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Prayers Section => Sai Baba Prayers and Naam Jaap => Group Parayana => Topic started by: ShAivI on June 10, 2015, 01:00:47 PM

Post by: ShAivI on June 10, 2015, 01:00:47 PM

Thursday 11th June 2015  to Friday 31st July 2015

Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, Gurur Devo Maheshwara
Guru Sakshat Parabrahmah Tasmai Shree Guru Veh Namah

Rules to follow for Shri Guru Charitra Parayan:

1.  The Shri Guru Charitra must be read sincerely with devotion
     and with Complete Physical and Mental Purity & with Fresh Mind.
2.  Wherever you read, the Place of reading must be neat and
     clean & the Chapter should be completed in one sitting &
3.  One should not speak while reading.


Always try to understand the following when reading a sacred Granth

1. The inner-artha- -why is Shri Guru saying thus? Think deeply
2. The inner-artha of the person involved - why did Shri Guru say thus?
    why did the character say thus?
3. The context–which period and to whom was it said?
    which place was it said
4. The circumstance- -what made the following to occur?
5. Read with Shraddha. Read with Bhakthi.

May BABA & SHRI GURU DATTA Shower His grace,
Love And Blessings On Each One Of Us,

Title: Re: Shri Guru Charitra Parayan - 11 June to 31 July 2015
Post by: ShAivI on June 10, 2015, 01:02:14 PM



Chapter - 01
Namdharak sees Shri Guru in Dream

A devotee of Shri Guru by name Namdharak,
greatly worried due to domestic miseries,
left home and started on foot with the intense
desire of seeing Shri Guru.

While on his way, he was praying Shri Guru
all the time.

"Oh,Guru,all say,' Thou art Paris' (the Philosopher's
stone then turns iron into gold by mere touch).

But then why should I be required to suffer so much,
so I have been reciting your name all the time,
and absolutely having full faith in you?"

"In this Kaliyug, you are the incarnation of Trimurti
(three principle Gods - Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.)
Oh , Shri Narasimha Saraswathi, you are the Guide
and treasure of the kindness of the devotees".

"As a mother does not forsake her child, in the same
way please do not keep me away from yourself, as
you are my mother, father, brother, sister, friend,
relative - one and all".

"You are the protector of this Universe, donor of Gods
you have all the knowledge. You made Bally, the king of
Patal very humble, you gave Bibhishan the Kingdom of
Lanka (Ceylon). You made this Earth devoid of the
Kshatriya race and then gave it in charity to the Brahmins.
You offered ever lasting place to Dhruva : But what did
you receive in return from everyone of these? If you
have received nothing, then what can an innocent
human-being like myself, can offer you, who is him- self
the Lord of Lakshmi Goddess of Wealth)?"

"When a child, on the lap of its mother, opens its mouth
to drink milk, what does the mother expect from the child?
It does not become you, a great Donor, first receive and
then to give"

"All the wells on the earth do not adore Varun, the
God of rains, but yet Varun gives rains in abundance
to one and all."

"My forefathers have been your devotees for generations.
I possess only this treasure of services of my family
unto you.

Kindly give me some loan from this treasure, as I am in
very peculiar circumstances. I am seeking your shelter
considering my misdeeds, please do not be angry with me."

"If a mother is angry with the child the child seeks father's

So will you not protect me, an innocent child?
Are not even inclined to listen to my miserable tale?"

Being tired of walking, he sat down under a tree and soon
he was asleep.

In his dream, he saw a Personality with hair-locks on head,
ash markings on all the body and face full of kindness.

He soon recognized him to be Shri Guru, who applied ashes
to his forehead and placed his blessings hand in his head.

!! 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 !!



Title: Chapter - 02 - Siddha Muni Guides Namdharak
Post by: ShAivI on June 11, 2015, 01:22:40 PM



Chapter - 02
Siddha Muni Guides Namdharak

Namdharak was greatly amazed to see the dream.
He awoke and began to proceed further on his path.
While going he was all the time thinking over the dream,
he had seen in the previous night. He now observed
that similar personality, alike that seen by him in the
dream, was coming from the front. He prostrated
himself humility before him and said, "You are my mother
and father. Kindly favour me, an orphan child. Kindly
tell me your name and place of residence."

The Siddha Muni said, "I am a Yogi. I live on earth
and in heaven also. I have been visiting holy places
and now I have come here. I am a disciple of
Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswathi, who resides at Ganagapur
near Sangam, the meeting place of the Bhima and Amaraja
rivers. He is in the incarnation of Trimurties and always found
in meditation. He has come to this earth for the
salvation of his devotees. His devotees get food,
cows and other wealth in abundance"

Hearing this Namdharak asked him, "Though my
forefathers have been devotees of Shri Guru for generations,
why should be in such adverse conditions? Will you kindly
satisfy me in this respect?"

Shri Siddha said ,"You say that you worship Shri Guru
and yet complain adversities. Then it seems that you are
not worship Shri Guru wholeheartedly. Even if Shri Vishnu
or Shri Shiva is angry with his devotee, Shri Guru can surely
protect him. But if Shri Guru is enraged, even Shri Vishnu or
Shiva cannot protect him."

Namdharak said, "Kindly tell me why Shri Guru is said
to be the incarnation of Trimurtis - Bhrama, Vishnu,
and Mahesh. How is it that if Shri Guru is enraged none
else can protect? Where can I find this reference?
Kindly explain all this to me, so that my mind
would become more firm in devotion"

Shri Siddha said, "Four vedas came out as utterances
of four headed Brahma. From the Vedas 18 Puranas were
construed. Brahma Vaivarta is one of these and it is stated
in it that in the Dwapur Yug, Vyas, the Vishnu incarnate,
spread the light of knowledge on Earth, through such volumes
known as Brahma Sutras. Rishies and Munis
listened to the tales from Vyas, which I am narrating to you.

"Once upon a time , Kaliyug asked Brahma about the
Greatness of Shri Guru".

Namdhrak intervened asking, "Why did Bhramha narrate
this to Kali?"

Shri Siddha proceed saying, "In the stat of evolution
Adinarayan, Shri Vishnu was lying on a leaf of Vat.
He desired and lotus came out of his umbilicus. On it was
seated Brahma, who looked to the four directions and he got
four heads. He thought that he was all Supreme. Realising this
Shri Vishnu smiled and said "Ah, I am here, bow to me".

Brahma bowed to him and praised him. Being pleased
Shri Vishnu asked Brahma to create this Universe.
Shri Vishnu gave him four Vedas and also told him to
create this world according to the process given in
the Vedas.

Brahma then created this World, which has several
animate and inanimate things such as:-

1) Swedaj : those born of perspiration as bugs etc.
2) Andaj : those coming out of eggs as birds,
3) Jaraj : those begetting from placenta
    i.e., womb as human beings and
4) Udbhij : i.e. coming out of earth i.e. plants,
    creepers,trees etc.

Similarly Brahma created three Lokas (Worlds.).
This process of creation has been stated in the Brahma
Vaivarta Purana in the following manner :-

Brahma called every Yug one after the other and
asked him to go on Earth. first came Krith Yug,
who did not speak a lie was learned and devoid of family
attachments, had sacred thread and necklace of Rudraksha-beads
around the neck. He said, "The people of Earth speak a lie,
and are sinful. How can I go and stay their? Brahma said,
"Stay there for some time. I shall be sending another
Yug to follow you".

Then came Treta Yug. Fat in body possessed articles of
sacrifice in his hands. In this Yug people performed sacrifices
and abode by the rules of religions and rituals and most of
them were Brahmins.

After the Treta Yug, Dwapaur Yug is approached Brahma.
He had arrows and other weapons in his hands. He was
both kind and wicked. Virtue and sin were both visible
in him.

Lastly Kali Yug was called for ghost like appearance,
thoughtless heart, old age, struggling and despising mentality
were his characteristics. He came before Brahma and began
dancing and uttering childish words. At one moment he laughed,
at another he welted and then abuse anybody. Seeing him in
such strange mood, Brahma asked, "Why are you naked and
abusing so filthily?"

Kali replied, "I shall win over people by these two means.
I am not afraid of anybody."

Brahma smiled and told me to go the Earth and show
the influence of his evil intentions.

Kali said, "I selfish, destroyer of Dhrama, I like quarrel,
despising and I long for the wealth and wives of others.
I am a friend to those who pretend to be a saint and
I am an enemy of all the virtuous."

Brahma told him, "In Kali Yug the span of life of the
 human beings would be only hundred years. In the former
Yugas, as the life span was too long people followed the path
of penance and devotion in order to attain supreme knowledge.
In Kali Yug, a man can attain salvation, the observing penance
and devotion for less time. You should help such
virtuous persons."

Kali said,"Such virtuous men are my enemies.
I am afraid of such persons. How should I then go to
the Earth?" Brahma said , "Take Kal and Atma with you.
They will destroy the religious mindedness and even induce
virtuous persons to commit sins."

Kali said, "They are enemies, who abide by the religion
and are devotees of Vishnu and Siva, who listen to puranas,
give charities and who have peaceful hearts. But on the contrary,
I love those who love their wives and children, dishonor
their parents who despise Vedas and Sastras, who see separateness
in Vishnu and Siva and despise them. " Brahma said",
You are clever. People will follow you and act as per your wishes
as soon as you go there. If a few persons are virtuous,
you do not trouble them."

Kali said, "I am cruel. Please tell me how I should help
the virtuous? Please direct me as to how I should behave
on the Earth."

Brahma said, "I am sending Kal and Atma also with
you who will direct you. The virtuous only can will you,
all others will soon be your slaves."

Kali asked, "How a Sadhu(Saint) is to be known?"
Brahma said "Please do not harrase the learned and
those who worship Hari, Har , who serve parents, Gods
and Brahmins, cows and plants as Tulsi, you need not
affect these". Kali again asked, "What is the importance
of Guru? How he is to be known?"

Brahma said 'Alphabet (gu)means Siddha and
(R) and (U) imply Shri Ganesh who is Guru. Shiva, Vishnu,
Brahma, parents are all Gurus of this Earth. Knowledge
imbibed with devotion and rational thinking (vivek) is seen
in the heart of the Guru. Study of Dhrama and Shastras without
Guru is futile. He directs in action, thought, devotion and
disintegration. One cannot surpass wordly miseries without the
help and guidance of Guru. He throws a flash light on the
dark illusionary path. Service to the Guru makes one pure in
body, speech and thinking. I shall just tell a tale as
an example.

On the bank of Godavari, there was the Ashram of
Angiras Rishi.

Many disciples were being trained in this Ashram.
One disciple named Sandeepak served his Guru, Veda
Dharma, with great devotion.

Once Veda Dharma Muni gathered his disciples together
and said,"If you really love me, do as I bid you."

All replied, "Gurudev, we shall act as per your command,
for one who does not obey his Guru, goes to hell and
cannot get salvation."

The Guru said, "I have committed sins in my previous
births. The effect of many of them has been wiped off
by my penance, but still some of them are persisting. I will not
get salvation unless I suffer the evil effects of these sins with
my body. I, therefore, wish to go to Kashi, stay there
and get rid of these sins. You have to attend on me and
serve me during this period. One who is strong enough should
undertake this hard task".

Sandeepak accepted this bid. Veda Dharma said,
"It is better to get rid of the sins so long as one has sound
health, otherwise they spread like poison. So I should go to
a holy place and suffer the bad effects myself. Even Gods have
to suffer, then how can a human being like myself avoid
the same".

Sandeepak said, "Kindly tell me what I should do.
I shall spare no pains in serving you."

Veda Dharma said, "I shall become blind, lame and a leper,
you will have to serve me for 21 years in such condition.
If you are resolute, then only you should accept this job."

Sandeepak said, "Gurudeo, I resolve that I shall also be blind,
lame and a leper and serve you devotedly and see that
you get rid of all the sins".

Veda Dharma was much pleased with his words.
He further said, "One should suffer the evil effects of one's sins
oneself and should not allow the son or the pupil or anyone
else to suffer for him.

The sins will not be wiped off unless they are borne
by one's own body. It is very taxing to serve a diseased person.
So you will have to take troubles even more than myself.
Please take me to Kashi and do serve me there."

Sandeepak assured his Guru and soon he took him to Kashi.
They lived there at Kambaleshwar to the North of Mankarnika.
The Muni took a bath in Mankarnika and worshiped Vishweshwar
and began to suffer the pangs of diseases.

As the time passed on, leprosy developed all over his body
and he became blind losing his eyesight. His body was petrified
and pus, blood and germs flowed out of it. He began to have
fits also. Still Sandeepak took all pains to nurse his Guru with
great devotion. He used to bring alms daily for his Guru,
fed him and served him, thinking him to be Kashi Vishweshwar.

Veda Dharma being in a diseased condition, became peevish
by nature and often was enraged and spoke harsh words
to his disciple, Sandeepak. Some day he would not take food,
some day he would abuse him cruelly for bringing insufficient
for undelicious alms. Some day he would throw away the food
in anger and despair. Sometimes he would even beat him severely.
Another time he would complain that he did not clean his body,
wounds, clothes smeared with stool and urine and consequently
he was much troubled by flies. When Sandeepak was attending
on him, he would say why did he not go out for alms. In this way
Sandeepak was harassed every now and then.

Yet sandeepak tried his best to bring good delicious food
and vegetables as directed by his Guru. Though he was living
in Kashi, he never went to the Vishwehwar temple to worship and
see the most holy shrine of Vishweshwar. Similarly he did not think
of any other thing but he solely devoted himself to the nursing and
giving best service to his Guru, whom he respected as God Shiv,
Vishnu and Brahma. Though the Guru got enraged off and on,
he did not retort harshly.

Seeing his such devoted service to his Guru, Kashi Vishweshwar
was sopleased that he appeared before him and told him to ask
for some favour or blessing. Sandeepak replied, "Without the
approval of my Guru, I cannot ask for your blessings". He then
came to his guru and said "Kashi Vishweshar is pleased to offer
me some blessing. If you permit me, I shall pray him to
remove your physical pangs and give you sound health."

Hearing this, Veda Dharma was enraged. He said to Sundapeek
"Donot pray Vishweshwar for my health. If I donot suffer
these pangs, I will have to suffer in the next birth and this
would abstract my path of salvation."

Sundeepak returned to Kashi Vishweshwar, and told him,
" My Guru doesnot like me to accept any blessings from you.
" Being amazed Kashi Vishweshwar went to Shri Vishnu and
reported this wonderful incident to him.

Hearing this, Shri Vishnu and Shri Kashi Vishweshwar desired
to see this disciple and his Guru and so they both came to Kashi
and approached Sandeepak. Shri Vishnu said, "Oh Sandeepak,
I am pleased with your devotion to your Guru. You may ask
for what ever you desire. I shall fulfill your wishes."

Sandeepak said, "Oh Narayan, even after undertaking penance
in dense forest for infinite period, you disappoint your devotees.
But when neither did I worship you, nor recite your name,
why should you be pleased with me and ask me to have a
boon from you?"

Shri Vishnu said, "Whatever devoted service you have
rendered to your Guru, has been received by me. I love such
disciples very much. I am under his influence and I willingly offer
him my blessings. I like wife's devotion to her husband, bowing
to Brahmins. Ascetics and Sanyasis, and such persons come
to my place in the end."

Sandeepak said, "Oh Mahavishnu, I have full faith that I shall
attain all knowledge of Vedas and Shastras from my Guru.
As Guru is my God, Trimurties (Brahma,Vishnu and Mahesh)
are within my reach, whatever blessings you give me, I shall be
getting the same easily from my Guru. I am, therefore,
serving my Guru devotedly."

On this Shri Vishnu said pleasingly, "Sandeepak, you are the
best amongst all the disciples. You are my loving child.
Shri Shiva and myself are pleased with your devotion.
Ask for a boon."

Sandeepak said, "If you are so keen to favour me with
your blessings, kindly give me such guidance as would enable me
to serve my Guru with still more devotion."

Shri Vishnu said, "Amen! We offer you what you desire.
You have known Guru and also experienced Par-Brahma
in yourself. The word Guru contains only two alphabets,
still it is the ocean of nectar. One, who dips into it even
for a moment, will cross this wordly ocean. One who always
remembers Guru is respected in all Lokas."

When Sandeepak went to his Guru, the Guru asked him,
"What did Mahavishnu give you?"

Sandeepak replied,"I asked him to guide me to serve
my guru with more devotion and he was pleased to
give me this blessing. I wish I should serve you well
and incessantly".

Hearing this Veda Dharma too was extremely pleased.
He said,"You are the best of all the disciples. You should stay
in Kashi. What ever you say will be true. You will receive
the wealth of Kuber(God of Wealth), the miseries of those
who remember you will come to an end".

The same moment, the body of Veda Dharmamuni
became healthy and bright. He had suffered from leprosy
and other pangs only for testing his disciple.

In this way, Brahma told Kali this tale of Sandeepak,
Oh, Namdhrak, you should also worship Shri Guru with
such devotion and then only, you shall easily pass over
the worldly miseries. Control your sense, Karma, Dnyan
and also heart and other by you will win even the
Great God i.e., Parameshwar."

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter 03 - Durwas Curses King Ambarish
Post by: ShAivI on June 12, 2015, 11:45:05 PM



Chapter - 03
Durwas Curses King Ambarish

Namdharak - "Swamiji, you have removed my doubt
by giving me the knowledge of the greateness of
Shri Guru. I am much pleased at heart.

Will you kindly inform me where you stay?
What is your food?
I wish to be in your service.
Kindly accept me as your disciple".

Shri Siddha embraced him with affection
and blessing him said "You will see that miraculous
incidents are occurring at the dwelling place of
Shri Guru.

Studying the life of shri Guru is like draining nectar.

I always read this life again and again" saying this
he showed his sacred book titled (Life of Shri Guru)
to Namdharak and further said, "Whatever pleasure
or social status we desire, we shall get it soon by
reading this. We shall not be affected by any disease
incurred due to displeasure of the planets
or other reasons. The sin of killing a Brahmin,
is also wiped off if this book is read with devotion
and concentration of mind".

Namdhrak - "Oh the Ocean of kindness, you appear
to me be Shri guru himself. I wish to know the life
of Shri Guru. Will you please remove the darkness
of my ignorance by the light of this life of Shri Guru,
which is as bright as the Sun?"

Shri Siddha assured him and holding his hand took
him to a lovely place, seated him under Ashwatha
tree which is like Kalpa Vriksha, i.e. a tree fulfilling
one's desires and began to narrate him the nector
like life of Shri Guru.

He told him, "You do not know how to serve
Shri Guru and hence you have to suffer from anxieties,
pains and miseries. You should therefore, try to know
Shri Guru by good actions and firm belief".

Namdharak - "My body is burning due to threefold
fires in this earthly ocean. I am obsessed by sex,
anger and temptation. So kindly take me in the
boat of knowledge, steer it by the wind of kindness
and thus give salvation to me".

Shri Siddha said, "You need not be anxious. You will
surely be relieved of your miseries, engrossed in
illusion and temptation, those who doubt the great
power of Shri Guru, they have always to suffer from
poverty and hardship. So give up suspicion. Shri Guru
is an Ocean of Kindness. He will give you everything.

Just as clouds give rain everywhere, similarly
Shri Guru gives showers of kindness. As water is stored
in the deep portions of earth and on the rocky place,
so an individual attains Shri Guru's favour.
Therefore worship Shri Guru wholeheartedly."

Namdhrak - "My mind is clear now and I am anxious
to listen to the life story of Shri Guru. Kindly tell me
why Shri Guru took birth in Bharat?"

Shri Siddha - "Oh ! my good disciple, you have
given inspiration to me. Shri Guru's life is like Kamadhenu.
You will get all the four valours or favours viz.,
religion, wealth, pleasure and salvation.

"Shri Hari and Shri Har have to come this Earth in the
form of different species at different times for the
benefits of their devotees. Three Murtis have three
different characteristics - Brahma's Raj, Vishnu's Satwa
and Shiva's Tam. But these do not exists separately.

"In former times there lived a King by name Ambarish.
He observed Ekadahsi fast(11th day of every fortnight
dark and bright). He induced Shri Vishnu to come to Earth.

"In order to test Ambarish's Ekadashi Vrat, Durwas Rishi
came to him as a guest. That day Sadhan Dwadashi was
only for 24 minutes after Sunrise. Ambarish received the
Rishi warmly, worshiped him and requested him to return
soon for dinner finishing his morning bath and rituals.

"Durvas went to the river, took bath and started rituals.
Seeing that the time for Dwadashi (12th day of fortnight)
was finishing and fearing the break of his Vrat, Ambarish
took holywater and dines. In the meanwhile Durvas
returned and seeing that Ambarish had dined before him,
he was enraged and so he cursed Ambarish.

"Ambarish prayed Shri Vishnu, Protector of devotees.
Shri Vishnu came from Vaikunth, his abode. Ambarish
told Shri Vishnu that Durvas had for no reason cursed him
to take birth in different species. Shri Vishnu told Durvas
that he had cursed Ambarish in vain and that he should
curse him (Vishnu) instead of Ambarish.

"Durvas thought that people on Earth cannot see
Shri Vishnu, so it would be better to ask Shri Vishnu to
descend on Earth with Shri Lakshmi for the salvation
of the people. So he said to Shri Vishnu,
 'You should descend on the Earth ten times'.

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 04 - Birth of Shri Dattatraya
Post by: ShAivI on June 13, 2015, 03:27:37 PM



Chapter - 04
Birth of Shri Dattatraya

"In the first instance there was all water everywhere.
Then an egg `Hiranya garbha' (with Gold inside)
came into existence. Universe has come out of it.
Due to `Raj' Brahma came in to existence. He is
known as Hiranyagarbha. It broke into two hemispheres
& the earth & the sky came into existence. Brahma
thus created 14 Bhuvans, 10 directions, mind,
speech, time, six enemies as desire, anger etc.
Brahma created seven sons (manas putras) namely
4. Pulasti,
5. Pulaha,
6. Kratu and
7. Vashishtha.

Of these Shri Guru took birth in the house of Atri.
"Ansuya (devoid of hatred) was the devoted wife
of Atri Rishi. She was very beautiful also. Seeing
her exceptional devotion to her husband, the
Gods in heaven began to fear that someday
she might overcome them. Hence Indra and
other Gods went to Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh
and said to them, "How can one describe the
greatness of the devotion of Ansuya to her
husband Atri. She served her husband with body,
mind and speech . She also serves guests giving
them desired food. None returns disappointed
from her place. Fire, Sun and Wind are also
afraid of her. We all are afraid of her. She may
sometime win over this heaven. Therefore
kindly do something to give us relief'.

Hearing this, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh
said angrily, "we shall test her devotion".

Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh came to Atri Muni's
Ashram in the mendicants' disguise, when Atri had
been out to the river for daily rituals. The mendicants
said to Ansuya, "We are very hungry. Give us food.
We have come here hearing your good name for
offering the guests their desired food".

Ansuya bowed to them respectfully and said,
"you please return soon after finishing your
bath and daily rituals".

