Mayamuktavadhoota Avatara is tenth of Dattatreya’s 16 incarnations. Also referred to as Sri Avadhutha Shakti, Shri Datta’s tenth Avatara was first appeared on Vaishakha Shuddha Chaturdashi, Wednesday, mid-day in Swati Nakshatra.
Mayamuktavadhoota Avatara of Shri Datta appeared in the form of a mendicant (bairagi) at the house of one pious devotee, named Sheel. He was performing the anniversary rites and brahmins were invited. He looked handsome and had golden lustre. He had a pot in one hand for the alms and a stick in the right hand. There was a wreath of rudrakshas round his neck. The brahmins, who were invited, got enraged to see the bairagi. They asked him, “Who are you ?”
The bairagi said, “I am undiscernible, all pervading Avadhoot.” Hearing this, Sheel knew that he was Siddhraj Dynansagar of former times. To remove his doubt, he asked, “What is your abode (ashraya) and who is your master ?” The reply was, “I have no abode and no master. I am the master of all the three lokas.” Realising him to be his Sadguru, he prostrated before him, seated him with due regard, duly worshipped him and offered him good delicious food. Seeing this, the brahmins scolded Sheel, saying that he acted unpiously.
The mendicant then asked the brahmins, “What is Brahmas ?” The brahmins said, “Om is Parabrahma and it has assumed the form of Vedas. You are unpious and irreligious and so you are not eligible even to hear Vedas.” The mendicant said, “I am above Maya and hence not bound by rules and regulations. Vedas and their acts are of three qualities and this world is also three-fold and it is with me in the form of a black dog. This dog is well-versed in Vedas and shastras. He will satisfy you.” Saying so, he asked the dog to say Vedas. Like a learned pandit the dog began to chant the Vedas. The brahmins were simply stunned to see this miracle.
Shri Avadhoot called the forefathers of Sheel and in the presence of all assimilated them in himself. The vanity of the brahmins was wiped off and they surrendered to Shri Datta, who advised them to have devotion for him. This pleased them all. They prayed to him to bestow on them the lasting well-being of their families.
Mayamuktavadhoota Dhyana Shloka
Maaya Mukthaaya Shuddhaaya
Shuddha Bhuddhaatma Roopaaya
Mayamuktavadhoota Arghya Mantras
Maaya Mukthaaya Shuddhaaya, Maaya Guna Haraayathe, Shudha Buddha Swaroopaya, Karmanaargyam Dadaamyaham
Kaayena yatkrutam tatsarvam shree guru dattatreyaarpanamasthu
Sarva Avayava Mukthaaya, Sarva Maaya Haraayathe, Sarva Santhaapa Naashaaya, Karmanaargyam Dadaamyaham
Vachasaa yatkrutam tatsarvam shree guru dattatreyaarpanamasthu
Shuddhaatma Gnaana Deepaaya, Bhakthaarishta Haraayacha, Maaya Paasha Vimukthaaya, Karmanaargyam Dadaamyaham
Manasaa yatkrutam tatsarvam shree guru dattatreyaarpanamasthu