Principle Tenets of the Dattatreya Tradition

The principle tenets of the Dattatreya tradition are:

  • Everyone should know oneself first and should know one's own reality, which is but God.
  • One should realize the relationship between God, man and creation – the underlying kinship, unity and oneness of these three entities. Brahman is the immanent and all pervading reality in all matter – it is the origin, the support and sustenance of all.
  • To obtain this vision and discern this truth, one should conquer one's ego through Yoga and renunciation.
  • Guru's grace is indispensable. One has to surrender oneself totally and unreservedly at the feet of the Guru. His grace awakens 'Jnana' (illumination) by which we can recognize the Reality of Brahman, which is the real self of all.

Shaneshwar Mandira

Kalleshwar Mandira

Apart from this the Disciples should:

  • Have purity of thought, word and deed.
  • Do 'Nama smaran' – remembrance of the Lord's name and meditation on it.
  • Have compassion and love for all beings.
  • Render selfless services at the feet of the Guru and surrender completely and unconditionally.

Incarnations of Shri Dattatreya:

While Shri Dattatreya was the primal manifestation in "Datta Sampradaya" and Guru tradition, His incarnations are:

  • Shri Pad Sri Vallabh
  • Shri Narasimha Saraswati
  • Shri Swami Samarth of Akkalkot
  • Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi

The message of Shri Nrisimha Saraswati is summarized as under:

  • In our short fleeting span of human life, we should attempt to realize God through devotion
  • Use Buddhi (intellect) and Viveka (discrimination) to purify the minds.
  • Never think of hurting others in thought, word or deed.
  • Consider yourself blessed, if you secure the blessings of a Guru. Strive to realize God who is inherent in your own heart.