The three Gods replied, "We have already taken
bath and finished the rituals. Atri Rishi may take
time to return. Better you serve us food soon".

Ansuya seated them on carpets and began serving
food on leaf-plates. The guests said to Ansuya,
"We have one more desire. We have come here
from a long distance as we have heard of your
beauty. We wish you to put off your garments
and then serve us with food. If you do not comply
with this. we shall leave this place without meals".

This made Ansuya bitterly anxious. She realised that
some great personages have come to test her chastity.
She thought that if they return without food she would
lose sanctity of her penance. Believing that her mind
is pure and that her husband's penance will protect
her in this ordeal, she told them, "You have your
food without any doubt. I shall serve you food as
you desire".

She went into her kitchen and remembering her
husband, put off her garments and saying
`The guests are like my children', she came out
to serve food to the guests. Instantly all the
three Gods were transformed into three newly
born crying babies. She was terrified to see
 thee crying babies. She put on her clothes and
took the babies one after the other to her breast
for feeding. What great power does a Pativrata
possess? Those who have 14 bhuvans, 7 oceans
and fire in the belly, were all satisfied with the
little milk in her breast. Ansuya thus became the
mother of the three Great Gods. She placed them
in a cradle and pulled the string to and fro and
began singing lullabies.

It was midday.Atri Rishi returned from the river
after finishing his rituals. He was very much astonished
to see Ansuya pulling the string of a cradle and singing
songs. Ansuya narrated all that had happened. Atri Rishi
by power of intuition knew that the babies were Trimurties
and so he bowed to them. The three Gods were also much
pleased. They stood before him and told Atri to ask for a
boon. Atri said to Ansuya, "You may ask for whatever
you desire".

Ansuya said, "These babies should stay in this Ashram
as our sons". The Trimurties readily complied. Ansuya
began to nurse and feed them. Brahma was known as
Chandra, Vishnu was called Datta and Mahesh was
called Durvas.

After some time Chandra and Durvas told their mother
Ansuya that they both were going away for penance and
that the third Datta would be staying with her; she should
know him as Trimurti. After this chandra and Durvas went
away, Chandra went to Chandralok and Durvas went to
he forest for penance. Datta or Dattatraya remained with
Ansuya. Dattatraya is the founder of the seat 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 !!
!! He Datta Yogeshwar Vasudev Sripaad Vallabh Naarsinh !!
!! Sripaad Sri Vallabh Narhari Dattatreya Digambara !!


Title: Chapter - 05 - Birth of Shripad Shri Vallabh
Post by: ShAivI on June 14, 2015, 06:03:49 PM



Chapter - 05
Birth of Shripad Shri Vallabh

Shri Siddha - "Namdharak, Shri Vishnu had several
incarnations as Matsya (Fish), Kachha (Tortoise),
Varah (Bear), Narasimha (Man with lion's head),
Waman, Parashram, Rama, Krishna, Buddha and
Kalanki to protect the Sadhus and punish the

Bhagirath did his utmost to bring the Ganges
on the Earth for the salvation of his fore-fathers,
the Sagar Kings. Similarly a Brahmin women
worshipped Shri Dattatraya and hence Shri Dattatraya
took birth from her womb. I shall now narrate this
tale to you.

"A Brahmin named Apalraj lived at Peethapur in
the East. Sumatha was his most devoted wife.
On one Amavasya day there was an anniversary day
at the house of Apalraj. On that day Shri Datta came
in disguise to his house for alms. Generally alms are
not given to beggers, on the anniversary day.

But though the Brahmins invited for the ceremony
had not dined, Sumatha offered him alms. Hence
Shri Datta was much pleased and he disclosed his
divine appearance to her. She humbly bowed to
Shri Datta who said, "Mother what do you desire?".

She said, " You are a treasure of kindness and protector
of the devotees. You are well-Known in all the 14 Bhuwans.
You just called me `mother'. I begot children, but some
of them died soon and of those that are surviving, one is
blind and one is lame. I therefore feel my life to be futile
without a good son. I wish I should have a son who would
 be world famous and learned like yourself. Will you
fulfill this desire of mine?".

Shri Datta said, "You will have a son wellknown in Kaliyug.
You abide by his wishes. He will be learned. He will fulfill
all your desires". Saying this Shri Datta disappeared.

Sumatha told this to her husband. He too was much
pleased. Both believed that Shri Datta himself will come
to their home in the form of a child. The husband said,
"Shri Datta lives at Mahur and Kolaphur. He comes in
the mendicant's form daily alms at midday. You should
always give him alms".

Sumatha told her husband that she had offered alms
to Shri Datta that day even before the Brahmins invited
for performing the Shraddha had dined. The husband
said You did very well My fore-fathers will be more
satisfied, as Shri Datta himself has taken alms to day.
As you have obtained blessings from him, you will
surely get a son. You need not worry".

Thus they were passing their time with pleasure.
Sumata became pregnant. After the full period of nine
months, she gave birth to a son. Brahmins foretold
that this child will be a great Guru and an ascetic.
Thinking him to be an incarnation of Shri Datta,
 he was called after one of Datta's name `Shripad',
His thread ceremony was performed when he was
seven years old. Even at this age, he knew all four
Vedas, Mimansa, Thark (Logic) etc. All people wondered
at his brilliancy and said he must be a God in human
form. He taught the Brahmins of the city various subjects
as Achar, Vyuawahar, Prayaschitta, Vedant, Bhashya,
Vedarth etc. When Shripad was sixteen years of age his
parent began to think of his marriage. Shripad warned
that would marry with the woman called disintrigation.
All other ladies liked mother to him. He said,
"I am a Brahmachari and an ascetic. I love Yoga and
my name is Shri Vallabha. I now intend to go to the
forests for observing penance and obtaining divine

Hearing this, the parents recollected the words of
Shri Datta, the mendicant and realised that he would
have his own way. Still due to affection, they were
very much aggrieved. The mother said, "we expected
you to protect us in our old age". Saying so the mother
became unconscious. Shripad consoled her and said,
"Do not be anxious. I shall give you what you wish.
Believe in me and live happily".

The mother said, "My Dear son, I forgot all my previous
miseries only on account of you and I cherished a great
hope that you would protect us in our old age. We have
two other sons; but one is lame and the other is blind,
who will look after them?"

Shripad looked at his lame and blind brother with
nectar like sight. Instantly the blind brother got his
sight and lame one got his legs. Both became learned,
well-versed in Vedas, Shastras and Vyakaran. Thy
prostrated before Shripad Shri Valabha and he blessed
them. Just as iron is transformed into gold by the touch
of the philosopher's stone, so both the brothers were
enlightened and they became respectable due to the
blessings of Shripad. He then said to the brothers,
"You will have sons, grand-sons and great grand-sons
and you all shall live happily."

He told his brothers further, "Serve your parents.
You will be happy in this world and shall get
salvation in the end."

He then said, to his mother, "you should be happy now.
But your sons will live for 100 years. They will have
sons and daughters and you will see them living merrily.
They will have wealth for generations and shall be famous
for their learning. Now donot prevent me from going to
forest. I have to go to the North to guide the Sadhus."

Saying this, Shripad Swami disappeared and came to
Kashi where he began to live secretly. After some days
he went to Badri Narayan. He visited holy places one after
the other and in course of time one day reached Gokarna."   

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 6 - Ravan and Gokarna Mahabaleshwar
Post by: ShAivI on June 15, 2015, 11:01:37 AM



Chapter - 06
Ravan and Gokarna Mahabaleshwar

Namdharak- "Swami, though Trimurti was Siddha,
(Having Yogic power to do and undo things)
why did he visit different holy places and
why did he prefer Gokarna to other places?
What is its significance?"

Shri Siddha "I am much delighted with your question
and I am encouraged to narrate incidents from
Shri Guru's life. Shripad Shrivallabha reached
Gokarna and on his way he made disciples and
gave them divine advice.

Gokarna is a sacred place of Shri Shiva and
one of the Twelve famous Jyotirlingas.
Shri Ganesh founded here the original Linga-image
of Shiva. It is known as Mahabaleshwar,
the tale of which I shall narrate to you now.

"Ravan's mother Kaikaya (wife of Pulasti Manasaputra
of Brahma) was a great devotee of Shiva. She
worshiped a new Shiva Linga every day. One day
she could not get a new Shiva Linga. Fearing that
her `Vrat' would be futile, she prepared an earthen
Linga and began to worship it with devotion.

Seeing this, Ravan asked her what she was doing.
she said that she was worshiping a Shiva-Linga.
Ravan said, "You being my mother, it is a great
misfortune that you should earthen Shiva Ling.
Well what do you intend to achieve by this worship.?"

Mother replied that thereby she will get a place in Kailas,
abode of Shiva after death. Thereupon Ravan said,
`why do you take so much troubles?
I shall bring Kailas itself to you'.

Saying this, he went to Kailas and began to shake it
violently with his 20 hands. He tried to lift it up.
Due to this action of his, 7 Patals were shaken,
Shesh moved his hood, the tortoise began to
tremble with fear. Amarpur (capital of Indra the
King of Gods) and Heaven were shocked. Parvati
went to Shri Shiva with fear and said, `What has
happened to Kailas to day? When everyone was
distress how are you lying at ease? Please do
something to check this calamity.'

Shri Shiva said to her, `You need not be anxious.
Ravan, one of my devotees, is playing a game'.

Parvati entreated, `Kindly protect the Gods who terrified'.

Shri Shiva pressed Ravan's 10 heads and 20 hands
underneath the Kailas. Finding himself in distress,
Ravan uttered `Shiva-Shiva' and further prayed
`Shri Shiva', I have made a mistake. For give me.
I seek your shelter. Kindly do not kill me, your devotee.'

Shri Shiva, who is very simple and kind, was pleased
by his prayer, so he took him up from breath. Ravan
then cut his head, turned his hands into violin,
he attached his intestines to serve as musical wires.
He then began to chant Samveda and sing other Ragas
on the tune of this musical instrument. He praised
Shri Shiva in Nine Rasas and Thirtysix Ragas.

Being much pleased by Ravan's performance at
great personal sacrifice, Shri shiva appeared before
him and said, `I am much pleased. Ask for
whatever you desire'.

Ravan said `Oh God of Gods, Laxmi is my maid-servant.
I possess all the 8 treasures. Brahma is my priest,
and all 33 crore Gods are serving me day and night.
The Sun, the Moon, the Varuna and the Wind also
obey me. Agni (Fire God) washes my clothes,
Yama does not take away anybody without my
permission. Indrajit is my son and Kumbakarna
is my brother. Kamadhenu is at my doors.

Now I have come to take away Kailas with me
as my mother has accepted a `Vrat' to worship
you daily. Kindly fulfill my mother's desire.'

Kailaspati Shri Shiva said, `If your mother wishes
to worship me, what is the necessity of taking Kailas
to her. I shall give you Atma-Linga which will fulfill
all her desires instantly. It is just like my soul.

Saying this, he gave his Atma-Linga to Ravan and
said, `After bath, place this at a holy place reciting
Rudra sukta and worship it with 108 lap recitation
of a particular mantra). One, who worships this
Linga continuously for 3 years, will again my prowess.
One, who possesses this Linga, will live for eternity,
one is relieved of any great sin, simply with the
sight of this Linga. Do not place this on the ground
till you reach Lanka.'

Taking the Atma-Linga, Ravan at once started for
Lanka. Naradamuni immediately approached Indra
and said to him, `How are you sitting idle? Ravan
has become immortal. You will lose all your prominence.
Shri Shiva has given him Atma-Linga and has assured
him that if he would worship it for 3 years with devotion,
he will be Ishwar himself. How will you then rescue
33 crores of gods who are in his custody. Better you
all be his slaves. Also send divine damsels like
Urwashi, rambha, Menka etc. to him'.

Being shocked, Indra requested Narad to advise
what he would do. Narad asked him to go to brahma.
Indra and Narad went to Brahma and narrated
what had taken place. Then accompanied by Indra
and Narad, Brahma went to Shri Vishnu and requested
him to devise some means to overcome this calamity.

Shri Vishnu was enraged to hear this tale. He, with all
others immediately went to Shri Shiva. Shri Vishnu said
to Shri Shiva, 'What made you give Atma-Linga to Ravan,
the most wicked, who has made all the gods his captives?
How do you bless such cruel persons? Now he will conquer
even heaven.'

Shri Shiva said, 'I was extremely pleased with his
devotion. He cut his head and hands and made a violin
using his intestines as strings and sang Samveda and
other songs in different ragas. This time if he had asked
for Parwati, I would have given her even to him.'

Shri Vishnu said, 'You give such blessings and the
demons become impudent and then we are troubled much
as they harass the gods and Brahmins and I have to
descend on the earth. Well tell me when did you give
the Ling to Ravan?'

Shri Shiva said, 'I gave it to him only two hours
before.' Hearings this Shri Vishnu immediately sent his
Sudarshan Chakra to hide the Sun and asked Narad to
Ravan and induce him to linger on the way, as he would
like to observe evening Sandhya. Then he called Ganesh
and said to him, 'Ravan always disregards you. All bow
to you first and you fulfill their desires. While those
who speak ill of you, you bring obstacles in their
undertakings. Ravan deceived Shri Shiva and has
taken away from him the most valuable Atma-Linga.
So you should go to him in the form of a Brahmachari
boy and winning his confidence, take the Atma- Linga
from him at Sun-set, when he would engage himself
in the evening Sandhya and place the Linga on the earth.
If you do so, the Linga will remain there. Saying this
Shri Vishnu gave Ganesh various sweets, tilballs,
gur, coconut kernel, milk, gee sugar etc.

Narad had already proceeded. Ganesh followed him
hurriedly. Narad approached Ravan and said, 'I had just
been to Kailas and knew that you pleased Shri Shiva
by your hard penance and have brought his Atma-Linga
from him. You have obtained extraordinary power and
strength due to this. This Linga has great significance.
Please let me see the Linga, I shall explain to you all
its qualities.'

As Ravan did not believe Narad, he showed him the
Linga from a distance. Narad asked, 'Do you know when
and how this Linga came into existence? This is a very
interesting account. A black skinned bright deer having
all fragrant things, was lying in Brahmand-Khand. Brahma,
Vishnu, and Mahesh once went there for hunting. They killed
this deer and satisfied their hunger with its flesh. The deer
had 3 horns on its head and 3 Lingas below. Each one of them
took one Linga and preserved it as his Atma-Linga. One,
who worships this for 3 years, becomes Ishwar himself.
The place where this Linga is place, is like Kailas. Therefore
Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh have great prominence over
all other gods.'

Ravan intercepted, ' I have no time to listen to you,
as I have to reach Lanka soon. Let me proceed further
on my way.'

Narad said, 'This is evening time. You know the Vedas,
you should act as prescribed by the vedas. This is the
time for evening Sandhya. Let us perform the same.'
Saying this Narad went away for Sandhya.

In the meantime Ravan saw Ganesh in the form of a
Brahmachari boy who was plucking 'durvas'(a particular grass).
Ravan thought that that boy would not deceive him.
Better observe Sandhya entrusting the Linga to that boy.

So thinking he approached Ganesh, who was afraid to see
ravan with ten heads coming to him. But he began to
run away. Ravan asked him, 'who are you? who are
your parents?'

Ganesh said, 'Why are you inquiring? What does my father
owe you? Ravan smiled and said 'Don't be afraid of me.
I am asking this only out of curiosity.'

Ganesh replied, 'I am the son of Shri Shiva. He has ash
marks all over the body, has a necklace of Rudra-beads
around his neck and bears hair-locks on his head. My mother
is Parwati. My father rides a bull Nandi with my mother
and begs for alms daily.

Ravan said, 'your father is a pauper. He begs for alms
from door to door. So it seems that you are unhappy
at home. Inside in a beautiful city Lanka, rich with
magnificent buildings, gardens and other wealth.
You live with me. I shall give you whatever you desire.'
Ganesh said, 'there are many rakshasas in Lanka.
They will devour me, a boy living in forest.
 Hence I would not come to Lanka. I am hungry
and so I am eating these sweets.'

Ravan again entreated him to hold the Linga
in his hand till he observed Sandhya.

Thereafter Ganesh said with hesitation,
 'I am an ignorant boy. I won't hold this Linga
in my hand as it may be heavy. Let me go to
my place.' Still Ravan persuaded him and induced
Ganesh to hold the Linga and he proceeded to
observe Sandhya on the sea shore.

Ganesh warned him, 'Mind, as soon as I feel
the Linga heavy, I shall place it on the earth.
' Saying this Ganesh took the Linga and waited
 there. All the gods had gathered in the sky
and were witnessing this event.

When ravan was offering arghyas (water ablutions
to fire god), Ganesh called Ravan and said that
he is fatigued and he should take his Linga from
him soon.' Ravan made signs by hand and asked
 him to wait for a little more time.

After a while Ganesh again called Ravan and asked
him to come immediately as it was becoming
unbearable for him to hold the Linga.

Ravan was meditating this time. Seeing that ravan
was not coming, Ganesh recollected Shri Vishnu's
words and placed the Linga on the ground in the
presence of the gods in the sky. All the gods
were greatly pleased to see this and showered
 flowers in the head of Ganesh in admiration.

Soon after ravan returned and seeing that the
Linga was placed on the ground, he was much
annoyed. He began to thrash Ganesh in wrath.

Ravan tried his best with all his might to lift up the
Linga. The earth trembled but the Linga could not
be shaken a bit. As Ravan tried to lift it up by screwing,
it took the shape of an ear of the cow and so it is
known as "Gokarna" and as Ravan excercised all his
might to lift it up it is called "Mahabaleshwar".

In dispair Ravan then went to the forest for hard
penance. There are many other incidents signifying
the greatness of this holy place. This is narrated
in the Skand Purana. 

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 7 - Soumini and Madayanti at Gokarna
Post by: ShAivI on June 16, 2015, 12:14:44 PM



Chapter - 07
Soumini and Madayanti at Gokarna.

Namdharak- "Swamin, will you tell me who were
benefited by visiting this holy place of Gokarna?"

Shri Siddha- "Just listen. Formerly there lived
a brave king in the family of Ikshwaku. He knew all the
Shastras. He was considerate, strong and kind. Once
he wwent on hunting and seeing a demon like a flame
of fire, he aimed an arrow and the demon fell on the
ground senseless. The brother of the demon wept
bitterly in grief. Before dying, the demon asked his
brother to take revenge of his death.

The brother approached the king in human form and
sought his service and was engaged as a cook. On the
anniversary day the king had invited rishis like Vashistha
and others. When Vashistha and others were seated
on their seats, the new cook served human flesh in the
plate of Shri Vashistha. Being enraged, Vashistha cursed
the king that he would become a Brahmarakshas.

The king was also annoyed to see that he was being
cursed for no fault of his. He therefore, took water
in his hand and intended to curse Shri Vashistha in return,
Maharani Madayanti hestened to the king and entreated
and prevented him from cursing his Guru. She requested
him to pray Vashistha for `Usshap' (blessing to nullify
the effects of the course).

Being pacified, the poured the water in his hands on
his own feet, whereby after being a Brahmarakshas,
he was called 'Kalmashpad'. Madayanti bowed to
Vashistha and prayed for Usshap for the king. Vashistha
was also cooled by this time. He assured her that the
king would attain human form and return from the
forest on completion of 12 years.

Kalmashpad lived in a dense forest. Once he saw a
young Brahmin couple passing by. He clasped the Brahmin
youth with the intention of devouring him. The young wife
of the youth wept bitterly and requested Kalmashpad
with folded hands, saying, `kindly release my young
husband who is well-versed in Vedas and thus give me
my Sowbhagya. By doing this you will add to your vitues.
Treat me as your daughter. If I beget a son I shall
give him your name.'

But the demon did not listen to her and killed the youth
and ate his flesh. The wife of the youth collected the
bones of her husband, arranged a pyre and set fire to it.
Before burning herself in the same pyre, she cursed the
demon, `You will die instantly, when after 12 years
you become king and touch your wife.'

The king returned to his city after 12 years. He told his
wife Rani Madayanti all about the curse of the Brahmin's
wife. Madayanti was much grieved to hear it. She exclaimed,
`Even after staying in the forest in hardship for 12 years
you are not relieved of the evil effects of your evil actions!
There is no son in our family. What should we do now?

The king called the old priest and told him `I have killed a
Brahmin when I was a demon and was staying in the forest.
How can I be relieved of its evil effects?'

The priest said, `you should visit all the holy places
and then all your sins will be wiped off'

The king then started to visit all the holy places one
after the other. He performed sacrifices, gave money in
charity, served meals to the Brahmins and the poor and
did other virtuous acts. Still the sin of Brahma-hatya
followed him like a shadow. Accidentlly he met
Goutam muni. He bowed to the muni respectfully.
Goutam asked, `When you have your own statee (kingdom)
why are you wandering from place to place and
why are you so much worried?'

`I have committed a Brahmahatya. I performed sacrifices
and several Vratas. I visited holy places and did virtuous
acts. Yet I am not relieved of this sin. I am fortunate
to see your holyself to day,' replied the king.

Goutam said, `You need not worry. Shri Shiva will protect
you. You should go to Gokarna to get rid of this sin.

Mrityunjaya (the conqueror of Death) Shri Shiva, always
stays there. Though the fire and the moon can do away with
the darkness of the night, yet there is the necessity of the

Similarly though your sins are not wiped off even
after going to several holy places, still if you go to Gokarna,
all your sins will be destroyed.

Even if you have committed 1000 Brahmahatyas,
all will be destroyed and you shall become sinless.

Even Vishnu and Brahmadeo lived there for penance and
their desires were fulfilled. Gokarna is like Kailas and
Shri Shiva stays there.

At the instance of shri Vishnu, Shri Ganesh installed
this Shivalinga. All the gods, demons, rishis, munis,
siddhas live and worship Shri Shiva and thereby they
attain all the four valous (purusharthas) with the
blessing of Shri Shiva. Brahma, Vishnu, Kartavirya,
Vinayak, Durga and others have also installed lingas
here known after their names. All waters here holy.
This is thus the most important holy place.

In Kritayug this Linga was white, in Treta it became
red, in Dwapar yellow, and in the Kaliyug it has become

The root of this Linga is in the Sapta Patal below.
Even with the sight of this Linga one is relieved of
the sins of Brahmahatya, gets one's desires fulfilled
and after death one attains salvation. The devotees
staying here go to Kailas in the end.

One should bathe and offer charities on Sunday,
Monday and Wednesday. It is virtuous to worship
here on "Vyatipat", Makar Sankrant and Mahashivaratri

Bholenath Shiva passes judgement over all our actions.
In the month of Magh, if one observes fast on the
Shivaratri day and offers "Bel" leaf to Shri Shiva Linga,
one's entrance in the heaven is ensured.'

Goutam Muni further said, `so many have been benefitted
by visiting Gokarna. I myself have wwitnessed a
most wonderful incident, when I had been to that place.

When I was sitting under a tree, I saw a leper shudra
woman. She was without food the whole day.
All her body was affected and pus and germs were
seen all over. She had lost her teeth and had no clothes
on her body. Being a widow, her head was shaved and
she was much troubled due to midday hot Sun.

