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    Shenoy is now available: Publisher's Note. Unfortunately for us, Shri L. Joshi is now no more, having left his physical body on 30th October, , to merge in and abide at the Lotus Feet of Guru Nath, which was his yearning all throughout his life. It is a matter of regret for us that his physical eyes could not see the book in print. But we feel sure that his spirit will rejoice and be happy that the efforts he had begun, have at last borne fruit and that the book has now seen the light of day.

    Let us make it clear that this is but a free-rendering and an abridged version of the original version of Guru Charitra. The original text was complied by Sri Saraswati Gangadhar, a fully enlightened soul and who was drunk deep in Guru Tatwa. It was compiled by him in Marathi in OVI form of poetry.

    The same was transcribed into Sanskrit by the great saint Sri Vasudevananda Saraswati , a contemporary of Sainath, i. A complete rendering into English of the original text is a colossal and formidable task and is far beyond our capacity and competence.

    In the present book, it has been out attempt to just bring out the gist of the original text, but at the time of course ensuring as best as we can, that the spirit of the original text is not lost.

    We do not know to what extent we have been able to achieve the above objective but if this book, inspite of whatever deficiencies and shortcomings it may be having, still succeeds in satisfying the reader's interest even in a small measure and enthuses and awakens in him the desire and yearning for diving deeper into the spiritual lore, for which purpose abundant spiritual literature is available, it would be highly gratifying to us indeed.

    It is a bold attempt made by us, and it is our firm faith and belief that it is Grace of and guidance from Guru Nath Sri Narasimha Saraswati alone, that has helped us in our venture. It may be mentioned here, that before the printing of the Book was started, we had the unique fortune of Sri Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi 'Singning His Blessings' on the manuscript. This was on 14th May , at Dharmakshetra, during Baba's visit to Bombay.

    We cannot conclude this preface without acknowledging our deep debt of gratitude to Shri P. It was he who has encouraged us all through and instilled in us confidence and helped us complete this scared book.

    Shri Nana is a very saintly person and is an example of extreme humility, great devotion, selfless love and al goodness.

    He is a highly endowed spiritual soul and many come to him for spiritual succor. We are dedicating this Book to this Vishwa Kalyana Kendra. With Pranams unto the Guru Padukas of Gangapur, and praying that they would be ever showering their grace and succour on all. It was later translated into Sanskritby Shri Vasudevananda Saraswati Tembye Swamy , who is regarded by many as an incarnation of Shri Dattatreya and who lived about a hundred years ago.

    The author desires to bring about an edition in Hindi, the National language of Bharat and also an English edition of this book for the interested readers spread all over the world.

    Chapter 1a - Namdharak is blessed with the Vision of Sri Guru Nath To transcribe into finite language, in the confines of limited vocabulary, the infinite glory and effulgence of Guru Dattatreya, the unified manifestation of the Supreme Trinity - Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara, is an impossible task for any. Even the Vedas failed and beat a retreat faltering an excuse 'Not this But even so, if at least a small and single ray of Supreme effulgence of the Godhead can be captured, that is enough to redeem the world.

    And through divine grace, the impossible becomes possible to some or a little extent at least. Saraswati Gangadhara, the blessed devotee of Dattavatara Sri Narasimha Saraswati, before setting out to write the sacred Guru Charitra the life story of the Avatar , invokes the grace of Lord Ganesha.

    Without Lord Ganesha's grace, nothing can be achieved. He is Mangala Murthi, the embodiment of all the auspicious attributes and the abode of all auspiciousness. He is most easily pleased, responds instantaneously, and bestows his grace ever readily on whosoever calls out to him.

    He makes the impossible possible. With his grace and help the sage Vyasa could compose the incomparable and monumental Mahabharata, the ever greatest of the epics. Saraswati Gangadhara extols Lord Ganesha as follows: 'You are the remover of all obstacles. You keep your large fan-like ears always waving. The air-waves produced thereby drive away all the obstacles in the path of your devotees.

    In your stomach rest all the worlds, and that is why you are extolled as Lambodara. Even all the gods have to worship you alone first, before undertaking any of their divine tasks. I pray, you have to bless this venture of mine and help me through He prays 'Oh Mother! Without grace, man cannot pronounce even a syllable.

    You are the life-force behind the 'sound' faculty of men. You are the indweller in all the four-fold aspects of sound, viz. I beseech you to bless me and help me in this venture of mine He prays 'Oh Lord! You are the Primeval Guru You are the one who incarnated in the Kali age as Sri Narasimha Saraswati to redeem people from their ignorance and their ills.

