Sri Datta Darsanam: The Story of Lord Dattatreya

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Item Code: NAB742
Author: Sri Ganapati Saccidananda Swamiji
Publisher: Sri Avadhuta Datta Pitham, Mysore
Edition: 2018
Pages: 325 (Illustrated In Colour)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 740 gm
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Publisher’s Note

Jaya Guru Datta

Sri Ganapati Saccidananda Avadhuta Datta Pitham is happy to stake available to its English-knowing devotees, particularly those abroad, the English edition of "Sri Datta Darsanam" —a narration of the inexhaustible story of Lord Dattatreya and His divine sports—first given out by Parama Pujya Sri Swamiji in Telugu a decade ago.

"Sri Datta Darsanam" has been translated into several Indian languages to satisfy the demands of the devotees in our multilingual century. Pujya Sri Swamiji’s devotees abroad had been repeatedly requesting him to bring out an English version. By bringing out this book Pujya Sri Swamiji has graciously fulfilled the aspirations of these devotees.

We may mention here that this is an exhaustive commentary by Pujya Sri Swamiji on His minor work, “Dattatreya The Absolute".

We deeply regret the demise of ‘Manager’ Sri M. Krishna Murthy, its translator, who did not survive to see this work published. We pray Prama Pujya Sri Swamiji to shower His blessings on the departed soul and the devotees who co-operated with him in his work.


Translator’s Note

When the Divine makes a ‘Samkalpa’, it has to be fulfilled sooner or later. No obstacle is insurmountable to the Divine. When Parama Pujya Sri Swami-Dattatreya in disguise—made a Samkalpa in l984 to bring out an English edition of His "Datta Darsanam“’ for the benefit of His English speaking devotees, all knew that it was destined to be fulfilled. But no one knew that it would take so long a period except the Sadguru Himself.

Disregarding scores of scholars of high academic attainments ready to undertake any assignment at a mere nod from Him. How and why Sadguru Pujya Sri Swamiji chose me for the task still baffles my limited understanding. I take it as a token of` His limitless affection for me, a humble sevak.

It is well known that Dattatreya subjects His devotees to severe tests before finally blessing them. Then how can Sadguru Sri Swamiji who is Datta in the present form act otherwise'? Many obstacles came in the way. At one time the work came to a stand still. That was an opportunity for the Sadguru to change the translator if He so desired. But he did not. Instead, He made known His firm resolves to get the work completed by me and me alone though He was seemingly disappointed at the slow pace. lf this is not a sign of` Sadguru Pujya Swamiji boundless compassion. What else can it be'?

By His grace only were all the hurdles overcome and the work was completed. l acknowledge here with gratitude the willing help extended to me throughout by Sri V. Venkatraimaiah, Professor of English and a silent devotee of Sadguru Pujya Sri Swamiji and by my `guru-bhai` Sri (XS. Radhakrishna of the personal staff of the Sadguru. Kumari Gayatri of` Bangalore, another staunch devotee of the Sadguru was instrumental in preparing the final manuscript.

I pray to Sadguru Pujya Sri Swamiji fervently to shower His infinite grace on all of them.

At the time of blessing me with the work of rendering into English "Sri Datta Darsanam", Gurudev Sri Swamiji directed me to abstain from using flowery language and not to attempt at literary embellishment. He instructed me to bear in mind that the book should be capable of being read by Matric students. It has been my constant endeavor to follow His orders faithfully, throughout.

I appeal to the reader to remember always that this book is not an original work. Rather it is translation from a translation. Hence l do not claim any immunity from errors.

I submit my most humble pranams and eternal gratitude to Gurudev Parama Pujya Sri Swamiji for graciously blessing me with this piece of service and pray that He continue to shelter me under the soothing shade of His ever compassionate umbrella.

With a sense of fulfillment of having done what ought to be done. I place most respectfully and humbly the manuscript at the divine lotus feet of the Sadguru.




  Sri Datta Darsanam 1
  Sumati 12
  Childhood of Datta 26
  Residence in Sahyadri 29
  Killing of Jambhasura 31
  Gifting the Vedas 37
  Amalakasram 40
  Padmatirtha 41
  Prahlada Jnana Yoga 45
  Teaching Kind Yadu 52
  Emancipation of Kartavirya 70
  Kartavirya’s Birth 71
  Sense of Righteousness 74
  Attainment of Boons 76
  The Glorious Reign 80
  Jnana Yoga 83
  Shunning of Enmity 91
  Saptodaharini 93
  1. Silpa Sastra (Architecture) 95
  2. Fine Arts 96
  3. Mantra Sastra 99
  4. Regular Performance of one’s Duty 104
  5. Patient 121
  6. Systematic Instruction 126
  7. Last Step 136
  Instruction of the Great Statements 141
  Acquisition of Yoga Empire 144
  Seed of Arrogance 152
  Moral Instruction 155
  God’s Test 157
  Previous Birth 161
  Seizure of Cow 163
  Salvation 169
  Afterwards 175
  Brahminism and Ksatra 175
  Skirmish 180
  The Master 182
  The Obsequies 185
  Atonement for Sins 187
  What Type of Swami 189
  Renuka-Sandhya 192
  Story of Alarka 199
  Heirdom 199
  Protection of Munis (Sages) 200
  Madalasa 203
  Marriage 206
  Victory 208
  The Deceit 210
  Separation 214
  Friendship 216
  The Power of Penance 218
  Regaining 220
  Cynical Laughter 224
  Clarification 231
  Disposition 234
  The Turn 239
  Distress for Whom 243
  Fruition of Friendship 249
  Alarka Gita 253
  The Story of Nahusa 255
  Desire for Male Progeny 255
  A Beautiful Dream 258
  The Lurking Tiger 259
  Datta’s Protection 261
  The Dream 263
  Prosperity 265
  Blowing of Conch 267
  Joy 272
  Bhadrasila 273
  Dharmakirti 275
  The Teachings of Dattatreya to Dharmakirti 278
  The Fall 280
  The Invisible Hand 281
  The Kingdom of Yama 284
  7 Incarnations 288
  Incarnation as Sri Pada Sri Vallabha 289
  Incarnation as Narsimha Sarasvati 293

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