Adiguru Avatara is twelfth of Dattatreya’s 16 incarnations. Shri Datta’s Adiguru Avatara was first appeared on Ashada Purnima, Tuesday, in the first prahar (the first muhurat).
Shri Datta advised Alark, the son of Madalsa. While ruling as a king, Alark was engrossed in the worldly pleasures. Dnyani Subahu, his elder brother, thought that Alark was wasting away his life as dogs and cats do in enjoyment of passions. He intended to awaken him spiritually. He, therefore, came to his city and asked for his share in the kingdom. When it was refused, he sought the help of Kashi Raja and attacked and besieged his city. Consequently the provisions coming in the city were stopped. Due to this, the subjects could not get food grains and they began to suffer from hunger.
Alark was dejected to see this. His mother, Madalsa, had told him to see her letter of advice, placed in the box in times of calamity. He left the city, entered a forest and next morning opened the box and saw his dear mother’s letter. It was said in it that in times of adversity, one should forsake all and have the company of a saint and think of salvation. He should go to Shri Datta at Mahurgad for spiritual guidance.
Alark went to Mahur, surrendered to Shri Datta and narrated his misery. Shri Datta placed his palm on his head and asked, “Where is your misery ? Just think who you are.” Only due to this one question, Alark began to think of himself. His ignorance was wiped off and his ego and greed also vanished. The feeling of enmity was extinct.
Adiguru Dhyana Shloka
Chidaathma Gnaana Roopaaya
Gurave Brahma Roopine
Adiguru Arghya Mantras
Sarvathraa Agnaana Nashaaya, Gurave Paramaathmane, Dattatreyaaya Devaaya, Karmanaargyam Dadaamyaham
Kaayena yatkrutam tatsarvam shree guru dattatreyaarpanamasthu
Kheda Thaapa Vinaashaaya, Sachidaananda Roopine, Dattatreyaaya Devaaya, Karmanaargyam Dadaamyaham
Vachasaa yatkrutam tatsarvam shree guru dattatreyaarpanamasthu
Chidaatma Gnaana Deepaya, Gurave Brahma Roopine, Dattatreyaaya Devaaya, Karmanaargyam Dadaamyaham
Manasaa yatkrutam tatsarvam shree guru dattatreyaarpanamasthu