    With full faith, that you alone are going to steer me through this colossal venture, I am setting out upon this task. It is like the child trying to catch the moon by stretching out its hand, but even so, I have complete faith in you, that you will help me through'. As a prelude, he gives a brief account of his lineage and of his immediate forbears. He belongs to the Kaundinya Gotra. He is of the fourth generation in the line reconing from Sayamdev. Sayamdev's son was Nagnath and Nagnath's son was Deorao.

    All of them were staunch devotees and worshippers of Guru Nath. Sayamdev and Nagnath had the blessed privilege of being the closest disciples of Guru Nath and of serving the master in his life-time. It was because of the merit earned by them, that one among their family, Saraswati Gangadhara, could become an instrument of the Lord to write about the divine Leelas of the great Dattavatara, for the benefit of humanity and the world.

    It should, however, be understood that the life of any great Saint or Master, and much more so of an Avatar like that of Sri Narasimha Saraswati, is like a huge ice-berg lying submerged in the frozen waters of the ocean, and showing but a tiny crest or pinnacle afloat on the waters. What will be discernible to human eyes is just the tiny portion afloat above the waters, but not the mountain-sized iceberg submerged under the waters.

    So also in the following account of Guru Nath's life, it is but a fraction of his glory that will be delineated. It is impossible for any to describe the Avatar's full glory.

    He is a mystery beyond all human comprehension. Now begins the sacred Guru Charitra narrative. There was once a devotee by the name of Namdharak, who had a great yearning to visit the holy Gangapur for darsan of sacred Guru Padukas, the Nirguna Padukas of Dattavatar Sri Narasimha Saraswati Deva, enshrined there. He had heard much most authentic anecdotes, how Guru Nath continues to shower his grace on all seekers, even after his Mahaprasthan, and that a pilgrimage to Gangapur is sure to soothe the mind, to satiate the yearnings of the heart, to quench the thirst of the should, and to allay the hunger of the spirit, for all the devotees.

    With great expectations and hopes, Namdharak set out from his far off village to Gangapur. The journey was long and arduous, He was very exhausted and had lost all stamina. He was seized with despair as to whether he would survive and be able to reach the destination at all. No mother ever forsakes her child. The cow comes seeking it's calf. Namdharak had a wondrous dream. Guru Nath Sri Narasimha Saraswati Deva stood there before him, casting his benevolent looks upon him and placing his hand on his Namdharak's head as a token of his blessings.

    Namdharak's joy knew no bounds. He fell at Guru Nath's feet. HE sang out long hymns of praise to the Lord. He offered mental worship to him. He collected the dust from under the feet of the Lord and smeared it on his own forehead and all over his body.

    He was overwhelmed with joy. Chapter 1 - 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 to Shri Guru all the time. But then why should I be required to suffer so much, though I have been reciting your name all the time, and having full faith in you?

    Oh,Shri Narasimha Saraswathi, you are the Guide to and treasure of the kindness to the devotees. 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 every one of these? If you have received nothing, then what can an innocent human-being like myself offer you, who Himself the Lord of Lakshmi Goddess of Wealth is?

    It does not become you, a great Giver of boons, to first receive and then to give. 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 and You, on your part, overlook my misdeeds and do not be angry with me. You are my Mother and Father too. So will you not protect me, an innocent child? Are you not even inclined to listen to my miserable tale?

    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 blessing hand on his head. 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 favor me, an orphan child. Kindly tell me your name and place of residence. I live on earth and in heaven also.

    I have been visiting holy places and now I have come here. He is in the incarnation of Thrimurties 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? Then it seems that you are not worship Shri Guru wholeheartedly. 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 Yuga, 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. Namdhrak intervened asking, 'Why did Brahma narrate this to Kali? 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. Realizing 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. 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 Yuga one after the other and asked him to go on Earth.

    First came Krith Yuga, 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 Yuga to follow you'.

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

    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 Yuga 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 fifthly? I am not afraid of anybody. Kali said, 'I selfish, destroyer of Dharma, 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. 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 Yuga, a man can attain salvation, the observing penance and devotion for less time. You should help such virtuous persons. I am afraid of such persons. How should I then go to the Earth?

    They will destroy the religious mindedness and even induce virtuous persons to commit sins. 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. 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.