She sat under a tree being tired, and soon died.
shiva Dootas came there with a divine place to
take her to the Kailas.

While living with the shudra, she ate flesh Shudra,
she ate flesh and took wine daily. One day she killed a
calf thinking it to be a lamb and reserved its head for
the next day. When it was time for milking the cow
she looked for the calf and she came to know that
my mistake, she had killed it.

In grief she uttered the words Shiva' `Shiva' and
`What a great sin I have committed unknowingly'.

Fearing the warth of her husband, she burried
the head, flesh and bones of the calf and told people
that her calf was taken away by a tiger.

When she died Yam Dootas took her to the Yampuri
and placed her in hell. She suffered tortures and
was again born as a Shudra woman. She was ugly,
black and blind. Her parents cared for her for some time
and afterwards shebegged for her food. She was an
orphan without any shelter. She developed leprosy
and in course of time she grew old.

Many people were going to Gokarna on Maha Shivaratri
day Expecting to get good alms, she also followed them.
It being a fast day nobody offered her food.

In joke, some one placed "Bel" leaf in her hand. Knowing that
it was not etable, she threw it away, which by chance,
fell on the Shiva Linga and thus she had the credit of
worshipping Shiva in that dark night. This pleased
Shri Shiva and hence we have come to take her to

Shivadootas sprinkled nectar on her body and soon
she looked like a heavenly woman, she was then
taken to Shiva Lok'

Hearing this the king was delighted. He went to
Gokarna and was relieved of all his sins. Gokarna
has great significance. Hence Shripad Shrivallabha
had also been there and stayed therefor 3 years."

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 08 - Shripad Shrivallabha Blesses a Brahmani and Her Son
Post by: ShAivI on June 17, 2015, 12:17:24 PM



Chapter - 08
Shripad Shrivallabha Blesses a Brahmani and Her Son.

Namdharak-"How long Shri Guru Shripad Shrivallabha
stayed at Gokarna and what happened later?"

Shri Siddha:- "Shri Guru lived secretly for 3 years and
from there he went to Shrigiri. After 4 months he went
to Nivriti sangam and thence to Kuravapur on the
bank of the Krishna river.

There lived a Brahmin well-versed in Veda and Shastras.
We had a good natured devoted wife Ambika by name
She begot children but none survived except one son.
In due course his thread ceremony was celebrated;
but he was dull, foolish and dumb. Hence the parents
were much worried. The Brahmin got tired while training
him and at times beat him for not learning his lessons.
His wife could not bear this cruel treatment to her
only son.

The Brahmin died after some time. The woman lived
with her son begging for their livelihood. The boy
grew up; but beingh foolish and poor no one liked to
give one's daughter in marriage to him. People said to him,
`your father was a learned man; but you are like a stone.
You have brought disgrace to his family. How are you not
ashamed of begging for your living? Better give up your
life in the Ganga river.

He was aggrieved to hear such harsh words off and on.
He therefore intended to give up his life in the deep waters
of a river. Seeing this his mother said to him in grief,
`I shall also company you.'

They both went on the river Krishna. Shripad Shrivallabha
also had been there. Seeing him, the mother bowed to
him and said, `we both have decided to give up our lives
 in this river; but as committing suicide is a sin, how shall
we be relieved of our miseries without being offended?'

Shri Guru asked, `Which miseries induce you to give up
your lives?'

Narrating her whole account the woman said,
`Swamin, we visited holy placed and observed `vratas'
for getting a son and after this we got this son; but
he is a dullard. All despise him and scold him. I therefore,
request you to bless me with a son who will be pious
like your goodself at least in the next borth. He should
prove good for all our further generations.'

Seeing her devotion Shri Guru said, `you worship Ishwar
i.e. Shri Shiva with devotion and you will have god-like son.
Nanda Gawali worshipped God and hence Shri Krishna
lived at his home. Your desire will also be fulfilled if you
worship him devotedly.'

The woman asked, `How did the cowherd worship Shri Hari?
What `vrat' did they observe?'

Shri Guru -`On every `Shani-pradosh.' worship God Shiva.
A tale in this respect is narrated in the Skand Purana.'

There lived a righteous king Chandrasen in Ujjain. Manibhadra
was his chief councellor. He worshipped Shri Shiva most
devotedly and Shri Shiva and favoured him with the most bright
`Chintamani' bead which he had given to his master Chandrasen.
A mere touch of the bead turned iron into gold. By mere sight
of the bead, one's desires were fulfilled. So all other kings desired
to have such bead. Many kings tried to get the bead from the
king and offered him money for the same. But all efforts were
in vain. So they all combined their forces and attacked Ujjain,
when Chandrasen was engaged in worshipping Shri Shiva
on a `Shani pradosh' day.

The children of the cow herds watched the worship of the king
and they also wished to worship Shri shiva similarly. the boys
gathered stones and prepared a Shiva Temple and placed
one stone as image of Shiva Linga and began worshipping it
with flowers and other herbs.

The mothers' of the boys came there and took their sons for
meals to their homes. But one boy did not go home. His mother
thrashed him angrily and said, it is night now. Come to have
your meals.'

She broke the Temple and threw away the image of Shiva Linga.
Seeing this the boy began to weep in grief and intended to
give up his life. But after some time he felt asleep.

Shri Shiva was pleases with his devotion and create a beautiful
Temple a Linga of precious Stones was installed in it.

Shri Shiva awoke the boy, looked at him with affection
and asked him to have a boon from him.

The boy was much delighted. He bowed to shri Shiva
and said 'My mother has broken the evening worship.
Kindly forgive her.'

Shri Shiva said, 'As your mother has seen the evening worship,
she will get a son named Shri Krishna in next birth and
you will also have all the pleasures.'

The forces of the enemies were emaged. They spoke amongest
themselves. 'What wonder is this! How this bright beautiful
Temple has been created here within a night. Let us give up
enmity and see the king, who is so virtuouts on friendly terms.

They sent their messangers to the king. The king requested
them to come to the Shiva Temple, where he would see them.

Chandrasen was also wonderstruck to see Sunlike bright
Shiva Temple sprung up during the night. The cowherd
boys house also looked very bright. The king asked the
boy the reason of this miracle. The boy narrated the whole
story to all the kings who had gathered there. All were
much pleased to hear him. They said, 'You really become
the king of the cowheds.' They offered the boy many gifts
and land and excepting Chandrasen all the kings returned
to their places.

The boy went home and narrated to his mother all that had
occurred. He said, 'Shri Shiva was pleased with my evening

As I requested him to forgive you even though you had
broken the temple, he was not angry with you. Besides
he assured that the incarnation of Shri Krishna will
stay at your home.'

Shripad Shrivallabha narrated the significance of the
'Shanipradosh' worship to the Brahmani and seeing her devotion,
placed his palm over the head of her son and blessed him.

Eventually the boy instantly had the knowledge of the Vedas,
Shastras, Tark, Bhashya etc. All the Brahmins and his mother
were wonderstruck to see this. The mother respectfully bowed
to Shri Guru and said that she was fortunate to see Shri Guru
and to get his blessings. She said, 'you are God yourself.

We shall worship you in the evening. I hope I shall have
a son like your goodself in my next birth. Let not your words
be untrue.' Saying this she began to worship Shri Guru
every evening with devotion.

Her son got married and had sons and grandsons. Those who
are blessed by Shri Guru, receive all pleasures in the same way.

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 9 - A Washerman Blessed to be a King
Post by: ShAivI on June 18, 2015, 12:51:02 PM



Chapter - 09
A Washerman Blessed to be a King

There lived a washerman at Kuravpur. He was a great devotee
of Shri Guru. Shripad Shri Vallabha used to go to the river,
have bath, morning Sandhya and other rituals just like
ordinary Brahmins. The washerman would go to the river,
wash Shri Guru's clothes and would bow to him with

Once Shri Guru asked him, 'why do you take so much troubles
for me. I am pleased with your services. Go home and
live happily.'

Hearing this the washerman gave up household attachment,
lived at Shri Guru's dwelling place, swept the courtyard and
sprinkled water on it everyday. Thus he served Shri Guru
with more devotion.

Once in spring, in the month of Vaishakh, a Muslim king
came to the river along-with his harem of beautiful woman,
wearing precious ornaments and clothes with many servants,
elephants, horses, musical instruments and was enjoying

The washerman was looking at the splendor and glory of the
king. He began thinking, 'How fortunate shall I be, if I could
also enjoy such glorious life.'

Knowing his intentions, Shri Guru asked him what he was
thinking about. The washerman replied, 'I was just thinking
what deity this king might have pleased, so as to have such
splendor and glory? However I do not long for it. I have all
my pleasures at thy feet.'

Shri Guru said, ' you are struggling hard in life. Do you aspire
to enjoy royal glory? If enjoying their objects does not satisfy
the senses, they obstruct the path of 'Moksha' (freedom
from worries of life and death). So you better take birth
in a Muslim royal family and enjoy kingly life.'

Washerman- 'Kindly do not ask me to go away from you'.

Shri Guru- 'You will have birth in the Royal family of Bidar
and I shall meet you in your later life, I shall also have another
birth and shall be known as 'Narasimha Saraswati.' I shall be
leading a Sanyasi's life.

Saying this, Shri Guru allowed him to go, but again asked
whether he would like to enjoy Royal life in that very birth
or in the next birth.

Washerman expressed, 'I am now grown old. It would be good
if I enjoy royal pleasures from the childhood.'

Soon after the washerman died. He was later born in the
Royal family of Bidar. His account is narrated later in the
50th chapter of this book.

Shri Guru was thus much praised and respected during his stay
at Kuravpur, I am unable to describe all the miracles of his life,
Kuravpur has become a famous holy place due to his residence.
Shripad Shri Vallabha disappeared in the river Krishna on
Ashwin Vadya 12, which is known as 'Guru Dwadashi'.

Real devotees can still see here Shripad Shri Vallabha,
the Dattatreya incarnate. Many have experienced this.'

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter 10 - Vallabhesh Saved from Thieves
Post by: ShAivI on June 19, 2015, 12:56:46 PM



Chapter - 10
Vallabhesh Saved from Thieves

Namdharak, - 'Please tell me the next birth (incarnation)
of Shripad Shri Vallabha'.

Shri Siddha- 'Shripad Shri Vallabha had many incarnations.
All possessed the omnipotence of Shri Narayan.
Devotion of Shri Guru is never futile. Shri Guru never
disappoints his disciples. Therefore serve him from your heart.
I shall narrate to you one tale as an illustration.

Vallabhesh, a righteous Brahmin, was doing business.
He used to go to Shripad Shri Vallabha Padukas
at Kuravpur every year. Once he declared that
if he made good business he would feed 1000 Brahmins
at Kuravpur. Fortunately he earned good profit. He always
recited Shri Guru's name. He started for Kuravpur
with good money.

Knowing this, some thieves also accompanied him.
After two or three days, one night the thieve killed the
Brahmin when he was asleep and wanted to take away
all his money. In the meantime Shripad Shri Vallabha,
with locks of hair on his head and trishul and Khatwang
 in his hands appeared on the scene. He killed three thieves;
but one, who surrendered himself saying, 'I am innocent.
I did not know that these three persons would kill the
Brahmin. You are omniscient. Kindly save me'.

Hearing his prayer, Shripad Muni told him to rub the
"Vibuthi" (enchanted ashes) all over the body of the Brahmin,
As soon as the enchanted Vibuthi was applied to the
Brahmin's body, he woke up It was dawn when Shripad
Muni disappeared from the place.

Vallabhesh asked the person sitting by his side,
'why have you held me; who has killed these men?'

The person replied, ' A great ascetic had come here.
He killed these thieves with his Trishul. He saved me for you.
He asked me to rub enchanted Vibuthi to your body.
He woke you and made you sit by his hands.
He has just disappeared. He might be the great god Shri Shiva.

Hearing this the Brahmin realized that all this has been done
by Shri Guru Shripad Shri Vallabh. Taking the amount from
the thieves, he went to Kuravpur. He worshipped the
Padukas (foot symbol) of Shri Guru with great devotion
and fed about 4000 Brahmins.

'Oh! Namdharak, though Shripad Shri Vallabha has
disappeared he still comes to protect his devotees.

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter 11 - Birth of Shri Narasimha Saraswati
Post by: ShAivI on June 20, 2015, 01:02:25 PM



Chapter - 11
Birth of Shri Narasimha Saraswati

An account of a Brahmani has been given in the 8th chapter.
She was worshipping Shri Shankar devotedly in the evening
on Shani Pradosh (12th day of a fortnight falling on Saturday).
She died in course of time and took the next birth in a
Brahmin family at Karanjia in Bidar. Her name was Amba Bhavani.
She was married to a Brahmin youth Madhava, who was also
 a devotee of Shri Shiva.

As per her nature of the previous birth Amba Bhavani worshipped
Shri Shiva along with her husband devotedly. She became
pregnant when she was sixteen years old, customary ceremonies
were performed in the 3rd and 5th months. She used to have
good desires. She advised people with high principles. Filing of
'oti' (putting of corn, coconut etc. in the open side of the sari worn
by a woman) in the 7th month and Simanti was also observed.

After completing 9 months, a son was born to her. The baby uttered
'Om' from the very birth. People wondered to see this. The astrologers
 foretold, 'He will be a great ascetic and Jagatguru. He will not marry;
but will be known and revered all over the earth. Being an incarnation
of god, he will wipe off all your miseries and fulfill your desires.'

The parents of the child were very much pleased to heart this and
they gave money and clothes to the Brahmins. In order that the
baby may not suffer from the evil eye of any person, lemon and
salt were waved on him and thrown away.

He was named 'Shaligramdeo' but his pet name was 'Narahari'.
He was later publicly known as Narasimha Saraswati.'

One day Amba told her husband that there was not sufficient milk
in her breast for their baby. So let us have a feeding nurse or a
sheep Hearing this the baby smiled and just touched the right pap
of its mother. Immediately milk sprang out in 32 teats and her
clothes became wet. Knowing thus that the baby was an
incarnation of god, the parents bowed to him.

The mother put the baby in a cradle and sang lullaby songs.
But the baby would prefer to lay down on the floor and play cheerfully.
The child became on year old; but it did not utter any other words
except OM. The parents were anxious to see that the child speaks
other words also. As days passed on, they were afraid of his being
dumb. Some would say he has all the knowledge, but purposely
he does not speak.

The child became 7 years old. The parents could not known how to
celebrate his thread ceremony. As they were Brahmins, the thread
ceremony was most essential. They worshipped Gouri, observed
Pradosh and other fasts but they were of no avail. They were now
anxious to know how to make the child recite Gayatri Mantra
(the mantra in prayer of the Sun god), which a Brahmin boy learns
at the time of his thread ceremony.

Seeing the parents in dejected mood, the son would approach them
and try to console them. Once he held an iron bar in his hand and
instantly it was turned into a gold bar. Seeing this the parents were
astonished. They gave him some more iron and that too was turned
into gold. Then the parents asked the son, when and how
he would speak.

He moved his hand around his chest and loin and expressed that
when the sacred thread would be worn and Nunj grass would be tied
around his loin, he would speak.

The parents were much pleased and they started enthusiastically
the preparations for his thread ceremony, still some doubted the
success of the function. The parents invited all the relatives,
friends and learned Brahmins for the function.

The ceremonies started. On the first day 'choul' (shaving the hair
on the head) and dinner took place. Next day after the bath of the boy,
the sacred thread was put on his left shoulder. The boy dined with
his mother and other boys of his age. The father then uttered
'Gayatri Mantra' in the ears of the boy Narahari, who recited it in
his mind.

The mother then came with alms. After offering the first alms,
the mother asked the boy to recite Rig Veda (the first of the four Vedas).
Narahari recited "Agni Meele etc". After giving the second alms, the
mother asked Narahari to recite Yajur Veda. Narahari recited
" Yajur Veda Ishetwa etc. After the third alms Narahari recited
"Agna Aayahi" from Sama Veda, the third Veda. Thus people realized
that Narahari had the knowledge of all the Vedas and they all bowed
to him with reverence.

Narahari then said to his mother, "You have asked me to beg for
alms. I would, therefore, live on begging. So allow me to go to visit
the holy-places".

Hearing this the parents were much aggrieved. The mother fell on
the ground senseless. After recouping she said, "We expected that you
would take out care. So far due to out misfortune you were not speaking.
Now seeing that you can speak, we are much delighted and we think that
our devotion to God has been fruitful. But now you are talking of leaving
us and this make us very uneasy."

Narahari said, "You need not be sorry. You shall have four sons and
they will look after you very obediently." So saying he placed his palm
over her head.

She instantly recollected her previous life and saw Shripad Shri Vallabha
standing before her. She bowed to him humbly Narahari raised her head
and said, 'Mother, keep this a secret. We Sanyasis keep ourselves aloof
from family life. As I have to do my mission please allow me to go.'

Mother - 'Dear son, do not go leaving us alone. No religion asks one to
be an ascetic in such a tender age. You should have Brahmacharyashram
for 12 years. The second is Grihasthashram, the most important in all the
four ashrams. After going through the third Ashram viz. Vanprasthashram,
one becomes liable for the fourth Ashram viz. Sanyasashram. So say
the Shastras. So study Vedas in the Brahmacharyashram. Later on get
yourself married and have the pleasures of the family life. Then perform
sacrifices and thereafter become a Sanyasi. But it is not desirable to be
a Sanyasi in the childhood.

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter 12 - Narahari Becomes Shri Narasimha Saraswati
Post by: ShAivI on June 21, 2015, 12:46:53 PM



Chapter - 12
Narahari Becomes Shri Narasimha Saraswati

Narahari said, `This body is perishable. What is its guarantee?
So long one has sound body, one should act virtuously.
Your advice is for them, who have won victory over death.
They can say, they will follow religion later.
So one should do religious deeds in the childhood.

There are three stages of life
- the childhood, the youth and the old age.

But it is not certain when one will die.
Yamraj (God of death) is counting every moment of man's life,
day and night. Knowing that the life is running fast,
those who do not lead religious and virtuous life are like beasts.
House, property, wife, children, mother - nothing is eternal.
Old age kills a man, just as a crocodile devours him.
Therefore, the wise man should do virtuous deeds in young age.
Why do you then prevent me from going? This life is like a dream.
As a power dries in air, the body of a man is getting more and
more dry day by day. This body may perish in a moment.

Mother - `Dear child, you are advising me.
You told me that I would have four sons.
So you should stay with me till I have at least one son.
If you go disregarding my request,
I would give up my life instantly.' Narahari smiled and said,
`what I have said will not be otherwise.
However, after you get two sons let me go.
Then I shall not stay here.
I promise to stay here for one year.'

Thus Narahari lived there happily.
All people wondered to see that a boy of seven knows
all the Vedas and can teach the same.
Crown up learned persons also came to him to
learn Vedas and Shastras.

His mother became pregnant.
After nine months she gave birth to two handsome sons.
The parents were glad to have two more sons.
By the end of one year the two babies became 3 months old.
Narahari told his mother that her desire was fulfilled.
She would get 2 more sons and they will all live happily.
She should now permit him to live as per Sanyasdharma.

The parents bowed to Narahari and said,
`You are our family God.
We cannot say anything before you.
Please forgive us if we have spoken any harsh words,
thinking you to be our son.
Our devotion to Shri Shankar has materialized.
You made us glorious.
When shall we see you again?

Narahari - `I shall be before you whenever you remember me.
You will have one daughter and two more sons.
You will have no miseries and in the end
you will attain the best place in Parlok.
I have now to proceed to Badri Narayan to meet Siddhu.
So please allow me to go'

The parents, males and females of the town walked with Narahari.
Some said `see how a Brahmachari is going for penance.
He is an incarnation of God.
Else at such tender age of only seven,
how can he know all the four Vedas?'
All others bowed to him and returned.
The parents still followed Narahari,
who then appeared before them
in the form of Shripad Shri Vallabha.
The parents put their heads on his feet and
then Narahari immediately went away.

Narahari started for Badrinarayan.
On the way he reached the holy `Kashi'.
He did penance here and saw the Vishweshwar.
He also practiced here all the kinds of Yogas.
Many Sanyasis also observed penance at this holy place.
Narahari showed great proficiency in Yoga.
Many Sanyasis came to see him.

There had been one old Sanyasi named
`Krishna Saraswati' who had realized Brahma.
He also showed respect for Narahari.
He said to all the Sanyasis, 'He is not an ordinary human being
but he is an incarnation of God and deserves respect from all.
Let us request him to be a Sanyasi and bless the people'.

Accordingly all went to him and said, `It will be better
if you now accept Sanyas-diksha as per religious rules
and accept worship and respect from us and favor us
with your blessings.

Sanyasis are despised in this Kaliyug.
Though there are different means of devotion,
Sanyas in particular is dishonored.

Shri Shankaracharya rejuvenated Sanyasdharma in the
seventh century.

But now Kali being more influential, the Sanyas is being degenerated.
So you please rejuvenate it.'

Narahari conceded to the request and accepted
Sanyas-diksha from Shri Krishna Saraswati.

Namdharak interrupted, "When Narahari himself was
Shri Guru Dattatreya incarnate, why did he have another Guru?"

Shri Siddha, "In former days Vasishta was the Guru of Shri Ram,
and Sandipani was the Guru of Shri Krishna, in the same way,
Krishna Saraswati became Guru of Narahari and hereafter
he was known as `Shri Narasimha Saraswati.

In human life human customs are to be followed and
so Narahari approached the well known aged Yati (sanyasi)
Krishna Saraswati and accepted him as his Guru."

Shri Shankar is the first Guru, Shri Vishnu the second,
Brahmadeo is the third. After these followed Vasishta,
Parashara and Vyasa, who was the incarnation of Shri Vishnu.

Thereafter Shuka, Goudpad, Govind-guru, Shankaracharya,
Vishwarupvarya, Dnyanbodhgiriya, Giriraj, Ishwartirth and
bharatitirth succeeded one after the other. Thereafter, Vidyaranya,
Shripadmuni, Vityatirth, Malianand, Deotirth, Saraswatitirth,
Saraswati Yadeovendra and his disciple was Krishna Saraswati.
Such is the line of succession of Gurus.

Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati was very much respected in Kashi
for his deep knowledge of the Vedas. After some time Shri Guru
went to Badrinarayan with many followers. Talking a round of the
Marugiri and seeing the holy places of Navakhand, Shri Guru came
to Ganga sagar. He then went by the bank of Ganga and came to Prayag.

A learned Brahmin `Madhav' saw him there.
Shri Guru initiated him with Sanyas and named him `Madhav Saraswati'.
Later on Shri Guru had many more followers."

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter 13 - Brahmin's Colic Pain Subsided
Post by: ShAivI on June 22, 2015, 12:41:38 PM



Chapter - 13
Brahmin's Colic Pain Subsided

Namdharak: - "Guru dev, Shri Guru initiated Sanyas to Madhav at Prayag.
Please let me know what occurred later".

Siddha - "Shri Guru lived at Prayag for some days.
He had many disciples there.

