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From: Parthasarati Dileepan (MFPD_at_UTCVM.UTC.EDU)
Date: Thu Jan 04 1996 - 13:26:26 PST

On Thu, 4 Jan 1996 11:54:30 -0800 Raghu Seshadri said:
>
>If you go to the temple associated with
>the residence of the Jeer at Srirangam,
>there is a massive shrine dedicated
>to the 10 avatars. Gautama is not
>present there, the place being taken
>by Balarama. How come ? Can the Jeer's
>temple not conform to the Srivaishnava
>view ?
>


   My point was NOT that Buddha is accepted as
   one of the 10 by Sri Vaishnavaas.  The 10 are very
   clearly stated by Thirumangai aazhvaar and
   Swami Sri dhEsikar, and Buddha is not in this 10.
   However, it is undeniable that Buddha is named as
   an avathaaram by Sri Vaishnavaas, but, let me
   repeat, not as one of the dhasaavatharams.
   Since Buddha is not one of the ten you don't find
   him in the dhasaavathaaraan sannithi at Sri Rangam.

   Even though Buddha is accpeted as an avathaaram (not one of
   the dhasaavathaarams) he is accepted only as a
   diabolical entity preaching lies to asuraas.
   Therefore, Sri Vaishnavaas treat Buddha's teachings
   as lies and contrary to vEdhaas, and yet accept him
   as an avathaatraa (not one of the dhasaavathaarams).
   In as much as Sri Vasihnavaas say that the Lord intended
   to preach lies and reject the vEdhaas in His Buddha
   avathaaram, Buddha's rejection of the vEdhaas need not
   stand in the way of Sri Vaishnavaas accpeting him as an
   avathaaram (again, not as one of the dhasaavathaarams).
   The follwers of Buddism, like Dr. Ambedkar may very
   well say all this is gobbledy-gook.




Mani wrote:
>it is important to point out that none of the
>Azhvaars have sung on Parasuraama avataaram,
>while they have mentioned all the others now



   Thirumangai aazhvaar's 11.4 periya thirumozhi is dedicated
   to the dasaavathaarams.  The 6th paasuram of this section
   is dedicated to Parasuraamar.  Rengi posted this paasuram
   yesterday.  This paasuram was posted in this forum last year.
   as well.  Please look for this posting in the bhakthi archives
   if you are interested.




-- Parthasarati Dileepan