    Please tell me how I should help the virtuous? Please direct me as to how I should behave on the Earth. The virtuous only can will you, all others will soon be your slaves. Kali again asked, 'What is the importance of a Guru?

    How he is to be known? Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, parents are all Gurus of this Earth. Knowledge imbibed with devotion and rational thinking viveka is seen in the heart of the Guru. Study of Dharma and Shastras without Guru is futile. He directs in action, thought, devotion and disintegration. One cannot surpass worldly 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. Guru Charitra by Shrre Swami Samarth ,.

    Vishwa Kalyan Kendra. From the back cover: Guru Charitra is one of the most revered scriptural texts of Hinduism. Containing the biographies of Lord Dattatreya, Lord Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh and his subsequent incarnations Sripada Sri Vallabha and Sri Narasimha Sarasvati, it clarifies several doubts on religious dogmas, rituals and doctrines through a conversation between the master and his From the back cover: Containing the biographies of Lord Dattatreya, Lord Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh and his subsequent incarnations Sripada Sri Vallabha and Sri Narasimha Sarasvati, it clarifies several doubts on religious dogmas, rituals and doctrines through a conversation between the master and his disciple.

    This book, steeped in lofty Hindu philosophical ideas also portrays a picture of the social and economic condition of the medieval times in India, and the message conveyed by the numerous teachings of the Guru needs to be understood in the context of those days. Reading of this interactive account, written in simple and lucid language will give strength and encouragement to spiritual aspirants to continue with their sadhana spiritual pursuit , enable them to overcome the various problems of modern day living and fulfil their inherent wishes.

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    Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 10, Jitendra rated it it was amazing. This book is considered to be one of the holy books which teaches you the Importance of the Guru who is equivalent to gods and also Moral lessons in the life of a human through various stories of Guru Sripada Sri vallabha and Guru Sri Narasimha Saraswati.

    This book is considered to be sacred and Just by reading this book with devotion one will get the blessings of the Guru's and Lord Dattatreya People Re-read this book in order to get the blessings of the guru's and Lord Dattatreya.

    Sep 06, Mayuresh rated it liked it. This is not something that can be digested in the first read. It needs subsequent reads and some guidance to be able to draw maximum benefit. But we feel sure that his spirit will rejoice and be happy that the efforts he had begun, have at last borne fruit and that the book has now seen the light of day. Let us make it clear that this is but a free-rendering and an abridged version of the original version of Guru Charitra. The original text was complied by Sri Saraswati Gangadhar, a fully enlightened soul and who was drunk deep in Guru Tatwa.

    It was compiled by him in Marathi in OVI form of poetry. The same was transcribed into Sanskrit by the great saint Sri Vasudevananda Saraswati , a contemporary of Sainath, i. A complete rendering into English of the original text is a colossal and formidable task and is far beyond our capacity and competence. In the present book, it has been out attempt to just bring out the gist of the original text, but at the time of course ensuring as best as we can, that the spirit of the original text is not lost.

    We do not know to what extent we have been able to achieve the above objective but if this book, inspite of whatever deficiencies and shortcomings it may be having, still succeeds in satisfying the reader's interest even in a small measure and enthuses and awakens in him the desire and yearning for diving deeper into the spiritual lore, for which purpose abundant spiritual literature is available, it would be highly gratifying to us indeed.

    It is a bold attempt made by us, and it is our firm faith and belief that it is Grace of and guidance from Guru Nath Sri Narasimha Saraswati alone, that has helped us in our venture. It may be mentioned here, that before the printing of the Book was started, we had the unique fortune of Sri Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi 'Singning His Blessings' on the manuscript. This was on 14th May , at Dharmakshetra, during Baba's visit to Bombay.

    We cannot conclude this preface without acknowledging our deep debt of gratitude to Shri P. It was he who has encouraged us all through and instilled in us confidence and helped us complete this scared book. Shri Nana is a very saintly person and is an example of extreme humility, great devotion, selfless love and al goodness.

    He is a highly endowed spiritual soul and many come to him for spiritual succor. We are dedicating this Book to this Vishwa Kalyana Kendra. With Pranams unto the Guru Padukas of Gangapur, and praying that they would be ever showering their grace and succour on all.

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    It was later translated into Sanskritby. Shri Vasudevananda Saraswati Tembye Swamy , who is regarded by many as an incarnation of Shri Dattatreya and who lived about a hundred years ago. The author desires to bring about an edition in Hindi, the National language of Bharat and also an English edition of this book for the interested readers spread all over the world.

