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