It is well recognized that the Buddha is one of the avatars of Vishnu. What is not so well known is that this avatar is not fine about the historical personage known to the Buddhist faith.
This is amazing else altogether, an irregular effort at cooption which took the structure of a badly designed myth. Buddhism was driven out of the land of its birth and rendered roughly extinct there too, but the sheer greatness of the Buddha essential a cultural modification, if not downright assimilation.
It was an intolerable humiliation if such greatness was not somehow part of the huge Tradition and remained forever as a great heresy that really reduced the mother trust to a minority status for a while. The inclusion of the Buddha in the avatar cycle was a somewhat confused effort to contain aspects of religion that had seemed to contain had bypassed the Hindu Weltanschauung.
The avatar story as it exists in the texts is exclusive in that it is not a grand narrative as are the other avatar stories. Present is more than a modicum of sheer embarrassment at the nature of this engulfing invented narrative. The Bhagvata Purana, for example, has only four paragraphs devoted to the most chief avatar still known to
This is an extra and different explanation for a trust that swept the land and was reabsorbed only by integrating all its features to the amount that the man who contributed the most to the process of re-establishing the intellectual dominance and popularity of Hinduism, Adi Shankara, was called a hidden Budhhist.
The Buddha was too central, too powerful and too obviously a genuine holy giant to be disregarded - once the trust itself was rendered sterile. Just by making Buddha an avatar of Vishnu might any backsliding be prevented.
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