Swami Nirmal Chetan
was the son of Atri and Anasuya. He was one of the shining
beacons from the pages of the Srimad
He is known to have made 24 Gurus.
Guru is one who gives you a direction for the road that leads
to true life.
or whatever taught Dattatreya something about how to perfect
his life he considered a Master.
from the sky he learned that though thunder and lightning
happen in it, the sky remains unaffected. So in life one must
not be adversely affected by the innumerable tragic events
that one must perforce encounter.
noticed that the fire burns everything -
good and bad. Dattatreya learned to contain and absorb
praise and criticism alike.
the wind he learned to take Just as much as one requires.
water cleans -
the good and the bad. So from water one must learn to
earth gives refuge to all beings and brings forth alimentation
and food on which all must subsist. That is how our homes and
hearts must be.
the Moon he learnt to give light to all.
Sun takes the moisture from the Earth and returns it
hundred-fold in the form of rain. Dattatreya learnt to return
each favour in greater measure to the giver.
Ocean, though immense, dances Joyfully in the form of waves.
observed the moth hypnotised by the flame: dies for it. Its
obsession by what it saw was the cause of its destruction.
Dattatreya learnt to keep what he saw under check.
observed that once a bee sat in a lotus entranced by its
fragrance. The lotus closed its petals at night —
the bee decided to sleep the night and fly away the
next morning. The next morning never came for the bee, as an
elephant ate away the lotus. So from the bee Dattatreya learnt
never to postpone for tomorrow what can be done today, as
tomorrow the sun may never dawn for you.
elephant’s main weakness is the she-elephant. The hunter
places her picture and captures the elephant. Dattatreya
learnt never to have that much of passion for anything or
hunter plays an enchanting tune and captures the deer. The
enchanting tune Dattatreya compared to praise: so he decided
never to be carried away by anyone’s raising his ego to
fish is caught when he bites at the morsel attached to the
hook. Dattatreya observed that similarly people get you under
their fist sometimes by kindness under which hide ulterior
observations of the moth, the bee, the elephant, the deer and
the fish also exhort us to control our senses of sight, smell,
touch, hearing and taste as one can see that obsession of the
above qualities was the reason of the downfall of the above
a prostitute he learnt the futility of waiting the whole night
for a love, which was not true.
once saw a crow flying with a piece of meat in its mouth. He
noticed that the other crows would not leave him in peace
until he dropped the piece of meat. Dattatreya realised that
if relatives fight for what you possess, sometimes for your
own peace of mind it seems a better Idea to surrender that.
the child he learnt to be simple-hearted. A child is scolded
one minute, he cries but smiles at you the very next instant.
He never grudges his love for long: and is happy for most part
of the time.
once observed that the bangles of a young girl were making a
lot of noise. Hence she took all of them out except one. That
taught him the greatness of solitude.
also observed a mendicant and his peace of mind when he has no
a bow-maker did not notice the din of the procession as it
passed by. So from him he learnt the fact that concentration
can be so complete that it can block out the other senses.
observed a spider and noticed that it makes a web and gets
captured by it. This is what man does: with his desires, he
builds castles in which he remains a prisoner.
he noticed an insect, which camouflaged its form to that of
its aggressor just to stop itself from being recognised and
captured. Dattatreya concluded that if an insect is capable of
achieving such a feat then what about a human being: if he
were to constantly think of God, couldn’t he also imbibe the
qualities of the Almighty whom he worships with his heart and
Narain has observed and learnt from those she has come across.
What has appealed to her intellect and heart she has compiled
in this book and has emulated in her life.
has achieved a praiseworthy balance between her spiritual life
and her worldly commitments.
have observed her progress through the years and have known
her to be an honest seeker for the truth.
am convinced that if she perseveres in her endevour, she will
one day achieve what she is striving for -
with the Grace of God.