Friday, August 5, 2011

Brief Life History of Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati Swami Maharaj ( Places of Shri Guru are Highlited ) :

Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati Swami Maharaj

Shri Guru Maharaj at Nirgun Math

Shri Guru Nirguna Padukas at Nirgun Math

Shri Sripaad Swami told a Brahmin lady to devote her Life to the Worship of Lord Shiva. She did accordingly and, as a result of it, She was born in Karanja a town near Akola (Central India) in a pious family and was named Amba. She Grew and she was Married to a Pious man Madhava Sharma. She was Devoted, Heart and Soul, to the service of of her Husband. His Noble Company added to the Holy Tendencies she developed as a result of her Spiritual Discipline in her Previous Life. She now became an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. In Course of Time, She gave birth to a Son. The Child did not Cry, as usual, at Birth. On the other hand, the only sound he uttered was 'AUM' (the eternal sound - 'AUM' is the manifestation of the spirit) and everyone was amazed at it. Astrologers assured Madhava Sharma that their child was indeed an avatar of the Lord. They also Prophesied that he would renounce all worldly ties and that he would uplit the fallen souls. The child was named Narahari. The Name Signified that he was the dispeller of the Sins and Miseries of Human Beings. The Child Narahari grew up to be a handsome boy of five, but he could not speak and the parents were very much worried about it. One day, the boy conveyed to them through gestures that he wished to be invested with the sacred thread. Young Narahari learned the 'Gayatri Mantra', adopted the vows of a young Celebate (Brahmacharya), accepted the first offering of food from his mother's hands and at once recited the Vedas (external repositories of Spiritual Wisdom) . The Parents were Overjoyed but their joy did not Last. According to Tradition after the Sacred Thread Ceremony, the initiate is a Sannyasi and has to beg Alms from his Mother and Leave for Pilgrimage. Thus, the mother asked him to beg alms and young Narahari, taking it as her adesha (command) sought permission to take Sannyasa, renounce worldly life and Leave for Pilgrimage. The mother bewailed her plight and pleaded with him to give up such an idea. Narhari said "I do not want to enjoy the objects of the senses which can only lead to Misery. So, I shall pass on from the state of Celebacy directly to the life of a Sannyasi. Wealth, Family Ties and Responsibilities are as unreal as a dream. Youth is transient as a flower which soon withers. Thus life is very short when viewed in the light of the only purposed of it, i.e., Self-realization. To be emotionally attached to anything in this phenomenal world amounts to mere self-betrayal and is self-defeating too. This body, with the skin as its surface layer, flesh, bones and the blood within, is as frail a structure as a water bubble. Excessive fondness for one's spouse and children is the root of all other evil tendencies. In itself, this body of ours is made of inanimate matter and is ever changing and perishable. Only the 'Self' within is eternal and is our only true being. Joys and sorrows of worldly life are merely relative, subjective and are therefore illusory experiences to the realized. Man can break the fetters of this illusion only through the grace of the Guru. Therefore, Oh mother, do not hinder me in my resolve. You shall be blessed with some more children. Go on meditating on me and thereby you shall cross the ocean of misery and ignorance too". So saying, Narahari again blessed His mother with the vision of His Divine form. She perceived it through the eye of wisdom and wasat once reminded of her previous birth. So she said to the Lord 'Holy one, you are indeed Lord Sripaad, who, in my previous life, saved me from my unwise resolve to commit suicide. I bow before you. You are, indeed, the Unbounded one. All the universes have their being in your infinite expanse. To say that you are born to me as my son is but a fallacy; for you are eternal. Yours is the omnipotent will. I shall not hinder your resolve to renounce the world for the welfare of all sentient beings. You have assured me that I shall be blessed with a few more children. Pray, stay with us, at least till such time!' Lord Narahari graciously acceded to her request and stayed away. The blessed couple used to worship the Lord every day with full awareness of his divinity. Many were the learned who flocked to Him for the elucidation of intricate questions in scriptural knowledge. Many of them got their doubts clarified and attained Self-realization. This is no task to one who could uplift even the dull witted. After his mother got more children He covered His head with a piece of cloth, put on wooden sandals, covered His body with the ochre robe and wore a codpiece. Taking a staff in His hand, He set out from His home in joy to fulfill His mission which was to revive faith and uplift the people morally and spiritually. On his way to Badrinath, Narahari reached the Holy Varanasi (Kashi) in the guise of a seeker after Liberation. Lord Narahari, in accordance with Holy tradition, resorted to His Holiness Swami Krishna Saraswati as his Guru and from him took the vow of Sanyas. Henceforth, He came to be known as Shri Narasimha Saraswati. He formally took the vow of Lifelong Celebacy. Thus he became a full-fledged sannyasi who has transcended