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Ramana Maharshi About Saint Dattatreya
« on: August 25, 2010, 01:06:16 PM »
A KING WAS passing through a forest in all pomp and pageantry, with his army and retinue behind him. He came across a man with not even a cod-piece on, lying on the ground,with one leg cocked over the other. He was laughing away,apparently supremely happy, contented with himself and all the world.

The king was struck with the man’s happy state and sent for him. But when the king’s men approached the nude ascetic and delivered the king’s message, he took absolutely
no notice and continued in his ascetic bliss. On being told of this, the king himself went to the man and even then the man took no notice.

Thereupon it struck the king that this must be no common man, and said, ‘Swami, you are evidently supremely happy. May we know what is the secret of such happiness and from which guru you learnt it?’

Thereupon the ascetic told the king, ‘I have had twentyfour gurus. Everything,this body, the earth, the birds, some instruments, some persons,all have taught me’. All the things in the world may be classed as either good or bad. The good taught him what he must seek. Similarly, the bad taught him what he must avoid. The ascetic was Dattatreya, the avadhuta.



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Re: Ramana Maharshi About Saint Dattatreya
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2010, 02:10:58 PM »

Dear prasanth,

Bhagavan Ramana has also told parts of Dattatreya's story,
in Letters from Sri Ramanasramam and in Day by Day.  The
original story appears in Srimad Bhagavatam.  [David Godman]

Muruganar says in Guru Vachaka Kovai, Verse 795:-

Dattatreya, the son of Atri Maharshi lived his life, learning by
keen observation a beneficial truth from each and every thing
and being.  For those who can emulate him because they have the great merit of an untwisted mind, their worldly life will itself become gurukulavasam.

Dattatreya's one of the Gurus is the courtesan Pingala.

Pingala after nicely decorating herself, was once strolling about while she was waiting for a customer who had promised to bring
her money.  When he did not turn up, she became very sad and
dejected.  Her face turned pale and her mind was distressed.  She investigated the cause of her distress and understood the painful nature of petty pleasures.  When she found that the source of all happiness is the Supreme Self, she attained vairagya.  She disrobes herself and then wears a simple dress and goes to bed,
saying "Atma Ramaneeyam", only the Self is very dear and blissful!

Atma Ramaneeyam -  Atma is Ramana! 

Brahmasri Nochur Venkataraman used to narrate this story in his
Satsangh in a very emotional tone.  Atma Ramaneeyam, Atma

Arunachala Siva.