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Re: Buddha (was Re: On the worship of Vedic Gods and anya-devata

From: T.V.Venkatesh (
Date: Thu Jun 03 1999 - 10:28:02 PDT

                          SrimathE nArAyaNAya namaha

Sri Krishna wrote :-
> There is definitely shaastric reference supporting the idea of Buddha being
> an avataara of Vishnu. In the chapter describing the various descents of the
> Lord, the following statement can be found in the Bhaagavatam:
> tataH kalau sampravR^itte sammohaaya suradviShaam |
> buddho naamnaajanasutaH kiikaTeShu bhaviShyati || bhaa 1.3.24 ||
> When Kali sets in, He will be born in Magadha (North Bihar) as Buddha, son
> of Ajana, with a view to deluding the enemies of gods (bhaagavata puraaNa
> 1.3.24).
> Is it true that Sri Vaishnava puurvaachaaryas reject the notion that Buddha
> is an avataara of Vishnu? If so, how do they rationalize that, given that
> the Bhaagavatam explicitly says otherwise? Just wondering.
> namo naaraayaNaaya,
> - K

To add to this information from Sri Krishna Susarla, adiyEn had the 
bhAgyam of attending the upanyAsam on Srimadh BhAgavatam by Sri 
Velukkudi Krishnan swami during the dhanurmAsam on all the days. He 
also delivered the same note that Buddha  is an avatArA of Sriman 
Narayana to save the Vedas from the Asuras, by saying(a lie )  that 
they are not the pramANAs of any sort. 

There are a lot of BhAshyams for Srimadh BhAgavatham, but the most 
authentic one and following the VisishTAdvaitic philosophy was by Sri 
Veeraragavachariar who dates back to a period earlier that swAmi 
emberumAnAr. As  this BhAshyam of Sri Veeraragavachariar is accepted 
by our poorvAcharyAs including swAmi emberumAnAr adiyen feel that it 
is quite true that Buddha is an avatArA of Sriman Narayana. How none 
of the poorvAchAryAs openly disclaim this or even support this.

Anything wrong in my above not is entirely due to my misunderstanding 
or careless attention in the upanyAsam. Credit for correctness goes 
to Sri Velukkudi Krishnan swAmi.

adiyEn RAmAnuja dAsan,

Thirumalai Vinjamoor Venkatesh

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