the opposites of joy and sorrow and the limitations of a self-centered will. This World Teacher has laid down the tradition of sanyas for seekers after liberation.Shri Nrishimha Saraswati expounded the nature of Sanyas to some and the meaning of the Vedas, which can secure the true objects of life (Purusharthas), to others. Then, he proceeded in his wanderings round the country in a clock-wise direction, along with his disciples. He had seven disciples and they were Baala, Krishna, Upendra, Janajyotim Sadaananda, Madhava and Siddha. All have the title 'Saraswati' suffixed to their names. He took holy dips in all the holy rivers along the way and reached the sacred place where the river Ganga joins the sea. From Benares he went to Badrika Ashram with his disciples. Then moving from place to place for the welfare of common people, he arrived at Ganga sagar (Prayag), near Calcutta. Some Twenty years passed this way. Shri Nrisimha Saraswati reappeared at his home to the wonder and joy of his family and town people, He blessed them all. In the Guru Charitra the miracles performed by him are described. These Miracles were meant to increase faith among people in a higher power and start them on the path of spiritual path. Shri Narasimha Saraswati then went to Trumbakeshwar and did Gautami Tatak Yatra till Manjarika. He then Visited Vasara Brahmeshwari and further headed towards South for Vaidyanath. At Parli Vaijnath he did Penance for one year and remained in Seclusion. Afterwards he went to Audumbar and Amarapur near the confluence of the rivers Krishna and the Panchaganga. At Amarapur he stayed 12 years. This place was called "Nrisimhawadi" and later "Narsobawadi" by his affectionate disciples and devotees. From Amarapur he went to Ganagapur and remained there for 24 years. During his stay there many astonishing incidents and miracles took place. Shri Narasimha Saraswati was now considered as 'Siddha Purusha' (Perfect, almost Godlike being) with Divine powers of healing physical ailments and alleviating worries of his devotees. Hindus and Muslims used to come to him considering him their Sadguru. One day he bade good-bye to people of Ganagapur and with his 7 select disciples went to the confluence of Bhima and Amraja rivers and stood for a while under the Aswatha tree. He stated "worship this tree and practice penance, your wish will be fulfilled and your life will be blessed". He announced his departure from this world and his disciples were plunged in grief. A float was prepared on the banana leaves and was adorned with flowers. This float was placed in the river and Shri Nrisimha Saraswati sat on it. All the disciples offered worship although their hearts were weighed down by grief. Shri Nrisimha Saraswati cheered them up and told them he was going to Kardali-vana (Grove of Banana Trees) near Srisailam (One of the 12 "Jyotir Linga" is located here) and upon reaching there, as a mark of his safe arrival, clusters of flowers would come back floating against current. Soon after, as per the Master's promise, clusters of flowers came to them drifting on the river against the current! When the Master got ready for departure, the natives of the village rushed to him and begged him not to deprive them of His Divine presence, but to stay on.
The Lord said, "Do not feel sad that way. How can I bear to be away from my devotees? I only seem to leave for Srisailam only to the grosser vision of the physical, but I will ever abide at Ganagapur in my real state as the Spirit or the real Self. I will seek my noon alms in this village and accept your loving devotional services. My living presence will be experienced by anyone who bathes in the Sangam (confluence of holy rivers), worships the Holy Peepal Tree and takes Darshan of My 'Padukas' (Sacred Foot-wear) here. "The Master can be seen even today by the virtuous and the devout. Only the unrighteous cannot experience his living presence. Taking his daily dip at the holy Sangam, he ever abides there. In fact, he has been blessing devotees with his divine acts (leelas) on countless occasions. The aspirations of those who worship him there with true love will be fulfilled. Indeed, the Lord is ever present with those who incessantly adore him. The miraculous experiences of such will ever remain hidden in their own hearts. He is the granter of prayers!" When people were in utter despair, Shri Nrisimha Saraswati brought about a religious and spiritual renaissance and restored their morale.
The Places where He stayed, have become centres of pilgrimage viz., Narsobawadi, Audumbar and Ganagapur. Ganagapur is believed to be the abode of Lord Dattatreya. There is a Holy Hillock of Vibhuti (holy ash) from which devotees pick up the sacred ash as Prasad to take home. This Hillock has not been depleted, even though devotees have been taking away sacred ash for Centuries. The Atmosphere in all the three pilgrimage centers is sublime and devotees feel peaceful and spiritually uplifted. Miracles take Place at Ganagapur specially, even now. 
The Message of Shri Nrisimha Saraswati is Summarized as under: 
1. In our short fleeting span of human life, we should attempt to realize God through devotion 
2. Use Buddhi (intellect) and Viveka (discrimination) to purify the minds. 
3. Never think of hurting others in thought, word or deed. 
4. Consider yourself blessed, if you secure the blessings of a Guru. 
5. Strive to realize God who is inherent in your own heart.