These included Bal Saraswati, Krishna, Saraswati, Upendra Saraswati,
Madhav Saraswati, Sadanand Saraswati, Dnyanjyoti Saraswati and
myself as seven chief disciples. He then visited holy places in the
south and came to Karanjahim, he was invited door to door.

The mother recollected that he was Shripad Shri Vallabha and
called herself fortunate. She told this to her husband when both
requested him to liberate them from the worldly-sea. Shri Guru said,
`If a person accepts Sanyas his forty-two generations (21 Parental &
21 maternal) are liberated. Their issues have no fear of the God of death.
You will see that your sons live for hundred years. Then you will go to
 Kashi, the holy place of liberation. There is no doubt about this.

Ratnai, his sister requested Shri Guru, `I am entangled in a family trap.
Please take me out of this. I wish to do penance.'

Shri Guru - `Serve your husband and this will liberate you.
One has to suffer as per one's fate. Females can win over this worldly
sea only with the help of their husbands. Thinking the husband to be
Shri Shiva, serve him. This is what the Vedas, Shastras and Puranas dictate.'

She further asked, `you know the past and the future also.
Please tell me what is my future.'

Shri guru - `In the previous birth, you hit a cow with your legs,
you made the neighboring couples quarrel amongst themselves,
so you will develop leprosy for hitting the cow and your husband
will leave you and be a Sanyasi.'

Hearing Guru - `You shall live amicably for some years. In old age
your husband will accept Sanyas. When you have leprosy,
you will see me. You come to Papvinashi on the bank of the
Bhima River in the South. Nearby is the Bhima Amarja Sangam
and Ganangapur. After bathing in the Papavinashi, you will be cured
of leprosy.'

Shri Guru then went to Tryambakeshwar, the place of penance of
Goutam Muni. Shri Shankar was pleased by the penance of Goutam
who brought Ganga (Godavari) on the earth for the benefit of the people.
Shri Guru traveled by the Bank of Godavari and came to Manjrika.

A learned Brahmin `Madhavaranya' lived here.
He adored `Narasimha'. Seeing that Shri Guru appeared just a
`Narasimha', he bowed to him and praised him in Sanskrit.
Shri Guru was pleased and he appeared before him in his divine form.
 Madhavaranya prostrated before him and chanted prayers.
Shri Guru then blessed him.

Shri Guru then went to Brahmeshwar. Here a Brahmin suffered from
acute colic pain. He was rolling in the sand of the river due to
severe pain. He had to be on fast for several days. Whenever he dined
he had severe pain. He was intending to give up his life by drowning
himself in the river and thus getting rid of the acute colic pain.

Knowing his intentions, Shri Guru asked his disciples to bring the Brahmin
 to him. When he was brought before him, Shri Guru asked him,
`Why are you committing suicide? This is a great sin.
What is your misery?.'

Brahmin - `I am burdensome on this earth. I dine once in a fortnight
or a month, but I have to bear a very severe colic pain.
The body lives on food and if food cannot be taken how can this
body survive?'

Shri Guru -`I shall give a medicine. You have a full meal today.
' The Brahmin was much encouraged with Shri Guru's words.
In the meanwhile the officer of the town came to the river for bath.
Seeing Shri Guru, he bowed to him with reverence.
Shri Guru inquired `May I know your name and whereabouts?'

The officer said, `I belong to Koundinya Gotra and am a Brahmin of
Apastamb shakha. My name is Sayamdeo. I come from Kanchi.
I am serving here as a Town - officer of a Muslim Ruler for one year.
I feel myself very fortunate to see thy holy self today. Sins are wiped off
by seeing the Ganga, heat of the body subsides by seeing the moon
and poverty is destroyed by the favor of a Kalpa-Taru. But by seeing
thyself along, all these three miseries are wiped off and one gets
all the four valours.

Sayamdeo humbly expressed, `Gurudev, he dined yesterday after
one month and subsequently he had severe colic pain. If he is given
food today and if he dies, shall I not be held responsible for his death?'

Shri Guru - `I am giving medicine which should be fried in ghee and
given to him. Besides give him food containing sugar and milk.
Do not have any doubt in the mind.'

Sayamdeo agreed and further requested Shri Guru to grace his home
by his presence and accept alms at his house. Shri Guru gladly
accepted his invitation.

Shri Guru, three Brahmins and other disciples came to Sayamdeo.
Sayamdeo's wife Jakhai was a devoted wife. Both worshipped
Shri Guru ceremoniously. They worshipped the disciples also.

All had a happy dinner that day. The colic pain of the Brahmin
disappeared instantly by the grace of Shri Guru. All were wonderstruck
to see this miracle. Shri Guru blessed Sayamdeo saying, your family
will flourish and devotion of Guru will be continued in the later
generations of your family.

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter 14 - Muslim King favors Sayamdeo
Post by: ShAivI on June 23, 2015, 03:51:35 PM



Chapter - 14
Muslim King favors Sayamdeo

Sayamdeo bowed to Shri Guru and said,
`Gurudev, though you are Trimurti incarnate, due to our ignorance,
you appear to us as a human being.

In truth, you are all pervading.
It is beyond our intellect to describe your greatness.

I am the servant of a Muslim King, who is very cruel.
He invites a Brahmin every year and kills him.
He has invited me to day.
If I go to him, he will kill me,
but as I have now seen your holy,
how can he dare to kill me?'

Shri Guru placed his palm on his head and said, `
you do not care a bit.
You go to the king fearlessly.
He will receive you well and send you back to me.
Have faith in my words.
I am here till you return and then I shall proceed further.
You have been my devotee, you will live happily and have lasting wealth.'

Sayamdeo went to the cruel Muslim King.
He was reciting Shri Guru's name all the time.
As soon as the king saw Sayamdeo he turned his face and went inside.

Sayamdeo said to himself, `What harm a cruel king can do to one,
who is blessed by Shri Guru?
How can a serpent bite the kids of a garud?
How can an elephant kill a lion?
A Devotee of Shri Guru has no fear even from death'.

The Muslim king felt drowsy and had a sound sleep.
He saw in a dream that a Brahmin was beating him.
When he awoke and came outside, he saw Sayamdeo.
He came to him, fell at his feet and said,
`you are my master, who called you here?
You can go back happily'.
Saying this he offered clothes and ornaments to Sayamdeo.

Sayamdeo soon returned to his place.
He first went to see Shri Guru on the bank of the river.
He bowed to Shri Guru and reported what had happened.
Shri Guru again blessed him and said that he would now proceed southwards.

Sayamdeo folded his hands and said, `
Now I shall not leave these feet.
 I shall also come with you.
You only can liberate us from this worldly sea.
Sagar brought the Ganga on this earth for the liberation of his forefathers.
In the same way you have descended on the earth for our liberation.'

Shri Guru - I am going southwards for certain purpose.
You shall again see me after 15 years,
I shall be then staying near your place.
You should then come to me with your family and children.
You should live without worry.
All your miseries and wants are wiped off now.'

Sayamdeo offered clothes and ornaments to Shri Guru.
Shri Guru came to Arogya Bhavani Vaijnath and lived there secretly."

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter 15 - Principal Holy Places of Bharat
Post by: ShAivI on June 24, 2015, 12:18:37 PM



Chapter - 15
Principal Holy Places of Bharat

Shri Guru lived at Arogya Bhavani secretly because many persons
approached him at any time. These included the good and bad,
honest and dishonest, cunning, rich and poor, diseased men of
all castes, cults, sex, and ages. Parashurama killed Kartikeya (Arjuna)
and gave the earth in charity to the Brahmins. Still the Brahmins
approached him and asked for more. So Parashurama lived in the
sea secretly. Similarly Shri Guru sent all his disciples on pilgrimage
and himself lived secretly.

The disciples asked, 'Gurudev, why are you indifferent with us.
Vedas and Shastras say that- all the holy places are at thy feet?
 When Kalpataru is near us, why should we go elsewhere?
' Shri Guru- As you are Sanyasis, you should visit different holy
places and make your mind firm. I shall go to Shri Shailya in
Bahudhanya Sanwatsar. You should come and see me there.

The disciples - one disobeying Shri Guru has to go to hell.
So we go to the holy places as per your instructions but
kindly tell us to which places we should go.

Shri Guru - Kashi is a famous holy place on earth. It is on the bank of
Bhagirathi (Ganga). You travel 60 yojans (yojan-2miles) by its bank
and observe 60 Krishhra prayashchittas. Then go to Prayag (Alahabad)
and observe 120 Krichhras. There are 25 gram (town) on the bank of
 Yamuna and 40 on the bank of Saraswati. Take bath in the river daily.
This is like performing a sacrifice. One attains Brahma in the end.

Travel by the tank of rivers as Varuna, Kushavarti, Krishnaveni, Vitasta,
Saraswati, Marudvriddha, Asikni, Madhumati, Payasvini, Ghritvati,
Deonadi etc. At every place take bath and Prayashchitta. Even sin of
Brahmahatya is wiped off. Travel by the banks of Chadrabhaga, Revati,
Sharyu, Gouthami, Vedika, Koushiki, Mandakini, Sahasravakra, Purna Bahuda,
Aruna. Bath at a Sangam confluence of rivers is like that of Prayag.

There are other holy places as Pushkar, Vairochani, Falgu, Tirth at Gaya,
Setubandha, Rameshwar, Shri Rang Padmanabh, Purushottam, Nemisharanya,
Badri Narayan, Kurukshetra, Shri Shalya, Pitru Tirth, Kedar, Koti. Narmada,
Matrukeshwar, Kunj, Kokamukhi, Prabhas, Gokarna, Shankh-Karna, Ayodhya,
Mathura, Kanchi, Dwarka. Gaya, Shaligram and Shambalgram are the 7 cities
giving liberation.

Traveling by the bank of Godavari gives fruit of doing Vajpeya sacrifice.
Visit Bhimeshwar, Vajra sangam and Kush. Travel by the bank of Purna,
Krishnaveni, Tungabhadra, Bhima. Visit Pampa saroval, Harihar, Pandharpur,
Matruling, Gangapur, Near Bhima Amarja-sangam. There is an Ashwattha
on the Amarja and in the north is Varanasi, in the east are Papivashi Rudrapad,
Chakratirth, Kesheodeo, Vinayak, Kotitirth, Mammath, Kallwshwar. See Varada
Malprabha Sangam and Nivritti Sangam.

When The Guru (Jupiter) is in the Sinha (leo) all the rivers have union with
Bhagirathi. When guru is in Kanya (Vibro) Bhagirathi comes in Krishna.
Have bath in Patal Ganga and see Mallikarjuna. Baths at Kaveri Sangam,
Payaswini and Bhavanashini are virtuous. See places like Samudraskanda,
Sheshadri, Shri Rangnath, Padmanabh, Shrimat Anant, Trimamalla,
Kumbhakonam Kanyakumari, Matsyatirth, Pakshitirth, Rameshwar, Dhanushkoti,
Mahalakshmi at Kolhapur, Mahabaleshwar, origin of Krishna. Bahe, Narsinhadeo
at Kolegaon Bhuvaneshwari at Bhilawadi, Shrupali, Chhaya Bhagwati
(Vishwamitra's place) Shweta Shring, whence Krince flows northwards,
Kalyan etc.

A river is said to be in menses when she gets new rainwater and so bath
in the river is not desirable on that day.

All the disciples then bowed to Shri Guru and departed for visiting the
various holy places.

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter 16 - Greatness of Shri Guru
Post by: ShAivI on June 25, 2015, 01:29:46 PM



Chapter - 16
Greatness of Shri Guru

Namdharak- when all the disciples went away on the
pilgrimage who served Shri Guru?

Siddha- I was in a swoon of delusion. But your question has given
rise to the Sun of knowledge.

Shri Guru's life is like Kamadhenu. Shri Guru lived secretly at
Arogya Bhavani near Vajnath.

I was with him this time.

A Brahmin came to Shri Guru, praised him and said humbly,
`I am doing penance, but my mind has not become still.
I am greatly appeased to see you, kindly tell me
means to attain knowledge and liberate me.

The Brahmin further said, ` Gurudev, I had a Guru, He used harsh
words and asked me to do undesirable service. He did not teach
me logic, grammar, bhashya etc. He said that my mind is not still,
so I left him in anger.'

Shri Guru-You are a fool, harming yourself and treacherous to Guru.
You speak ill of Guru, how can you have knowledge?
Why did you come to me leaving Guru, who is a Kamadhenu?
By pleasing the Guru by service and giving respect to him
one can know Vedas, Shastras and eight Siddhis
(a boon to do particular miracles).

The Brahmin placed his head on the feet of Shriguru and asked,
`Gurudev, kindly tell me who is a Guru and how to serve him?'

Shri Guru- Mother and father are Gurus. Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwara
are Gurus. One serves his Guru with devotion.

I narrate to you a tale in this connection.

Dhoumyarishi lived at Dhwarawati.

He had three disciples; Aruni, Baid and Upmanyu.

In former times, the Guru tested his disciples before giving
knowledge to them.

Dhoumys said to Aruni, `go to my field and fill it with canal water.
' Aruni went to the field. The canal water was flowing with great force.
Paddy was sown in the field, which was on higher land than the level
of the water.

He placed stones to divert the water to the field.
He then laid his body across the canal and thus half the flow of
water entered the field.

Even by sunset, as Aruni did not return, Dhoumya went to his field
and called him loudly.

He feared a serpent might have bitten or a tiger might have attacked him.
Hearing the Guru's voice, Aruni came out of the canal and bowed to the Guru,
and stood near him Dhoumya embraced with pleasure and blessed him saying
`you will know all Vidyas. Go home get married and live happily'.

Dhoumya then said to Baid, `Go to the field, keep watch on the crop and
when it is reaped, bring it home.

Baid accordingly went to the field, and kept the watch day and night.
When the crop was reaped, a cart with one buffalo was given to him.
Baid placed the corn in the cart, yoked the buffalo on one side of the yoke
and he himself pulled the cart on the other side.

He could not draw the cart with the buffalo; still he drew it with
much strain. The buffalo got stuck in the mud and could not go forward.
So he alone drew the heavy cart.

Subsequently his neck was strangled and he had to face great strain.
In the meantime, Dhoumya came there and released him from the yoke.
He embraced Baid and said, `you know Vedas and Shastras well.'

The third disciple Upmanyu was fat and dull Dhoumya asked him to
take the cattle for grazing the forest. Upmanyu took the cattle to graze.
At times, being hungry he would return early from the forest.
The Guru told him not to come from the forest till sunset.

The cattle would graze on the bank of a river Upmanyu would bathe,
take alms from the Brahmins living nearby.
Thus he satisfied his hunger. One day the Guru asked him,
`How are you living?'

He said that he took alms and dined. Guru said, `How do you dine without us?
Give the alms in the Ashram and again go to the forest.'

Upmanyu acted as directed by the Guru. He would give the alms in the
Ashram. But as he did not get full meals at the Ashram he again took alms
from some Brahmin houses and satisfied his hunger. When the Guru knew this.
He angrily said, `Give both the alms in the Ashram.'

As directed, he gave both the alms in the Ashram. He was anxious now
how to satisfy his hunger. He saw calves drinking milk of cows and much
milk fell on the ground and was wasted. He held that milk in his hands
and drank it.

After some days the Guru asked him how he was fat, He said that he drank the
milk that fell while the calves drank the milk from the cows. The guru said, `
you should not drink milk tasted by calves as this milk makes you dill.'

While remaining in the forest, he saw milk like paste coming out of the
"rui" plant. He held the milk in leaves and while he was drinking it,
some drops thereof entered his eyes. Subsequently he lost his eyesight and
became blind. Now he thought the Guru would be angry with him. He began
to collect the cattle; but as he could not see, he fell in a well.

When Dhoumys knew that Upmanyu did not return by the evening,
he went to the forest and called him loudly. Upmanyu responded from the
well and informed him about his whereabouts.

Dhoumya came near the well and said to him with sympathy
`Recite Ashwinikumar mantra'. After doing that, he got back his eyesight.

He came out of the well, bowed to his Guru and stood by him.
Dhoumya placed his palm on his head and instantly he had all the knowledge.
Dhoumya said to him, "Go home, get married and live happily.
You will be well known. One of your disciples, Uttank will bring Kundal
(ear ornament) and win the Shesh. He will advise King Janme jaya to perform
sacrifice of the serpents and kill all the serpents in the sacrifice"

As stated, Uttank caused Janmejaya to perform the sacrifice in which even
Indra had to come down along with Takshak (the king of serpents).
This is all due to the greatness of Guru. He will liberate you.
You should try to please him.

The Brahmin said, `Gurudev, you have given me the right advice.
As I have offended my Guru, how can I please him now?
It is very difficult to appease the wounded heart.
I would, therefore, leave this worthless body of mine,
' saying this, he bowed to Shri Guru. Shri Guru realized his
repentance and knowing his desires, Shri Guru said,
`All your sins are wiped off now. Remember your Guru.'

The Brahmin folded his hands and prayed, `You are the Guru of all the
world and incarnation of three great Gods. How can there be darkness
after the rise of the Sun? You please protect me.'

Hearing this Shri Guru was kind to place his right palm on his head
and instantly he had knowledge of Vedas, Shastras, Mantras etc.
 By the touch of the philosopher's stone, iron is changed into gold,
similarly the Brahmin became learned. Shri Guru again asked
him to go to his Guru.

The Brahmin went to his Guru. Shri Guru then went to Bhuvaneshwari
near Bhilavadi and stayed under an Audumber tree on the bank of
the Krishna secretly.

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter 17 - A Dull Brahmin boy becomes learned
Post by: ShAivI on June 26, 2015, 12:43:36 PM



Chapter - 17
A Dull Brahmin boy becomes learned

Shri Guru observed Chaturmas living under the Audumber tree
near Bhuvaneshwari secretly. Still his name and fame spread
in all the quarters.

Namdharak-Why Shri Guru lived secretly?
Why did he observe anushthan and asked for alms?

Siddha-Shri Shankar and Shri Guru Dattatreya like to beg alms.
Shri Guru roamed through holy places for protecting his devotees.
People came to him and harassed him for trifles and hence
he lived secretly. But though the Kasturi is hidden, its fragrance
cannot be hidden, similarly brightness of Shri Guru could
not be hidden.

There lived at Kavir a learned Brahmin who knew the Vedas.
He had a dull foolish son. His parents died in his childhood.
When he was seven, his thread ceremony was celebrated,
but he could not do Sandhya and recite `Gayatri' mantra.
Local Brahmins abused him saying, `your father knew Vedas
and Shastras; but you have spoiled his name. Your life is worthless.
Chintamani is best among the beads, so is the knowledge for a person.
A man is honored for his knowledge. A King is respected by
his people; but even a king respects learned persons,
as knowledge is wealth.'

The boy requested them to suggest means for his improvement.
The Brahmins said, `you will have knowledge in the next birth.
You should beg for your maintenance in this life.'

The boy being dejected went to a forest. He was thinking of
giving up his life. In the evening he reached Bhilavadi.
He took Darshan of Bhuvaneshwari and sat at the door of the temple.
Next morning he cut his tongue and placed it at the feet of the
goddess and said, `If you do not be kind with me.
I shall even offer my head at your feet.'

That night he had a dream in which Devi appeared before him
and said, "Oh Brahmachari, why are you getting angry with me?
There is an Avatarik Purusha sitting under an Audumber tree
on the bank of the Krishna. Go to him. He will fulfill your desires."

He woke up and at once ran and crossed the river. He rolled
at the Guru's feet and started praising Him. Guru was pleased
with him, blessed him and put his hand on his head as
Varad Hastha. At once the boy got knowledge and enlightenment.
He also got his tongue back.

If a crow has a dip in the Manasa-Sarovar it will become
a Hamsa (swan). So also he who touches Guru's feet will acquire
all knowledge. Guru is Almighty. His glory needs to be sung.

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter 18 - A Poor Brahmin gets Wealth
Post by: ShAivI on June 27, 2015, 03:39:36 PM



Chapter - 18
A Poor Brahmin gets Wealth

Varuna Sangam is known as Kashi in the south.
Shri Guru came here from Bhilavadi and stayed near
Panch Ganga Sangam for 12 years. Shiva, Bhadra,
Bhogavati, Kumbhi and Saraswati are the five rivers.
This is a famous holy place like Kashi and Prayag.
There is a temple of Amareshwar and an Audumbar
tree as a Kalpataru. Sixty four Yoginis lived here.

There are 8 holy places in the neighborhood.

They are Shukla Tirth, Papavinashi, Kanya Tirth,
Siddha Varad, Prayag Tirth, Shakti Tirth, Amar Tirth
and Koti Tirth.

Shri Guru lived under the Audumbar tree here.
He would go to Amarpur for alms. In Amarpur lived
a Brahmin knowing Vedas. He had a devoted wife.
He had a sem creeper at his door. When he could not
get sufficient corn he would live on the boiled seems.
He adored Shri Guru with devotion. He invited Shri Guru
for alms one day. After taking the alms Shri Guru blessed
him saying that his poverty was wiped off. While leaving
the premises, Shri Guru cut the root of the sem creeper.
Seeing this the Brahmin’s wife bitterly saying `our means
of livelihood are lost.' The Brahmin tried to console her
saying; ‘there must be some good intention of Shri Guru
in cutting the root of the sem. It is our good fortune that
Shri Guru in cutting came to us for alms. Do not blame
Shri Guru who blessed us. He will protect us’.

The Brahmin took away the leaves of the creeper from
the courtyard and while digging to take off the root of the
creeper, he found a vessel full of coins. He told this to his wife
who was much pleased and now repented for blaming
Shri Guru. Both then went to Shri Guru and worshipped him
with devotion and reported what had occurred.

Shri Guru said, `Do not tell this to any body, else the wealth
will be destroyed, you shall live happily with your sons and

(Study of this Adhyay is believed to earn for one of the grace of Goddess Mahalakshmi)

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter 19 - Greatness of Audumbar: Ganganuj's Poverty wiped off.
Post by: ShAivI on June 28, 2015, 12:28:00 PM



Chapter - 19
Greatness of Audumbar: Ganganuj's Poverty wiped off.

Namdharak: "Leaving other holy trees why Shri Guru lived
under the Audumbar tree? Greatness of Ashwattha is
described even in the Vedas, Why then he preferred Audumbar?"

Siddha: "Shri Vishnu took Narasinhawatar to kill the demon
Hranyakashyapu. He tore the belly of the demon by his nails,
took out the intestines and put them around his neck as a wreath.
Narsimha's nails were filled with strong poison and so caused
great heat in his body. Shri Lakshmi took Audumbar fruits
and thrush Narsimha's nails in them. The poison and the heat
of the body subsided and Lakshmi and Narasimha were pleased.
So they blessed the Audumbar tree, `You shall always bear
fruits and people will worship you as the Kalpataru. Strong
poisons will be subsided even by your sight and sterile women
will get issues if they worship you with devotion.'

Audumbar is a Kalpataru in Kaliyug, hence Shri Guru lived
under it Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh live here in the form of
Shri Dattatreya. When Shri Guru lived here, 64 Yoginis used
to come to him at midday and take Shri Guru to their place
under the waters of the river, worshipped and offered him
delicious food and Shri Guru would return to his place under
the Audumbar.

