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Chapter - 30 - The Death of a Young Brahmin Husband
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    Chapter - 30
    The Death of a Young Brahmin Husband


    When Shri Guru lived at Ganagapur, his name and fame spread all
    over the country. The desires of all were fulfilled by the favor
    of Shri Guru.

    Gopinath a rich Brahmin lived at Mahur. His issues did not survive.
    Both the Brahmin and his wife were devotees of Shri Datta.
    They had a son. When he was of 5 years, his thread ceremony was
    celebrated. When he became twelve years old, his marriage was
    celebrated. When he was of 16 years, the couple looked very charming.
    Both loved each other intensely.

    Unfortunately the youth fell ill. Many medicines were given. His wife
    served him devotedly. He could not take full meals. So she also did not
    take meals. After 3 years he developed consumption. His body emitted
    foul odor. Even physicians did not like to go near him. But his wife served
    and nurses him with great devotion. She took only as much food as her
    husband took. The medicines given to him were also taken by her.
    She gave up rich garments and lived a very simple life.

    The parents of the couple were rich. They were pained to see the sufferings
    of their son and daughter-in-law. Jap, vrata, charity, sacrifices, feeding of
    the Brahmins and the poor had been done; but all was futile. All were passing
    days in grief, relying on the Almighty God.

    The youth tried to console his parents and wife in various ways. The wife
    requested her father and mother-in-law to send then to some good holy place.
    She said,” My husband would recoup his health there.

    Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati lives at Ganagapur.
    His name and fame have spread all over the country.
    Hence send us to him."

    The parents managed for their journey to Ganagapur and bade them
    good-bye with heavy hearts. One the way, the youth had tridosh and
    when they reached Ganagapur, the youth died. The wife wept bitterly.
    She dashed her head on the ground. The local persons tried to console
    her but it was in vain. She exclaimed, 'I brought you away from your
    parents and have been the cause of your death. I have committed a great sin.
    How can I show my face to them now?" She fell on the dead body and wept.
    She decided to observe 'sati' and burn herself with the body of her husband.

    In the mean while, there arrived a bright looking sanyasi with ash (bhasma)
    marks on his body, with a wreath of Rudraksha round the neck and locks of
    Hari on his head. Knowing the cause of her mourning, he began to advise her
    saying, 'everyone gets the fruit of his actions in the past. You need not mourn
    on the death of this youth. Every one who is born has to die one day or the other.
    When Ganga is flooded, logs of wood from different places come together and
    again part. Several birds come for shelter on a tree in the night and fly away in the
    morning. Similar is a family life. Due to affection, we say my father, mother, husband,
    son, daughter etc. but just as foam or bubbles in water do not last long, so is the
    life on this earth. Life is like a dream, so do not mourn.'

    !! दिगंबरा दिगंबरा श्रीपाद वल्लभ दिगंबरा !!
    !! हे दत्त योगेश्वर वासुदेव श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नारसिंह !!
    !! श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नरहरी दत्तात्रेया दिगंबरा  !!

    !! Digambara Digambara Sripaada Vallabh Digambara !!
    !! He Datta Yogeshwar Vasudev Sripaad Vallabh Naarsinh !!
    !! Sripaad Sri Vallabh Narhari Dattatreya Digambara !!



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    Chapter - 31 - Code of Woman's Behavior
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    Chapter - 31
    Code of Woman's Behavior


    Hearing the advice, the young wife requested the Sanyasi
    to tell her how she should behave.

    The Sanyasi explained to her the code of female behavior.
    He said, 'This code is mentioned in the Kashi Khand of the
    Skandha Purana. Agasti Muni lived in Kashi. His wife Lopamudra
    was a great devoted wife. Vindhyagiri (mountain) was a disciple
    of Agasti. Once Narad came to Vindhya and said, 'you are praise
    worthy in all respects, but there is only one thing wanting in you.
    You are not as high as Merugiri.'

    Hearing this, Vindhya got enraged and began to grow.
    He grew so high that he touched the sky. Due to this, the entire
    country in the south of Vindhya plunged into darkness. Consequently
    the Brahmins could not observe their daily rites and sacrifices.

    The Rishis told this to Indra, who went to Brahmadev & narrated
    this to him. Brahmadev said, 'Agasti is the Guru of Vindhyagiri.
    Send him southwards. Seeing Agasti Vindhya will come down to bow to him.
    Agasti should then ask him to be in that very position and not grow high.
    In this way this calamity can be removed.'

    Indra, accompanied by Brihaspati and other gods, came to Agasti at Kashi.
    They worshipped Agasti and Lopamudra and praised them. At that time
    Brihaspati (Guru of the Gods) narrated the code of behavior of a devoted wife.
    He said, 'Arundhati, Savitri, Anasuya, Lakshmi, Parvati, Shantarupa, Menka,
    Suniti, Sandhya Devi, Suryakanta, Swaha Devi have all been devoted wives.

    So is Lopamudra a great-devoted wife. Every devoted wife dines after her
    husband has dined. She respects the guests, and the elders and greets her
    husband, when he comes from outside. She does not disobey her husband.
    She worships her husband thinking him to be Shri Shankar. She serves him
    in the night and goes to sleep after her husband has slept. She gets up before
    her husband, cleans the courtyard and sprinkles it with water. After bath
    she worships her husband and takes his teerth (Toe dipped water). She dresses
    and wears ornaments when her husband is at home. When he goes out,
    she does not have a make up. Even if the husband speaks harshly to her,
    she does not retort. She does not abuse him. When he comes home she greets
    him and asks him what he wants. A devoted wife, when she goes out,
    does not look at other persons and returns home soon.

    She does not observe any vrata or fast or does not give any thing in charity
    without the permission of her husband. If there is some function, fair or
    ceremony in the town, she does not go without the husband's instructions.
    If the husband is happy, she is not dejected and if he is in grief, she will not
    come joyful. If she is in monthly course, she does not come in front of her
    husband and does not hear the Vedas. After bath on the fourth day, she gives
    company to her husband and in his absence she only sees the Sun. She applies
    halad-kunkum-kajal and wears the mangalsutra round her neck, bangles on her
    wrists for the long life of her husband. She does not make friendship with the
    washerwomen, concubines, atheists and those who cajole their husbands.

    A woman should not live deserting her mother and father-in-laws, brother-in-law,
    brother and sisters. She should not bother putting off all her clothes. She should
    not sit on grinding stone or mortar-pestle. She should not argue with her husband.
    She should not behave in such a way that he would he displeased. Even if the
    husband is money less, miserable, weak, diseased or thoughtless the wife should
    consider him as god and be obedient to him. She should not compare him with
    other rich and strong persons and censure him. Devoted service of the wife to
    her husband pleases Trimurti Dattatreya.

    A woman retorting angrily to her husband becomes a dog, fox or dumb or
    pauper in seven lives. Even if the husband is weak, he should not be disregarded.
    She should not speak loudly or laugh in presence of the elders. She should not
    look towards other persons with lust. If she does so, she is degraded morally.
    A husband is the soul of his wife. She is regarded auspicious as long as her husband
    is alive. After the husband's death, she is regarded inauspicious. While going to
    some place, if a widow is seen, it is considered inauspicious except to her own son.

    If the wife observes, 'Sati' i.e. she burns herself with the dead body of her husband,
    she attains all glory. She liberates the persons of 42 generations (21 of the husband
    and 21 paternal). If the husband is sinful, still she takes him to heaven Yama's
    servants also are afraid of a 'Sati'. The virtue of going 'sati' is immense. On the
    contrary if a woman is adulterous, she sends her 42 generations to the hell.
    Those who have a Sati in their homes are really fortunate. They attain four valours
    (Purusharthas). Their acts are virtuous. That home is like a forest, which is
    without a Sati.

    In this way Brihaspati told Lopamudra regarding the behavior of a devoted wife.
    The same was narrated by the Sanyasi to the mourning woman.'

    !! दिगंबरा दिगंबरा श्रीपाद वल्लभ दिगंबरा !!
    !! हे दत्त योगेश्वर वासुदेव श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नारसिंह !!
    !! श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नरहरी दत्तात्रेया दिगंबरा  !!

    !! Digambara Digambara Sripaada Vallabh Digambara !!
    !! He Datta Yogeshwar Vasudev Sripaad Vallabh Naarsinh !!
    !! Sripaad Sri Vallabh Narhari Dattatreya Digambara !!



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    Chapter - 32 - Behavior of a Widow: Dead Husband Made Alive
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    Chapter - 32
    Behavior of a Widow: Dead Husband Made Alive


    Brihaspati told regarding the behavior of a widow as follows:
    If the husband dies in the presence of the wife, then should observe
    `Sati'. But if she is pregnant, if she has a child, who is being fed,
    on her breast or if the husband dies at a far off place, then she should not
    observe `Sati'. She should live as a widow. She should shave off the hair
    on the head; else the husband goes to hell. She should bathe daily and
    should have only one meal every day. She should observe `Chandrayan'
    i.e. take one morsel of food on the first day of the bright (shuddha) fortnight,
    increase one morsel daily and take 15 morsels on the Poornima. In the
    dark fortnight (Krishna or Vad) she should go on decreasing one morsel
    daily and take only one morsel of food on the Amavasya (new moon day).
    She should not: take milk, should not sleep on the bedstead, should not take
    mangal bath, nor take `pan'. If she has no son, she should do `tiltarpan',
    worship Vishnu daily and act as per the wishes of her dead husband.
    She should wear white clothes.

    In the Vaishakh month she should give an earthen vessel in charity.
    In the Kartik 'deep' should be given to a Brahmin. She should offer umbrellas
    and shoes to persons going on pilgrimage. She should take meal cooked out
    of only one corn in Kartik. Whatever vrata she observes, it udyapan
    (ending function) should also be duly done. If she has a son, she should
    act as per his wishes. Widows behaving in this way are virtuous and even
    if their husbands were suffering in hell, they would take them to heaven
    after their death.

    Brihaspati had told to Lopamudra in relation with the code of female
    behavior and the same was narrated by the Sanyasi to the bereaved
    young woman. Then he said,’ You now act as you wish. If you have courage,
    you can observe, 'sati' and if you act as a widow, it will also be virtuous.

    Bowing to the Sanyasi, the woman said, 'You are like my Parents, brother
    and all. I have no relatives here. You have told me the rules of behavior of
    a Sati and widow. I think it will be difficult for me to act as a widow, for as
    I am young and fair the people at large will speak ill of me. So I think it is
    better to observe sati. You kindly give me your blessings.'