Brief Life History of Shripad Shri Vallabha ( Places of Shripad Shri Vallabha are Highlited ) :

Lord Shripad Shri Vallabha

Shri Sripada Vallabha was born to a Brahmin by name Appala Raja who lived with his wife Sumati, who was a Great Devotee of Goddess Sati, in Pithapuram. She had two children, unfortunately, one of whom was Blind and the other Limbless. It so happened one day that, Sumati woke up early to Perform Shradha (a ritual performed to honour the ancestors on their death anniversary) of her father-in-law. She cooked the necessary food and was waiting for Appala Raja who was out to Fetch Shradh Bhoktas (Materials used for Shradh). In the afternoon, a hermit (Lord Dattatreya Himself) with a divine glow on his face, came to her doorstep for alms and asked for some food. Sumati bowed in front of him humbly gave away all that she cooked for the Shradha.
The Hermit was so pleased with her, that he blessed her with whatever she desired. Sumati wanted to have a child with the same grace and elegance of the hermit who came for alms. Bestowing her with what she wished, the hermit suddenly disappeared, leaving Sumati awestruck and joyous. Meanwhile, Appala Raja returned home and Sumati informed him what all had happened, fearing that he would get annoyed. Instead, Appala Raja was so pleased with what she did and told her that giving food to the needy is the best part of donations. He also told her that his forefathers must have been satisfied with this dana (donation).
Over a period of time, the Lord Himself was born to her in the tenth month of pregnancy. When the child was born, it seemed as if the whole universe was filled with joy and celebrations. The child was named as Sripada (divine feet) as he had the symbols of Chakra and Shanka on his feet. His Parents also named him Sri Vallabha as the child had a divine lustre and charm in his appearance. The child grew to be one of the wise and valiant with immense knowledge of Shastras, Puranas and Vedas.
When he turned out to be sixteen years old, Sripada Vallabha's parents thought of his marriage. When Vallabha came to know about this, he explained his parents that the purpose of his birth was to find the truth and serve the world. Recollecting Vallabha's jataka (horoscope), in which it was written that he would become an ascetic, his parents did not stop him from accomplishing his tasks. Sripada Vallabha, before leaving his parents for pilgrimage, blessed his blind brother with sight and the legless brother with legs. His parents' joy was boundless on seeing their other two children back to Normal. They blessed their son, Sripada Vallabha, and with a heavy heart and joyous tears in their eyes, bade him goodbye.

