[Advaita-l] Buddha an avatar of Vishnu?
kripa.shankar.0294 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 22 02:26:15 CDT 2016
I hope I am not spamming the forum. I have another doubt.
The next long standing doubt that I have is about Buddha branded as an avatar of Vishnu ! The justification given for it is that - he wanted to delude the bad people (daityas?asuras?humans?...depending on different versions).
Why delude the deluded? Vishnu is also called Hari which means the one who uplifts * anyone* from samsara. Why would he want to delude? Creatures are already deluded by their own nature, be it Devas Asuras humans or any other.
There is a story in Puranas. The Asuras, fond of conflicts, were bothering the Devas frequently. Upon investigation, the Devas concluded that it's due to the Vedas that Asuras were able to achieve their goals. Hence the Devas decided to snatch away the Vedic knowledge from the Asuras. While Shukracharya was away to do his tapasya, the Devas sent their agent, who assuming the form of Asura guru Shukracharya claimed that he came back from the tapasya early. Gaining the confidence of the Asuras, he began to teach them concepts like Ahimsa(different from the Vedic context) so that Asuras would be discouraged from taking up further conflicts. He also taught them that Vedas are deploreable and instead taught them some mumbo jumbo. (on a side note, the British taught us the same Ahimsa for the exact same purpose. They also taught us to starve to death:).
To me it seems like this story was superimposed on the fanciful justification of why Buddha was an Avatar of Vishnu. Further there is no evidence of Buddha as an avatar of Vishnu in any scriptures.
On the other hand we have ample evidence that Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa, the son of illustrious Parashara was an avatar of Vishnu. Vyasa is the actual 9th avatar of Vishnu! How did this come to be? Or is there any evidence to suggest that Buddha was an avatar of Vishnu?
Vyasaya Vishnu roopaya Vyasa roopaya Vishnave
Namo vai Brahma nidhaye Vasishtaya namo namaha
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