    The Sanyasi blessed her and said, `you have come from a long distance
    with your diseased husband to see Shri Guru. What was destined to happen
    has happened. Even great men as Harishchandra, Bhishma, could not avoid it.
    Still you better see Shri Guru who can even win `Kal' and then observe Sati.'

    He applied bhasma to her forehead, gave her 4 Rudra beads and said.
    `Tie two in your husband's ears and two around your neck and sprinkle
    teerth on the body of your husband and on yourself after rudrabhishek
    to Shri Guru. After doing this, you may observe Sati'. The sanyasi
    then went away.

    The young woman started preparations for observing sati. She called Brahmins,
    gave prayashchitta to the body of her husband. She took a bath, wore a silk
    sari and then ornaments, applied haladi kunkum and became ready to observe
    sati. The body of her husband was taken to the river and she was going in front
    of the corpse with fire port in her hand. The young girl of sixteen appeared as
    bright as goddess Lakshmi and all wondered to see her courage.

    A pyre of wood and cow dung cakes was prepared. The young woman
    offered vayan Haldi Kunkum and mangal sutra to married women, bowed
    to them and said, `please inform my parents and father and mother-in-laws
    that we are staying at holy place and are in good health. Otherwise out of
    grief they will give up their lives.'

    She was praying all the way in the mind. `Oh Trimurti, your fame is widespread,
    and you possess all Siddhis. If a complaint is made to a ruler, he gives justice.
    If one goes to a physician, he gives, medicine for relief. I came crossing
    20 villages with the hope that my husband will recover. I am coming to ask
    you how my husband expired on the way.

    She saw Shri Guru sitting below an Ashwattha tree and she bowed to him
    respectfully. Shri Guru, blessed her and said, `you shall have Sowbhagya
    forever. She again bowed to Shri Guru and he exclaimed `you will have 8 sons'
    the Brahmins accompanying her told Shri Guru, `her husband has expired and
    she has come here to see you before observing Sati.'

    Hearing this Shri Guru smiled and said, `Her Sowbhagya is everlasting. Bring her
    husband's body here immediately. Let me see when he lost his life.'

    Some persons soon brought the dead body before Shri Guru. The strings were
    cut and the cloth covering was removed. The Tirth of rudrabhishek was sprinkled
    on the dead body and Shri Guru looked at it with his sight full of nectar. Immediately
    the Brahmin youth sat up as if aroused from sleep. He was ashamed to see himself
    without clothes. He wore the dhoti and asked his wife why she did not awake
    him before, why he was brought there and who was the Sanyasi. The wife narrated
    to him all that had occurred. Then both of them bowed to Shri Guru with devotion
    and began praying to him. All The persons who had assembled there were delighted
    to see the miracle.

    One cynic person said to Shri Guru. `This Brahmin died as per his fate.
    How can he be alive?'

    Shri Guru smiled and said, `I requested Brahmadev to give 30 years' life
    from his next life to this Brahmin youth.'

    All were astonished to hear this. All bowed to Shri Guru and returned.
    They young Brahmin couple bathed at the Sangam, worshipped Shri Guru
    devotedly and pleased the Brahmins and the poor by giving in charity.

    !! दिगंबरा दिगंबरा श्रीपाद वल्लभ दिगंबरा !!
    !! हे दत्त योगेश्वर वासुदेव श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नारसिंह !!
    !! श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नरहरी दत्तात्रेया दिगंबरा  !!

    !! Digambara Digambara Sripaada Vallabh Digambara !!
    !! He Datta Yogeshwar Vasudev Sripaad Vallabh Naarsinh !!
    !! Sripaad Sri Vallabh Narhari Dattatreya Digambara !!



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    Chapter - 33 - Devoted Concubine
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    Chapter - 33
    A Devoted Concubine


    Next day the young Brahmin couple bowed to Shree Guru and
    sat before him. The wife asked Shri Guru, `when I was mourning,
    a Sanyasi advised me, gave me 4 Rudra beads and asked me to
    tie 2 breads in the ears of my husband and to put 2 beads round
    my neck. He also told me that when I go to see Shri Guru,
    I should sprinkle the Teerth of rudrabhishek on my Husband's body
    and mine. Who was that Sanyasi?'

    Shri Guru smiled and said, `seeing your devotion, I myself gave you
    the Rudra beads. Sins do not touch them who wear Rudraksha.
    The significance of Rudraksha is very great. One should wear a wreath
    of 1000 Rudrakshas. If this is not possible then have a wreath of
    108 beads round the neck, 40 on the head, 12 in both ears. The wreath
    should contain silver, gold and precious stones as diamond, emerald,
    pearl, coral, etc. One who bathes with Rudra beads on his body gets the
    credit of Ganga bath. If Rudraksha is worshipped, it is like worshipping
    Shri Shiva Linga. The Rudrakshas have 1, 5, 11 or 14 holes. I shall now
    tell you a tale in this respect.

    There lived a king Bhadrasen in Kashmere and his son's name was
    `Sudharma'. The name of his minister's son was `Tarak'. Both were fast
    friends. They were of the same age. Both of them had studied together.
    They were devotees of Shiva. They were wreaths of Rudraksha and applied
    Bhasma to their bodies. They did not like rich clothes and ornaments of
    gold and gems.

    Once Parashara Rishi came there. The king greeted and worshipped him.
    The king said to the Rishi, `my son is fond of Rudraksha and has no liking
    for good clothes and ornaments befitting a Royal family. Please advise,
    him properly.'

    Parashara said, `the account of the previous birth of your son and that of
    your Mantri, is wonderful. There lived a concubine in Nandigram She was
    very beautiful. She wore golden sandals. Her ornaments, and her bedstead
    was webbed with precious stone. She had constructed a high class dancing hall,
    where she sang, and danced daily. She had many attendants. She tied Rudraksha
    round their necks and taught them to dance. She was a great devotee of
    Shiva and gave alms to the Brahmins and others profusely.

    One day a rich Vaishya, wearing a Rudraksha wreath, came to her. He had in
    his hand a Shiva Linga of precious stones, which was a bright as the Sun.
    The concubine longed to have that Shiva Linga. She asked her maidservant to ask
    the Vaishya if he would sell the Shiva Linga, or he would give it to her if she accepted
    to serve him as a devoted wife for three days.

    When the maid servant told this to the Vaishya, he laughed and said,
    `I would gladly give this Linga to your mistress, if she agrees to serve me
    as a devoted wife for three days.' The Vaishya then said to the concubine,
    `you are a prostitute by profession and caste. How can I believe that you would
    be honest with me for three days? Take an oath for this.'

    The concubine took the oath. `I shall serve you devotedly for three days.'
    He then gave the Linga to her hand said, `I love and regard this Linga even
    more than my life. If it is lost or destroyed, I shall give up my life. It should
    not be with you at sex-play. Keep it safe.'

    She agreed and kept the Linga tied to a pillar in the dancing hall. Both then
    entered the inner apartment. While they were enjoying, the dancing hall
    caught fire and was burnt in no time. Efforts to extinguish the fire were made,
    but the Linga was burnt! Seeing that the precious Linga was burnt, the Vaishya
    arranged a pyre and burnt himself.

    The concubine was much grieved. She decided to observe `sati' as she had agreed
    to be a devoted wife of the Vaishya. Her relatives tried to persuade her from
    giving up her life, but she was firm in her resolution. She called the Brahmins and
    gave money in charity. She arranged the pyre, took three rounds around it and
    leapt in the fire of the pyre.

    Instantly Shri Shiva with five heads and locks of hair on his head, caught her
    in his ten hands and took her out of the fire and said, `I am pleased with your devotion.
    You are really a `sati. You can ask for a boon. I myself had come to you as the
    Vaishya to test you I myself set the dancing hall on fire and entered the pyre
    and got burnt.'

    The concubine said, `Kindly take me with all my relatives and servants to your place.
    ' Shri Shankar seated them all in his divine plane and took them to Kailas.

    !! दिगंबरा दिगंबरा श्रीपाद वल्लभ दिगंबरा !!
    !! हे दत्त योगेश्वर वासुदेव श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नारसिंह !!
    !! श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नरहरी दत्तात्रेया दिगंबरा  !!

    !! Digambara Digambara Sripaada Vallabh Digambara !!
    !! He Datta Yogeshwar Vasudev Sripaad Vallabh Naarsinh !!
    !! Sripaad Sri Vallabh Narhari Dattatreya Digambara !!



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    Chapter - 34 - Rajkumar and Mantrikumar devotees of Shri Shiva
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    Chapter - 34
    Rajkumar and Mantrikumar devotees of Shri Shiva


    Parashara further said, `The monkey has taken birth as your son
    and the cook has become the Mantri Kumar. Due to the training of the
    previous birth both are `Dnyanis' and devotees of Shiva.

    Hearing this the king asked, `you have narrated the account of the
    previous births of these Kumars, but what is their future?'

    Parashara: `You ask about the future of your son, but you will be
    grieved to know the same.'

    The King: Kindly tell me the truth. If it gives me grief, kindly suggest
    the means to get rid of it.'

    Parashara: `Your son will live for two years. He will die on the eighth
    day from today. For this you worship Umakant (Shri Shiva), the
    Guru of the Universe, with Rudra sukta. The significance of this
    Rudra sukta is very great. This will save the life of your son.

    `The four Vedas came out of the four mouths of Brahmadev.
    Yajurveda contains this Rudra sukta. Brahmadev told this Rudra to
    Maricha, Atri etc. These Rishis taught this to their disciples. Thus it has
    come on this earth from generation to generation. By reciting Rudra
    all the sins are wiped off. You invite a hundred learned Brahmins and
    have ten thousand Rudra-Abhisheks on Shri Shiva Shankar.
    This will enable your son to live a long life.'

    The king invited Brahmins as instructed and Rudrabhishek was started
    ceremoniously. On the eighth day at midday the Rajkumar all of a
    sudden fell on the ground senseless. Abhishek teerth was sprinkled
    on his body and the Brahmins also threw enchanted `akshat' (rice)
    of Rudra on the same. Due to this, Yamadoot did not dare to come
    near the Rajkumar who soon awoke from the swoon.
    His death was thus averted.