Brahmins wondered how this sanyasi lived along under the
Audumbar, as he did not go in the town to anybody for alms.
Some Brahmins kept a watch but at midday they got frightened
and so they gave up the idea.

Ganganuj was a farmer who had his field at the riverside.
At midday he saw that 64 Yoginis came out of the river, bowed
to Shri Guru and took him to the river. A passage was created
for him by the bifurcation of the river water. After some time
Shri Guru returned by the same passage. Next day Ganganuj
also followed Shri Guru when he was being taken by the Yoginis.
He saw that there was a nice place with buildings of precious
stones, and there was a high and well-decorated throne.
Shri Guru was seated on the throne. He was duly worshipped,
had Aarti and was Shri Guru saw Ganganuj. Shri Guru asked him.
`How did you come here?' He replied, `I came here to see
Thy holy self.' Saying so, he bowed to Shri Guru, who said to him,
`Your miseries are wiped off. Your desires will be fulfilled. Do not
disclose to anyone whatever you have seen here. Else you will
lose all instantly.'

Then Shri Guru came to the Audumbar with him. Ganganuj
came to his fields and found a treasure. He got knowledge also.
He served Shri Guru with his wife and children with more
devotion thereafter.

Om Magh Poornima Ganganuj said to Shri Guru `It is said that
bath at Kashi and Prayag is very virtuous. How can this be possible
for me?

Shri Guru said, `Pancha Ganga Sangam is like Prayag, Jugul is Kashi
and Kolhapur is like Gaya. If you wish to see Kashi-Prayag I shall
show it to you.'

Shri Guru was sitting on a tiger skin. He asked Ganganuj to shut his
eyes and to hold the hind part of the skin firmly and they instantly
reached Prayag in the morning. After having bath they went to
Kashi at midday. They had Darshan of Kashi Vishweshwar and
went to Gaya in the afternoon. They returned to Audumbar by
the same evening.

Shri Guru now thought of leaving the place. 64 Yoginis requested
him, Why are you leaving us? All our miseries are wiped off when
we see you.'

Shri Guru smiled and said, `I am always at this Audumbar.
You live here happily. Amarpur is also my dwelling place. Those
who worship you, this Audumbar and the Padukas here, all their
desires will be fulfilled, and they will get four purusharthas.
One who takes bath at Papavinashi, Kanya and Siddha Tirthas,
worships the Audumbar and these Padukas for seven days, even
if his wife is 60 years old and sterile. If one recites a mantra,
under this Audumbar with a pure mind, it will be a great virtue.
One lakh rounds of this tree will wipe off leprosy and one's body
would be bright as gold. Such is the significance of this place.'

Saying this, Shri Guru came to Gangapur on the bank of Bhima.

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 20 - A Brahmani Relieved from Brahmahatya and gets Issues.
Post by: ShAivI on June 29, 2015, 12:07:21 PM



Chapter - 20
A Brahmani Relieved from Brahmahatya and gets Issues.

Gangadhar, a Vedic-Brahmin lived at Shirol. His wife was devoted
and good-natured. But the misery was that she had no children.
She got issues but they all died after birth in the childhood.
She got issues but they all died after birth in the childhood.
She observed fasts and Vratas, but they bore no fruit.

Some Brahmins said, `This is due to the sin of the previous birth.
Those who commit abortions become sterile. Those who kill a
cow or a horse and take other's wealth, have no issues in the
next birth.'

One Brahmin told her `You took some money from a Brahmin
of Shounak Gotra. He asked you to pay the money many times
and at last he committed suicide. He spirit does not allow
your issues to live.'

The Brahmin was very sorry to know this. She requested the
Brahmin to suggest means to get relief from the spirit trouble.

The Brahmin said, `After the death of the Brahmin his death rituals
were not performed. You go to the bank of Krishna, observe fast
 for one month, bathe in the Papavinashi and worship Audumbar
for 7 days, do Abhishekam to Shri Guru, bathe in the Kamya Tirth
and give Rs.100/- to a Brahmin of Shounak Gotra and observe the
death rituals of the Brahmin Then Shri Guru will protect you.'

The Brahmin said to her, `Shri Guru lives at the Audumbar.
He protects his devotees from all the miseries. You spend money
as per your circumstances on the advice of Shri Guru.'

The Brahmini went to the place. Bathing in the Papavinashi,
she took rounds of the Audumbar. Bathing in the Kamya Tirth
she worshipped Shri Guru and observed fast. After 3 days the
Shounak Gotra Brahmin came in her dream and began to thrash her.
She took shelter of the Audumbar tree. Shri Guru appeared and
asked the Brahmin why he was beating the Brahmani. Hearing
what the Brahmin told, Shri Guru said, `If you harass my devotee,
I shall punish you. Accept whatever this Brahmani offers to you
and leave her. Mind if you again harass her.'

The Brahmin's spirit bowed to Shri Guru and said, `It is my good
fortune that I could see you. I shall act as per your order.
Kindly liberate me.'

Shri Guru told the Brahmini, `You give the money you have,
in charity in the name of the Brahmin's spirit, `Shri Guru told
 the spirit. `After the rituals of 10 days, you shall be free from
this life.'

When the Brahmani had worshipped the Audumbar for 7 days,
Shri Guru came in her dream and said, `All your sins are wiped off.
You will now have sons and daughters. Who will have long life.'

She acted as asked by Shri Guru for 10 days. Her sin of Brahmahatya
was wiped off and the spirit of the Brahmin was liberated from the
spirit life. On the last day Guru appeared in her dream and placed
two coconuts in her sari and asked her to do the last function
(Udyapan) of her vrata.

The Brahmin couple worshipped Shri-Guru with devotion.
Shri Guru appeared before them. The Brahmin got two sons
in course of time.

Thread ceremony of the first son was duly celebrated. Chout
(shaving the hair on the head) ceremony of the second was to be
performed; but the boy fell sick due to tetanus and died on the
 third day after great suffering. The parents began to weep
in grief.

The Brahmani said, `Shri Guru, you are the donor of true and
real things. I believed in your words. How did this happen?
Due to the sin of Brahmahatya I took your shelter.
Due to the fear of a tiger a cow goes to a Muslim and
he kills the cow. Similar has been my case.

Next morning the Brahmins of the place tried to console her
and demanded the corpse of the boy for funeral; but she held
the corpse of her son at bosom and refused to give it and said,
`Burn me also with this corpse.'

The Brahmins said, `Does mother give her life with that of a son?
How foolish you are! Besides, to commit suicide is a great sin'.
It was afternoon; but she did not part with the corpse. In the
meantime a Sanyasi came there and began to advise her.'

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 21 - The Dead Child Became Alive
Post by: ShAivI on June 30, 2015, 04:49:49 AM



Chapter - 21
The Dead Child Became Alive

The Sanyasi said, `You are mourning in vain.
He who has come to birth, in this world has to die.
How long can last the foam or a bubble in the water.
This body is made of five principles and when they are separated,
the body also perishes. Satwa, Rajas and Tamas are the
three qualities of those principles. Satwa begets god, Rajas begets
human being and Tamas begets demon. Man does good and bad actions
and accordingly he gets enjoyment or suffering in the next birth.

Being deluded by affection and agreed, men have pleasures or miseries.
They are dependent on the actions of the previous birth.
Even Gods and Rishis have to suffer. Only is not grieved at death.

When a female is pregnant, in the beginning the fetus has no shape;
but it develops and comes to birth and it is therefore evident that
it will perish one day. A body is like a bubble in the water. Some die
in childhood, some in youth and some in old age as per actions of the
past life. But due to affection, it is said that she is the mother. He is the
father, son, wife, friend and so on. The body appears to be clean;
but it is full of flesh, blood, urine, filth etc.

As one comes to birth one's enjoyment and suffering are destined.
No one has won victory over death. One sees treasure in dream but
of what use can it be in practical life? You had many lives in different yonis
i.e. species e.g. animals, birds, worms, human being etc.; but how many
of these can you recollect? If you had been a human being can you tell me
whose wife or daughter you had been? If you cannot know this, why do you
mourn saying `my son’? You give the corpse to the Brahmins for funeral.'

Hearing the advice of the Sanyasi, the Brahmani said,
`You have advised me but I am not satisfied and if the
fate is unchangeable, why one should adore God?
If iron is not transformed into gold by the touch of Paris
(Philosopher's stone) what is its significance? Being unfortunate,
I adored Shri Guru. If one has fever, one goes to a physician
and seeks relief by his medicine.

Shri Narasimha Saraswati is the incarnation of Trimurti (Three Gods).
He blessed us by giving us sons with long lives. How can it be untrue?
In the circumstances, why this calamity should befall me?
Therefore I have decided to give up my life.'

Hearing her decision, the Sanyasi said, `Shri Guru has blessed you
to have sons having long lives and still your son has died, then
you should better go to the place of Audumbar with your dead child.'

Being encouraged in this fashion, she tied the body of her son
at her back and came to Audumbar. She dashed her head on the
Padukas and began to mourn. As the night was approaching the
Brahmins again asked for the dead body, but she refused to give.
The Brahmins said `the body will emanate foul odor tomorrow
and then she will have to give it.' Saying this, they went home.
Only the parents remained there. Later on after midnight the
parents fell drowsy and got a nap due to exertion.

In her dream she saw a person with vibuthi marks on the body,
a wreath of Rudraksha round the neck, a Trishul in the hand and
a tiger skin on the body. He said to her, `Why are you blaming me
and mourning? What ails your son? Saying so he applied bhasma or
vibuthi to the forehead of the son, opened his mouth and blew air
into it by his mouth. Thus oxygen was infused in his body.
 The result was that the boy began to move his limbs and
came to life.

At first sight she was frightened. She thought that one sees in
one's dream whatever is in one's mind. But as she awoke
she found that the boy was making movement and his body was
warm. At first she placed the boy away out of fear but the boy
sat and asked for something to eat as he was hungry. She took him
to her breast. Milk came out profusely from the paps. Then she gave up
fear and was delighted. She aroused her husband. Both bowed to the
Padukas of Shri Guru and prayed, `Kindly forgive us for our harsh words.
' They took rounds of the tree and went for bath.

After bath they washed the blood on the Padukas and worshipped
them with great devotion. By this time it was morning. The Brahmins
came there again for the funeral, but they were wonderstruck to see
the child alive. All were glad to see this miracle and praised the greatness
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 !!
!! He Datta Yogeshwar Vasudev Sripaad Vallabh Naarsinh !!
!! Sripaad Sri Vallabh Narhari Dattatreya Digambara !!


Title: Chapter - 22 - An old, barren buffalo gives milk
Post by: ShAivI on July 01, 2015, 01:02:19 PM



Chapter - 22
An old, barren buffalo gives milk

Shri Guru was staying at the Sangam and used to go to Gangapur
for alms. There were about a 100 Brahmin families in Gangapur.
Amongst them a poor Brahmin lived with his devoted wife.
He had an old barren she buffalo. Putting a rope in her nostrils,
she was hired for carrying load, earth and other articles.
He lived on the petty amount of the hire thus received.

One day Shri Guru came to this Brahmin at midday for alms.
Other Vedic Brahmins said, `We have good delicious food at
our houses. Still Shri Guru preferred to go to this poor Brahmin
They felt sorry. Shri Guru wished to do parmath without discretion
of rich or poor. Shri Krishna went to stay with Vidur instead of
King Duryodhan. He accepted simple, coarse food at Vidur's house.
Similarly Shri Guru loved Satwic persons more. Even bad fate was
changed by the favor of Shri Guru.

It was the month of Vaishakh and so the heat of the Sun was terrible.
When Shri Guru came to the Brahmin's house, he had gone out.
His wife bowed to Shri Guru and offered him a seat. She said,
`My husband will soon return with corn. Kindly wait for a while.'

Shri Guru: `There is a she buffalo at yours.
Then why do you not give me milk?'

Brahmani: This she buffalo is old and has no teeth. Moreover she is
barren from birth. So we use her for hire and have put a rope in her nostrils.
We live on the petty amount of hire.

Shri Guru: You are not telling me the truth. Go and take out milk
and give it to me now.

When Shri Guru talked in this fashion, the woman took a pot and went
to the she buffalo and began to milk her. When two pots-full of milk
were obtained, she was surprised and believed that he was not an ordinary
sanyasi, but was an incarnation of god. She boiled the milk and respectfully
offered it to Shri Guru. Shri Guru was pleased and said, `Lakshmi will live
at yours incessantly.' He then went to the Sangam.

When the Brahmin returned, he learnt what had happened. He said to his wife,
`Our poverty is now wiped out. Let us go to Shri Guru.' They both went to
the Sangam and worshipped Shri Guru with devotion. As blessed by Shri Guru,
 the Brahmin had a son, daughter, wealth and long life and they lived happily.

(Study of this Adhyay is believed to grant cattle wealth and 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 23 - iberation of Brahma-Rakshas Establishment of a Math at Gangapur
Post by: ShAivI on July 02, 2015, 04:02:14 AM



Chapter - 23
Liberation of Brahma-Rakshas Establishment of a Math at Gangapur

Next day some people came to the Brahmin to take his she buffalo on hire.
The Brahmin said that he would not give her as she was giving milk.
He showed to the people the two pots of milk she was giving.
She was barren till yesterday and she had never been pregnant.
Yet she was giving milk. All were surprised to see the miracle.
The news spread all over and the chief officer of the town also
came to know about it. He came to the Brahmin and asked him
about the miracle.

The Brahmin said, `This miracle has occurred due to the blessing
of the Sanyasi living at the Sangam. He is an incarnation of God.
He came for alms at midday yesterday. As there was no corn
at home, he asked to give him milk as alms. My wife told him
that the she buffalo was barren. The Sanyasi was angry and
he asked her to milk the buffalo in his presence. It was really
wonder that the buffalo began to give milk from that time.
She has become a Kamadhenu for us.'

Hearing this, the Gramadhipati with his wife and children and
other men went to the Sangam to see the Sanyasi. He bowed
to him and began to praise him. Sri Guru asked him about his
intention of coming there. The officer said with folded hands,
"Instead of living in the jungle, Swami should establish a math
and live in the town and guide us in spiritual life from time to time.
I will build the math for you."

Sri Guru thought that it was time to disclose Himself to the society.
He therefore agreed to the proposal. The officer seated Sri Guru in
a palkhi (palanquin) with respect and took him to the Gangapur to
the accompaniment of music. All the people of the town came
for Guru's Darshan and worshipped Him. They praised Him with
the words, "Hail, Oh Lord, Victory to You." The Swami reached
the South Gate of the town. There was a Peepal tree there in which
a ferocious demon was living for a long time. He had been very cruel
in his previous life. All houses around the tree had been destroyed.
But when the demon saw Sri Guru coming in the procession he ran
towards him, bowed at His lotus feet and said, "Oh Guru, redeem me.
Your Darshan has destroyed all my bad qualities." Guru said,
"Go to the Sangam immediately, take a bath in it, then your sins
will be washed away and you will get liberation."

The demon then took a bath in the Sangam, returned and bowed
at Guru's feet. Sri Guru placed his hand on the demon's head and
blessed him. Thereupon the demon changed into a human being and
was liberated from his curse. During Sri Guru's Smaran he left the place.
All those who saw this incident said, "Oh Guru, you are not a mortal being.
You are a manifestation of Dattatreya Himself. Victory to You.
Oh Sri Guru Deva Datta."

As promised, the Gramadhipati built a math for Sri Guru and worshipped
Him every day with devotion. Sri Guru went to the Sangam every day
for Anushthan. The Gramadhipati took him there in a palanquin and went
with Him. Thus Guru's fame spread far and wide, and with the touch of
His lotus feet Gangapur became a Punya Kshetra, a holy place of pilgrimage.

(Study of this Chapter is believed to remove
vaastu-doshas and to protect against afflictions from grahas
i.e., from evil effects of planets)

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 24 - Trivikram bharati Sees Vishwaroop of Shri Guru
Post by: ShAivI on July 03, 2015, 01:25:11 PM



Chapter - 24
Trivikram bharati Sees Vishwaroop of Shri Guru

Kumasi is a village near Gangapur. Here lived Trivikram Bharati,
who had studied three Vedas. He was a devotee of Shri Narahari,
Hearing the name of Shri Guru, he said, "Such kind of high living
does not become a Sanyasi.' He criticized Shri Guru in this way.

Shri Guru asked Gramadhipati to arrange for going to Kumasi.
Elephant, horses, pageantry and musicians were gathered.
Shri guru was seated in a palkhi and a grand procession started
towards Kumasi.

As usual Trivikram was worshipping Narahari in his mind.
But he could not see the shrine of Narahari in mediation.
He saw all the persons were Sanyasis with sticks in hand and
having the appearance of Shri Narahari. He was amazed.
He fell flat before the procession praying 'You are Trimurti God,
Guru of the universe. I could not know you due to my ignorance.
Kindly disclose yourself in your real form. You are all-pervading
Narasimha Saraswati. I see here that all are yatis having the same
appearance. I cannot recognize you and bow to you. I have committed
many sins but I have been doing you `manaspuja' daily. It seems
that it is bearing fruit today, and I have the pleasure to see thyself.
You have descended for the liberation of the ignorant persons like us.
So kindly show me your real hallowed form.'

Being praised by Trivikram in this way, Shri Guru appeared before him
in his real form in the procession. Shri Guru said to him, `You have been
criticizing me and have called me a pretender. Just tell me who is a

Trivikram said, `Kindly pardon me. Wipe off my ignorance. I am sinking
in the sea of ignorance. Give me a lift in the boat of knowledge and
take me with you. Shri Krishna showed Vishwaroop to Arjuna. Similarly
you have favored me by showing your universal form. Oh guru of the
Universe, your greatness cannot be fully described by people like me.'

Shri Guru: `You have known the Paramartha. You will not have any birth
hereafter.' Blessing Trivikram Shri Guru returned back to Ganagapur.

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 26 - Vedas Analyzed
Post by: ShAivI on July 05, 2015, 11:55:24 AM



Chapter - 26
Vedas Analyzed

Shri Guru said, `Even Rishis had to take great pains to learn Vedas.
In Kaliyug the span of life being short, it is impossible to learn all the
Vedas completely.'

Bharadwaja asked Brahmadev to teach him the Vedas. Brahmadev
showed him three heaps of Vedas, which appeared as huge as hills.
Bharadwaj was stunned to see them. He then requested Brahmadev
to give as much of the Vedas as he could learn. Brahmadev gave him
three handfuls of Vedas. He could not study even these. Mantras of
the three Vedas were separated, which formed the fourth
Veda-Atharva Veda.

Vyasa, the incarnation of Shri Vishnu, taught these four Vedas to
his four disciples. He narrated Rig Veda to `Pail'. It was tall and of a
prominent neck. It had a sharp sight and was as bright as the Sun.
It's Gotra was Atri, it's God. Brahma, it's Chand (Metre)-Gayatri and
Upaveda Ayurveda. It has 5 parts and 6 Brahmans and Arans.

Vyasa narrated `Vaishampayan', the second disciple, Yajur Veda,
which is full of rituals for different sacrifices. It was 5-Ranti tall. It's Gotra
was Bharadwaj, it was thin and its Chhand was Trishtup. Its God was
Mahavishnu. It was also as bright as the Sun and its Upaveda was
Dhanur Veda. It has 86 parts.

Sam Veda is the third Veda, which pleases by its music. Vyasa narrated
this to `Jaimini' his third disciple. It is 6-Ratni tall, calm and controlled.
Its lips are red, and a has a stick in its hand. Its Gotra is Kashyap,
Guru is Rudra, and chhand is Jati. Its Upaveda is Gandharva. It is divided
in many parts.

Highly learned Vyasa narrated `Sumantu,' his fourth disciple, the fourth
`Atharva Veda'. Its God is Devesh, Gotra is baijan, chhanda is Swachhanda
and Upaveda is Astra Shastra. It has 9 parts and 5 Kalpas.

No one can know all these four fully. Knowing only a part of the Vedas,
how do you say you know all the Vedas?

Due to knowledge of Vedas, Brahmins were highly respected in the past.
They were called Gods-of-the-earth-Bhoosur. Even kings worshipped them.
Three great gods were under their control due the strength of the Vedas.
Indra and other Gods were afraid of the Brahmins as they could turn a
straw into a mountain and a mountain into a straw. Shri Vishnu also
requested the Brahmins.

In Kaliyug the Brahmins have given up the Vedic-path and so their power
is lost. They serve lower classes, sell Vedas. Though there are several parts
of the Vedas, many parts are lost.

You say that you know four Vedas, but do you know the end of any Veda?
So do not persist for discussion. Better you go away from here.
Do not waste your lives in vanity.'

The impudent Brahmins could not appreciate Shri Guru's advice and they
still said, `Either discuss with us or give us a certificate to that effect.'

Shri Guru was enraged to see their attitude. He said, `Let it be as you desire.
Just is a rat cuts the sides of a box of a serpent or a butterfly jumps on a lamp,
you are digging your own grave.'

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 25 - Impudent Brahmins vanity
Post by: ShAivI on July 05, 2015, 12:06:34 PM



Chapter - 25
Impudent Brahmins vanity

There was a cruel Muslim king in Vidura. He used to call the Brahmins,
ask them to recited Vedas and explain their meaning. He would then
give money to such Brahmins. He would say that if Brahmins kill
animals in sacrifices, then why should they blame us for killing animals?

One day two Brahmins, knowing three Vedas, came to the king and
said to him, `If there are any learned Brahmins in your city, call them
to discuss with us on all the four Vedas.

The king inquired, but no learned Brahmin came forward to discuss
with these Brahmins. They decided to visit other places in the country
and discuss. Vedas with Brahmins and obtain victory certificates
from them.

In course of time they came to Kumasi and invited Trivikram Bharati
for discussion or else demanded a certificate for victory.

Trivikram Bharati humbly declined to discuss. But due to their persistence
he said, `My Gurudeo resides at Ganagapur. Let us go there. You will be
given certificates if necessary.'

Trivikram Bharati and two Brahmins came to Ganagapur. Trivikram
bowed to Shri Guru and told him why those Brahmin had come there.

Shri Guru asked the Brahmins' `Why do you want to discuss?
We being Sanyasis do not give any importance to victory or defeat.
What will you gain by such discussion?'

The Brahmins said, `We have roamed all over the country and have
won victory everywhere. Here we have several certificates of victory.
Hence you and Trivikram can both discuss with us.'

Shri Guru: `Vanity results in destruction. What was bali's fate?
What did Banasur gain? Ravana and Kauravas have also perished.
Even Brahma and others do not know all the Vedas. So think over
again and give up the idea of discussing.'

Still he impudent Brahmins insisted to have a discussion.

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 27 - Harijan Becomes A Learned Brahmin
Post by: ShAivI on July 06, 2015, 12:38:04 PM



Chapter - 27
Harijan Becomes A Learned Brahmin

Shri Guru saw a man passing by. He asked his disciples to call him.
He was a Harijan. He bowed to Shri Guru and prayed for liberation.