    Chapter 1a - Namdharak is blessed with the Vision of Sri Guru Nath To transcribe into finite language, in the confines of limited vocabulary, the infinite glory and effulgence of Guru Dattatreya, the unified manifestation of the Supreme Trinity - Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara,.

    Even the Vedas failed and beat a retreat faltering an excuse 'Not this But even so, if at least a small and single ray of Supreme effulgence of the Godhead can be captured, that is enough to redeem the world.

    And through divine grace, the impossible becomes possible to some or a little extent at least. Saraswati Gangadhara, the blessed devotee of Dattavatara Sri Narasimha Saraswati, before setting out to write the sacred Guru Charitra the life story of the Avatar , invokes the grace of Lord Ganesha.

    Without Lord Ganesha's grace, nothing can be achieved.

    He is Mangala Murthi, the embodiment of all the auspicious attributes and the abode of all auspiciousness. He is most easily pleased, responds instantaneously, and bestows his grace ever readily on whosoever calls out to him. He makes the impossible possible.

    With his grace and help the sage Vyasa could compose the incomparable and monumental Mahabharata, the ever greatest of the epics. Saraswati Gangadhara extols Lord Ganesha as follows: You keep your large fan-like ears always waving. The air-waves produced thereby drive away all the obstacles in the path of your devotees. In your stomach rest all the worlds, and that is why you are extolled as Lambodara. Even all the gods have to worship you alone first, before undertaking any of their divine tasks.

    I pray, you have to bless this venture of mine and help me through He prays 'Oh Mother! Without grace, man cannot pronounce even a syllable.

    You are the life-force behind the 'sound' faculty of men. You are the indweller in all the four-fold aspects of sound, viz. I beseech you to bless me and help me in this venture of mine He prays 'Oh Lord! You are the Primeval Guru You are the one who incarnated in the Kali age as Sri Narasimha Saraswati to redeem people from their ignorance and their ills.

    With full faith, that you alone are going to steer me through this colossal venture, I am setting out upon this task. It is like the child trying to catch the moon by stretching out its hand, but even so, I have complete faith in you, that you will help me through'. As a prelude, he gives a brief account of his lineage and of his immediate forbears.

    He belongs to the Kaundinya Gotra. He is of the fourth generation in the line reconing from Sayamdev. Sayamdev's son was Nagnath and Nagnath's son was Deorao. All of them were staunch devotees and worshippers of Guru Nath.

    Sayamdev and Nagnath had the blessed privilege of being the closest disciples of Guru Nath and of serving the master in his life-time.

    It was because of the merit earned by them, that one among their family, Saraswati Gangadhara, could become an instrument of the Lord to write about the divine Leelas of the great Dattavatara, for the benefit of humanity and the world.

    It should, however, be understood that the life of any great Saint or Master, and much more so of an Avatar like that of Sri Narasimha Saraswati, is like a huge ice-berg lying submerged in the frozen waters of the ocean, and showing but a tiny crest or pinnacle afloat on the waters.

    What will be discernible to human eyes is just the tiny portion afloat above the waters, but not the mountain-sized iceberg submerged under the waters.

    Sri Guru Charitra - శ్రీ గురు చరిత్ర ~ Telugu Devotional Blog

    So also in the following account of Guru Nath's life, it is but a fraction of his glory that will be delineated. It is impossible for any to describe the Avatar's full glory. He is a mystery beyond all human comprehension. Now begins the sacred Guru Charitra narrative. There was once a devotee by the name of Namdharak, who had a great yearning to visit the holy Gangapur for darsan of sacred Guru Padukas, the Nirguna Padukas of Dattavatar Sri Narasimha Saraswati Deva, enshrined there.

    He had heard much most authentic anecdotes, how Guru Nath continues to shower his grace on all seekers, even after his Mahaprasthan, and that a pilgrimage to Gangapur is sure to soothe the mind, to satiate the yearnings of the heart, to quench the thirst of the should, and to allay the hunger of the spirit, for all the devotees. With great expectations and hopes, Namdharak set out from his far off village to Gangapur. The journey was long and arduous, He was very exhausted and had lost all stamina.

    He was seized with despair as to whether he would survive and be able to reach the destination at all. No mother ever forsakes her child. The cow comes seeking it's calf. Namdharak had a wondrous dream. Guru Nath Sri Narasimha Saraswati Deva stood there before him, casting his benevolent looks upon him and placing his hand on his Namdharak's head as a token of his blessings.