    The king and the people were very much delighted. The king spent
    much in charity. In the meantime, Narad Muni came there and said,
    `Oh king, while Yamadoots were taking away your son, Shivadoots attacked
    them and freed your son. The Yamadoots fled away to Yama and complained.
    Yama went to Shri Shankar and asked, `why did your doots attack my doots?'
    Shri Shankar said, `when Rajkumar was granted long life why did your doots
    go to snatch him without consulting Chitragupta (record-keeper of lives of all beings)?
    They ought not to have gone, When record of Chitragupta was checked, it was
    found that though the Kumar’s life was twelve years at first, he was granted
    ten thousand year's life later on. Seeing this Yama repented and went away.
    Your son got long life by virtue of Rudra-Jap. His death is averted.
    Such is the great power of Rudra sukta.

    !! दिगंबरा दिगंबरा श्रीपाद वल्लभ दिगंबरा !!
    !! हे दत्त योगेश्वर वासुदेव श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नारसिंह !!
    !! श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नरहरी दत्तात्रेया दिगंबरा  !!

    !! Digambara Digambara Sripaada Vallabh Digambara !!
    !! He Datta Yogeshwar Vasudev Sripaad Vallabh Naarsinh !!
    !! Sripaad Sri Vallabh Narhari Dattatreya Digambara !!



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    Chapter - 35 - Kach-Devayani
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    Chapter - 34
    Kach-Devayani


    The young wife asked Shri Guru, `What is our future?
    How should I live hereafter? Please favor me with a mantra'

    Shri Guru said, `A wife should serve her husband devotedly.
    She needs no other advice or mantra. If a mantra is given to
    a woman some calamity falls. This is evident from the tale of
    Kach-Devayani.

    `In olden days the gods and demons were often at war.
    Shukracharya, the Guru of the demons, would recite Mrityunjaya
    mantra and the dead demons would be made alive. Therefore
    it was rather difficult for the gods to win the war. Indra, the king
    of the gods went to Shri Shankar and told him this fact. Shri Shankar
    was very angry and he asked to call Shukra. Nandi, Shri Shiva's bull,
    went to Shukra, who was in meditation at that time. Nandi therefore
    held him in his mouth and brought him to Shri Shankar. Shri Shankar
    at once devoured him. After some days, Shukra came out of the body
    of Shri Shankar through his urine. He again started reciting Mrityunjaya
    mantra and brought the demons to life.

    Indra told Brihaspati, Guru of Gods, about Amrit Sanjeevini mantra of
    Shukracharya and said, `The guru of the demons makes them alive with
    the help of this mantra. You being the Guru of the gods why should you
    not protect the gods?'

    Brihaspati said, `If Sanjeevini mantra is heard by six ears, it will lose
    its importance. So it would be better to send someone as a pupil to learn
    the mantra from Shukracharya. Let my son Kacha be sent to him.
    He will learn the mantra and return.'

    Kacha took leave of the gods and came to Shukracharya. He bowed to
    him and stood before him. Shukracharya inquired who he was and why
    he had come to him. Kacha replied `I am a Brahmin-Kumar. Hearing
    your fame, I have come to learn at your feet. Shukracharya's only daughter
    Devayani was standing by her father. She liked the Brahmin youth and
    requested her father, Shukracharya to accept him as his pupil. Shukracharya
    agreed and Kacha started staying with him.

    The demons did not approve of this as they suspected that the gods
    would learn the Sanjeevini mantra from Shukracharya and then it would be
     impossible for them to win a victory over them. Therefore, when Kacha
    had been to the forests for bringing darba (a kind of grass), the demons
    killed him. In the evening, when Kacha did not return home, Devayani
    requested her father to bring him home soon.

    Shukra, by intuition knew that was dead so he recited Sanjeevini mantra
    and brought him to life. Kacha then came home. Once again when Kacha
    had been to the forest, the demons killed him and the pieces of his body
    were thrown in all directions. Devayani gain showed anxiety for Kacha.
    Shukra again recited Sanjeevini mantra and brought him to life, as
    Devayani was his only daughter and Shukracharya had great affection
    for her.

    The demons now contrived to kill Kacha on Ekadashi fast day. They then
    mixed his flesh in wine and offered it to Shukracharya for drinking. For the
    third time when Kacha was missing, Devayani wept and requested him to
    bring him to life. Shukracharya realized that Kacha was not seen anywhere
    but he was in his belly. He told Devayani that Kacha was in his belly and
     if he is taken out, he himself would die.

    Devayani said, `You are bringing to life all people and saying that you
    would die. How is this? Kacha is my soul. If he does not come back,
    I will give up my life.'

    Shukracharya: `Besides myself none else knows Sanjeevini mantra.
    There is a condition that this mantra should not be divulged to anyone.
    If it is heard by six ears (three persons) it will loose its effect.
    This is a problem with me.'

    Devayani said, `Teach me the mantra. I shall recite it and make you alive.'

    Shukracharya: `The Shastras prohibit telling a mantra to a woman.

    Devayani who was greatly dejected said, `Then you may live with your
    mantra happily. I will give up my life.' Saying so she fell on the ground
    senseless. Shukracharya brought her to consciousness and gave her the
    Sanjeevini mantra. While he was reciting the mantra, Kacha, who was in
    Shukra's belly, also heard it. Shukra recited the mantra and Kacha came out
    of his body tearing his belly. Consequently Shukracharya fell dead. Then Devayani
    recited the mantra third time and Shukra became alive. Thus Kacha heard the
    mantra thrice and made it by heart.

    Now Kacha folded his hands and said to Shukracharya, 'I have studied at
    your house so far. The demons do not allow me to live here peacefully.
    Kindly therefore allow me to go home now.'

    Devayani interrupted, 'I have made you alive thrice. I love you.
    You should marry me.'

    Kacha : 'Being the daughter of my guru, you are my sister. You made me
    alive from time to time and so you are like my mother. If I marry you people
    will blame me.'

    Hearing this, Devayani felt sorry and at the same time she was enraged.
    She cursed him, 'Your learning will be futile. You will forget all that you have learnt.'

    Kacha said, 'You have cursed me in vain. You will marry a person other than
    a Brahmin. Your father has taught you Sanjeevini mantra against the rules
    of Shastras. Hence it will not work now.' Saying this Kacha went away.

    Seeing that Kacha had returned, Indra and other gods were delighted,

    Shri Guru said, 'For a woman, service of her husband is the principal mantra.
    She should obey him and observe vrata, etc. with his consent only.'

    Chandrangad - Simantini

    The young wife then requested Shri Guru to suggest some vrata.

    Shri Guru: "I will tell you a vrata by which you `Sowbhagya' will be perpetual
    and your husband will get prosperity. This vrata was told by Soot to Rishis in
    former days. In this vrata you have to worship Shri Shiva every Monday,
    observe fast on that day and keep control over your senses. This vrata can be
    observed by the married women (having husband). Kumaries (unmarried girls),
    widows, young and old persons of both sexes.

    "Chaitravarma was a pious king in former times. He had a daughter named
    Simantini, who was beautiful and good-natured. One astrologer had said that
    all the stars in her horoscope were good, but she would be a widow at the
    age of 14. The king and others were extremely pained to hear this.

    "Once Maitrayani, wife of Yadnyavalkya, came to the king. Simantini
    requested her `kindly tell me a means, by which my Sowbhagya will be
    perpetual.' Maitrayani then told her to observe Monday vrata and said, `
    by observance of this vrata. Your desires will be fulfilled and you will
    get all prosperity. Simantini therefore began to observe this vrata devotedly.

    "Simantini was married to Chandrangad, son of Indrasen of the famous
    `Nal' family, with due festivities. Chandrangad stayed at Chitrayarma for
    some days. Once he went to Kalindi (Yamuna) river with some friends.
    They were traveling in a ferryboat. All of a sudden the boat sank in the river.
    Even after diligent search no trace of Chandrangad was fund.

    Simantini and her parents were greatly shocked to know this. Indrasen and
    his wife were deeply grieved. He lost interest in the affairs of his kingdom.
    Talking this opportunity, his enemies usurped the throne and put Indrasen
    and his wife in jail.

    Simantini resolved to observe `sat' as per the religious rule of a devoted wife.
     But as the dead body of her husband was not found, she could not observe
    the sati-rite as per Shastras. So she was prevented from the observance of sati.

    Simantini continued her Monday fast and worship of Shri Shiva.

    When Chandrangad was drowned, the Nagkanyas took him to Vasuki in Patal,
    in a beautiful city with buildings glittering with precious stones. The gate of
    the city was golden and all persons in it were like serpents. Takshak the king
    with 1000 hoods was sitting on a bright throne. Chandrangad was brought
    before him. Takshak inquired about him with affection and assured him about
    his safety and asked him to live there happily.

    After some days Chandrangad requested Takshak, "I am the only son of
    my parents. I am recently married and my wife simantini is only 14 years of age.
    My parents, wife and mother and father-in-law must be mourning deeply for me.
    So kindly arrange to send me to them very soon."

    Takshak gave him nectar to drink and offered him costly clothes, ornaments
    and precious stones. He also gave him a swift horse and a Nag Kumar to accompany
    him. They instantly appeared on the bank of Kalindi, where accidentally, it being Monday,
    Simantini also had come with her female attendants for bath. It was the very
    place where Chandrangad had drowned.

    Looking at him, Simantini said to her attendants, "Who is this celestial person
    coming out the water? I remember to have seen him before. Please inquire."

    Chandrangad looked at Simantini and began to think, `she appears like my
    dear wife. But how is it that she has to mangalsutra around her neck and
    Kumkum on her forehead'?

    He descended from the horse, came near Simantini and inquired about her
    with affection.

    Simantini was ashamed to see him come near. She told her attendants to narrate
    her account. The attendants told him, `Three years before, her husband was drowned
    here in this river. She is continuing her Monday vrata in grief and today being Monday,
    she has come here for bath. His enemies have usurped her husband’s kingdom and
    they have put her mother and father-in-law in jail.

    Simantini then asked, `May I know who you are? God or Gandharva? Why are
    you inquiring about me? ' She recollected the face of her husband and began to
    mourn. Seeing her dejected, Chandrangad held her hand in affection and told in her
    ears in a low voice, `you need not mourn. Your husband will meet you on the third day.
    But do not disclose this to anybody.'

    He rode the horse and went away with the Nag Kumar to see his parents. When he
    reached the outskirts of the city, and Nag Kumar entered the city and told the then
    ruler, `Chandrangad has returned from Patal with an assurance of assistance from
    Takshak. Re-install Indrasen on the throne with honor, otherwise you are doomed.'

