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Date: Wed Jan 03 1996 - 14:03:17 PST
Reply to the following question: Among the south Indian 10, I am more puzzled with Parasu Raamar than some of the others. 1. Is the concept of implicit obedience to father the main contribution of this avatharam? 2. Was he an avaathaaram only until his encounter with Sri Raamar? This must be so as he was unable to defeat Bheeshmar later. 3. Would that not make him less than the other avathaarams? 1. Not at all. Even though there is a tamil film song in the film "Thirumaal Perumai" that goes, Thaai thandhai sollE uyar vEdam EnRu kaattiyadhinnumoru avadhaaram Parasuraama avadhaaram.... Kannadaasan? that was not the chief reason behind the avathaaram. This avathaaram became a necessity in order to offset the chaos and confusion that reined on the earth due to Kshattriyaas becoming adhaarmic and failing in their duties. This was also the reason behind Lord Parasuraamar slaying 21 (or 22?) generations of kings. Also his mission was to alleviate the suffering of Braahmanaas at the hands of tyrant kings. The sheer violent nature of this avathaaram must have forced our forebearers to stop worshipping him as an avathaaram of Lord Vishnu and instead choose Lord Raama and Krishnaa for daily worship. But it is sad that the very braahmanaas and other pious/gentle people that he so conscientously protected, failed to reciprocate the generosity by not even remembering his contribution. 2. No. He is blessed (or cursed?) to be a Chiranjeevi (not the actor!). He is believed to exist as a formless force (or being) in the verdant land of KEraLam. He is generally attributed as the original sthaapaka (installer?) of the Ayyappa shrine. 3. Unacceptable. If you agree with the fact that he is an avathaaram of Lord Vishnu as a brahmin warrior, he can in no way be considered inferior to Lord Vishnu's Kshattriya forms of Sri Rama and Sri Krishna. I have tried to answer the questions based on whatever knowledge I have on this subject. Other learned members of our group would know more. Pardon me if I have inadvertantly written anything offensive. Dilipan.