"GUR BRAHAMA GURUR VISHNU
GUR DEVO MAHESWARA
GRU SAKSHAT PARA BRAHMA
THASMAI SRI GURUVE NAMAH"
Devotees all over the world chanting this sloka knowingly or unknowingly is praising Datta Guru. Dattatreya the incarnation of trinity brought the system of Guru to this world that Datta Guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesa.
All Gurus in the world is the tradition of Lord Dattathreya. My salutations to the Lord. The word Guru means a person who removes the darkness of the mankind. What is the position of a Guru? What should be his nature?, all these questions can be answered only when we go back and study from Brahma Srishti(The creation of this universe).
The four faced Brahma Deva started creation. Fourteen worlds and immense life forms were made. The mankind with intelligence and emotions, and saptarshis from his mind known as Manasaputras(Marichi, Athri, Angiras, Vasistta, Krathu, Bharadwaja, and Narada). Brahma started creation from his own body and got exhausted with the creation. Veda Matha appeared and advised of creating the relationship between male and female. Thus creation progressed in accordance with Grahastashrama(Family life).
Brahmadeva created Kardama Prachapathy from his shadow, Swayam Bhuva Manu from thr right side and a woman called Satarupa from the left side. They became couples and a fermale child Devahuthy was born to them. Devahuthy married Kardama Prachapathy and they had nine female children Kala, Anasooya, Sradha, Avirbhuva, Gathy, Kriya, Oorjya, Chithy, Khayathi and a boy called Kapilamaharshi (The incarnation of Lord Vishnu). Gradually creation went on.
In course of time, people got plunged in the material life forgetting Atmatatwas(The knowledge that a person is a soul and a soul has got so many responsibilities other than getting fully immersed in family life). They became slaves to luxuaries which made Lord Brahma Deva unhappy. In order to solve the problem, a great Guru had to take birth and guide these people. Athri Maharshy(The manasa puthra of Brahama Deva) and Anasooya Devi were made to marry and become couples. Lord Brahma ordered this couple to help to bring to this world a child who will lead and guide the world as a Guru.
When diseases spread and killed the living beings, Athri Maharshi compiled ayurveda from all vedas and advised to the world to save lives. In the battle between Devas and Danava, when the sun and moon were captured making the world dark, Athri Maharshi took the role of both sun and moon and gave light to this world. The tough code of Manu(manusasthra), which is very difficult to understand was compiled as a very simple smruthy by Athri Maharshi.
Anasooya Matha through the power of her chastity could fill water in the dried river Ganges. She created fruits and other edibles to all hermits rishis and other people and looked after their welfare during draught and famine. During the day when waters of the Ganges became polluted due to the contact with evil people, Anasooya showered water from her water vessel and made it pure.
In order to obtain a son equally powerful to the trinities, Athra Maharshy started meditation in Garudasana on single foot and without taking any food for hundred years. The pleased trinities appeared before him and said that they are showering the boon Atmadana and disappeared. Suddenly a boy with three heads and six hands appeared before the old couple and requested them to adopt him as their own son and vanished. One day the trinities appeared before Anasooya Devi and tried to test her chastity and they were converted to young kids. Later as per the request of the wives of the trinities they were given their original shape back by Anasooya Devi.
On another occasion when the husband of Sumathy Devi tried to block the sun. The obstacle was removed by Anasooya Devi and made sunlight available to the whole creatures. Hearing this, the trinities appeared before Anasooya and asked for any boon she would like to have. Anasooya Devi asked them to have the trinities born as her child and Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesa agreed to this. Thus in pournami in the month of Vrischika(Margi Sira month), Lord Dattathreya took birth, with more qualities of Lord Vishnu. Chandra Deva with rajoguna and amrutha Swabhava and control over medicines took birth as the son of Athri Maharshi with the blessings of Lord Brahma. Finally Durvasa Maharshi, with Tamoguna also took birth as the third son of Athri couples.
Chandra became the authority of Chandra mandala. Lord Dattathrya, the Guru of rishis and munis. Maharshi Durvasa led the immorals, cruels and those immersed in the darkness of the world without knowing their aims, in order to make vast changes in them to become good men. Sree Dattathreya stayed in the caves of Sahyadri as yogiswara(the lord of the yogis), a guide to moral and religious people, a kalpataru(tree which provides every thing demanded) to devotees and savior of the universe.
During the child hood, Swami exhibited his immense powers for the welfare of the world. Words are insufficient to describe the divine acts of the child which were far greater than the acts of great rishis and the people of the ashram were wonder struck. Watching this child for a long time they had a feeling that this Swamy is the only way to redress grievences and attain Moksha(salvation). Even when people wanted to approach him, Lord Dattathreya preferred to be meditating alone. In order to test the eligibility of the people of the ashram who asked him to accept them as his devotee, Swami plunged in to the waters of a lake and disappeared. The devotees waited around the lake for hundred years meditating in order to get wonderful powers.
At the end of the waiting for hundred years, Swami appeared over the water with a bowl full of liquor in one hand and a beautiful lady on the other. in order to test the devotees, Swami was chatting, dancing, flirting, singing, drinking, and smoking with the girl. The rishis who saw this thought that Swami has deviated from morals and left him. Some rishis remaining said that some have left without understanding that he was actually acting and they requested him to guide them. Hearing their request, Swami took them all to the ashram as followers and disciples(sishyas).
Anasooya Devi, his mother was happy to see her son Dattatherya returning to the ashram. Dattathreya requsted the permission of his parents to go over to Sahya mountains for the welfare of the devotees. Even when Anasooya Devi was familiar with continuous meditation, at first she did not grant permission to her son due her fondness for her child. Dattathreya reminded his mother of the greatness of meditation and finally obtained permission. Anasooya devi said that she had claim on his physical body and asked him to refuse it. Dattathreya tore his body and submitted it at the feet of his mother. The mother realized that meditation is important to him as he is dear to her and she as a mother should be broad hearted, and sacrifice her pleasures for the benefit of the world. The regreted Anasooya Devi gave back the physical body of Dattathreya and granted permission, and blessed him with tears.
Dattathreya started meditation at the Sahya hills with the permision of his parents. He not only uplifted human race but also Indras and other devadas. Thus the acts of Lord Dattathreya beyond common man's imagination was for the welfare and wellbeing of the entire world.
Swamiji appers to be pious, meditative and in maha rudra rupa but still always he maintains the balance of meditation. There is no end or break to the meditation of Swami. The paapas of the entire human race can be removed by just uttering his name once. There is no other better way to purify our hearts than to listen to his historical stories. Swami could redress the difficulties of not only humans but also Devendra(king of devas) and other devadas. Jambasura vadha is one such story.