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Re: Historical origins of Dashavatara ? -- another question

In article <2rr2vl$m6r@ucunix.san.uc.edu#,
H. Krishna Susarla <susarla@great-gray.owlnet.rice.edu# wrote:
#I would like to add a followup question to this which I am very curious about.
#Vishnu obviously has more than 10 avataras. For example, the Mohini incarnation
#which appeared to deceive the Rakshasas and allow the Devas to drink the
#Amrita. Also, I recall that there was another female incarnation which appeared
#to save Shiva from a Rakshasa whom Shiva had granted the power to incinerate
#someone upon touch. Also, I heard that Balrama, Krishna's brother, and the
#brothers of Rama, are also incarnations of Vishnu. 

    I think that Vishnu made the appearance of Mohini to fool Bhasmasur
  to save Shiva. The difference between Avatars and Mohini seems to me that
   Vishnu did not take birth as Mohini, it was just a disguise for a small
  amount of time.

   Regarding, Balram and Lakshman, they are not incarnations of Vishnu, but
   incarnations of "Sheshnag". Mythologically, Vishnu rests on the bed of
    Sheshnag, while Lakshmi gives him company. Interpretation, at least to
  me, seems that Vishnu represents God, Lakshmi represents nature and 
   Sheshnag represents space. Shesh means what is left, and space is what
  is left after universe dissolves. God is distinguished from space, as the
  one who occupies this space, and universe comes out of God as the inter-
  action with nature proceeds.


#Why is it said, then, that Vishnu only has 10 avataras. What distinguishes them
#from other incarnations (like Balrama, or Lakshmana??)??
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