Sree Guru Charitra
Sree Guru Charitra was first written by Sree Gangadhara Sarawasthi in Marathi language. The eminent scholar L.R. Pangarkar says that the first two incarnations of Lord Dattatreya, Sree Sreepada Sreevallabha and Sree Nrisimha Saraswathi, 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, Sree Vasudevananda Saraswathi, a famous saint of the Dattatreya tradition, translated the work in Sanskrit verses of equal number.
Later, he was told in a vision by Lord Dattatreya that details pertaining to matters of Hindu religious ritual, have infringed on proper theme of work, and was directed to abrdge it into 2000 verses.
As a backdrop to the marvellous account of the avatars of Lord Dattatreya, Sree Guru Charitra presents a comprehensive resume of the whole of ancient Indian philosophy in life.
Sree Guru Charitra affirms the caste system of the Veda. The assurance of Sree 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 Sree Guru Charitra