Sripada Vallabha then went to Kashi , Badrinath and from there he moved to  Gokarna, where he stayed for 3 years. Then  he went to Shri Giri (Srisailam) and lived there for 4 months and further moved to Nivrutti Sangan. He preached all his Gyana (knowledge) to the saints and then retired at Kuruvapur, an island in River Krishna.
One day a widow, Ambika came to the river to end her life due to her unbearable poverty and to run away from the world which made fun of her for having given birth to a dullard and an idiot boy. Miraculously Sripaad came there and said 'Oh Brahmin, do not be hasty; otherwise you would incur the sin of committing suicide, as well as the sin of killing a Brahmin. No one can help you out of it. It is better for you to live on, facing any amount of suffering.' The Brahmin lady then said, 'Oh Holy one, people are humiliating me for being cursed with the birth of a stupid son. They consider it a sin even to see my face. What could I gain by continuing to live?'
The Lord was moved by compassion at her words and said, 'Mother, by committing suicide, you only add to your former sins and you will have to suffer more in the next life. Therefore, devote your whole life to the worship of Lord Shiva. You shall be blessed with
a noble son in your next life'.
The Above Event was Perhaps Shri Guru’s own Sankalpa to Reincarnate again as Shri Narasimha Saraswati. Therefore he had pre-arranged this leela so as to meet and bless his Next Incarnation’s Mother-to-be.
Then he performed several Miracles at Kurwapur and blessed all his Devotees.Over a period of time, Sripada Vallabha took Nijananda in Krishna River at Kurwapur.

Birth of Shri Dattatreya as Mentioned in Shri Guru Charitra.

Bala Swaroopa of Shri Adiguru Dattatreya 

Adiguru Shri Dattatreya

Birth of Shri Dattatreya :

