About Lord Dattatreya
Lord Dattatreya and Nath Tradition
Lord Krishna called upon Dattatreya; he was the Yuga Acharya (means teacher of the era) of the Dwapar yuga (era) and told him, “I’m afraid that once I leave the body, what I came for, all my teaching will be forgotten. We should do something.” So Lord Dattatreya codified a system, a tradition, called the Nath tradition based on Lord Shiva, the stature or state of Lord Shiva, totally in happiness, he needs nothing. When can you be truly happy? When you are fine with what you have and you are not worried about what you don’t have. Then you are happy! So that is a simple tradition that I follow and there are lot of masters in the same tradition. You can see a minor deviation with the masters, because everybody has their own orientation, we all have our unique flavor and that is the main thing that we are giving to the world, that’s how people recognize us. This is Nath tradition.
Nath tradition has only one purpose, Liberation which is beyond enlightenment
Liberation while living means detachment from all things around you. But at the same time it doesn’t mean you don’t experience life. You can be in everything but at the same time you are not bound by anything while living. And what is liberation while dying? Less luggage, means less desire
Lord Dattatreya and Shakti Tradition
After his encounter with Rama, Parashurama returned crest-fallen and on his way met an Avadhuta named Samvarta, the brother of Brihaspati who advised him to seek Dattatreya. Later he encountered Lord Dattatreya who showed Parashurama his aghora form, lying with his head in the lap of a naked woman, drinking alcohol and dishes of meat around him. Parashurama was disgusted and decided to leave this ghastly sight. When he turned back again, Lord Dattatreya showed his true form with Goddess Anagha Lakshmi, Kamandalu and the four dogs that accompany him.
This was transformative for Parashurama who tried six times to attain the highest while living life in the society. Here Lord Dattatreya gave him the method, the Tripura Rahasya (the secrets of the Divine Mother), to be both in the world and still be liberated. Parashurama thus realized the Self by the guidance of Lord Dattatreya and imparted the knowledge which he had gained from Dattatreya. He was thus instrumental in enabling the compilation of the knowledge of the Highest Truth for the benefit of mankind.
Celebrate Lord Dattatreya’s Birthday
It would be great if you can do this yourself. You can buy a few packets of biscuits or some packed lunchboxes and distribute in your area. Feed stray animals in your area. Leave some water and grains for the birds. Leave some sugar syrup for the ants, insects, etc. Everyone can do something. You can get rid of the unused clothes sitting in your house and distribute it amongst the needy or give it to any charity organization. If you can’t find the time for whatever reason, then contribute to a local charity that may be doing this service. You can also check with the local ACT/Ammucare/Mohanji Foundation center as well.
People can chant the Lord Dattatreya mantra “Om Shri Gurudeva Datta“ or Lord Dattatreya’s Gayatri “Om Digambaraaya Vidmahe Atri Putraaya Dheemahi Tanno Datta Prachodayat or Aum Avadhootaaya Vidmahe Atri Putraaya Dheemahi Tanno Datta Prachodayaat“ as many times as possible