    The ruler was alarmed. He released Indrasen from jail and seated him on the
    throne with honor

    Indersen embraced Chandrangad with affection. A message of joy was sent to
    Chitravarma, who with Simantini and others, was greatly rejoiced to hear the news.
    Indrasen started with his paraphernalia to meet Chitravarma ceremoniously.
    Again a ceremony like wedding was celebrated and Chandrangad and Simantini
     met each other.

    Chandrangad offered the ornaments, precious stones, fruits of Kalpataru, etc.
    brought from Takshak to Simantini. She attained all this glory due to observing the
    Monday vrata with great devotion.

    As advised by Shri Guru the young couple started observing Monday vrata.
    Their parents also came there, bowed to Shri Guru and were glad to see the
    good health of the couple by the grace of Shri Guru. They gave much in charity.
    Then all returned to their place. The couple later on had some issues.
    They used to come to see Shri Guru every year and had all prosperity.

    !! दिगंबरा दिगंबरा श्रीपाद वल्लभ दिगंबरा !!
    !! हे दत्त योगेश्वर वासुदेव श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नारसिंह !!
    !! श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नरहरी दत्तात्रेया दिगंबरा  !!

    !! Digambara Digambara Sripaada Vallabh Digambara !!
    !! He Datta Yogeshwar Vasudev Sripaad Vallabh Naarsinh !!
    !! Sripaad Sri Vallabh Narhari Dattatreya Digambara !!



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    Chapter - 36 B - Code of Brahmin's Daily Rituals
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    Chapter - 36 B
    Code of Brahmin's Daily Rituals


    The Brahmin further asked Shri Guru, 'kindly tell me the code of daily
    rites of a Brahmin.'

    Shri Guru-'I will tell you the code of rites of a Brahmin as narrated by Parashara
    to the Rishis in the Nemisharanya.

    One should get up on Brahma muhurta i.e. 2 hours (5 Ghatkas) before the
    Sunrise and bow to Shri Guru and god. Go to the southwest for excretion
    at a place away from the residence of people and the source of water.
    One should sit facing the south at night and facing the north in the morning
    and the evening. Arms, hands and legs should be washed with soft earth
    and water. He should take 2 'achman' (taking ten drops of water saying bow
    to Keshav, bow Narayan, bow to Madhav etc.) If there is no water at hand
    you should touch the eyes and ears. Seven deities stay at the right ear of a
    Brahmin as described in the following Slokas.

    (Fire, Water, Vedas, Sun, Moon and the Wind are the seven deities who always
    reside in the right ear of a Brahmin)

    Holy places on the Palm

    'Brahma Tirth' is at the root of the thumb, 'Agni Tirth' is one the palm, 'Pitru Tirth'
    is at the root of the thumb and the fore finger, 'Dev Tirth' is at the ends of the
    four fingers (except the thumb) and 'Rishi Tirth' is at the root of this small finger.
    While offering 'tarpan to forefathers, Gods and Rishi water, till etc. are to be
    poured though the respective Tirthas.

    Achaman

    Saying 'Bow to Keshav, Narayan, Madhav, the little water on the Brahmatirth
    is to be taken in the mouth and is to be drunk. The little water is to be poured
    in plate after saying bow to Govinda. If one is touched by a Shudra of an impure
    one, if one becomes wet in the rains, if one comes home from a funeral,
    one becomes pure by taking 2 achamans.

    Washing of teeth and mouth

    Teeth should not be cleaned by 'datoon'(stem of some tree) on parva ,
    pratipada, shashti, Noumi, Dwadashi and on Saturdays, Shraddha and wedding
    days. This does not mean that the mouth, teeth and tongue should not be
    cleaned at all. Only datoon should not be used on these days.

    Datoon sticks should be taken of Babul, karanj, palm, aghada, audumbar
    and rui trees. After use the datoon should be thrown to the Southwest.

    Bath (Snan)

    Morning bath gives one lust, strength, life, intellect, pleasure and nutrition.
    A Grahastha and Vanaprastha should bathe in the morning and midday.
    A Yati, Tapasi on Sanyasi should bathe thrice while a Brahmachari should
    bathe once a day.

    If these is no sufficient water and in case of difficulty any one of the following
    alternatives may be chosen. 'Agnisnan'-means to stand in the Sun. `Mantra snan'
    means to sprinkle water on body after reciting `Apohistadi' mantra. `Bhasmasnan'
    means to apply bhasma or vibuthi all over the body. `Vayusnan' means to take
    the dust at the feet of the cow. `Tirthsnan' means to bring the idol of Vishnu
    in the mind. After saying `Apavitrah Pavitrova etc. if water is sprinkled on
    one's body, it is like a bath. A weak person should sponge his body with
    cloth dipped in warm water.

    Healthy persons should bathe with cold water. In case of difficulty do `upsnan'
    i.e. (wash hands, feet and rub the body with a wet cloth). If cold water is not
    tolerable, hot water bath should be taken. Water itself is pure. Heated water
    is more pure. A Grahastha should bathe with hot water. He should take
    achaman in the midst of the bath. Females should not bathe over their
    head daily.

    In the bath at home do not do `Aghamarshan' (saying of mantra wiping off
    the sins) and `Tarpan' (offering til to Gods, forefathers and Rishis). Do not
    take hot water bath on the day of birth of a son on day of Shraddha or death
    on Sankranti, Purnima and Amavasya. Take the darbha in hand, tie the hair
    on the head (shikha) with them, and enchant the water of your bath with
    `Apohishta' etc., mantra and three Gayatri. Take cold water first and
    then hot water.

    While taking bath in the river, face to the flow of the river and do
    `Aghamarshan'. In the bath at home, turn your face to the east in the
    morning and to the west in the evening. Bath purifies the body if taken after
    weeping, vomiting, sex-act and sight of bad dreams. A Grahastha should not
    wear wet and saffron cloth. He should have a `upwastra' such as dupatta.
    If there is no upwastra, the credit of the bath goes to Rakshas. The Brahmins
    should wear white dhoti and should have a cloth, a dupatta or a shawl
    on the body.

    Bhasma or Vibuthi

    After bath one should apply Basma or Vibuthi as per Shastra rules.
    If it is not available 'Gopichandan' should be applied. Devotees of Vishnu
     have vertical lines of Bhasma (tripundra) on the forehead. For acquiring
    long life one should apply bhasma with the middle finger, for devotion
    use the tarjani i.e. the 2nd finger near the Thumb, for food use the anamika
    i.e. the 4th finger Bhasma should not be applied on the day of Shraddha,
    Thread, Wedding and other ceremonies and after funeral bath.

    Darbha (kind of grass)

    These are required for Brahmayadna and Tarpan, Durva, wala, darbha,
    kush, kunda, wheat, paddy, mola, nagarmotha, Bhadra and mustha are
    the ten kinds of grass which can be used as darbha. Darbha should be
    brought on Bhadrapad and Shravan Amavasya and stored and used
    for a year.

    Brahma is at the end of the darbha, Rudra is at the root and Vishnu is
    in the middle. Pavitraka (ring) of darbha should be kept in a finger.
    Sins are wiped off due to this.

    While doing jap (recitation), tap (penance), homa, (sacrifice) and chanting
    of Vedas, gold or silver rings should not be taken off, for wearing the darbha
    pavitraka. Ring should not be put in the tarjani by one who has father.
    Ring with 9 gems destroys sins. A Brahmin should have a ring with
    at least one gem.

    Sandhya

    A Brahmin should start Sandhya after bath, early in the morning when
    the nakshatra (stat) is visible in the sky. He should offer 'Arghyas'
    (offering water) to the Sun at Sunrise. If the normal time for the Arghya
    has elapsed one more Arghya should be given.

    Mandesh demons are always fighting with the Sun. To nullify the obstruction
    in the rising of the Sun, these Arghyas are to be given. These Arghyas
    strike the demons like weapons and in order to wipe off this sin, one has
    to move round oneself saying 'Asavaditya Brahma...'

    Recitation of Gayatri

    After this recollect the names of Rishis etc. and recite 'Gayatri Mantra.'
    For this purpose a wreath of Rudraksha, coral beads or white stone
    beads should be used. The wreath should not have any broken beads.
     One should observe 'moun' (nonspeaking) while reciting. One should recite
    the morning and midday Sandhya after standing and the evening
    Sandhya after sitting.

    Recitation of Gayatri at home gives one credit; if done outside it gives
    double credit. If done on the bank of a river the credit is threefold, and
    if done at a cowshed or a vrindawan (Tulsi plant planted in the hallow
    stone or in brick construction) the credit is tenfold. The recitation at a
    place of Agnihotra, gives 100-fold credit; at a holy place or near a shrine
    of god it gives 1000 fold credit, while recitation near Vishnu gives crore-fold
    credit and near Shiva it gives immeasurable credit.

    Recitation made while sitting on a broken wood plank causes misery, and
    that done while sitting on grass, causes loss of good fate and glory. Recitation
    done while sitting on a stone causes disease; that done while sitting on
    bhasmasan causes cure of diseases. A blanket seat gives pleasure; a seat
    of the skin of a black deer gives knowledge, while that of the skin of a
    black deer gives knowledge, while that of the skin of a tiger gives salvation.
    Kushasan causes hypnotism and destroys all diseases and sins.

    The appearance (Dhyan of Gayatri in the morning Sandhya is of Kumari.
    Her color is red, her clothes are red. She is riding a goose. She has four
    hands and four heads.

    The appearance of Gayatri in the midday Sandhya is of a young lady.
    Her color is white. Her clothes are white. She is riding on ox.
    She has five heads.

    The appearance of Gayatri in the evening Sandhya is of an old lady.
    Her color is black. Her clothes are black. She rides Garud. She has four heads.

    Sunmukh, Samput, Vitat, Vistrat, Dwimukh, Trimukh, Chaturmukh,
    Panchmuykh, Shanmukh, Adhomukh, Vyapanjalik, Shakat, Y:ampash,
    Gnanthit, Sanmukhonmukh, Pralamb, Muohti, Matsya Kurma, Varaha,
    Sinhakranti, Mahakranti, Mudgar and Pallava are the 24 mudras (poses).
    Recitation of Gayatri with mudras is more fruitful. Gayatri has three parts
    (pad or charan), and they should not be recited without pause after each part.