Shri Guru gave a stick to a disciple and asked him to draw seven
parallel lines. On doing this Shri Guru asked the Harijan to cross a line.
The Harijan crossed the first line and Shri Guru asked him who he was.
He said he was a Kirat. On crossing the second line, he had more
knowledge. On crossing the third he said he was a gangasut
i.e. a boatman. On crossing the fourth he became a Shudra.
On crossing the fifth he became Somdatta Vaishya. On crossing the
sixth he was a Kshatriya named Godavari. On crossing the seventh line,
he said, `I am a Brahmin. I know Vedas, Shastras, Vyakaran and
my name is Adhyapak (Teacher).

Shri Guru said, `These two Brahmins have come to discuss Veda Shastras.
You may discuss with them' So saying he asked him to apply enchanted
vibuthi to his body due to which he looked more bright.

Seeing this miracle, the Brahmins began to tremble with fear and
started getting pain in the heart. They fell on the feet of Shri Guru
and said, `We are great offenders. Kindly forgive us and liberate us.
You are incarnation of three Gods and Guru of the world. Your greatness
is indescribable.'

Shri Guru said, `You have harassed Trivikram Muni and have committed
many other offenses' You will become Brahma-rakshasas and have to
suffer for your sins.'

The Brahmins again entreated, `How shall we be free from this worldly sea?'

Shri Guru: 'You shall be Brahma-Rakshasas for twelve years. Shuknarayan,
a Brahmin will come and advise you and then your sins will be wiped off and
you will be liberated. You go to the river now.' The Brahmins went to the river.
They had severe heart-pain and they died, They lived as Brahma-Rakshasas
and after twelve years they were liberated.

The Harijan Brahmin said to Shri Guru, 'I was a Brahmin, then how was
I degenerated? What sins had I committed? Kindly enlighten me.'

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 28 - Advice of Karma Vipak to the Harijan
Post by: ShAivI on July 07, 2015, 11:54:06 AM



Chapter - 28
Advice of Karma Vipak to the Harijan

Shri Guru said, `I will tell you the account of your past life.
One gets birth as per one's good or bad actions. If Shudra enjoys
with a Brahmin woman he becomes a Chandal. Brahmins and
persons of other castes are degenerated if they lead a faulty life.

One who leaves his parents or Guru and goes elsewhere and
who forsakes his wife becomes a Chandal. One who adores other
deities, leaving one's family god, who speaks a lie, who kills animals,
sells his daughter, takes Shudra's food, sells horses, enjoys with
Shudra women, sets fire to the forest, separates a cow from its
calves, rides on an ox, becomes a Chandal.

A Brahmin after going to a holy place, does not bathe there and
does not observe six Karmas, his first wife being alive, marries with
another and forsakes the first, who enjoys with widows, becomes
degenerated. Similarly one who breaks tanks and wells, causes
split in Brahmins' houses, enjoys with wives of master, Guru or a
friend, takes meals in the evening, runs away from the battle field
leaving the master, tells Vedas to Shudras, does not observe shraddha,
(anniversary of parents etc.) speaks about one's virtues, administers
medicines without knowing the pulse, censures Hari and Har also gets
birth in a Chandal family.

One who learns mantras from Shudras, mixes water in cow's milk,
becomes a dog. One, who criticizes Vedas, disrespects. Brahmins,
suffers from stone in the bladder. One, who causes abortions of women,
becomes neutral and even if he has issues they do not survive.

One who steals gold, suffers from syphilis, he who steals book becomes
blind. One who steals at his friend's house, suffers from glands in the neck.
A thief of food articles suffers from tumor. One who takes away other's
wife, becomes a Brahma Rakshas. One who takes away money offered
to god becomes a leper. One who takes away money offered to God
becomes a steals cow's milk becomes a leper.

The bad results of adultery are given in Shantiparva of Mahabharat.
One, who embraces other's wife, becomes a dog for 100 lives and
then a serpent. One who sees the vagina of other's wife becomes blind.
One who enjoys with a friend's wife or maternal aunt, becomes a dog
If a Shudra enjoys with a Brahmin woman, both will become worms.'

Hearing this Trivikram asked, `If one has committed a sin, how can it
be wiped off?'

Shri Guru: `If there is real repentance, the sin is wiped off. Prayashchittas
(Puritive acts) are given in `Karma Vipak' as follows. Take Brahmadand.
Give cow with ornaments in charity to a Brahmin. If this is not possible give
money. If the sin is minor then giving of a gold coin will suffice. If a man and
his wife both have committed a sin both should take Prayashchitta or recite
`Gayatri' mantra ten thousand times or feed 12 Brahmins. `Gayatri Krichhra'
`Prajapati Krichhra' means to take meal once a day or take `madhukari'
(food alms taken at Brahmins) and have fasts for 3 days, mild sins are
wiped off by this act.

In `Ati Krichhra' take 15 morsels of food in the morning and 12 in the night
or take eight morsels of madhukari food each in the morning and in the night.
Take ghee for 3 days and milk for 3 days, live only on air for 3 days and then
only milk for 3 days and then take only milk for 21 days. A weak person
can observe fast taking ti, gur, parched paddy (Lahi). In `Parna Krichhra' water
in which leaves of certain trees are dipped, is to be taken. One should declare
one's sin in meeting openly. `Tirth Krichhra' means to go to a holy place,
take bath and recite Gayatri mantra for twelve hundred times. All sins are
destroyed by doing this. Bath at Setubandh wipes off sin of killing a child in womb.
Recitation of a crore of Gayatri mantra wipes off even the sin of a Brahmahatya.

Pavmansukta, Indra mitra, Shunah shep, Apamadhya, Tadvishnoh, Purushsukta
from the Vedas will wipe off sins if recited daily. Taking of Pancha Gavya
(mixture of 5 things i.e. Cow's milk, curds, ghee, cow's urine and dung) after
repentance, destroys sins committed due to ignorance.

Brahmahatya, drinking, enjoying with guru's wife, theft of gold and cooperation
in these crimes are the five great sins which are destroyed by the favor of Shri Guru'.

Shri Guru told the Harijan, `You were a Brahmin but you disregarded your parents
and therefore, you have become a Chandal. You bathe at the Sangam for a month
and your sins will be wiped off'.

The Harijan said, `A crow becomes a Rajhansa on going to the Manas lake;
similarly I have been pure by your sight (Darshan). How can the iron transformed
into gold by the touch of paris (Philosopher's stone) be iron again?' Assimilate
me now amongst the Brahmins'.

Shri Guru smiled and said, `You are born in a low caste. How can you be a
Brahmin without change of the present day?

In the former times, Vishwamitra was born as Kshatriya; by penance he called
himself a `Brahmarishi'. Indra and other gods said,

`If our guru Vasishta calls you `Brahmarishi' we shall follow his verdict.
' Vasishta did not address Vishwamitra as `Brahmarishi' Vishwamitra
was enraged and he killed 100 sons of Vasishta and came to eat the flesh
of the corpse.

Thus the bhasma touched the dead body of the Brahmin He being a sinner,
was being taken by the Yamadoots. But as his body had the marks of bhasma,
Shivadoots also came to carry him to Shiva's place. The Shivadoots attacked the
Yamadoots, who then left the Brahmin's corpse and complained to Yama,
who came to the Shivadoots and angrily asked them. "Why did you take that
sinful Brahmin from my men?" The Shivadoots told him, "The body of the
Brahmin and marks of bhasma on it and so as per Shiva's orders we are
taking him to touch the body, with marks of Bhasma." Being satisfied
Yama then went away.

Brahma Rakshas said, `When I was the king, I had constructed a tank in a
forest and had given some land to the Brahmins. So as told by Yama, I had
the fortune to see you in this 25th life. Kindly tell me how bhasma is to be applied
and liberate me from the cycle of births and deaths.'

Vamdev said, `Shri Shankar had gone to Mandrachal along with his Rudragan.
Indra, Brahmadev, Vasishta, Narad, Yaksh, Gandharva and Rishis also had come
there to see Shri Shankar. Who was seated on a beautiful throne, having seven
backgrounds, all very bright and made of precious stones. He had the Moon on
his forehead, locks of hair on his head, Takshak on one ear and Vasuki on the
other and wreaths of serpents around this neck. He had trishul in one hand,
Damaru (drum) in the second, sword hands, held different weapons. He was
sitting with Parvati Devi, who was wearing rich clothes and ornaments.

Sanatkumar requested Shri Shankar to tell some means by which one could
attain all the four Purusharthas.

Shri Shankar said, 'have tripundra (3 lines) on the forehead and apply bhasma
on the body. This will destroy all the sins, such as taking the wealth of others,
enjoying with others, wives, cajoling, giving false witness, stealing of cow, land,
gold or till, selling milk, flesh, salt and doing adultery etc. and after death one
goes to heaven.

Vamdev gave enchanted Bhasma to the Brahma Rakshas who applied it to his
body and had tripundra on his forehead. He was at once transformed into a
celestial person and a plane descended to take him to the heaven.

Though Bhasma has much greatness, the greatness of Shri Guru is still more
and so due to the favor of Vamdev the Brahma Rakshas was liberated."

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 29 - The Great Power of Bhasma (Vibuthi)
Post by: ShAivI on July 08, 2015, 12:49:17 PM



Chapter - 29
The Great Power of Bhasma (Vibuthi)

Trivikram bowed to Sri Guru and asked. "Oh Guru, how did the Chandal
get knowledge. And how did it vanish after the bath?"

Sri Guru said,” He received knowledge when I sprinkled Vibuthi,
the sacred ashes on him. His knowledge disappeared when the
ashes disappeared. One who applies Vibuthi will become pure and
whole and get knowledge of Brahman." Then He narrated a story:

In Krithayuga there was a Mahayogi named Vamadeva.
He used to apply Bhasma to His body. He was without pride and desire.
Once He wandered into a forest named Krauncharanya. There a demon
came to eat Him. But as He held Vamadeva, some bhasma on
Vamadeva's body rubbed off onto his body. As a result, the demon's
sins were washed away and he received enlightenment. "Oh, Trivikrama,
one's sins are washed away on one's coming into contact with a person
of good character and integrity."

The demon bowed to Vamadeva and prayed for redemption. Sri Guru asked
the demon about him. The demon said,” Now I remember my 25 previous
births, before which I was a king named Durjaya. I was a wicked king,
harassed my citizens, including women, and drank alcohol. Due to all this
I had to go to hell and become a ghost for a hundred years. Then I took birth
as a dog, a jackal, and other animals. I was tired of all these births. Then
I became a demon. Although I eat so many animals, I am still hungry.
So I came to eat You. But the contact with Your body has washed my sins
away. I have attained peace and acquired knowledge. Oh compassionate one,
redeem me, and explain to me how I attained knowledge due to contact
with the Bhasma on Your body."

Vamadeva said, "The power of Bhasma is great and limitless. You touched my
body on which I had applied the sacred ashes." With these words he put the
power of the Shiva mantra into the Bhasma and gave it to the demon to apply.

The demon said, "Oh Sri Jagatguru, I met You due to my good deeds in
my previous birth. As a king I had built a water tank, and gave lands and
cows to Brahmins, so now I have been rewarded. I have been purified."
With these words he applied Bhasma to his body. On doing so he immediately
got a heavenly body.

Vamadeva was an incarnation of Trimurthy (Dattatreya) in form of a Rishi.
As Jagatguru He wandered from place to place to redeem humans. T
his demon bowed to Vamadeva and attained Moksha. This was the story
Sri Guru told to describe the glory of Bhasma.

The power of Bhasma is great. Even a demon was saved by it.
 But no Mantra is successful unless it is blessed by a Guru.
That is why they say no salvation is possible without the Guru.
He is the liberator and the protector.

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 30 - The Death of a Young Brahmin Husband
Post by: ShAivI on July 09, 2015, 01:38:02 PM



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 !!


Title: Chapter - 31 - Code of Woman's Behavior
Post by: ShAivI on July 10, 2015, 12:40:23 PM



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 !!


Title: Chapter - 32 - Behavior of a Widow: Dead Husband Made Alive
Post by: ShAivI on July 11, 2015, 02:31:47 PM



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 !!


Title: Chapter - 33 - Devoted Concubine
Post by: ShAivI on July 12, 2015, 12:27:01 PM



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 !!


Title: Chapter - 34 - Rajkumar and Mantrikumar devotees of Shri Shiva
Post by: ShAivI on July 13, 2015, 11:53:06 AM



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 !!


Title: Chapter - 35 - Kach-Devayani
Post by: ShAivI on July 14, 2015, 12:17:24 PM



Chapter - 34

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

`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 !!


Title: Chapter - 36 B - Code of Brahmin's Daily Rituals
Post by: ShAivI on July 15, 2015, 12:03:16 PM



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.


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.


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

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 36 A - Code of Brahmin's Daily Rituals
Post by: ShAivI on July 15, 2015, 12:03:25 PM



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

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

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

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 37 - Dharma of a Brahmin
Post by: ShAivI on July 16, 2015, 12:43:07 PM



Chapter - 37
Dharma of a Brahmin

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 !!


Title: Chapter 38 - Four Thousand Fed with Food of 3 Seers only
Post by: ShAivI on July 17, 2015, 12:46:41 PM



Chapter - 38
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 !!
!! He Datta Yogeshwar Vasudev Sripaad Vallabh Naarsinh !!
!! Sripaad Sri Vallabh Narhari Dattatreya Digambara !!


Title: Chapter - 39 - 60 Year Old Sterile Woman Begets Children
Post by: ShAivI on July 18, 2015, 02:33:25 PM



Chapter - 39
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 !!
!! He Datta Yogeshwar Vasudev Sripaad Vallabh Naarsinh !!
!! Sripaad Sri Vallabh Narhari Dattatreya Digambara !!


Title: Chapter - 40 - Leper Brahmin Cured
Post by: ShAivI on July 19, 2015, 12:52:12 PM



Chapter - 40
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

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 41 - Sayamdeo Serves Shri Guru : His Kashikhand Mahayatra.
Post by: ShAivI on July 20, 2015, 01:03:37 PM



Chapter - 41
Leper Brahmin Cured.

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

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 !!


Title: Chapter - 42 - Significance of Anant Vrat
Post by: ShAivI on July 21, 2015, 12:12:04 PM



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


Title: Chapter - 43 - Tantuk's Shri Shailya Yatra on Maha Shivaratri.
Post by: ShAivI on July 22, 2015, 11:26:44 AM



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 !!


Title: CHAPTER 44 - Nandi Brahmin relieved of Leprosy : He became a Poet
Post by: ShAivI on July 23, 2015, 02:15:08 PM



Chapter - 44
Nandi Brahmin relieved of Leprosy : He became a Poet.

Nandi was a Brahmin suffering from Leprosy. He worshippedd Tuljapur Bhavani
for 3 years. He observed fast. He stayed near Bhuvaneshwari at Bhilavadi
for 7 months and worshipped the deity devotedly. He was told in a dream
 to go to Shri Guru at Gangapur and that he would then be relieved of the

Nandi said, 'You are Goddess yourself, how do you ask me to go to a human being.
I shall be here, nomatter if I have to lose my life.'

The pujari also had similar dream. He and some others told Nandi, 'Do not trouble
the Goddess hereafter and if you do not ming, we shall not allow you enter
this mandir.'

Being helpless he came to Gangapur and went to the Math and bowed to
Shri Guru. Shri Guru asked him 'Leaving the Goddess, why did you come to a
 human being? When you doubt, how can you be relieved of the disease?'

Realising that Shri Guru knew what was in his mind, he said, 'I am a dullard.
Kindly forgive me. I have come for your shelter. Kindly protect me. I am ver much
harrassed due to this disease. My wife also left me and went to her parents.
Chandla Devi has sent me to you. Kindly do not drive me away.'

Shri Guru asked Somnath to take Nandi to the Sangam and said, "Let him bathe
at the Shatkul and have rounds of the Ashwattha. Give him new clothes, throwing
away his old ones and then bring him here for meals."

As advised by Shri Guru, Somnath took DNandi to the Sangam for bath. After bath
his body became free from lerosy. After taking rounds of the Ashwattha, Somnath
brought him back to the Math. Nandi bowed to Shri Guru and began to pray Him.

Shri Guru asked him, 'See if all your body has been free from the disease. He looked
to his body and found that some patches had remained on his thigh. Being afraid
he asked 'After having your blessings why these patches should be here?'

Shri Guru said, 'You came with a suspicion that what a man could do and so a little
disease is there. You should stay here praying God, the little disease that is there
will also be wiped off soon.'

Nandi said, 'I am illiterate. How can I compose poems of praise?'

Shri Guru asked him to draw out his tongue. When he did so, Shri Guru put little
bhasma on the tip of his tongue.

Instantly he became wise. He bowed to Shri Guru and began to compose poems
 in praise of Shri Guru. The summary of those poems is as follows :-

'I was sinking in the wordly ocean, being deluded by the affection for my family
members. I was roaming through different species as swedaj, Andaj, Udbhija and
Jaraj i.e. animal life. Human life is the best of all. I had no knowledge in the
Shudra birth. The birth of a Brahmin is the best amongst the human beings.
But if a Brahmin is also a dullard, how can he have knowledge of Shri Guru?

The blood of the mother and the seman of the father unite and a fetus comes to
existence as a bubble. After 15 days it becomes liquid. Within a month a small solid
fetus is formed. I the second month the head and the limbs take shape. When the
five great elements i.e. the earth, the water, the luster, the wind and thesky unite,
the should enters the fetus. In the fifth month the skin and the hair are formed.
In the sixth month the fetus starts respiration. In the seventh month, the ear,
the tongue, the brain and the marrow become solid. In this way I was growing in
the mother's uterus. The mother would eat hot, salt, sour, pungent and acidic articles,
due to which I was greatly troubled.

I then took birth. My span of life was fixed. Half of the time i.e. the nights were spent
in sleep in vain. The remaining half is divided in the three stages, childhood, youth
and old age. In the childhood, I had to suffer much. I wept due to pain in the stomach,
but myu mother thought that I was hungry and took me to her breast. And when
I was hungry, she thought I was ailing and gave me bitter medicines. At times due to
scorpion bite, in the cradle I would cry. She would then sing lulabied and move the
cradly to and frow and tried to lure me to sleep or she would think that I am affected
by some spirit and so the trie Mantra - Tantra and tied a black string on my wrist.
My mother would take pungent and sour articles and I had to suffer from
diarrhoea, cough etc.

In the youth, I was influenced by passion. I disregarded the parents and the guru
and always thought about the female-sex. Due to vanity, I dispised sadhus, saints
and old persons. How could have I adored Shri Guru dring this perios?

In the old age I was affected by cough, gases and other troubles. My hair became white
while taking care of my family and children. I lost my teeth, I could not hear well and
see properly. even in this state I did not serve Shri Guru. You are the protector and
liberator of the universe. Please liberate me.'

Illiterate Nandi composed such poems. All wondered to see his feat Nandi further said,
'Vedas say that the feet of Shri Guru are holy there is no other way than the feet of
Shri Guru, to be free from the worldly sea. By the favour of Shri Guru, all my sins are
wiped off. Shri Guru Narsimha Saraswati is like Kamdhenu. So people should adore
him and get liberated.

Nandi was later called 'Kavishwar' due to his poetry. The patches of leprosy on his
thigh also disappeared in course of time. Nandi greatly rejoiced at the cure.
He began to serve Shri Guru with more devotion.

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 45 - Poet Narhari Becomes a Disciple of Shri Guru.
Post by: ShAivI on July 24, 2015, 12:08:38 PM



Chapter - 45
Poet Narhari Becomes a Disciple of Shri Guru.

Once some disciples took Shri Guru to their town Hipperge.
This is a holy place of Kalleshwar. A Brahmin Narhari lived there.
He was a great devotee of God Kalleshwar. He daily composed
five new stanzas in praise of Kalleshwar and worshiped him

People told him the greatness of Shri Guru and requested him to
compose poems in his praise. But Narhari said, 'I have sold my
tongue to Kalleshwar and I shall not compose poems in praise of a
human being'. As usual he went to the temple to worship Kalleshwar.
While workshipping, he had a nap and he got asleep. He saw a dream
that Shri Guru was sitting on the Shiva Linga and that he was worshiping
 Shri Guru. Later the Linga disappeared and Shri Guru only was seen.
Shri Guru smiled and asked him 'You do not believe in a human being
and then why are you worshiping me?'.

Narhari awoke and wondered about the dream. He repented for
underestimating Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati, who was all incarnation
of Shri Shiva.

Immediately he went to see Shri Guru, bowed to him and said,
'Kindly forgive me. Without knowing your greatness I underestimated you,
but now I know that you are Kalleshwar himself. When Kamdhenu is at home,
why should one be anxious? Kindly let me have your blessings. I wish to serve
you hereafter.' Saying this he began to praise Him.

Shri Guru was pleased. He gave clothes to Narhari and accepted him as his
disciple. Shri Guru said to him, 'Kalleshwar is great. You continue to worship
him. Narhari said, 'When you yourself are KAlleshwar, why should I worship
other Kalleshwar? I shall not go away leaving thy feet now.' In this way,
Narhari poet also became a great devotee 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 !!
!! He Datta Yogeshwar Vasudev Sripaad Vallabh Naarsinh !!
!! Sripaad Sri Vallabh Narhari Dattatreya Digambara !!


Title: Chapter 46 - Shri Guru Visits Eight Places at One Time.
Post by: ShAivI on July 25, 2015, 01:25:59 PM



Chapter - 46
Poet Narhari Becomes a Disciple of Shri Guru

At the time of Diwali festival, seven devotees of Shri Guru came to
Ganagapur Math and requested Shri Guru to come to their places for Diwali.
As Shri Guru loved them all alike, it was a problem before him as to whose
invitation should be accepted Shri Guru said to them, 'You are all from different
places. How can I come to your homes at the same time. You decide among
yourselves as to where I should go first and where I should go later.'

Each devotee wished that Shri Guru should come to him first. So they could not
 decide and began to quarrel, Shri Guru called the devotees one by one and told
each of them 'I shall come only to one house. So don't argue unnecessarily.'

Then the devotees said, 'Oh Guru, do not make any distinction between the rich
and the poor. Please treat us equally. If you neglect us we shall end our lives,
we serve you and we do whatever you say."' With these words they all prostrated
themselves before him humbly.

Thereupon Sri Guru said, 'All right, I shall visit you all. Rest assured about that.'
One of the disciples asked him, 'How can we be sure that you will visit the homes
of all of us?

Then Sri Guru called each of them separately and said, 'I will come to your house,
but do not tell others."

All the seven devotees thereafter went back to their respective places, pleased.

When the devotees of Ganagapur knew this, they requested Shri Guru, 'You should not
go out of Ganagapur for Diwali.' Shri Guru promised them also that he would be there,
and that they need not worry.

In the morning of Narak Chaturdashi day, Shri Guru took eight forms and went to
7 places of 7 devotees and also stayed at Ganagapur Math. He accepted Puja in
all the places.

