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Guru Charitra

Shree Guru Charitra was first written by Shree Gangadhara Saraswati in Marathi language. The eminent scholar L.R. Pangarkar says that the first two incarnations of God Dattatreya, Shree Shreepada ShriVallabha and Shree Narasimha Saraswati, the two protagonists of the immortal work, had flourished in the 14th and 15th centuries A.D. The original text recount, in 53 chapters, the life and teachings of the two incarnations in about 7000 verses. In the late nineteenth century, Shree Vasudevananda Saraswati, a famous saint of the Dattatreya tradition, translated the work in Sanskrit verses of equal number.

Later, he was told in a vision by God Dattatreya that details pertaining to matters of Hindu religious ritual, have infringed on proper theme of work, and was directed to abridge it into 2000 verses.

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As a backdrop to the marvelous account of the avatars of God Dattatreya, Shree Guru Charitra presents a comprehensive resume of the whole of ancient Indian philosophy in life. Shree Guru Charitra affirms the caste system of the Veda. The assurance of Shree Guru that he would forever abide at Ganagapur and go round the village for bhiksha at noon is literally true even today. It is customary for devotees visiting the holy place to go for bhiksha.

Identifying and contacting a Sadguru, a Perfect master, is the crux of the problem of spiritual evolution of man, both collective and individual, especially in the present times, when the mass media and fanfare have made it more of a craze than a serious pursuit.

Yet fortunately for the serious-minded, there is a hope and a clear way: The devout study of Shree Guru Charitra.

In This Kaliyuga "Guru Charitra" is believed as "Kamadhenu". Kamadhenu means the things which you wish you get it immediately. The holy book Guru Charitra need to read with a pure heart and soul. Any one does the seva can get fulfill of desires whatever they wish.

If anyone not able to read the Guru Charitra can inform any Brahmin which who are well versed of reading with it. Its humble request to all the followers of God Dattatreya to read Guru-Charitra atleast once in a life time to understand the concepts, traditions, importance of life. To feel the power of Guru Charitra and to understand what all the miracles done by Shree Narasimha Saraswati in the time period when they were staying at Karanja, Narsoba wadi, and lastly at Ganagapur.

Details about the Guru Charitra

Shri Guru Charitra is a holy book of Datta Sampradaya written by Sri Saraswati Gangadhar Sakhare in 15th Century. The book recounts the Holy Life of Shri Dattatreya, Shripada Shri Vallabha (around 1320 A.D – 1350 A.D) and Shri Narasimha Saraswati (around 1378 A.D – 1458 A.D), his philosophy and teachings. The Book also provides some of the other Important Historical facts. The language used here is 14-15th century Marathi.

Sri Saraswati Gangadhar was a Descendant of Sri Sayamdev who was a Close Disciple to Sri Narasimha Saraswati. Saraswati Gangadhar refers to himself as Namadharaka in the Book. The book is written in the form of a conversation between Siddha Muni (who too was a disciple of Shri Narasimha Saraswati) and Namdharak who is listening to Sri Siddha.

Namadharaka spent most of his Life at Kadaganchi, a village nearby Ganagapur. He meets Sri Siddha Muni near Ganagapur and when he realizes that Sri Siddha Muni was a Disciple of Sri Guru, he requests him to narrate the complete Holy Life of Sri Narasimha Saraswati. Sri Siddha Muni takes Namadharak to Bhima-Amarja Sangam and then starts narrating and explaining “Shri Guru Charitra” in detail.

Shree Guru Charitra Saptaha Vidhi

  •  Shri Guru Charitra contains many Mantras from Vedas, Shlokas and Stories from Various Puranas and it is in itself the Life Story of Dattavatari Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati Swami Maharaj. So there are few regulations which have to be followed during its Reading.

  •  3 Days Parayan must be read as 1-24 Adhyays (Gnyana Kanda) on the 1st Day, 25-37 (Karma Kanda) on the 2nd Day and 38-53 (Bhakti Kanda) on the 3rd Day.

  •  Saptah Parayan must be read for 7 days dividing the Total Chapters (Adyays) into 1st Day (1-9 Adhyays), 2ndDay (10-21), 3rdDay (22-29), 4thDay (30-35), 5thDay (36-38), 6thDay (39-43), and last 7thDay (44-53).