    'Man' means mind and 'Tra' means Pran (soul). Recitation of a mantra should
    therefore be done with the union of mind and soul.

    A Brahmachari and a Grahastha should recite Gayatri Mantra 108 times daily.
    A Vanprastha, Yati or a Sanyasi should recite it 1000 (thousand) times.
    In case of difficulty one may recite it at least 10 times a daily.

    Recitation in the mind is the best. Whispering in mouth is medium and
    loud recitation is worst. While reciting, with a wreath, do not transgress the
    menu or the head bead. If it is transgressed 3 pranayams should be observed.

    Reciting Gayatri a crore time fulfills all desires. After jap, upsthan (prayer)
    should be recited while standing. Bow to ten dishas (directions), Gods,
    Brahmin, Guru, pronounce one's Gotra and birth name and end the
    ritual of Sandhya.

    The home should be swept daily land kept clean. The earthen floor should
    smeared with cow dung and water. Rangoli (stonepowder) designs should be
    drawn in the courtyard and before the shrines of worship. A Grahastha
    should keep a cow, a Shaligram, (soft black round stone as Vishnu),
    Gauya and Grihyagni at home.

    A Brahmin should perform Sandhya daily and should also worship
    gods daily. One who does not worship gods is like a beast. In the morning
    the worship should be done with 16 upchars and in the night, light of ghee
    (Aarti) should be waved before the shrines. Yama punishes those who do not
    worship gods. The eight places or objects of worship are as follows. The Shrine
    of gods, the Sthandil (earthen elevated construction for fire of sacrifice),
    the Agni (Fire), the Sun, the water, the heart, the Brahmin and the Sadguru.
    The Brahmin males should worship gods with Veda mantras, while the
    females and Shudras should worship with Purana mantras.

    Flowers brought from trees in the forest are of medium value. Those
    purchased are worst. The flowers grown by one self in one's house garden
    are the best. Flowers eaten by worms and having holes should not be used.
    Shri Durga should not be offered' `durva' (a kind grass), Kevada should not
    be offered to Shri Shiva, Tulsi should not be offered to Shri Ganesh and
    flowers of Dhotra and Rui should not be offered to Shri Vishnu.

    Keep the pot of water at the left hand all the articles of worship at the
    right hand.

    16 iuchars of worship should be observed devotedly with panchamrit
    (mixture of milk, curds, ghee, honey and sugar). Shankh (Conch) should be
     kept on the left and Ghanta (bell) on the right hand. After bowing to gods,
    do achman and the Sankalpa (pronunciation of desire of worship mentioning
    the time, year, ayan, ritu, month, paksh (fortnight, dark or bright) tithi
    (particular day of a month), Nakshatra (star), places of various planets
    on the day and purpose or desire of worship. Then start ordinary bath
    with water, panchamrit, abhishek (pouring water) chanting Purush Sukta,
    Vishnu Sukta, Shri Sukta, Lakshmi Sukta, Rudra Sukta, Pavaman Sukta, etc.
    (as per devotion all or particular Sukta or Suktas may be selected for Abhishek.)
    After Abhishek, dry the shrines with a piece of cloth and place them
    at their places and offer clothes, ornaments, Gandha, Halad, Kumkum,
    flowers or wreaths, Tulsi, bel leaves saying, `give me shelter, protect me.'
    Withered followers taken out of the shrines should be touched, to one's head
    and nose and kept aside to be immersed in the river or rivulet. The bhasma
    scented sticks be applied to forehead and the Tirth (holy water of bath of gods)
    should be drunk.

    For purification of food and wiping off 5 great sins, one should do
    waishwadeo in the morning and in the evening before meals. Homa in the
    morning is a sacrifice for god. Bali is given for the ghosts, and Tarpan is the
    sacrifice for forefathers. At the time of dinner, one should wait for a guest.

    If a guest comes, give him food. If he is a Yati, give him food and water also.
    Before taking meals wash your feet, hands and the mouth. If an unknown
    person dines with you, offer him food at a distance. There should not be distinction
    of food for persons dining at a time.

    After four Chitrahutis take five Pranahutis.
    Observe `moun' during meals or at least up to Pranahutis. Do not leave things
    in plate except little for your wife. There should be no noise while taking water
    or liquid articles. If while dining the lamp goes off, then stop taking food till the
    lamp is replaced. While dining do not see and hear the words of females in
    monthly course, do not touch each other when dining.

    If gases pass, if the food contains worms or if there is vomiting, then stop
    dining. If hair is found, it should be put off and the food should be sprinkled
    with Tirth. If onion and garlic are taken one is deprived of Brahmanism.

    `Satwic' food increases knowledge, while `Tamas' food increases ignorance.
    While dining, first take liquid articles and then take others. Last `aposhan'
    should be half taken and half should be poured down. Wash your mouth
    with the forefinger. For purification of mouth and fingers, two achmans
    should be taken.

    After dinner, take pan and hear Purana. Evening Sandhya etc. And meals
    should be taken as in the midday. It would be better if articles prepared
    with milk were taken in the night.

    Do the professional work during the day. "Sour Path" should not be chanted
    after sunset. Before going to bed bow to the God and dedicate all the
    Karma (acts) of the day to him.

    Going outside at the fertilization period of the wife is sinful. During this
    time of the first four days Parvakal, Mul, Magha and Revati stars should be
    avoided for sex act. There should be no sex act on the Shraddha day and
    during daytime. If these rules are followed, even a Grahastha is a Brahmachari
    (i.e. follower of Veda Shastras in sex act). One should not enjoy with an
    older female. There should be no feeling of despise, or grief at the time
    of the sex act.

    The Brahmins who behaved as instructed by Shri Guru attained good
    "Parlok".

    !! दिगंबरा दिगंबरा श्रीपाद वल्लभ दिगंबरा !!
    !! हे दत्त योगेश्वर वासुदेव श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नारसिंह !!
    !! श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नरहरी दत्तात्रेया दिगंबरा  !!

    !! Digambara Digambara Sripaada Vallabh Digambara !!
    !! He Datta Yogeshwar Vasudev Sripaad Vallabh Naarsinh !!
    !! Sripaad Sri Vallabh Narhari Dattatreya Digambara !!



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    Chapter - 36 A - Code of Brahmin's Daily Rituals
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    Chapter - 36 A
    Code of Brahmin's Daily Rituals


    There lived a pious Vedic Brahmin. He did not take food at others.
    He would beg alms of corn and maintained on the same. His wife was
    discontented and hot tempered. A rich person came to Ganagapur for
    Samaradhana (feeding Brahmins and others). But as this Brahmin
    did not accept food at others, his wife also was not invited and
    she was discontented for not having good, delicious food and
    sweets.

    Once a very rich person came to Ganagapur to observe Shraddha.
    He invited all Brahmin couples and offered good Dakshina (money),
    clothes and rich delicious food. She told her husband about this.
    He said, `If you wish you can go there, but as I do not accept
    food at others, I cannot come'.

    The wife went to the Brahmin host and said, `My husband does not
    take food at others. Can I come alone to you for meals?'
    The host said, `I invite Brahmin couples. So you can come
    with your husband.'

    The Wife could not know what to do. She came to Shri Guru Narasimha
    Saraswati and narrated to him her grievance and said, `I like to enjoy
    rich, delicious food. But my husband does not take food at others and
    so I am also not invited by anybody. At present a rich Brahmin is inviting
    all the Brahmin couples and offering them good Dakshina, clothes and
    rich delicious food. Kindly advise my husband to accept this invitation.'

    Hearing this, Shri Guru smiled and asked his disciples to call her husband.
    When he came, Shri Guru said to the Brahmin, `your wife desires to
    take delicious food. You should accept invitation of the Brahmin and
    fulfill your wife's desire. Married women should not be displeased?

    The Brahmin said, `Gurudev, I am observing vrata of not taking meals
    at others. But as per your adesh (order) I shall accept this invitation.'
    This Brahmin couple went for meals at the rich Brahmin's who offered
    them good, delicious food. While dining the Brahmin wife observed
    that dogs and pigs are also dining with her. Being disgusted, she got up,
    returned home and told this to her husband. He said, `I had to break
    my vrat for you and accept food eaten by dogs and pigs.' Both then
    came to Shri Guru.

    Shri Guru asked the wife, `How did you enjoy the food of the rich
    Brahmin host? You always blamed your husband. Now are you
    satisfied?'

    The wife said, `Gurudev, I am a silly woman. I broke the vrata of my
    husband by asking him to take food at others, kindly forgive me.'

    Shri Guru said to the Brahmin, `Your wife's desire of taking delicious
    food is fulfilled. Now she will act as per your wishes. I will tell you the
    rules of acting as per the order of religion. If a Brahmin is in need of a
    Brahmin for some religious function and for anniversary (Shraddha),
    you should go for meals. If you do not go, you will be committing an
    offense. You should take food at the Guru, disciple, maternal uncle,
    father-in-law, brothers and saints. If you recite Gayatri Mantra,
    you are not offended.'

    The Brahmin then asked, 'Kindly tell me which and at whose house
    the food should be avoided?

    Shri Guru, 'Good natured Brahmins should not dine at one who takes
    service from parents, who is greedy, who gives in charity displeasing
    his wife and children, who is proud, armed or a teacher of flute or outcast,
    who lives on begging, who praises himself and cajoles others, who does not
    observe viaishwadev. He should also not dine with a Guru who gets enrages.
    Who is cruel adulterous and a pretender, who forsakes his wife, a woman
    who lives forsaking her sons and husband, a Brahmin, who sells wine and
    does the profession of a blacksmith, a washer man or a gamblers, one
    who is a prostitute, a thief, a doorkeeper, who teaches a Shudra by taking
    money, who sells horses, who is Haridas (Kirtankar), one who does not bathe
    and does not observe Sandhya and Shraddha, who is treacherous, who despises
    others, one who forsakes his parents and cajoles his Guru, who kills a cow,
    a Brahmin or a woman, one who does not give in charity, who has no issue.
    Who despises one's food and praises the food of others. Food at such persons
    should also be avoided. If one takes food on Amavasya he loses virtue of
    one month. Unless one's daughter has an issue, one would not dine
    at her house. All these sins are wiped off if one abides by one's own
    religion.'

    !! दिगंबरा दिगंबरा श्रीपाद वल्लभ दिगंबरा !!
    !! हे दत्त योगेश्वर वासुदेव श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नारसिंह !!
    !! श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नरहरी दत्तात्रेया दिगंबरा  !!