"In the first instance there was all water everywhere. Then an egg `Hiranya garbha' (with Gold inside) came into existence. Universe has come out of it. Due to `Rajas' Brahma came into existence. He is known as Hiranyagarbha. It broke into two hemispheres & the earth & the sky came into existence. Brahma thus created 14 Bhuvans, 10 directions, mind, speech, time, six enemies as desire, anger etc. Brahma created seven sons (manas putras) namely,
  1. Marichi,
  2. Atri,
  3. Angiras,
  4. Pulasti,
  5. Pulaha,
  6. Kratu and
  7. Vasishta.
Of these Shri Guru took birth in the house of Atri. "Anasuya (devoid of hatred) was the devoted wife of Atri Rishi. She was very beautiful also. Seeing her exceptional devotion to her husband, the Gods in heaven began to fear that someday she might overcome them. Hence Indra and other Gods went to Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh and said to them, "How can one describe the greatness of the devotion of Anasuya to her husband Atri. She served her husband with body, mind and speech. She also serves guests giving them desired food. None returns disappointed from her place. Fire, Sun and Wind are also afraid of her. We all are afraid of her. She may sometime win over this heaven. Therefore kindly do something to give us relief'.
Hearing this, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh said angrily, "We shall test her devotion".
Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh came to Atri Muni's Ashram in the mendicants' disguise, when Atri had been out to the river for daily rituals. The mendicants said to Anasuya, "We are very hungry. Give us food. We have come here hearing your good name for offering the guests their desired food".
Anasuya bowed to them respectfully and said, "you please return soon after finishing your bath and daily rituals".
The three Gods replied, "We have already taken bath and finished the rituals. Atri Rishi may take time to return. Better you serve us food soon".
Anasuya seated them on carpets and began serving food on leaf-plates. The guests said to Anasuya, "We have one more desire. We have come here from a long distance as we have heard of your beauty. We wish you to put off your garments and then serve us with food. If you do not comply with this. We shall leave this place without meals".
This made Anasuya bitterly anxious. She realized that some great personages have come to test her chastity. She thought that if they return without food she would lose sanctity of her penance. Believing that her mind is pure and that her husband's penance will protect her in this ordeal, she told them, "You have your food without any doubt. I shall serve you food as you desire".
She went into her kitchen and remembering her husband, put off her garments and saying `The guests are like my children', she came out to serve food to the guests. Instantly all the three Gods were transformed into three newly born crying babies. She was terrified to see three crying babies. She put on her clothes and took the babies one after the other to her breast for feeding. What great power does a Pativrata possess! Those who have 14 Bhuvans, 7 oceans and fire in the belly, were all satisfied with the little milk in her breast. Anasuya thus became the mother of the three Great Gods. She placed them in a cradle and pulled the string to and fro and began singing lullabies.
It was midday. Atri Rishi returned from the river after finishing his rituals. He was very much astonished to see Anasuya pulling the string of a cradle and singing songs. Anasuya narrated all that had happened. Atri Rishi by power of intuition knew that the babies were Trimurties and so he bowed to them. The three Gods were also much pleased. They stood before him and told Atri to ask for a boon. Atri said to Anasuya, "You may ask for whatever you desire".
Anasuya said, "These babies should stay in this Ashram as our sons". The Trimurties readily complied. Anasuya began to nurse and feed them. Brahma was known as Chandra, Vishnu was called Datta and Mahesh was called Durvas.
After some time Chandra and Durvas told their mother Anasuya that they both were going away for penance and that the third Datta would be staying with her; she should know him as Trimurti. After this Chandra and Durvas went away, Chandra went to Chandralok and Durvas went to he forest for penance. Datta or Dattatreya remained with Anasuya. Dattatreya is the founder of the seat of Shri Guru.
Mahur and Karveer are believed to be the Places of Dattatreya and he always lives atPanchaleshwar.
Lord Dattatreya has descended on this earth twice in this Kaliyug to establish 'Satya' (the Universal Truth), 'Rta' (the CosmicOrder), Dharma', (the perennial principles), in all its entirety.
The First Incarnation is Lord Sripada Srivallabha and Second one is Shri Narasimha Sarasvati.

Shri Guru Charitra ( Life History of Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati in Brief )

Shri Guru Charitra

In this Adhyay, Saraswati Gangadhar ( Namadharak ) begins with invocation prayers for Divine Grace to endow on him merit and strength to be able to successfully compile the sacred Guru Charitra, the glorious account of Divine Incarnations of Lord Sri Dattatreya viz. Sri Sripada SriVallabha and Sri Narasimha Saraswati.

Namdharak, an ardent devotee of Sri Narasimha Saraswati, sets out for Ganagapur for the Darshan of the Holy Padukas. Tired and exhausted and when he fainted away, Guru Nath appears before him in a dream and blesses him.

Adhyay 2 - The Power and Glory of Guru Bhakti.

Namdharak meets Siddha Yogi, the great and close disciple of Guru Nath. Siddha Yogi starts narrating the Guru Charitra to him, which the latter listens to with rapt attention. Siddha Muni Narrates to Namadharak about How Universe was Born,and How Four Yugas were Created with their Specific Trends and also narrates the Story of the disciple Deepak and the Guru Veda Dharma and about the unexcelled merit that accrue from Guru Bhakti and Guru Seva. Guru is indeed supreme and all the Gods are subsumed in Him. If we can but win Guru's Grace, we will have thereby won the Grace of all the gods. Guru is indeed supreme.
The Names of Veda Dharma and Deepak have their own significance. Veda itself is both the Dharma and the Guru. And one who is devoted to the scriptures and abides by the Dharma which they enunciate, is sure to gain enlightment.

Adhyay 3 - The Case for Shri Hari taking incarnations on Earth.

