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Date: Fri Jan 26 1996 - 15:21:52 PST
I am not qualified to answer Vijay's question but thougt that I might add a comment. These actions of Narayana form part of His Leelas and even Adi Sesha who goes on describing the glories of these Leelas with His unlimited mouths cannot complete description for even one day. I remember listening to one of Sri Krishna Premee's cassettes where he gives at least half a dozen interpretations to one act of Sita throwing a blade of grass when Ravana goes to see Her at Ashoka vana. Hopefully Sri Sadagopan and other scholars on the group will attempt to answer this interesting question. I have not read anywhere that Rama ceased to be an Avatara. As far as I know among the Dasavatara only Parasurama ceased to be an avatara because he was a jivatma like us who was pervaded by Narayana for a certain period of time. Rama was never a jivatma and therefore His ceasing to be an Avatara does not arise. Infact when Rama's 11,000 years were finished, He simply "walked away" (to Vaikuntham) and asked the interested citizens of Ayodhya to follow - and they all did. If Rama had not been Narayana till the end they would not have done so. Jaganath.