    !! Digambara Digambara Sripaada Vallabh Digambara !!
    !! He Datta Yogeshwar Vasudev Sripaad Vallabh Naarsinh !!
    !! Sripaad Sri Vallabh Narhari Dattatreya Digambara !!



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    Chapter - 37 - Dharma of a Brahmin
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    Sri Guru explained the customs that Brahmins should follow.
    He said, "You should use Krishnajina in the house and keep the
    house clean. The prayer room should be clean and decorated
    with Rangoli. Meditate in silence and worship God. Wooden and
    stone idols may be worshipped, as they are forms and abodes
    of God. Sit on a good , clean seat and do Pranayama, worship
    God with flowers, and with faith worship Vishnu with Tulsi,
    as He loves Tulsi, worship Shiva with Bel-pathra. Ganapathi loves
    Durva. In the afternoon feed guests and visitors, whether touchable
    or untouchable. Lotus leaf and banana leaf are good to use for eating.
    You must not eat in lead or copper plates. Bronze plates are the best
    for eating. Eat sweet dishes first. Rice should not be eaten first.
    It will not get digested. Eating leftover food is forbidden.
    After food you may have Thambula, betel leaf and nut with lime.
    There is no harm if one eats food with ghee or oil. After food you
    should study the Vedas."

    "One must not sleep on the cremation ground, in a dilapidated temple,
    on the riverbank, near an anthill or a crossroad. Parashara Rishi has
    laid down these customs and Dharma. There is no difficulty for him
    who practices these customs as directed by the scriptures. He is revered
    even by the gods. Kamadhenu will come to his house. Lakshmi will live
    in such a house forever. Such a person will become a Brahmajnani."

    The Brahmin was happy to receive this guidance on Dharma and said,
    "Oh, ocean of mercy, you have taken this incarnation to redeem
    devotees. You are like the lamp of knowledge and you have removed
    the darkness."

    Saying so the Brahmin bowed at Sri Guru's lotus feet. Guru blessed him.
    This is the story of Guru Charithra. Whoever listens to it will gain
    great knowledge. It is a source of light for the ignorant.

    !! दिगंबरा दिगंबरा श्रीपाद वल्लभ दिगंबरा !!
    !! हे दत्त योगेश्वर वासुदेव श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नारसिंह !!
    !! श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नरहरी दत्तात्रेया दिगंबरा  !!

    !! Digambara Digambara Sripaada Vallabh Digambara !!
    !! He Datta Yogeshwar Vasudev Sripaad Vallabh Naarsinh !!
    !! Sripaad Sri Vallabh Narhari Dattatreya Digambara !!



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    Chapter 38 - Four Thousand Fed with Food of 3 Seers only
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    Four Thousand Fed with Food of 3 Seers only


    Someone did Samaradhna (feeding of Brahmins) on every day and
    Shri Guru was invited with his disciples. Once a poor Brahmin named
    Bhaskar, of Kashyap Gotra came there. He also wished to do Samaradhna
    and offer alms to Shri Guru; but due to poverty he was anxious as to
    how this could be achieved. He had gathered some flour and rice,
    which he kept in the math. Other Brahmins ridiculed him saying,
    `How can you do Samaradhna? Out of whatever rice you have,
    you cannot give even one particle to each Brahmin.

    Seeing his devotion, Shri Guru asked Bhaskar one day to do samaradhna.
    He was glad and even encouraged by Shri Guru's words. He brought
    ghee and vegetables and prepared the food after bath. All Brahmins
    thought that they would have to dine at their homes and have
    ordinary meals that day.

    Shri guru asked Bhaskar to invite all the Brahmins for Samaradhna.
    Bhaskar said that the Brahmins played joke with him. So it would be
    better if a disciple was sent. As instructed the disciple invited Brahmins
    to come to Math for Samaradhna.

    Shri Guru asked Bhaskar to bring the food prepared by him and cover it
    with Shri Guru's cloth. When this was done, Shri Guru sprinkled holy
    water from his bowl on the food and said, `without removing the covering
    cloth, take out the articles in other pots and serve them o the Brahmins.

    The Brahmins sat for dinner. Food was served to thousands and yet much
    food was in balance. After the Brahmins, had taken food they were requested
    to send their wives and children for dinner. After them, all others in Ganagapur
    were invited for dinner with families. Then Shri Guru asked Bhaskar to dine.
    After his dinner, it was found that all the food originally prepared was still
    in balance. Shri Guru asked Bhaskar to throw the food in the river so that
    the creatures in the water would also be satisfied.

    This was a great miracle. The food sufficient only for three persons was
    provided to over 4000 persons. Several such incidents have occurred in the
    life of Shri Guru."

    !! दिगंबरा दिगंबरा श्रीपाद वल्लभ दिगंबरा !!
    !! हे दत्त योगेश्वर वासुदेव श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नारसिंह !!
    !! श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नरहरी दत्तात्रेया दिगंबरा  !!

    !! Digambara Digambara Sripaada Vallabh Digambara !!
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    Chapter - 39 - 60 Year Old Sterile Woman Begets Children
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    60 Year Old Sterile Woman Begets Children


    There lived one Shounak Gotri, Apastamb Brahmin named Somanath.
    His wife Ganga was a devoted wife, pious by nature.
    She was 60 years old, but she had no issue.
    She used to come to Shri Guru and bow to him devotedly every day.

    Shri Guru being pleased, one day asked her, `Why are you worshipping me daily?
    What do you desire? God will fulfill your desire.

    She said, `Gurudev, a woman's life is futile without an issue.
    Without a son the home is like a forest. Issueless persons go to hell.
    Please give me a boon so that I will have a son at least in next life.'

    Shri Guru smiled and said, `Service to the Ashwattha will not be futile.
    There is an Ashwattha tree at the Bhima Amarja sangam.
    I am present there after the bath in the river. Therefore worship the
    Ashwattha devotedly. The greatness of Ashwattha is narrated in the Puranas.
    Brahmadev is at its root, Vishnu is in its middle portion and the Rudra
    is on its top and the Agni (fire god) lies in the interior of this tree.

    In the months of Ashadha, Poush or Chaitra, when Guru and Shukra
    are not set, when the moon is favorable on an auspicious day, observe
    fast and start worshipping the Ashwattha. Do not touch the tree on Sunday,
    Sankranti and in the evening. The floor at the root should be smeared by cow
    dung and have Rangoli designs. Worship the Ashwattha thinking it as a
    Trimurti, with 16 upchars, then saying Purushsukta and observing `moun'
     take rounds of the tree. Two lakhs rounds destroy even the sin of Brahmahatya.
    The Ashwattha gives four purusharthas. He also fulfills the desire of a son.

    Recitation of Mrityunjaya sitting at the Ashwattha on Saturday avoids
    accidental death and gives long life. One gets credit of feeding several
    Brahmins, if one Brahmin is fed under this tree. If one Ashwattha tree is
    grown, 42 generations are liberated; but if one Ashwattha is cut, it is a great
    sin performed. Home performed under the tree gives credit of a great sacrifice.
    Do Homa of one tenth of the number of rounds and feed Brahmins and
    give golden Ashwattha in charity.

    She started worshipping Ashwattha as advised by Shri Guru. On the third day,
    she had a dream. A Brahmin told her to go to Shri Guru at Ganagapur, have
    seven rounds of Shri Guru and take the prasad that is given to her and that
    her desire will be fulfilled. She awoke. On the fourth day she went to
    Shri Guru and had 7 rounds. Shri Guru gave her 2 fruits and said,
    `Eat these fruits. Your desire will be fulfilled.'

    She then completed her vrata of the worship of Ashwattha.
    During meals she ate the fruits given by Shri Guru. In the evening
    she started menses. On the fourth day after bath she went to Shri Guru
     and bowed to him. She had sex act on he fifth day. She became pregnant,
    In the seventh month she was given `Oti' and she gave `vayan' to married
    women. `Seemant' was performed in the 8th month. After 9 months
    she begot a daughter.

    After 10 days she came to Shri Guru with the baby. Shri Guru smiled and
    blessed her baby and said, `You will have one more son, what do you prefer?
    A well-behaved son of 30 years of age or a fool having 100 years' life?'

    The woman said, `I would like to have a well-behaved son, who should have
    5 sons.' Shri Guru blessed her, as she desired. Later on she had a son who
    became learned and won fame. He had 5 sons in course of time. The daughter's
    husband performed sacrifices and was well-known as `Dixit.'

    !! दिगंबरा दिगंबरा श्रीपाद वल्लभ दिगंबरा !!
    !! हे दत्त योगेश्वर वासुदेव श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नारसिंह !!
    !! श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नरहरी दत्तात्रेया दिगंबरा  !!

    !! Digambara Digambara Sripaada Vallabh Digambara !!
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    Chapter - 40 - Leper Brahmin Cured
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    Leper Brahmin Cured.


    Once a Brahmin `Narhari' by name came to Shri Guru at Ganagapur
    and bowing to him said, `My life is futile. I studied Yajurveda, but as
    I am suffering from leprosy. All people despise me and do not invite
    for Karma. I have visited several holy places but the disease is there,
    kindly bless me.'

    Shri Guru gave him a dry log of Audumbar and said, `Go to the Sangam
    and plant it on the bank of Bhima in the east. After bath, worship Ashwattha
    at the Sangam. Again bathe and give water to this log thrice a day. When
    it sprouts green foliage, your sins will be wiped off and you will be free
    from leprosy.

    As instructed by Shri Guru, Narhari planted the log on the bank of Bhima
    and began to water it thrice. Some persons said to him, `Are you mad ?
    How can a dry log bear green foliage ? Still Narhari continued his watering
    of the log devotedly. He also observed fast for 7 days.

    Shri Guru was informed by his disciples regarding the devoted service of
    Narhari to the log. Shri Guru said, "One gets the fruits as per one's devotion.
    There is a tale in the Skanda Purana in this connection.

    Soot narrated to the Rishis, `In former days there lived a king Sinhaket in
    Panchal. His son Dhananjaya once went to a forest with a Shabardut, who picked
    up a Linga-like stone near a Shiva Temple. Rajkumar asked him `What will you
    do with this stone ? There are so many lingas like this spread over here.'

    Shabardut said, `I wish to worship this Linga daily. Please tell me how to
    worship it.'