Later the devotees gathered at Ganagapur for Deeparadhan on the Kartik pournima.
Each one told that Shri Guru had been to him in Diwali and showed the cloth presented
to him by Shri Guru. The people of Ganagapur said, 'Shri Guru was here in the Math
during Diwali.' But on seeing the articles presented by Shri Guru all realized that
Shri Guru had taken 8 forms in Diwali and they all were amazed. The conviction that
Shri Guru is the incarnation of Trimurties became more firm and they adored him with
greater devotion. He who worships Sri Guru will have all is desires fulfilled. All try to
experience the value of Guru Bhakti, but fools cannot appreciate Amrit. Only Jnanis
and devotees can relish the Amrit of Guru Nama.

The Vedas and Shastras proclaim that he who looks down upon Guru as an ordinary
human being will be born an animal. Sri Guru Charitra is equal to Veda-Shasta.
Only Guru can liberate one from the throes of Samskara.

Those who go to Ganagapur and serve Guru with devotion will surely get all their
desires fulfilled. So listen, all of you, purify your mind and visit Ganagapur.

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter 47 A - Parbati had Bumper Crops even in Scarcity.
Post by: ShAivI on July 26, 2015, 02:41:13 PM



Chapter - 47 A
Parbati had Bumper Crops even in Scarcity.

There lived pious farmer, named Parbati, in Ganagapur.
He used to bow to Shri Guru when he went to Sangam in the morning
an again at midday when Shri Guru returned. His field was on the way
to the Sangam. Once Shri Guru asked him, "Why do you take this
trouble daily? What is your desire?"

Parbati said, "I wish that my field yields a good crop".

Shri Guru, "what have you sown?"

Parbati said that jawar was sown in his field. He further added,
"It is due to your favor that this year the corp is good. I wish that
you should kindly come to my field and have a look at the crop by
your sight which showers nectar.'

Shri Guru went to the field, looked at the crop and said, 'If you have
 faith in me, do as I bid you.'

Parbati said, 'I shall obey you from the bottom of my heart'.

Shri Guru - 'Till I return at midday, cut off this crop'. Saying so,
 Shri Guru went to the Sangam.

Parbati approached the Revenue Officer and asked him to permit him
 to reap the crop on the rent as per the previous year.

The Officer said, `This year the crop is good, hence the old rent
will not suffice'.

Parbati said, `I shall pay double the rent. So please give me permission'.
The Officer agreed and granted the permission.

Parbati took some men with him, went to the field and reaped the crop.
His wife and children tried to prohibit him; but he did not listen to them.
The wife complained to the Officer, `The crop is good this year; but before
the harvest, my husband is reaping the field on the advice of a Sanyasi and
is depriving us of food. Kindly prohibit him to cut the crop'.

The Officer sent his men to ask Parbati why he was reaping the field before
the harvest. Parbati said, `If the Officer has doubt of getting the rent;
I shall pay the corn from reserve and keep my cattle at his door'.

Parbati reaped all the crop. Seeing that Shri Guru was returning from the Sangam,
he bowed to Him and reported that he had cut the crop as instructed.

Shri Guru `You have reaped in vain!'

Parbati `I have read the crop as advised by you. I have full faith in you.'

Shri Guru `You will have the fruit of your devotion, the wife and children of
Parbati said that they have lost their food. Parbati consoled them by saving,
`Shri Guru is Shri Shiva incarnate. With his blessing,We shall have no loss.
He told us to do this due to some unforeseen reason.'

In about a week, there was a severe code and all the crops in the country
were lost. Then on Mul Nakshatra, there was heavy rain, which was also
harmful to the crops; but Parbati's field yielded hundred times more crop of
good quality. All wondered to see this.

The wife and children of Parbati also rejoiced. They begged apology of Parbati
and repented for underestimating Shri Guru. The mention of all the above facts
is made here in order to show the affinity of Shri Sai Baba to Shri Vithal of
Pandharpur. One Sai Mandir at Phanaswadi, in the Girgaum area of the Bombay city,
was formerly a temple of Vithal and it was known as "Shri Premal Vithal Mandir".
 In this temple the idols of Vithal and Rakhumai were installed by Shri Gajanan
Vinayak Pradhan, as the temple itself was constructed my him as his own private
property. However, Shri Vasant Shastri alias Aba Panshikar completely changed the
Mandir and gave it the present form. One Shri Prabhakar Panshikar, is a famous
actor on the Marathi stage and Shri Aba Panshikar is his brother. Shri Aba Panshikar
was performing Keertans in the Vithal Mandir regularly. Shri Bhole Guruji, who is a
Sai devotee, used to attend Shri Panshikar's keertans as he was staying very near
the above Mandir, in the Mugbhat area Girgaum. Shri Bhole Guruji requested
Shri Panshikar to start praying to Shri Sai Baba. Shri Panshikar was not aware
of greatness of the saint of Shirdi up to that time and on being initiated by
Shri Bhole Guruji, he gladly became a devotee of Shri Sai Baba. He very soon
became a staunch and sincere devotee of Sri Baba and very soon thought of
changing the Vithal Mandir into a Sai temple. It is because of the zeal and efforts
of Shri Aba Panshikar that the Premal Vithal Mandir is now converted into a
Sai Mandir and is now known by that name.

In this temple, we see the idol of Shri Sai Baba in plaster, which is about four
and a half feet high. This idol is seated on an altar. It will be seen from the
photograph of the temple published along with this article that the original idols
of Shri Vithal and Rakhumai installed in the temple have still be retained in the
 temple as Shri Sai Baba had reverence for that god as stated at the beginning
of this article. The beautiful idol of Shri Sai Baba in plaster was made by one
sculptor Shri G.V. Patkar. Though the temple was originally constructed as a
private temple, still it was later on thrown open to everyone for worship and at
present anybody can go and offer flowers or garlands to Shri Sai Baba or
Shri Vithal - Rakhumai.

In the rear side of this temple, there is a banyan tree about hundred years old.
Around this tree we can also find the idols of Shri Datta, Hanuman and Pindi
of Shri Shankar. In addition to that, there are the Padukas of Shri Sai Baba in
silver in this area. These Padukas were installed at the October 1952.

The practice of getting prepared the silver Padukas of Shri Sai Baba and give them
to different people or institutions dedicated to Sai worship, was started by this temple.
So far, the Sai Padukas got prepared by this Mandir have been installed at five
different places. It may be noted here that the Padukas installed at the Sai temple
of Smt. Ajibai Wanarse at London, were got prepared by this Mandir.

"Service to humanity and Service to the dump mutes is the service to God"
this was the motto of Shri Sai Baba and the management of this temple has
borne in mind this fact. They have therefore coupled a social duty with this religious
institution. On the first floor of this temple, arrangements have been made for the
free accommodation of poor and deserving students, Who have no arrangements
to stay in Bombay. A great number of students have taken advantage of this facility
and because of the religious atmosphere of the temple; these students are grooved
in Sai devotion from the young age of their life.

Aarti, worship etc. are carried out at this temple every day as per those
performed at Shirdi. Ramnavami, Gurupournima and Vijayadashami are the
great festivals observed at this temple on the same lines as is done at Shirdi.
This temple has started one more practice. On every Shivaratri day, the offering
of fruits is made to Shri Baba and they are later on distributed to the devotees
by way of prasad. Shri Pandurang Mahadev Warang is a staunch Sai devotee,
who manages the daily affairs of the temple with great care. He is only thirty-one
years of age at present, but for the last twenty-two years he is staying in the temple
premises and is attending to the work of this temple. The management wants to expand
the activities of the temple and arrange some further programs on a large scale;
but due tot shortage of space they feel sorry that it is not possible for them. Shri Warang
always says that all his difficulties are readily solved by Shri Sai Baba. This shows his great
faith in Shri Sai Baba and his devotion to Him.

Girgaum is a very crowded locality of Bombay city. They area round about Lalbaug
and Parel which is known as the "Mill area" is perhaps another equally crowded area
in Bombay. The people in the "Mill area" are so very busy in their struggle for existence
 that they have hardly any time to think about god or existence. The people in the
Girgaum area are mostly white-collar people. They have regular hours of their office
work. Similarly religious practices are imbibed in them from their childhood. Hence they
find the need of a place for worship where they can get mental peace. The people
who were formerly they devotees of Vithal have started visiting this temple for the
worship of that god; but after seeing the idol of Shri Sai Baba in the temple and
having come to know. His greatness, they automatically become His devotees.
Thus this temple has a good place of worship for the devotees staying in Girgaum
area of the Bombay city and is therefore frequented by a number of devotees
every day.

Namdharak bowed to Shri Siddhamuni with folded hands and said,
"gurudeo, you have narrated to me the life of Shri Guru and have given me the real
gnyan(knowledge) which has wiped off my karma and by your blessing, I have known
the essence of religion. Devotion to Shri Guru is like the Kalpataru and Rishis like
Vashishta and Shuka also follow this path. Now kindly tell me the path of Sadguru."
Being pleased with the question, Shri Siddha said, "Namdharak, you are very fortunate
as you as you have asked question regarding the eternal principles, knowing with
illusion and ignorance are wiped off and the mind becomes becomes as clear
as the light of the sun.

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter 47 B - Parbati had Bumper Crops even in Scarcity.
Post by: ShAivI on July 26, 2015, 02:41:21 PM



Chapter - 47 B
Parbati had Bumper Crops even in Scarcity.

Once when Shri Shankar was sitting on a beautiful point of Kailas, Devi Parvati
with folded hands said to him with devotion, "Great God of Gods, Guru of the universe,
give me Gurumantra and kindly tell me the means by which one's soul becomes
united with Brahma".

Shri Shankar said, "Dear Devi, this is a question which has never been asked to me
so far by anybody. You are my second form. So I shall tell you this gist and this
will benefit all the people also".

Veda, Shastra, Purana, Ithihas, Mantra-tantravidya, Smriti-jaran-maran(using the
power of doing miracles by the devotees of Shiva and Shakti) and other various
sciences put one in illusion. Without knowing the gist of devotion to Guru, people
perform sacrifices, observe penance, vrat, charity, recitation and go to the holy places
but only after the rise of the light of Shri Guru, difficult vidya, worldly illusion and
ignorance are all wiped off. By serving Shri Guru, all sins perish and the soul becomes
pure and united with Brahma.

Taking the holy water, touched by the lotus like feet of Shri Guru, is like a bath
at a holy place. This Tirth is as holy as Kashi or Prayag.

Always remember Shri Guru. Recite Shri Guru's name all the time. Obey his orders,
serve and worship Shri Guru with devotion. Doing this, one can even attain
my position.
The alphabet 'Gu' means darkness and 'Ru' means light. Guru means the knowledge
of the light of Brahma, that destroys darkness of ignorance. 'Gu1 is the first alphabet
to create illusion and other attributes. 'Ru' is the second alphabet of Brahma
which destroys illusion and vain appearance. This power of Guru is supreme and is
difficult even for the Gods to obtain.

A Sadhak (disciple) should offer to Shri Guru good seat, bed, clothes, ornaments,
conveyances etc. He should serve him with devotion for getting one's position,
ashram, caste and pray him with body, senses, money, son, wife, etc. clearly
and should not be ashamed to lay prostrate before him.

Men go to hell by living in family life as one's body is full of worms, night-soil,
urine, phelgm, slood, flesh and bad odor. Bow lo Shri Guru, who liberates a person
from the worldly miseries.

Shri Guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesha and Para-Brahma. He is the cause of the
creation of Universe, liberator of persons from this worldly sea and giver of the
knowledge of all the vidyas.

By applying the ointment of Shri Guru's knowledge to one's eyes, closed eyes are
opened, parents, brothers, and good men who give real knowledge of worldly life,
are all Gurus. Though there is diversity in the universe, yet there is oneness.
Shri Guru protects one from all difficulties, showing the cause and effect.

If Shri Shankar or Shri Vishnu are enraged, Shri Guru protects the devotees,
but when Shri Guru himself is enraged, even Shri Shankar or Shri Vishnu cannot
protect them.

Just as the blind man cannot see the light of the Sun, so the dull persons do not
see the nectar-like appearance of Shri Guru, which is visible only to the eyes of the
thoughtful. Shri Guru is like a monarch, who is witnessing the drama of creation
and destruction of the universe.

Three Nath, Ganesh, 3 Bhairava Peethas, Siddha, 3 Batus, 2 Pad, 3 Dooties,
Shri Shankar, 4, 6, 8, 9 Veeresh, 5 Veeravalies are all associated with the best
'Shri Malini' mantra. Bow to this Shri Guru mandal.

To think about Shri Guru's body is like thinking about everlasting Shri Shiva and to
recite Shri Guru’s name to praise to eternal Shiva's qualities.

Shri Guru is birthless, devoid of oldage and has no begining.   He is self created,
devoid of change, full of bright bliss, minutest of the minute, greatest of the great and
eternal. He is self shining, spotless, sky pervading, everlasting and has no decrease.
Vedas and Manu describe Shri Guru's penance in this way. Therefore always
remember Shri Guru.

By the knowledge of self, which is pervading all the universe, moveable and
immovoable, sins of several births are atoned. There are no greater principle than the
 knowledge of self. There is no greater penance than the service of Shri Guru and
there is no deeper knowledge than the advice of Shri Guru.

Shri Guru is Jagannath (lord of the universe) and the Guru of the 3 Lokas. Shri Guru
is the universe and our soul is the soul of all the creation. Bow lo Shri Guru,
who gives this knowledge.

The persons, who are proud of penance and knowledge and who are engrossed
in the worldly affairs, are like the pots moving on the wheel of a pot-maker. Gods,
Gandharvas, fore fathers, yaksh, kinnar, rishi, siddha, who do not serve
Shri Guru do not get salvation.

Bow to Shri Guru, who is supreme joy and who gives the best pleasure.
 He is shrine of knowledge, above division, sky pervading, knower of Tattwam Asi'
(that thou art) principle, only one, External, pure, immoveable, who witnesses
everything and who is devoid of existence and three qualities(Satwa Raj and Tam).

To know one's self is the supreme knowledge and the utmost goal of life.
This is attained only by the favour of Shri Guru.

Remember Shri Guru till death. Even if he is fickle minded, do not forget or forsake him.
The wise should not speak about Shri Guru with disrespect. Do not tell a
lie before him.

Those who despise Shri Guru go to hell. Those who discuss vainly with Shri Guru
become Brahma Rakshas and have to live in barren and waterless places.

Oh Parvati, Shri Guru protects his disciples, even if god, muni or pannag curses.
Gods and munies are weak before Shri Guru, whose curses can destroy them in no time.

O Devi, according to Smrities and Vedas, Shri Guru is Parabrahma. Guru is a mantra
of two syllables.

Bow to Shri Guru, who is pervading all the universe from Brahma to grass,
who is eternal, whole, formless, devoid of qualities, engrossed in self-knowledge,
above divisions and full of real bright-joy (sat-chit-anand rup).

Brahma is eternal like fragrance in camphor and flowers and like the coolness and
warmth in an object. This knowledge can be got only through Shri Guru. So worship
and serve him with pure and dear heart and singular devotion. One, who is united
with Brahma in meditation, realises Kundalini, Brahma Randhra and formlessness
and gels salvation without doubt.

The ignorant wins over the worldly sea and the wise besides gets knowledge of
actions and no-actions by following the path of Shri Guru.

Those, who read, hear or write Shri Guru Geeta and give it in charity with money,
all their desires are fullfilled. Always read Sri Guru-Geeta to get rid of the miseries
of the wordly life.

Each and every syllable of Guru-Geeta enables to win death, remove all difficulties
and fear of yaksha, Rakshas, ghosts, thieves, tigers and diseases. It gives the power
of using Bhasma, mesmerism and hypnotism.

O Devi, read Shri Guru-Geeta, sitting on a site of kush grass (dharbhasan) or
white blanket with attentive mind. Use a white seat for peace, red for mesmerising,
black for punishing the evildoers and yellow for getting wealth. For peace, sit facing
the north, for mesmerising facing the east, for punishing the evildoers facing the
south and for wealth facing the west.

Recitation of Guru-Geeta, gives one incentive power, develops one's qualities,
destroys evil acts, makes good acts successful, removes fear of Gra has (planets),
destroys evil dreams, gives issues even to sterile women, gives goodluck to the
 married women (keep their husbands alive all their lives) and gives peace of mind.

If a widow reads Shri Guru-Geeta without object, she gets salvation. If she reads
with desire, she will get a good husband in the next birth and all her miseries,
difficulties and curses will perish.

Shri Guru-Geeta is like a Kamadhenu to those who read it with some expectation.
It is like a kalpataru to those, who read with desires. It is like a chintamani to the
thinkers of everything good. If you read it for salvation you get salvation, if you read it
for worldly pleasures, you will get them.

One can read Shri Guru-Geeta with some object, sitting on a bank of a river or the
sea shore, in the mandir of Vishnu, Shiva, Devi or other God, math, cowshed,
under vat, awala, mango tree or near a plant of Tulsi or dhotra or in the cremation
ground at an lonely but clean and neat place.

Even though a devotee of Shri Guru may be a fool, still he is great, all his good acts,
penance, vral, diksha become successful. They are never futile.

As Shri Guru knows Brahma, he is always pure and whereever he goes, there is the
presence of od, Tirth and Peeth. One who reads Guru-Geeta sitting or lying on a bed,
standing, walking, speaking, riding on a horse or an elephant, is pure. He has no rebirth.

A soul is one with God, just as the water in the sea, the milk in the milk pot,
the ghee in the ghee-pot and the sky in the broken pot aro one with them, similarly the
 Dnyani (learned), is united with  God and lies lost in himself day and night.

O Parvati, when one is blessed by Shri Guru, all his doubts vanish, goddess Saraswati
resides on his tongue and he gets both the pleasures and salvation by the favour of
Shri Guru. One's recitation, vrat and penance of several births bear fruit.

O Waranane (having good face), I told you, this principle of Sankhya sastra One God,
one religion, one devotion, one penance are nothing else but Shri Guru himself.
There is no higher principle .ban that of Shri Guru.

The home, where is devotion of Shri Guru, parents, family and race, is fortunate.
Those, who do not adore Shri Guru due to Vanity of knowledge and penance, are

Even to Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh, Gods, Rishi, Forefathers, kinnar, siddha, charan,
 yaksh, munies, the favour of Shri Guru, is like the great holy Tirth. Shri Guru's
Tirth is the root of all the Tirths.

If one reads Shri Guru-Geeta in travel, or during war, at the time of the attack
of an enemy, he gets victory in life and salvation at death.

If Shri Guru-Geeta is read with evil acts, at evil places and with fickle mind,
it gives evil effects.

As you are dear to me, I have told this gist to you. Keep it with yourself. Tell this to one,
who is not engrossed in wordly pleasures and has devotion; but do not tell it to him,
who is not devoted, who is a deceit, cunning, atheist and who discusses vainly.

Here ends the gist of Shri Guru-Geeta in the form of a dialogue between
Ishwar and Parvati, included in the Uttarkhand of Skand Purana.

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter 48 - Amarja Sangam and the Greatness of Ganagapur
Post by: ShAivI on July 27, 2015, 12:59:07 PM



Chapter - 48
Amarja Sangam and the Greatness of Ganagapur

On the parva day of Ashvin Vad 14, Shri Guru said to the disciple,
'We shall have bath at trishali (3 Holy places i. e. Prayag, Kashi and Gaya)
with family and children.

The disciple said, 'For such a long journey, we require some time
for preparations'.

Shri Guru, 'These holy places are near about. So there is no need
for special preparation.'

Saying this he went with them all to the sangamam. All took bath there.
Shri Guru said, 'The Sangam is like Prayag. Bhima flows there northwards.
This Amarja Sangam is as holy as the Ganga-Yamuna Sangam of Prayag.
There are other eight holy places (Tirthas) near about.'

The disciples, -'Why this river is called Amarja?'

Shri Guru, -'Jallundhar Rakshasas were on War. Indra went to Shri Shankar
and said, 'We kill Rakshas but from each drop of their blood, new Rakshasas
are born and they have spread in Three Lokas. They have killed many Gods.'

Hearing this, Shri Shankar was enraged and started to kill the Rakshas in the
form of Rudra. Indra said, 'You will kill the Rakshas: but kindly suggest any
 device to make the gods alive.'

Shri Shankar recited Amrit mantra and gave a jar filled with nectar. Indra
sprinkled the nectar on the Gods and made them alive. While Indra was going
with the jar of the remaining nectar some drops fell on the earth and a river
was created called 'Amarja'. Bath in this river prevents diseases and untimely
death. This river meets Bhima and this Sangam is great like Triveni Sangam
of Prayag. Bath in this Kartik and Magha months, on Somwati, Sankratini grahan
(eclipse) Parva at this Sangam is very virtuous.

Before this Sangam is the Ashwattha, bath near which fulfills all the desires.
I also live here. After worshipping this Ashwattha, worship the 'Sangameshwar'
with devotion. This is like Mallikarjuna of Shri Shailya. Bow to Nandi and Chandi,
have three rounds and see Shiva Shankar.

There is the 'Varanasi' Tirth i. e. Kashi one mile ahead. One Brahmin of
Bharadwaj Gotra was a great devotee of Shri Shiva. He roamed everywhere without
clothes, people called him 'mad'. He had two brothers Ishwar and Pandurang.
They were thinking of going to Kashi. At this time one devotee of Shri Shiva came
there and said to his brothers, ' Why do you go to Kashi? Here is Kashi Vishweshwar.'
The brothers said, 'Where is it? Show us'.

The devotee took a bath and sat in meditation. Shri Shankar appeared before him.
The devotee requested him to create an idol of Kashi Vishweshwar there for daily
worship and Darshan. Shri Shankar conceded and Manikarnika Kund was created
first and the shrine of Kashi Vishweshwar came out of it. A river flowing northward
 like Bhagirathi also came into existence. All the principal places of Kashi were
thus created here. Both the brothers then worshipped Kashi Vishweshwar.
These brothers lived at Pandharpur and were known as 'Aradhye'.

Hearing this from Shri Guru, all took bath there and worshipped Shri Vishweshwar
with devotion and observed other rites.

Shri Guru -'Here is ' Papavinashi Tirth' bath in which destroys all sins.' Shri Guru
called his sister Ratnai here and said, 'You had killed a cat with a stick and therefore
you are having leprosy. You bathe in this Tirth daily and your disease will disappear.'
 As advised, she bathed here for three days and her disease was wiped off.

A little further is 'Koti Tirth'. One should bathe here on Sankranthi, Grahan,
Poornima and Amavasya and give a cow with a calf in charity. Further to this is
'Rudra Tirth'. It is as holy as Gaya. Observe Shraddha here.

Further is 'Chakra Tirth' like Dwarka. Beyond is 'Manmath Tirth'. To the east of it,
is 'Kalleshwar' like Gokarna Mahabaleshwar. By doing this, eight glories are obtained.'

Shri Guru thus narrated the greatness of the eight holy places and all were pleased.
 They bathed and observed other rites and returned to Gangapur with Shri Guru.
A grand samardhana was arranged jointly.

