
Vyasa.

      Naitachchitram tvayi Kshttar badarayana VeeryajE.
     Yattvaya nanyabhavena Bhavito harireeshvara:
     Mandavya shapat Bhagavan praja samyamanO Yama:
     Bhratu: Kshetre Bhujishyayam jatassatyavatIsutat.

which means (as Maitreya tells Vidura) 
It is not surprising that Oh Kshatta (Vidura born of sudra mother and
brahmin father) who is born of the veerya of Badarayana that you are
thinking of Lord Hari so deeply. You were actually Lord Yama born by the
curse of Mandavya in the kshetra (wife) of vyasa's brother sired by the
son of Satyavati.  
       This reference should prove that vedavyasa is same as parashara's
son, satyavati's son and called badarayana. He is also referred to as
Krishna and Krishna Dwaipayana vide, 
in Acharyahrudayam " Krishna KrishnadwaipayanotpattihaL polanre
krishnatrishnatatva janmam "

Adiyen
M.N.Ramanuja



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