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A Guru who shows the way,who helps us to cross the Ocean of Samsara ,to such a guru my koti koti pranam🙏
Who is a Guru?
Story of 24 Gurus of Dattatreya
Yadu who was in quest of spiritual life,During his wanderings he came across a naked ascetic, smeared with ash, radiant with bliss, Yadu felt drawn to him. 'O Rishi' he asked, 'who are you?' 'I am an Avadhoot,' said Dattatreya,
What is an Avadhoot? asked Yadu
Aksharatvat, imperishability
Varenyatvat,Devout -these two words form the essence of an Avadhoot
One who has cut himself from all things which are transient-One who has shaken off avidya and lives in the bliss of his own atman. He is an Avadhoot
'Lord,' said Yadu,I too wish to shake off avidya
& to know the akshara,the imperishable. Please teach me
Pleased by the shraddha of Yadu,
Dattatreya proceeded to give him instances in life where he had learned from 24 situations
Life itself is the guru to one rich in discipleship
Dattatreya explained to Yadu that discipleship is openness, receptivity, flexibility of the mind; the capacity to renounce concept alter concept, experience after experience, to reach the inner truth. It is the capacity to see beyond forms into their essence.
Discipleship is a state of consciousness that is fired with an intense longing to experience the truth.
It was with this spirit that Dattatreya responded to the entire world around him, the spirit of discipleship that learns from all of existence,with all the innocence of a child
From the earth, Dattatreya learned the qualities of forgiveness, unselfishness and the strength to bear burdens.
The earth, burdened by a thankless world, stands firm and proud. She is not demoralised. She does not punish or reject herself.
To Dattatreya she was symbolic of shraddha,having a capacity to hold together,herself & all associated with her,with great compassion, giving of herself totally to the situation which asks of her,with an unflinching steadiness,like the physical body holding divinity within itself
24 Gurus
to Dattatreya was a symbol of aliveness,
Pervading everywhere, yet uncontaminated,
carrying fragrance, but not being the fragrance,
it reminded him of pure consciousness,present in all manifestation, yet not being affected
It taught detachment,stillness in movement
The atman resides in the body but it is not the body. The sky holds the world like a garment or canopy but it is not the world.
It seems limited but in reality it is limitless
The deeper mind is like the sky: vast and unseen,
seeming limited but really limitless
It supports all life. It nourishes the soil so that mighty forests can grow
It has great stability,cleanses, purifies, refreshes.
To Dattatreya it was symbolic of the compassion of a yogi that unobtrusively flows to the world, nourishing and refreshing.
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