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Re: Small Doubt on DashavatAra.

From: Anand Karalapakkam (kgk_at_md2.vsnl.net.in)
Date: Mon May 22 2000 - 10:33:20 PDT

SrI:
SrI Lakshminrusimha ParabrahmaNE namaha
SrI Lakshminrusimha divya pAdukA sEvaka SrIvaN SatakOpa-
SrI nArAyaNa yateendra mahAdESikAya namaha

 namO nArAyaNa !

 Dear SrI Ramanan,

> I have an explanation of Dasavathara.When we deeply note the
> incarnation of Lord right from Macha Avathara,you may see the
> development of species over the ages:
>
> 1.Macha-a Living being that could live in water
> 2.Kurma-a Living being that can live both on Land and water
> 3.Varaha-a living being that is more developed and hunt for its
> food
> 4.Narasimha-a Living being with half of animal and ahalf of
> Man's characters
> 5.Vamana-a Human being with the younger stage of life
> 6.Parasuma-a Man in forest who has the capability to take care
> of his food and shelter(kattuvasi)
> 7.Rama- An ideal citizen in a country
> 8.Balarama-Man with modernized idea to procure food through
> agriculture (self dependant)
> 9.Krishna- A man who knows the in and out of administering and
> ruling the whole country (Rajathanthri)
>
> Hope this expalanation can make some sense about Shriman
> Narayamna's Dasavatharam.

  These various avatArams have nothing to do with the development
  of species. Infact, the chronology of the avatArams are not strictly

  according to the above listing. VarAha avatAram precedes matsya
  and Koorma avatAram in time. Also, HayagrIva avatAram is regarded
  as one of the very early avatArams. Also, there are vyUha
  manifestations including that of  sayanam at milk ocean etc.

  The ten avatArams enlisted from the infinitely many are arranged
   in a fashion that incidentally has some resemblance with the
   hierarchy of species. Though this is a general hierarchy with human

   beings regarded as the most capable in understanding Sastras
   and execute either bhakti Or prapatti, the jIvAtmas in the animal
   species too can perform either bhakti Or prapatti (eg: Jada Bharata

   as a deer continued the bhakti yOga ; GajEndra continued his bhakti

   yOga etc as it was continuation of what they had previously in
human
   etc births). So, its not that only  human species has all the
   capabilities to perform devotion to SrIman nArAyaNa.

   Discussions in the past  has occured regarding whether Darwin's
   Theory of evolution is supported by VEdAntins Or not. Some of the
   members (SrI Bharat, SrI Venkat Nagarajan ....) have explained as
to
   how Darwin's theory is not supported by VEdAnta. SrI Mani
   Varadarajan feels that somehow it can be reconciled that Theory of
   evolution of species is supported by VEdAnta. Please go through the

   archives for more information and privately contact these members
   if you want to know more of their view points.

   adiyEn rAmAnuja dAsan,
   anantapadmanAbhan.



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