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I have read an explanation of this in the Malayalam book Bharata Paryatanam (A journey through the Mahabharata) by the scholar and author Kuttikrishana Marar which was a winner of the Kendra Sahitya Academy Award in the 1970s.
The idea is that a chiranjeevi in the Hindu mythology is not one who won't die, but that they represent seven different natures/characteristics which will stay with the mankind for ever. Marar mentions this only in passing, so we have work out most of them for ourselves.
Each of the seven immortals stands for one of these :
- Hanuman - selflessness, courage, devotion, energy, strength and righteous conduct
- Ashwathama- a great warrior, but acted out of cowardice to punish his father's death and got cursed.
- Vibhishana - the faithful follower of Lord Rama and stood for righteousness.
- Bali (demon) - valour and charity
- Kripa - the great teacher
- Parashurama - one who is the master of all astras , sastras or divine weapons
- Vyasa - erudition and wisdom
Name change request
I suppose a name change for this article from Chirinjivin to either Chiranjeevi or Chiranjivi as these are the most relevant to Sanskrit word चिरंजीवी . The extra letter 'n' at the end of the spelling doesn't have any confluence on the word, it is just because some people in Southern India add such syllables to the words. Krishna is made Krishnan and Rama is made Raman in south Indian languages, but still here in wikipedia, we don't see Page names of Krishna or Rama as Krishnan or Raman, then why Chiranjivin?-- DhavalTalk 14:57, 17 February 2010 (UTC)