OM SAI RAM!!!
DATTA JAYANTI,Datta Jayanti 2011,
देवपुत्र भगवान दत्तात्रय - Datta Jayanti 2011,
Celebrated on 10th December 2011(Saturday)
On the full moon day of Margashirsha
On the full moon day of Margashirsha the feast of Datta Jayanti is celebrated.
In ancient times there was a very austere rishi called Atri. He was believed to
be the mental son of Brahmadev, because he had been born from the splendour
of Brahmadev's eyes. His wife's name was Anasuya, who was a model of
In heaven Naradmuni used to tell the gods very interesting stories about A
nasuya's fidelity to her husband. This provoked the jealousy of Sarasvati, Laxmi,
and Parvati, who decided to lower Anasuya's reputation. They sent Brahma,
Vishnu and Mahesh (Shankar or Shiva) to earth for the purpose of bringing
about her disgrace.
Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh became three guests, and seeing that Atri was not
in his house, they knocked at the door. Anasuya at once welcomed the guests.
She got food ready for them and requested them to have a meal. Then they said
that they would eat only on one condition. The strange condition was that Anasuya
should serve them the food without any clothes on.
The Three Babies Anasuya was dumbfounded. But in a trice she thought of a solution,
and by the power of her mind she turned the three guests into small babies. The babies
began to cry. She kept them in a cradle and with great love she began to rock them.
There was a commotion in heaven. The three wives of the gods. Sarasvati, Laxmi and
Parvati became distressed. "If the three great gods become small babies, who will
take the responsibility of the universe?"
Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh were sorry and asked for Anasuya's forgiveness. The form
of three babies kept a particle of their being in the house of that faithful wife and they
returned to heaven.
Anasuya named the three babies, Som, Datta, and Durvas. When they grew up Som
went to the moon, and Durvas went to the jungle to do penance. Before leaving both
of them kept their particle of being with Datta. Thus Datta became the combined avatar
of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.
Dattatreya - Datta being the mental son of Anasuya, he was also the mental son of Atri, a
nd therefore his name became Dattatreya.
Dattatreya learned the Vedas and then began to teach them. Anasuya wanted him to get
married. But Dattatreya was pleased with the celibate state. So after instructing her on
Brahmavidya (doctrine of Brahma) he obtained her permission and left home.
Shri Guru Dattatreya is believed to have had many avatars. Among them Shripad Shrivallabh
is well known. The following story is found in the book "Shriguru Charitra".
Apalraja and his wife Sumati led a virtuous life in Pithapur, a village in South India.
It was the day dedicated to the departed ancestors. Apalraja had gone out to call
the brahmins, and Sumati was busy preparing the dinner.
Then outside someone stood asking for food. She went out in a hurry and found before
her a resplendent figure. Abundant matted hair on his head. A "kamandalu" (a special
receptacle used for begging food), in one hand. The other hand raised in benediction,
and a pair of "khadava" as footwear (wooden chappals). Then as she was looking at him
the figure of Dattatreya himself appeared in that man. The "damaru" and the "trisul" were
embellishing his hands. It was a living idol with three faces and six hands.
Sumati fell down in adoration and said, "Welcome, Maharaj! What is your command?"
"Mother," said the divine visitor, "will you, please, give me some food to satisfy my hunger?"
"Surely, Maharaj," said Sumati. "The dinner is ready."
In no time Sumati began to serve her unexpected guest. At the end of the meal the guest
in gratitude said, "Mother, what is your desire? Ask whatever you wish."
In Apalraja's house there was great tranquillity. But it looked empty because the couple had
no children. The two children they had got after many vows and novenas were both weak
and handicapped. So after hesitating Sumati said, "Since you are insisting, please, make the
word with which you have addressed me become true. Grant me to be truly your mother."
The guest smiled and immediately granted the request.
"Tathastu", "Amen". "It will be as you said." "But remember that the son that will be born
from you will be all his life a great ascetic. For the salvation of the people he will have to
go away from you. Do not be an obstacle to his vocation."
After this the man disappeared but Sumati remained for a long time lost in the contemplation
of Shri Dattatreya. At the end her husband Apalraja came back.
"When did you come?" she asked feeling embarrassed.
"Just now," said Apalraja. "But why this splendour on your face?" he asked.