!! 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 !!


Title: Guru Sri Dattatreya Teachings – The twenty four Gurus of Dattatreya
Post by: ShAivI on July 28, 2015, 02:51:04 AM



Guru Sri Dattatreya Teachings – The twenty four Gurus of Dattatreya

When Guru Dattatreya was a child, a king visited the ashram.
Because his parents were away, Dattatreya greeted the king and
the king saw an inner joy radiating from the boy.
The king immediately realized that the boy was gifted with
great wisdom and started talking to him.

(Source: Book - The Himalayan Masters:
A Living Tradition by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD)

King: You have been studying with your parents?

Dattatreya: There is much to learn from everyone and everything,
not only from my parents.

King: Then you have a teacher? Who is it?

Dattatreya: I have 24 gurus.

King: Twenty-four gurus at such a tender age? Who are they?

Dattatreya: Mother Earth is my first guru. She taught me to hold those
who trample me, scratch me, and hurt me lovingly in my heart, just
as she does. She taught me to give them my best, remembering that
their acts are normal and natural from their standpoint.

King: Who is your second guru?

Dattatreya: Water it is a force that contains life and purity. It cleanses
whatever it touches and provides life to whoever drinks it. Water flows
unceasingly. If it stops, it becomes stagnant. Keep moving is the lesson
I learned from water.

King: Your third guru?

Dattatreya: Fire. It burns everything, transforming it into flame. By consuming
dead logs, it produces warmth and light. Thus, I learnt how to absorb everything
that life brings and how to turn it into flame. This flame enlightens my life and
in that light, others can walk safely.

King: Who is your fourth guru, sir?

Dattatreya: Wind is my fourth guru. The wind moves unceasingly, touching
flowers and thorns alike, but never attaches itself to the objects it touches.
Like the wind, I learned not to prefer flowers over thorns or friends over foes.
Like the wind, my goal is to provide freshness to all without becoming attached.

King: The fifth guru, sir?

Dattatreya: This all-pervading and all-embracing space is my fifth guru.
Space has room for the sun, moon, and stars and yet, it remains untouched
and unconfined. I, too, must have room for all the diversities, and still remain
unaffected by what I contain. All visible and invisible objects may have their
rightful place within me, but they have no power to confine my consciousness.

King: Who is your sixth guru, sir?

Dattatreya: The moon. The moon waxes and wanes and yet never loses
its essence, totality, or shape. From watching the moon, I learned that waxing
and waning-rising and falling, pleasure and pain, loss and gain-are simply phases
of life. While passing through these phases, I never lose awareness of
my true Self.

King: Who is your seventh guru?

Dattatreya: The sun is my seventh guru. With its bright rays, the sun draws
water from everything, transforms it into clouds, and then distributes it as rain
without favor. Rain falls on forests, mountains, valleys, deserts, oceans, and cities.
Like the sun, I learned how to gather knowledge from all sources, transform that
knowledge into practical wisdom, and share it with all without preferring some
recipients and excluding others.

King: And your eighth guru?

Dattatreya: My eighth guru is a flock of pigeons. One pigeon fell into a hunter's
net and cried in despair. Other pigeons tried to rescue it and got caught, too.
From these pigeons, I learned that even a positive reaction, if it springs from
attachment and emotion, can entangle and ensure.

King: Your ninth guru, sir?

Dattatreya: My ninth guru is the python who catches and eats its prey, and
then doesn't hunt again for a long time. It taught me that once my need
has been met, I must be satisfied and not make myself miserable running
after the objects of my desire.

King: Who is your tenth guru?

Dattatreya: The ocean, which is the abode of the waters. It receives and
assimilates water from all the rivers in the world and never overflows its boundaries.
It taught me that no matter what experiences I go through in life, no matter
how many kicks and blows I receive, I must maintain my discipline.

King: Who is your eleventh guru, oh wise one?

Dattatreya: The moth is my eleventh guru. Drawn by light, it flies from its dwelling
to sacrifice itself in the flame. It taught me that once I see the dawn, I must overcome
my fear, soar at full speed, and plunge into the flame of knowledge to be
consumed and transformed.

King: The twelfth?

Dattatreya: My twelfth guru is a bumblebee who takes only the tiniest drops
of nectar from the flowers. Before accepting even that much, it hums and hovers
and dances, creating an atmosphere of joy around the flower. It not only sings
the song of cheerfulness; it also gives more to the flowers than it takes. It pollinates
the plants and helps them prosper by flying from one flower to another. I learned
from the bumblebee that I should take only a little from nature and that I should
do so cheerfully, enriching the source from which I receive sustenance.

King: Your thirteenth guru?

Dattatreya: My thirteenth guru is the honeybee who collects more nectar than
it needs. It gathers nectar from different sources, swallows it, transforms it into
honey, and brings it to the hive. It consumes only a bit of what it gathers, sharing
the rest with others. Thus I should gather wisdom from the teachers of all disciplines
and process the knowledge that I gain. I must apply the knowledge that is conducive
to my growth, but I must be ready to share everything I know with others.

King: The fourteenth guru, oh wise seeker?

Dattatreya: Once I saw a wild elephant being trapped. A tame female elephant in
season was the bait. Sensing her presence, the wild male emerged from its domain
and fell into a pit that had been cleverly concealed with branches and heaps of leaves.
Once caught, the wild elephant was tamed to be used by others. This elephant is
my fourteenth guru because he taught me to be careful with my passions and desires.
Worldly charms arouse our sensory impulses and, while chasing after the sense
cravings, the mind gets trapped and enslaved, even thought it is powerful.

King: Who is your fifteenth guru, sir?

Dattatreya: The deer, with its keen sense of hearing. It listens intently and is wary
of all noises, but is lured to its doom by the melody of the deer hunter's flute.
Like the deer, we keep our ears alert for every bit of news, rumor, and gossip,
and are skeptical about much that we hear. But we become spellbound by certain
words, which, due to our desires, attachments, cravings, and vasanas (subtle
impressions from the past), we delight to hear. This tendency creates misery
for others and ourselves.

King: And who is your sixteenth guru?

Dattatreya: The fish who swallows a baited hook and is caught by the fisherman.
This world is like bait. As long as I remember the episode of the fish, I remain free
of the hook.

King: Who is your seventeenth guru?

Dattatreya: A prostitute who knows that she doesn't love her customers, nor do
they love her. Yet she waits for them and, when they come, enacts the drama of love.
She isn't satisfied with the artificial love she gives and receives, nor with the payment
she is given. I realized that all humans are like prostitutes and the world, like the
customers, is enjoying us. The payment is always inadequate and we feel dissatisfied.
Thus, I became determined not to live like a prostitute. Instead, I will live with dignity
and self-respect, not expecting this world to give me either material or internal
satisfaction, but to find it myself by going within.

King: Who is your eighteenth guru?

Dattatreya: My eighteenth guru is a little bird who was flying with a worm in its beak.
Larger birds flew after him and began pecking him. They stopped only when the little
bird dropped the worm. Thus, I learned that the secret of survival lies in renunciation,
not in possession.

King: Who is your nineteenth guru, sir?

Dattatreya: My nineteenth guru is the baby that cries when it is hungry and stops
when it suckles at its mother's breast. When the baby is full, it stops feeding and
nothing its mother does can induce it to take more milk. I learned from this baby to
demand only when I really need. When it's provided, I must take only what I require
and then turn my face away.

King: And your twentieth guru?

Dattatreya: A young woman whom I met when I was begging for alms. She told me
to wait while she prepared a meal. Her bracelets jangled as she cooked, so she removed
one. But the noise continued, so she took off all her bracelets, one by one, until only
one remained. Then there was silence. Thus, I learned that wherever there is a crowed,
there is noise, disagreement, and dissension. Peace can be expected only in solitude.

King: And your twenty-first guru?

Dattatreya: A snake that makes no hole for itself, but who rests in holes other creatures
have abandoned, or curls up in the hollow of a tree for a while, and then moves on.
From this snake, I learned to adjust myself to my environment and enjoy the resources
of nature without encumbering myself with a permanent home. Creatures in nature
move constantly, continually abandoning their previous dwellings. Therefore, while
floating along the current of nature, I find plenty of places to rest. Once I am rested,
I move on.

King: And your twenty-second guru?

Dattatreya: My twenty-second guru is an arrow maker who was so absorbed in shaping
his arrowheads that the king and his entire army passed without attracting his attention.
Thus I learned from the arrow makes to be absorbed in the task at hand, no matter
how big or small. The more one-pointed my focus, the greater my absorption, and the
greater my absorption, the more subtle my awareness. The goal is subtle, and can
only be grasped by subtle awareness.

King: Your twenty-third guru?

Dattatreya: My twenty-third guru is a little spider who built itself a nice cozy web.
When a larger spider chased it, it rushed to take refuge in its web. But it ran so fast
that it got entangled and was swallowed by the bigger spider. Thus, I learned that
we create webs for ourselves by trying to build a safe haven, and as we race along
the threads of these webs, we become entangled and are consumed. There is no safety
to be found in the complicated webs of our actions.

King: And who is your twenty-fourth guru?

Dattatreya: My twenty-fourth guru is a worm who was caught by a songbird and
placed in its nest. As the bird began singing, the worm became so absorbed in the
song that it lost all awareness of its peril. Watching this little creature become absorbed
in a song in the face of death reminded me that I, too, must develop the art of listening
so that I my become absorbed in the eternal sound, nada, that is always within me.

Listening to Dattatreya, the king realized that the wisdom of this sage flowed from
his determination to keep the goal of life firmly fixed in his awareness and from
his ability to find the teachings everywhere he turned.

This particular conversation is found Srimad Bhagavad Purana and
is part of the conversation between Lord Krishna and Uddhava.
This dialogue is also part of various Puranas and other holy scriptures in Hinduism.

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 49 - The Muslim King Comes to See Shri Guru
Post by: ShAivI on July 28, 2015, 03:07:10 AM



Chapter - 49
The Muslim King Comes to See Shri Guru

We have seen a reference of a Rajak in the 9th chapter. By the blessing of
Shripad Shri Vallabha, he was born in a Muslim Royal family and he became
king of Bidar. Due to devotion of previous birth he was kind and pious.
He treated all religions and sects equally. There were several temples for which
he had due sympathy. He also had respect for Brahmins. Muslim priests despised
Brahmins and Vedic religion. But king said to them, "God is one. Only the names
are different. All are created from 5 great elements (Pancha --- Mahabhoot).
The earth is the mother of all. Cows are different colors, but their milk is white.
Ornaments may be many, but the gold is the same. Similarly Paramatma (God)
is everywhere. So make no difference between the religions and castes."

Thus the king was ruling impartially. Once he had a tumor on his thigh, Vaidyas
and Hakims treated him but to no effect. The king had great pain due to it. He called
some Brahmins and requested them to suggest a remedy.

The Brahmins said, "Sins of the previous birth harass one in the form of some disease.
For this, visit holy places and give something in charity. Live in the company of saints.
You go to the Papavinashi Tirth and bathe there. The tumor will subside."

The king went to the Papavinashi Tirth. He met a Sanyasi there. He bowed to him and
showed him his tumor The Sanyasi said, - "When you see a saint, you will be relieved
of the disease. I shall tell you a tale in this connection."

"A Brahmin lived in Awanti i.e., Ujjain. He gave up bath and the Brahmin's rites i.e.,
Sandhya, Puja etc. and lived with a prostitute named Pingla. Once Rishabha Muni came
to them. They treated him well. They worshiped him and took the Tirth of his feet.
When the Muni was asleep, both served him keeping awake the whole night. Next morning
the Muni went away. Later on in their old age, both the Brahmin and Pingla died.

The Brahmin became the son of king Vajrabahu in the next birth. When he was in Sumati's
(eldest) womb, the younger queen became jealous and she gave poison to the eldest
queen, who got eruptions all over the body. She delivered a male child, who was also
affected by eruptions all over the body. The king got them treated by physicians but
they could be cured. The king suspected that the infection would spread in the whole family
and he therefore asked a fisherman to take the queen and her son to the forest and leave
them there. People were sorry to know about this evil act of the king. Sumathi was roaming
in the forest with her son in despair. Due to exertion, she was thirsty and was searching
for water. She came to a Mandir and met some females, who told her, "Padmakar is the
king of this country. He is kind and pious. He will protect you." In the mean time some
maidservants of the king came there. Sumathi narrated to them her sad account. They took
Sumathi to the palace and reported to the king about her. The king was very kind and
he arranged for her stay.

Here too the eruptions on the body of the mother and son harassed them. One day due
to unbearable pain, the child expired. Sumathi began to weep bitterly. The ladies of the
neighborhood tried to console her, but she continued mourning.

In the meanwhile Rishabha Muni came there. King Padmakar received him warmly. As he
heard a mourning sound he inquired. Padmakar narrated to him the sad account of Sumathi.
Rishabha Muni came to her and began to console her, saying, "It is futile to mourn for the
bygone. All lives are like bubbles in water, this body is made of five elements and when
these elements separate, nothing remains behind. So do not mourn for the perishable body.
One has to suffer as per one's previous actions. For self-emancipation adore Shri Shankar".

Sumathi said, "I had to come here leaving the kingdom and here too I met this fate. Now
I do not wish to live any longer." Saying so she fell on the feet of the Muni.

The Muni was moved to see her state. He remembered the service that her son had given
him in his last birth. He applied a little Bhasma to his forehead and put a little in his mouth.
Suddenly the child got life and began to move. The eruptions on his body and on his mother's
body also vanished by the powerful sight of the Muni. Both looked as bright as gold. Sumathi
and the child bowed to the Muni devotedly. The Muni blessed them and went away. The greatness
of the blessing of a saint is like this. "If you serve a saint you will be relieved from the tumor."

The Muslim king asked with folded hands, "Kindly tell me where there is a saint, I shall go there".
The Sanyasi said "Shri Guru lives at Ganagapur on the bank of Bhima. You go to him."

The king immediately went to Ganagapur and inquired about Shri Guru. The people were afraid
when the saw that the Muslim king had come to Ganagapur. They did not speak due to fear.
When the king asked again he was told that Shri Guru had gone to the Sangam and he would
return soon. Hearing this, the Muslim king started to go to the Sangam. On the way he saw
Shri Guru coming. He came down Palanquin and bowed to Shri Guru respectively.

Shri Guru said, " O, Rajak, where have you been so far? I am seeing you after a long period".

Hearing this, the Muslim king recollected his life of last birth. He lay prostrate before Shri Guru
and began to shed tears of love and joy. With choked voice he asked "Gurudev, why did
you keep me away so long? Being entangled in the royal pleasures, I forgot you. Now I have
come to your shelter. Liberate me. I am much harassed due to this tumor on my thigh."

Shri Guru smiled and said, "Show me, where is the tumor?". The king began to look his thigh.
But no! The tumor had vanished! He said, "By your blessings, I could enjoy the royal pleasures
and glory. All my desires are fulfilled. I now wish that your holy self should come to my palace
and bless my family members."

Shri Guru said, "We are Sanyasis. We should not live in cities. You being Muslim, cows are
slaughtered daily in your city. This is a great sin. Prohibit killing of cows in your kingdom."

The King said, "I am not a king now. I am your devotee, a Rajak. Give me a place at your feet."

Shri Guru began thinking. Now in this Kaliyug, cruelty will be increasing. It would be better if
I disappear from here. He therefore thought of going to Gouthami (Godavari). While returning
to the math, the king seated Shri Guru in his palkhi and he took his Padukas (sandals) in his
hands and walked on foot behind the palkhi.

Shri Guru said, "You should ride on a horse as you are a king. Your persons will blame you for
serving a Brahmin and a Sanyasi."

The king said, "I may be a king for the people, but for you I am your devotee, a Rajak. My body
of iron is transformed into gold by your sight. All my desires are now fulfilled".

By this time all the elephants, horses and soldiers of the King had reached the place. Shri Guru said,
"Listen to me, ride a horse ".

The King first seated all the disciples of Shri Guru on the horses and then he rode a horse and
the procession started ceremoniously.

Shri Guru then said to the king, "If we come with you, we cannot observe our rituals punctually.
Therefore I will go ahead. You come to Papavinashi to see me".

Saying this, Shri Guru disappeared instantly with all his disciples and reached Bidar. Nagnath
the son of Sayamdev met Shri Guru there. He worshiped Shri Guru and did a samaradhana.
Then Shri Guru went to the Papavinashi Tirth.

The Muslim king was very sorry to see the disappearance of Shri Guru from the procession
suddenly. But he remembered that he was asked by Shri Guru to see him at Papavinashi.
He rode a swift horse and started for Papavinashi. He covered the distance of 88 miles
in a day. He saw Shri Guru and again requested him to grace his city by holy presence.

The kind decorated his city with flags, buntings and arches. He seated Shri Guru in a
Palkhi. Nine kinds of gems were waved on him. The citizens waved Aarti at various places.
The Muslims censured the king for serving for the Brahmins; but the Hindu citizens and
Brahmins praised him for liberal, learned and pious.

The procession was going with musical instruments. Coins and clothes were being distributed
to the poor. When the procession reached the main gate of palace, Shri Guru walked on the
costly carpet spread on the path. Shri Guru was seated on the decorated throne and all the
queens and children of the king bowed to Him respectfully. Shri Guru blessed the king and
his family members and asked, "Are all your desires fulfilled by now?"

The king said, "I have fully enjoyed the royal glory I now wish to serve at your feet".

Shri Guru asked him to come to Shri Shailya and went to Gouthami at Nasik. He bathed there
and returned to Ganagapur. All the citizens were pleased to see that Shri Guru had come
back safe.

Shri Guru called all the disciples and said; "Now I wish live secretly. Therefore I intend to go to
Shri Shailya. Still I shall be staying at Ganagapur. If I live fear openly, the Muslims will come
here daily and trouble me for fulfillment of their desires as the King himself had been here."

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 50 - Shri Guru's Journey unto Bliss: Disciples Get Flower-Gift
Post by: ShAivI on July 28, 2015, 03:08:30 AM



Chapter - 50
Shri Guru's Journey unto Bliss: Disciples Get Flower-Gift

Knowing that Shri Guru has decided to go to Shri Shailya, all the disciples and
citizens felt very happy. They said, "You are our treasure. Why do you go
leaving us?"

Shri Guru smiled and said, "You need not worry. I shall stay here secretly.
I shall have bath at the Amarja Sangam in the morning. In the midday I shall come
to Gangapur math and accept Nirgun Puja and give Darshan to the devotees. From
the viewpoint of the public, I am going to Shri Shailya Yatra. Have no doubt. I shall
always stay at Gangapur. The Ashwattha here are like Kalpataru."

Saying this Shri Guru started for Shri Shailya. People accompanied him for some
distance and when they returned to the math they saw Shri Guru there. After some
time he disappeared. All wondered at this miracle.

Shri Guru went to Patal Ganga, flowing at the base of Shri Shailya, He asked his disciples
to prepare a flower-seat and said, "I have to go to Mallikarjuna on Shri Shailya on the
other side of the river." The disciples prepared a nice seat of flowers of Shevanti, lotus,
malati, kanher etc. on the leaf of kardali and placed it on the riverside.

Shri Guru said, "Now you should return to your respective places". All were greatly
aggrieved. Shri Guru sat on the flower seat on Magh Vad 1st, on Friday when Guru
(Jupiter) was in Kanya (vergs) Rasa at evening time and before going away said,
" I am going to the place of self-bliss. I shall send flowers as gift, which you should
distribute amongst yourselves and worship them, daily. I like singing. I shall be near
those, who sing prayers. They will get all the pleasures".

Saying this Shri Guru disappeared in the river. After some time some boatmen came
from the other side of the river. They told, "We saw Shri Guru on the other side.
He was looking like a sanyasi and was holding a dand (stick) in his hand. He had
golden sandals. He told his name as 'Narasimha Saraswati. He has given a message
for you, 'I am going to the Kardali-Van. Still I shall be at Gangapur. Do not worry.
I am sending flowers as gift, which may be distributed amongst yourselves."

All were waiting for the flowers. After a little time, four flowers came flowing. They were
taken one each by Sayamdev, Nandi, Narahari and myself. Here is the flower given to me.
Saying this, Shri Siddha showed the flower to Namdharak.

Such is the greatness of Shri Guru. I have narrated only a part of Shri Guru's life, which is
very exhaustive. Those who read, hear and write this life will attain all the pleasures.
These nectar-like tales will give four Purusharthas and also Paramartha."

!! 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 !!


Title: Chapter - 51 - Conclusion: Week-Reading Awatarnika (Contents)
Post by: ShAivI on July 28, 2015, 03:09:43 AM



Chapter - 51
Conclusion: Week-Reading Awatarnika (Contents)

After hearing the 50 Chapters of Shri Guru-Charitra, Namdharak lost senses
and got Samadhi. His body perspired, his throat got choked and tears flowed
from his eyes. He could not speak out a word. Shri Siddha Muni was pleased to
see this state of Namdharak. Though the disciple got Samadhi, he should be
awakened for the benefit of the people. Thinking thus he moved his hand over
his face and body with affection and called him and said, "Dear boy, come on senses.
You have got 'dnyan' and you will get salvation. But if you remain in meditation,
how will the people be benefited and enlightened? You asked me and I narrated to
you these nectar-like tales of Shri Guru's life. You also heard them conscientiously.
You should therefore elaborate them and propagate amongst the people."

Namdharak opened his eyes and placed his head on the feet of Shri Siddha and said,
"You are Shri Guru yourself. Shri Guru's life, that you have narrated, is even more
sweeter than the nectar. I am not contended yet. Please tell me the whole life again
in short".

Hearing this just as a physician prepares the Sanjeevini pills mixing many medicines
and keeps the pills with him, similarly I am telling you the summary of this life of
Shri Guru.

Further Shri Siddha said, "Though Shri Guru has disappeared still he gives Darshan
to his sincere devotees as before".

Namdharak- "Kindly tell me the procedure of week-reading and other rules to be
followed during the week".

Shri Siddha-"Shri Guru-Charitra can be read any time with pure mind. The credit of
reading it in a week is still great. For this, one place and seat should be selected. Keep
control on the senses during the week. Before starting the reading bow to God, Brahmin
and elders. Worship the volume of "Shri Guru-Charitra". One should complete 7 chapters
on the first day, read upto 18th chapter on the second day, upto 28th on the third day,
upto 34th on the fourth day, upto 37th on the fifth day, upto 43rd on the sixth day and
upto 52nd chapters on the seventh day. After reading, worship the volume and take
light dinner. Some observe fast for the week; but if this is not possible have food of only
one type of corn. On the eighth day, for completion of the week reading, take meals with
a Brahmin couple and offer money as Dakshina. If the reading is done with devotion and
pure heart, Shri Guru gives Darshan in dream and fulfills one's desires. The trouble of spirits
and ghosts vanishes and one gets peace of mind.

Namdharak again expressed to Shri Siddha Muni his gratitude for narrating the life of
Shri Guru, which has made his life fortunate and enabled him to attain the bliss.

Dedicated to Shri Dattatreya.


!! 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 !!