    Namdharak's joy knew no bounds. He fell at Guru Nath's feet. HE sang out long hymns of praise to the Lord. He offered mental worship to him. He collected the dust from under the feet of the Lord and smeared it on his own forehead and all over his body. He was overwhelmed with joy. Chapter 1 - 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 to Shri Guru all the time. But then why should I be required to suffer so much, though I have been reciting your name all the time, and having full faith in you? Oh,Shri Narasimha Saraswathi, you are the Guide to and treasure of the kindness to the devotees. 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 every one of these?

    If you have received nothing, then what can an innocent human-being like myself offer you, who Himself the Lord of Lakshmi Goddess of Wealth is? It does not become you, a great Giver of boons, to first receive and then to give. 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 and You, on your part, overlook my misdeeds and do not be angry with me.

    You are my Mother and Father too. So will you not protect me, an innocent child? Are you not even inclined to listen to my miserable tale?

    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 blessing hand on his head.

    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 favor me, an orphan child. Kindly tell me your name and place of residence. I live on earth and in heaven also. I have been visiting holy places and now I have come here. He is in the incarnation of Thrimurties 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? Then it seems that you are not worship Shri Guru wholeheartedly. 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 Yuga, Vyas, the Vishnu incarnate, spread the light of knowledge on Earth, through such volumes known as Brahma. Rishies and Munis listened to the tales from Vyas, which I am narrating to you. Namdhrak intervened asking, 'Why did Brahma narrate this to Kali? 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. Realizing 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: 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 Yuga one after the other and asked him to go on Earth. First came Krith Yuga, 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 Yuga to follow you'.

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

    I am not afraid of anybody. Kali said, 'I selfish, destroyer of Dharma, 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. 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 Yuga, a man can attain salvation, the observing penance and devotion for less time. You should help such virtuous persons. I am afraid of such persons.

    How should I then go to the Earth? They will destroy the religious mindedness and even induce virtuous persons to commit sins. 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. 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.

    Please tell me how I should help the virtuous? Please direct me as to how I should behave on the Earth. The virtuous only can will you, all others will soon be your slaves.

    Kali again asked, 'What is the importance of a Guru? How he is to be known? Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, parents are all Gurus of this Earth. Knowledge imbibed with devotion and rational thinking viveka is seen in the heart of the Guru. Study of Dharma and Shastras without Guru is futile. He directs in action, thought, devotion and disintegration.

    One cannot surpass worldly 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. 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. If you are resolute, then only you should accept this job.

    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. 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 Shiva, 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 so pleased that he appeared before him and told him to ask for some favor 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. He said to Sandeepak: If I do not suffer these pangs, I will have to suffer in the next birth and this would abstract my path of salvation. 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. You may ask for what ever you desire. I shall fulfill your wishes.

    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.

    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. You are my loving child. Shri Shiva and myself are pleased with your devotion.

    Ask for a boon. We offer you what you desire. You have known Guru and also experienced ParBrahma 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.

    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 Kubera 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. 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? 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 favor. 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 Guru's life is like Kamadhenu. You will get all the four valours or favors viz. But these do not exists separately. He observed Ekadahsi fast 11th day of every fortnight dark and bright.

    He induced Shri Vishnu to come to Earth. 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.

    Seeing that the time for Dwadashi 12th day of fortnight was finishing and fearing the break of his Vrat, Ambarish took holy water and dines. In the meanwhile Durvas returned and seeing that Ambarish had dined before him, he was enraged and so he cursed Ambarish. 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.

    So he said to Shri Vishnu, 'You should descend on the Earth ten times'. Chapter 4 - Birth of Shri Dattatraya 'In the first instance there was all water everywhere. Universe has come out of it.

    He is known as Hiranyagarbha. It broke into two hemispheres and the earth and 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 1. Marichi, 2. Atri, 3. Angiras, 4. Pulasti, 5. Pulaha, 6. Kratu and 7. Of these Shri Guru took birth in the house of Atri.

    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 Anasuya 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.

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    The mendicants said to Anasuya, 'We are very hungry. Give us food. We have come here hearing your good name for offering the guests their desired food'. Anasuya 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'. Anasuya seated them on carpets and began serving food on leaf-plates.

    The guests said to Anasuya, '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. This made Anasuya bitterly anxious. She realized 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'. Instantly all the three Gods were transformed into three newly born crying babies. She was terrified to see three 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. Anasuya 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 Anasuya pulling the string of a cradle and singing songs.

    Anasuya narrated all that had happened.

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