Posted: 18 November 2012 at 10:25pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by .Vrish.
For one thing, I go by the Dashavatar theory and that too chronologically - M, K, V, N, V, P,... and not by SB's 22 avatar theory, where Vyasa rather narcissistically makes himself one of the avatars.
Interestingly, Vyasa does not label himself as one of Vishnu's avatars. This was done by Suta Ugrasrava, when probably overwhelmed by Guru Bhakti.
The narration of Vishnu's 22 avatars comes in the third Adhyaya of the first Skanda. In the first chapter the rishis of Naimisharanya ask Suta Ugrasrava to narrate to them the SB as he had heard it from Shukhdeva. In the second chapter, Ugrasrava after paying obeisance to Shukkdeva, Narayana, Saraswati and Vyasa, gives some general gyan. In the third chapter, he lists the 22 avatars of Vishnu, including Vyasa in the list.
So far, in fact -till the end of the first skanda it is just conversation b/w Suta and the Naimisharnya rishis. SB proper has not started yet.
The second skanda begins with Parikshit's questions to Shukhadeva during the course of which Shukhdeva once again lists the 22 avatars ( Chapter 7), including Vyasa among them (verse 36, Ch 7, Sk 2). But SHukhdeva says, this list was narrated - not by Vyasa himslef but by Brahma while talking to Narada.
So Vyasa couldn't probably help if his son and disciple catapulted him to avatarhood.
But he didn't deny it either.
Edited by varaali - 18 November 2012 at 11:21pm