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Date: Thu Jan 04 1996 - 12:42:24 PST
At the very outset, I would like to point out two things: 1. As I already wrote in my introductory note, I am trying my best to avoid controversies like plague. Hopefully, the parasuraama avathaaram issue will be my last. 2. As per my commitment in the note 'Few points to be made urgently', I would just like to stick to discussions on our sampradaayam, maybe kaavyaas, ithihaasaas or other sanskrit/tamil/english literature of interest to Sri Vaishnavam. I write replies making an earnest attempt at removing any misconceptions about a god or godly persons. The idea is definitely not to generate fresh controversies. To that effect, I am willing to correct myself regarding any inadvertant disinformation that I myself may be responsible for. I CONTEND POINTS OF VIEW, NOT PEOPLE. Thanks to Sri Sampath for his timely information about Parasuraama Celebrations. I was only expressing a concern (angalaaippu) few other friends of mine shared regarding how Parasuraama's avathaara mahimai has not been given due recognition. Sri Sampath Rengi has written a boiling hot rebuttal on what I wrote earlier. I gather from the tone of the letter, that there is a protective, groupist tendency with certain people. My 'Avataaram' mail is not a rebuttal with intended offense to a/the person, if that is what prompted the mail from Sri Sampath. I only wrote my view about parasuraama avathaaram. All that I really try to come up with in my mail is information. Please read my lips: I AM NOT ATTEMPTING, EVEN REMOTELY, TO PROMOTE AYYAPPA RELATED TOPICS IN OUR GROUP. THE IDEA IS MERELY TO MENTION A BELIEF ABOUT PARASURAMA AVATHAARAM's CONTRIBUTION IN LATER YEARS. AS I UNDERSTAND, PENANCE CAME MUCH AFTER HIS CONQUEST OF KSHATTRIYAAS. MORE SO, HIS KILLING OF KAARTHAVEERYAARJUNAA WAS AN ACT OF ANGER AND REVENGE, NOT AN INTENT TO CLEAN UP THE EARTHLY MESS. THAT SUPPOSEDLY CAME LATER. I AM NOT AWARE OF ANY AUTHORITATIVE VAISHNAVAITE TEXT THAT CLEARLY DELINEATES PARASURAAMA's LIFE AND TIMES IN ITS ENTIRETY AND IN VAISHNAVAITE CONTEXT. PLEASE INSTRUCT ME ON WHERE I CAN FIND ONE. I am reminded of a thamizh vachanam - "Pattaththaan theriyum paappaanukku". I learnt my lesson. Request to Sri Paarthasaarathy Dileepan: I did not have an opportunity to write to you in person thanking you for all the details provided about Thondar Kuzhaam. Please provide us with further information on how our group can participate in its activities and growth. I invoke the divine grace for its growth as a banyan tree providing spiritual solace to those who seek its shade. Also, I am planning to get Aaraayirappadi Guruparamparaa Prabhaavam from India. If you do not already have one, I will try to make copies and send them to you post haste for the 108CD project paramparaa related info. I will write to you personally regards few other questions I have regarding Dhivya dhesha jeernOdhdhaaram. By the divine couple's anugraham, may the year 1996 bring happiness, prosperity, peace of mind, and amity to all of us. Om Shanthi! Om Shanthi! Om Shanthihi! Dilipan.