    Rajkumar siad, `Take this Linga home, worship it with flowers and bel
    leaves along with your wife. Offer naivedya of fresh chita (corpse) bhasma
    daily. Whatever food you have, should also be offered.' The Shabar took the
    Linga home and started the worship. One day, he could not get fresh chita
    bhasma. He was much worried. His devoted wife said, `Burn my body and
    offer chita bhasma to god Shiva, `the Shabar was very much pained to hear this.
    He said, `I shall be doing a great sin if I burn you.' The wife said, `Death will
    occur some day or the other. If I give my body for Shiva's worship, I shall have
    place in Kailas. So you need not be sorry.'

    The Shabar burnt her and the chita bhasma was offered to the Shiva Linga.
    As usual he called his wife to take prasad. She also came smiling and took the
    prasad. The home appeared to be normal, as if nothing had occured. Seeing this,
    the Shabar was much astonished. His wife said, `I heard your voice and was as
    if aroused from sleep. `Gouri Raman Shiva appeared before them. Both bowed
    to him Shri Shiva was pleased and blessed the couple. Such is the greatness of
    the devotion of Guru. One who has implicit faith in the words of Guru's gets
    such fruit.'

    Shri Guru went to the Sangam to see the leper Brahmin. He was pleased to see
    his devotion. The Brahmin was giving water to the log. Shri Guru sprinkled the holy
    water of his bowl on the log and instantly green foliage sprouted on the log. The
    leprosy of the Brahmin disappeared and his body became healthy and bright.
    Narhari bowed to Shri Guru and began to pray Him.

    He composed 8 shlokas which are being chanted at Ganagapur in the night,
    after Aarati daily, till now.

    Shri Guru placed his hand on the head of Narhari and blessed him. He returned
    to the Math with Narhari. All persons wondered to see this miracle. Many did
    Samaradhna. Shri Guru named Narhari as 'Yogeshwar' and asked him to come
    with his family and live with him. Shri Guru gave him "Vidya Saraswati" mantra
    also.

    !! दिगंबरा दिगंबरा श्रीपाद वल्लभ दिगंबरा !!
    !! हे दत्त योगेश्वर वासुदेव श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नारसिंह !!
    !! श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नरहरी दत्तात्रेया दिगंबरा  !!

    !! Digambara Digambara Sripaada Vallabh Digambara !!
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    Chapter - 41 - Sayamdeo Serves Shri Guru : His Kashikhand Mahayatra.
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    Namdharak. `How did my forefathers serve Shri Guru?'
    Shri Siddha - Your grand father's father, Sayamdeo, had worshipped
    Shri Guru at Osargram. Shri Guru had affection for him. Shri Guru later
    came and stayed at Ganagapur. His fame spread all over the country.
    Knowing this, Sayamdeo also came to Ganagapur. He came to the Math,
    bowed to Shri Guru and prayed him. Shri Guru was pleased. He placed
    his palm on his head, blessed him, and said `You will be my devotee for
    generations.' Shri Guru asked him to bathe at the Sangam and return
    for the meals to the Math.

    After returning from the Sangam, Sayamdeo worshipped Shri Guru with
    16 upchars and offered several delicious articles of food, as naivedya.
    He dined with Shri Guru, who enquired about his family. Sayamdeo said,
    `My relatives and sons are living at Uttar Kanchi (Gadganchi) hail and healthy.
    I wish to stay with you and serve your holyself now.

    Shri Guru said My service is difficult. I live in a town for some time,
    while in the forest at other time. It is troublesome to live in a forest.
    If your mind is firm then only you should stay here.'

    Sayamdeo conceded and said, `A devotee of Shri Guru has no fear.'

    Three months passed. One evening Shri Guru went to the Sangam along
    with Sayamdeo alone and sat below the Ashwattha tree. There was a
    great storm, followed by heavy rain, Sayamdeo stood stretching a cloth
    over Shri Guru to protect him from the rain. There was a shivering cold
    in the night. So Shri Guru asked Sayamdeo to go to the Math in the town
    and bring fire. Thick darkness and spread all over and there was lighting
    now and then. Shri Guru warned Sayamdeo not to look to his right or
     left side. Anyhow Sayamdeo reached the Math, took fire and returned.
    Out of curiosity, he looked to his right side and saw a Cobra going with him.
    He was frightened. he then looked to the left side. Here too he saw another
    Cobra. He recited Shri Guru's name and walked straight. He came to
    Shri Guru and lit the fire. The two Cobras came before Shri Guru, bowed
    to him and went away.

    Shri Guru said to Sayamdeo, `Why are you so much afraid? I had sent
    these Cobras to protect you. I shall tell you a tale, about service to
    Shri Guru, to pass this night.

    `When Shri Shiva was sitting on a peak of the Kailas mountain with Parwati,
    she asked him, `How can Shri Guru be served with devituib.'

    Shri Shiva said, `One who serves Shri Guru with sincerity, can attain all
    that one desires. Brahma had an incarnation which was called Tashthra Brahma.
    He had a handsome son. When his thread ceremony was performed his father
    sent the boy to a Guru for study of Vedas and Shastras. He served the
    Guru devotedly. Once there was rain and the water came in the ashram of
    the guru. The guru told the pupil to construct a lasting house with all conveniences,
    which should look always new. The wife of the Guru asked the boy to bring her
    a blouse, whih should neither be sewn or woven. The son of the Guru said,
    `Bring sandals for me, that would enable me to walk on waters and take me
    to any desired place. The daughter of the Guru asked the boy, `Bring ear-rings
    for me and a play-house of a elephant tooth having one pillar and all the conveniences.
    Also bring pots in which food will be warm and which will not be black due to suit.
    The pupil took leave of Guru and went to a forest. He was anxious how all these
    things could be obtained. On the way he met an ascetic, who inquired
    `child, why are you so worried?'

    The Brahmachari boy bowed to him and said, `Kindly guide and protect me.
    It is my good fortune that I could see you in this forest. `He told him what his Guru,
    Guru's wife, son and daughter had asked him to do. He said, 'I am anxious as to how
    all these things can be achieved.

    The aseetic assured him and said, `Don't worry. Kashi is a holy place of Vishweshwar.
    You go there and worship Him. All your desires will be fulfilled. Kashi is known as
    `Anand Kanan'. One attains all the four purushrthas aftr going there'.

    The Brahmachari asked, `Where is Kashi? How can I go there?'

    The ascetic - I shall take you there. Due to you, I shall also have the fortune to
    see the holy place again.'

    Saying so both went to Kashi instantly by yogin power. The ascetic then told the
    Brahmachari to do Antar Grahayatra, Dakshin manasyatra and utta manasyatra.
    While visiting holy places bath should be taken there. Then do Oanchkroshi yatra,
    Shukla and dark fortnight yatras should also be performed. Worship nine Lingas
    and Kashi Vishveshwar. If your devotion to Guru is firm, Shri Shiva Shankar will be
    pleased and fulfil all your desires,' Saying this the ascetic went away.

    The Brahmachari performed all the yatras as instructed by the ascetic. Shri Shankar
    was pleased. He appeared before the boy and asked him to have a boon. Twashthrakumar
    narrated his account and mentioned the articles required for Guru, Guru's wife,
    son and daughter. Shri Shanker blessed him saying, `You will be as efficient as
     Vishwakarma.'

    The Brahmachari prepared all the articles skillfully returned to the Guru's place.
     
    The Guru was also pleased to see him back with success. He also blessed him saying,
    `You will be proficient in all Vidays.'

    Shri Guru explained the greatness of Guru to Sayamdeo in this way. By this time the
    sun was rising on the eastern horizon. sayamdeo said, `You explained Kashi yatra in details.
    While hearing the same, I could see and also visit the respective holy shrines, tanks
    and places with your holyself and thought as if we were in Kashi. He then prayed
    Guru with 8 shlokas which are daily chanted after Aarati at ganagapur till now.

    While praying, his throat choked and his hair stood erect on his body. Shri Guru was
    much pleased. he blessed him and said, `Bring your family and children here and
    stay with me. Do not bow to Muslims hereafter.'

    Sayamdeo went to his place and returned to Ganagapur with his family and children
    on bhadrapad Shuddha 14, the Anant Chaturdashi day. This time he prayed Shri Guru
    with eight Sholakas in Kannad. Shri Guru seated him by his side and enquired
    about all. Sayamdeo had two sons. Shri Guru loved the elder, Nagnath. Shri Guru
    placed his palm on the head of Sayamdeo and said, `Your do not serve the Muslims
    now. You all have bath at the Sangam.'

    Sayamdeo and his family bathed at the Sangam, worshipped the Ashwattha there
    and returned to the Math. Shri Guru said to Sayamdeo, `Today is Anant Chaturdashi.
    All Brahmins worship Anant on this day. You too should do Anant Puja.' Sayamdeo said,
    `You are my Anant.' Still Guru insisted on him to do the anant Puja.

    !! दिगंबरा दिगंबरा श्रीपाद वल्लभ दिगंबरा !!
    !! हे दत्त योगेश्वर वासुदेव श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नारसिंह !!
    !! श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नरहरी दत्तात्रेया दिगंबरा  !!

    !! Digambara Digambara Sripaada Vallabh Digambara !!
    !! He Datta Yogeshwar Vasudev Sripaad Vallabh Naarsinh !!
    !! Sripaad Sri Vallabh Narhari Dattatreya Digambara !!



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    Chapter - 42
    Significance of Anant Vrat


    Shri Guru narrated the significance of Anant vrat to Sayamdeo.
    He said, `Dharmaraj, the son of Pandu, did this vrat.
    He regained his kingdom, which was lost in a game of chess with the Kouravas.
    Thereafter the Pandavas were living in the forest with great sufferings.
    The Kouravas sent durvas Rishi to the Pandavas for harassing them even
    in the forest. Shrikrishna, protector of his devotees, assisted Pandavas in
    difficulties. Once Droupadi and the five Pandavas bowed to Shrikrishna
    and asked , `How shall we be relieved from this vanvas (living in forest)?'

    Shrikrishna advised them to do the Anant vrat. shrikrishna said,
    `Anant should be worshipped on bhadrapad Shuddha 14. I will tell you a
    tale regarding this Vrat. In the Krit-yug there lived a Brahmin named Sumantu
    of the vashishta Gotra. Deeksha was his devoted wife. She begot a daughter
    named Sushila. Later Deeksha died and in order to continue the Grahastha
    rites he married with Karkasha, who used to quarrel with her husband and
    daughter every now and then. Due to this, Sumantu was always dejected.

