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Date: Thu Feb 15 1996 - 14:39:51 PST
I have a couple of comments on Sri Krishna Kalale's posting on the captioned subject based on what I have read of Vedanta Desikar's works. (1) Avataras are stated to be non eternal. This may be partially true that too only from the point of view of this one earth. Sri Vedanta Desikar writes in RTS that "in whatever form we worship Bhagavan while we have this body made up of 3 gunas, Narayana will reciprocate with us in that very form in Sri Vaikuntha after Moksha." Therefore for a Krishna Bhakta (say Meerabai) Para Vasudeva in Sri Vaikuntha is Krishna and for Kamban, Para Vasudeva is Rama. The same Para Vasudeva will be viewed differently by different devotees according to their Rasa. This is possibly why the Para form has not been defined (to my knowledge at least, please correct me if I am wrong) in great detail. Besides this material world itself is very vast with many many Brahmas controlling various portions of it. Avataras repeat themselves in regular sequence. While Krishna Avatara may have finished His manifestation on this earth 5,000 years ago, His manifestation continues in some other part of the material world (or Leela vibhuti). (2) Krishna Kalele writes to the effect that Narayana's manifestation cannot be seen in its entirety in this world. This is true if we understand "this world" to mean what is available to samsara bound souls. Mukta and Nitya jivatma when they incarnate or descend, (examples Ramanuja, Vedanta Desikar, Manavala Mamuni) will have a very different view of this earth than samsara bound souls. Jaganath.