How to do the Gurucharitra Parayan Seva at Home

  •  Read the Gurucharitra Parayan book by keeping your inner soul, mind & heart in purity and you will receive the good things/desired things and all the punyansh you will get which has been mentioned by swamiji in the holy book. (Don’t do it because someone is forcing or you are doing because someone did the same.) First understand the importance of it and plan.

  •  For those people who are looking to read the Gurucharitra for 7 days saptah they have to see the good dates as per the Hindu calendar and start the reading. Most probably can start the reading by Friday so the 7th day samapti can be done on Thursday.

  •  Should get up early in the morning in the Gurucharitra reading days.

  •  First complete the Nitya Karma such as Sandhyavandane/Deva Pooja etc.

  •  Reader must see the God ( Datta Maharaj) in Gurucharitra book and must do pooja to Gurucharitra book and should worship a Brahmin.

  •  Should do the Namaskaar to all elders available at home (Everyday of Parayan).

  •  Once all above are completed can start reading.

Rules to abide while doing for parayan:

  •  Should follow ethics like Brahmacharatva and should have pure vegetarian food

  •  Should have food for 1 time in day till parayan completes. Another time they can have light snacks

  •  Shouldn't have Onion, Garlic, and Alcohol, Cigarettes, Gutkha and supari

  •  Should sleep on the floor (Bed not allowed), can use Plastic matters, cotton cloth etc

  •  Shouldn't use footwear (Can ignore as it's not avoidable as per the current days, if you can leave it, it will be good)

  •  Shouldn't have outside food

  •  Shouldn't leave the current place which they are staying. (Not going for any out of station)

  •  On the samapti day once the reading is completed, should invite Brahmin and Suvasini in their home and treat them with Good vegetarian food, Cloth, Daskhina as per their will, wish and budget.

  •  Any devotee who will do the Gurucharitra Parayan seva by abiding the above rules, they will not get any fear, scared of Ghosts, evils, bad atma’s, and they will attain the Punya prapti and goodness Ashirwad from God Dattatreya and their life will be happy and prosperous.

Samapti Seva

  •  Once the parayan is completed the same day/next day can do the samapti seva.

  •  Can go to any Shiva/Dattatreya/Swami Samarth temple and do the Rudrabhishek.

  •  Can offer food, Dakshina, and Vastra daan for a Brahmin and suvasini.

  •  Can do Anandaan in anywhere as per your convenience.

Importance of Guru Charitra

Guru Charitra Parayan is said to be as one of the formidably/powerful seva for any kind of works in Kaliyuga. If anyone do the parayan seva’s with self reading or get it done by Brahmins in any Datta Kshetra their wishes/desires will be fulfilled in very few days and lots of people came across with positive results/feedbacks. God Dattatreya will not keep anything on their part for any seva that has been performed by devotees; he will bless us through his power and leads us happy and satisfied. The only thing which we can request to all devotees that do the seva with whole heart and seva’s has to be performed “Devotion and Dedication” is must as doing Datta seva is not an easy task.

Last thing we can assure to all devotees that “विश्वासो फलदायक:” Where your trust gives you the results.

Guru Charitra in Shree Kshetra Ganagapur

In the current fast moving world it's very difficult to do the "Guru Charitra Parayan seva" in the other cities where people stay as there are lot of rules and regulations that need to be abide (Rules have been mentioned above) and to keep some hours for reading. In Ganagapur we have few Brahmins who can read the Guru Charitra Parayan on behalf of devotees who are unable to do the seva due to the fact of staying far away, unable to follow ethics and rules, busy in day-to-day life or any other un-avoidable reasons but they whole heartedly have desire to do the seva. After completing the Guru Charitra Parayan seva, samapti seva also will be done i.e. Abhishek, Annadan as we have the same as tradition.

The tradition is of reading Guru Charitra parayan for 1, 3, 5, 7, 11, 21, 54 (weeks) followed by most of the Guru Dattatreya devotees. Once the said seva's are completed Shree Prasadam will be sent through Post/Courier services to the address you provide.

If any devotees are willing to do "Gurucharitra Parayan Seva" in Ganagapur, Can share their problem/issues/wishes or the reason for doing the seva to us so we can include the same in seva sankalp while starting the seva.

There are so many live examples even today where we have witnessed Guru Dattatreya is blessing the devotees those who have belief and trust on him.

||सर्वे जना: सुखिनो भवन्तु ||