    As Sushila grew, she became fit for marriage. One day Koundinya came to
    Sumantu, who gave Sushila to him in marriage. In Ashadh and Shrawan
    months, Sushila and Koundinya lived with Sumantu, but Karkasha quarrelled
    with Sushila daily. So Koundinya requested Sumantu to allow him to go home.
    Sumantu felt very sorry, as his only daughter would be going away. He said,
    `This is not my wife but she is my enemy. Now my daughter will go away.
    Where there is no peace, the home is like a forest.

    Koundinya consoled him. Due to his pursuation, he agreed to stay for
    12 days more. On the 13th day Sumantu asked his wife to prepare delicious
    food for his daughter and son-in-law, as they were departing. Karkasha entered
    the inner room, shut the door and placed stones against the door so that
    it should not be opened easily. At least Sumantu gave wheat konda to Sushila
    and bade them goodbye.

    Next morning they reached a river. Koundinya got down from the chariot and
    went to the river for bath and rituals. Sushila saw that many females wearing
    red silk saries, had gathered in the sand and they were worshipping some god.
    Sushila went to them, and inquired what they were doing. The females replied,
    `We are worshipping Anant. By doing this vrat, all the desires are fulfilled.'
    Sushila took instructions from them. She gave 14 knots to a red string and
    prepared Anant and shesh (cobra) of darbha and worshipped Anant with 16 upchars.
    She then tied the Anant on her wrist.

    Once when they were sitting, Koundinya observed the red string on the wrist of
    Sushila. He asked angrily, 'Did you tie this red string to keep me under your thumb?'
    She said, `This is Anant, by whose favour we got this kingdom and prosperity.'
    Hearing this, Koundinya took the string by force and threw it into fire. He remakred,
    `It is due to my penance that this kingdom is botained by us.'

    Sushila was very dejcted. She hastened to take out the Anant from fire and put
    it in milk. But due to this the Anant was enraged. The kingdom and all their glory
    was destroyed in no time and Koundinya became a pauper. Koundinya now repented
    and resolved that so long as he would not see Anant, he would neither drink or eat.

    Having resolved, he started with Sushila and went into a forest. He saw a tree laden
    with fruits but no bird touched its friut. Koundinya asked the tree if it had seen Anant.
    the tree said, `I have not seen Anant, but if you see, please speak to him about me.'
    Further he saw a cow and a calf. They were trying to eat grass; but they could not
    do so. Then he saw a big bull. Further he saw two lakes. The goose and other birds
    did not drink the water. Later he came across an elephant and an ass who could
    not speak. Koundinya had asked all if they had seen Anant. They all denied,
    but said if he saw Anant, he should speak about him to each of them. At last
    Koundinya was tried of walking and he lay down on the ground.

    In the meantime an old Brahmin came there and inquired about him. Knowing
    the cause of his worry he said, `I shall show you Anant. Come with me.
    ' Koundinya followed him and saw a fine city. Brahmin seated Koundinya on the
    throne of precious stones and appeared before him in his real form. Seeing this,
    Koundinya was amazed and he bowed to Shri Anant and began to praise him.
    Shri Anant was pleased and gave him 3 boons. By the first he attained Dharma,
     by the second his poverty was destroyed and by the third he got abode in vaikuntha.

    Koundinya referred to the tree, the cow with the calf, the bull, the two lakes,
    elephant, ass and the old Brahmin. Shri Anant said, `The tree, laden with fruits,
    was a Brahmin, who was proud of his learning and did not teach his students,
    hence he became a tree. The cow had given an unfertile land to a Brahmin in charity.
    The bull was a rich Brahmin who did not give in charity to anyone. The two lakes
    were two sisters who exchanged charity among themselves. The elephant is your anger
    and the ass is your vanity. The old brahmin you met was myself. Whomsoever you
    have seen, are all liberated.

    After receiving the blessing of Shri Anant, Koundinya lived as a ruler for many years
    and in the end went to heaven.

    Srikrishna told this to Yudhisthira, who then worshipped Anant with devotion.
    Shri Guru told this Sayamdeo and asked him to let his eldest son Nagnath to do Anant Puja.
    Sayamdeo did as advised, arranged grand samardhana and dined with Shri Guru.
    Sayamdeo then returned to his place, kept the family there and he alone returned to
    Shri Guru to serve him. In this way your forefathers attained the favour of Shri Guru.

    !! दिगंबरा दिगंबरा श्रीपाद वल्लभ दिगंबरा !!
    !! हे दत्त योगेश्वर वासुदेव श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नारसिंह !!
    !! श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नरहरी दत्तात्रेया दिगंबरा  !!

    !! Digambara Digambara Sripaada Vallabh Digambara !!
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    !! Sripaad Sri Vallabh Narhari Dattatreya Digambara !!



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    Chapter - 43 - Tantuk's Shri Shailya Yatra on Maha Shivaratri.
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    Chapter - 43
    Tantuk's Shri Shailya Yatra on Maha Shivaratri.


    Tantuk, a weaver, was one of Shri Guru's devotees. He served Shri Guru devodtedly.
    He did his profession till afternoon, then bathed and swept the courtyard of
    Shri Guru's Math. Maha Shivaratri was approaching. His parents and other
    relations started for Shri Shailya, and asked Tantuk to come with them.
    Tantuk said, 'My Shri Shailya is here' and he lived alone at home.
    Shri Guru asked him 'Why did you not go for yatra?'
    He replied, 'My yatra is at your feet.'

    On the Maha Shivaratri day Shri Gure went to Sangam for bath. Tantuk
    oberved fast and he also went to the Sangam and bowed to Shri Guru.

    Shri Guru said 'All your relatives went for yatra. You only remained ehind.
    Do you want to see Shri Shailya? Follow me, I shall show you. Shut your
    eyes and hold my Sandals firmly.' `Saying so, he took him to Shri Shailya
    within a moment. Shri Guru asked him to open his eyes. Tanttuk saw
    Shri Giri before him. Shri Guru told Tantuk to do Kshour, bathe and see
    the Malleshwar. He went to the river where he met his parents and relatives.
    They asked him `why did you not come with us but came stealthily,'
    He asked , `I came just now with Shri Guru.' Some people did not believe
    in his words.

    Doing Kshour and taking `bel' and flowers he went to the temple.
    While worshipping, he saw Shri Guru sitting on the Linga. He offered puja
    with devotion and came back to Shri Guru who asked him, `Will you stay
    or come with me?'

    Tantuk said, `I saw a wonder today. While worshipping Shri Shankar,
    I saw you in the place. When you are there why people come so far?
    Kindly explain this to me.'

    Shri Guru said, `God is all over. But significance of the place is there.
    The greatness of this place is narrated in the Skand Purana. Formerly
    Vimarshan was a king of the Kirat desh. He had won all the kings. He was
    adulterer, and ate was pious and devoted. She once asked the king,
    `You are adulterer and eat meat. Yet how are you devoted to God?'

    The king said, `I shall tell you an account of my previous birth. I was a dog
    in Pampa city. On the Shivaratri day all were worshipping shri Shiva in the temple.
    I went there hoping to get something to eat. The people began to drive me
    out of the temple and beat me with sticks and stones. I ran round the temple
    and entered into a drain. I saw the wworship of Shiva, that was being performed
    there but due to the thrashing given to me by the people, I died in front of the
    temple. Due to that meritorius deed, I became a king in this life, but the nature
    of dog of eating anything has not left me.'

    The queen asked, `You narrated your previous life. Please tell me of my
    previous life.'

    The king said, `You were a Kapoti (Bird). You were flying with a piece of flesh
    in your mouth. A kite saw this and it attacked you, You ran in the forest at
    Giri and began to take rounds at the Shiva temple. The kite followed you all
    along. Ultimately you got tired, you sat at the top of the temple and the kite
    attacked you and took away the flesh that you had. You too died instantly.
    Due to the merit of the rounds of the Shiva temple, you became my queen
    in this life.'

    The queen further askes, 'What will be our future life? The king said,
    'I shall be king of the Sindhu desh and you will be born in the Srinjaya desh
    and you shall again be my queen. Later I shall be the king of Sourashtra and
    you shall be born in Kdaling and shall be my queen. In the fourth birth I shall be
    the king of Gandhar and you will be born in Magadh and shall be my queen.
    In the fifth, I shall be the king of Awanti and you will be born in Dasharha and
    shall be my wife. Next I shall be the king of Anart and you being a daughter
    of Yayati, you wil marry me. Seventh time I shall be the king of Pandya and
    'Padvarma' will be my name. You being the Vidarbha princess 'Vasumati' shall
    marry me in a Swayamvara. After performing many sacrifices, I shall accept
    Sanyasa and study Brahmavidya at Agastimooni's Ashram and in the end
     I shall go to the heaven with you.'

    Such is the greatness of the worship of Shri Shailya. 'Shri Guru then said,
    'There is Kalleshwar in Gangapur. Thinking him as Mallikarjuna worship Him.
    'Tantuk said, 'When I saw thyself at the place of Mallikarjuna, why should
    I worship other shrines?'

    Hearing this Shri Guru smiled and asked Tantuk to shut his eyes and hold
    his padukas (sandals) firmly and instantly both returned to Ganagapur.
    Shri Guru sent Tantuk in the town to call his disciples.

    Seeing Tantuk in clean shave, people wondered and asked him why he had
    shaved. Tantuk said, 'I had been to Shri Shailya. Here is the bukka and prasad.
    ' All laughed and said, 'We saw you here in the morning. How can you go to
    and return from Shri Shailya so soon?' He said, ' I had been there with
    Shri Guru and have just returned. Shri Guru is at the Sangam and he has
    asked me to call you.'

    Hearing this all were astonished. They went to the sangam and praised
    Shri Guru. The persons, who had been to Shri Shailya, returned in a fortnight.
    They also wondered to know this episode.

    !! दिगंबरा दिगंबरा श्रीपाद वल्लभ दिगंबरा !!
    !! हे दत्त योगेश्वर वासुदेव श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नारसिंह !!
    !! श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभ नरहरी दत्तात्रेया दिगंबरा  !!

    !! Digambara Digambara Sripaada Vallabh Digambara !!
    !! He Datta Yogeshwar Vasudev Sripaad Vallabh Naarsinh !!
    !! Sripaad Sri Vallabh Narhari Dattatreya Digambara !!



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