Two Avatars

Of the two Avatars, born at different ages

One was an idealist, and the other a realist

One was a gentleman, and the other a statesman

Exemplary were their selflessness and equanimity

Well-grounded and known for humility

One was a straight line follower, like an addict

The other was known to have taken twisted routes

One was more attached, and the other more detached

One was seemingly more righteous than the other

One is known for the establishment of dharma

The other’s forte was destroying adharma

One lacked the aggressiveness of a strategic thinker

The other had the boldness of a master strategist

One is portrayed as a family man, the other a wanderer

Traditional myths and tales are the sources of their stories

Not available are credible methods

To cross check the facts and establish the truths

Intuitive judgement, often, remains the only method

To riposte the most contemporary question

Who among the two is more contemporary?

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