After hearing the whole description of the apparition and grace given by Shri Datta,
Apalraja was extremely happy. In due time Sumati gave birth to a son who was
given the name "Shripad".
Shripad began to grow to the complete happiness of his father and mother. At the
age of seven the "munj" ceremony took place. Then he studied the scriptures and
the 18 Puranas were his delight. He was in no need of learning them from anyone.
His parents were convinced that that could only be a sign of a divine avatar.
When the age of marriage came Sumati and Apalraja proposed the question to Shripad.
But Shripad replied. "Mother, I am a life -long brahmachari. To me all women of the
world are like you."
"Besides," Shripad went on, "you surely remember the words spoken at the time of
my coming into this world, that for the salvation of men I must go away from you.
Remembering the words of Datta guru Apalraja controlled his feelings and tried to
console his wife. Sumati with tears flowing from her eyes said, "Son, you are our only support.
Your two brothers, blind and handicapped, are as if they did not exist. To whom shall
we look after you are gone?"
"Mother," said Shripad, "don't worry at all. How can the sons of my mother remain like this?"
Shripad took his parents to the place where the two handicapped children were rolling about.
He looked at them with his life-giving eyes, sprinkled them with holy water. With the grace
of Shri Datta those two stupid wretched creatures became great intelligent pundits,
and with the newly acquired divinity with their resplendent bodies they came close and
worshipped the three of them.
Father and mother seeing the miracle began to cry of happiness. Then after giving them
full satisfaction, Shripad left towards the North for the work for which he had taken birth
and took the name of Shripad Shrivallabh, for which he became famous in the world. He
went from place to place liberating thousands of people from sorrow and taking them to
the path of devotion. Finally he came to dwell in Kuravpur on the banks of the river Krishna.
The Widow's Despair
One day Shripad was taking bath in the river. He saw at some distance a brahmin widow
who was about to commit suicide with her son. He called her and asked, "Why are you throwing
into the water this precious body which God has given you? If I know the cause of your sorrow
I shall try to help you."
The poor widow replied, "Maharaj! do not come in our way. It is no longer possible for me to
live with this unintelligent child."
Then the people who had gathered on that spot, told the swami the whole story of that
unfortunate family. The widow's name was Ambika. Her husband had been a very learned
brahmin. But their son had remained mentally retarded. So they became poor and felt
After hearing this Shripadraja told Ambika, "Don't feel sorry. Tell me, what is your desire?"
"What can my desire be? Maharaj, I wish I had a bright son like you. But since this is not
possible in this present life, I am now leaving this world. Whatever you can give us, please,
give it in the next birth. Now let us go our way," the woman said.
"Why should it be so?" the swami said. "Your desire of a son will definitely be fulfilled
in the next life. But the body of this present life you must not destroy. The main reason why
you want to end your life is your son's lack of intelligence, isn't it? By the will of God this
cause of your sorrow will be destroyed. Don't worry at all."
Then swami gave Ambika this advice, "For the rest of your life keep always the "Pradesh"
vow (observance in honour of Shiva to be kept on the evening of the 13th lunar day).
In this way god Shankar will be pleased on you. And I too give you my blessing. By keeping
this vow you will have a son like me in your next birth."
Then the swami called the boy and with great tenderness told him, "Come, my child,
don't get disgusted with life. Everything occurs according to the merits or demerits
accumulated before. But your bad luck is now ended. Come nearer and sit down."
Then placing his bountiful hand on the child's head, immediately he bestowed on him
all the knowledge of wisdom. The boy in gratitude put his head on the feet of the swami.
Then giving his blessing the swami said, "Now, Ambika, go home and be happy."
In this way removing people's sorrow and leading them by the right path, Shridatta
finished the work for which he had taken avatar as Shrivallabh. Then Shripad disappeared
in the forest of Kardali. But he is believed to have made his permanent abode in an
invisible way in Kuravpur for the sake of his devotees.
ANITYAANI SHARIRAANI NAIVA SHAASHWATAHA
NITHYAM SANNIHITO MRITYUHU
MAY WE PRAY TO GURU DATTATREYA FOR PEACE AND LOVE TO ALL!
MAY GURU HELP US TO OVERCOME ALL DIFFICULTIES
A Very Happy Blessed & Fulfilling Sai Dattadreya Jayanti To ALL!!!
OM SAI RAM, SRI SAI RAM, JAI JAI SAI RAM!!!
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