Once Durwas Rishi Came to a King called Ambrish,who used to Observe Ekadashi Fast.That day Sadhan Dwadashi was only for 24 Minutes after Sunrise.Fearing that his Vrata would be Broken, Ambrish took Holy Water and Dined before Durwasa,who went to River for taking bath and Performing Rituals .Seeing that Ambrish has dined before him Durwas cursed Ambrish to take birth in different Species.Ambrish Prays Shri Vishnu.Shri Vishnu  said Durwas to Curse him Instead. Durwas asks Shri Vishnu to Descend on the earth Ten Times to Destroy the Evil and thus to give Relief to Everyone.This Led Shri Vishnu to take Different Incarnations.

Adhyay 4 - Shri Dattavatara

Anasuya was the Devoted Wife of Atri Rishi.She was well-known for her Pativratya.Lord Indra got afraid of her Power and Prayed Trimurthy to Save them all as Anasuya may anytime win Heaven.Trimurthy in the disguise of  Mendicants went to Atri-Ashram ,when Atri Rishi had been out to the River for Daily Rituals. The Mendicants demanded alms and said that She should serve in Naked.Anasuya thought that They are Like my Children and went to Serve.Instantly the Trimurthy got transformed into Three Newly Born Babies.Atri Rishi returned to Ashram and realised that they are The Trimurthys.Anasuya asked Trimurthys to remain there as their Sons.Brahma was called Chandra,Vishnu as Datta and Shiva as Durvas.Later Chandra and Durwas went away for Penance.Shri Datta Stayed with Anasuya.

Thus the Adhyay describes the advent of Sri Dattatreya as the son of Mother Anasuya and sage Atri. This Adhyay illustrates the power of chastity ie, purity as exemplified in the life of Anasuya. Her purity could transform the great Trinity (the Durlabhya, i.e., the unattainable) into mere babies in her arms and make them (Saulabhya i.e., brought them within one's easy and close reach).
The name Atri means one who has transcended the three Gunas. Anasuya is one who is bereft of human frailities such as jealously etc, and is spotlessly pure, where 'Atri' and 'Anasuya' co-habit, Lord Himself is also sure to abide).

Adhyay 5 - The Advent of Shripada ShriVallabha

Shri  Dattatreya (In Disguise) Came to a House of a Brahmin called Appalraj at Peethapur for Begging Alms.It was an Amavasya Day and there was Anniversary Ceremony Day at their Home.Even then Sumati (Apalrajs wife) offered Alms to the Lord.The Lord being Pleased asked her wishes and said her that he will Incarnate as her Son. This Made Lord Dattatreya to Incarnate as Shripad Shri Vallabha.
Shripada ShriVallabha sets out on his divine mission at a early age, after curing his lame and blind brothers and blessing the household with endless prosperity.

Adhyay 6 - Gokarna Mahabaleshwar

This Adhyay describes the birth of Gokarna Mahakshetra.
Ravana Sees his Mother Kaikaya Performing Pooja of a Shivlinga and Says her that he will bring Kailasa itself to her.Ravana went to Kailasa and Started Shaking it with his 20 Hands.Parvati Prayed Lord Shiva to Protect Everyone and Lord Shiva Pressed Ravana Underneath the Kailasa.Ravana then Performed Ugra Tapasya.Lord Shiva was Pleased and he gave his Atma Linga to Ravana and asked him not to Keep it on the Earth on the Way.
Shri Vishnu Sends his Sudarshan Chakra to Hide the Sun and asked Narada Muni to go to Ravana and Induce him to Linger on the Way,as he would like to Observe Evening Sandhya.Then Shri Vishnu Calls Ganesha and Says him to go to Ravana in the Disguise of a Brahmachari Child,Win his Confidence and Keep the Linga on the Earth.Shri Ganesha did Likewise and Kept the Atma Linga on the Earth when Ravana had been for Sandhya.Ravana Returns and Slaps Ganesha and Ganesha in a Crying Tone leaves from there and Comes back to Kailasa.

Adhyay 7 - Gokarna Sthala Mahatmya

This Adhyay describes the Gokarna Kshetra Mahatmya. A visit to this Holy Place burns off all sins however, much grievance they be and earns for the person Kailasha-Pada. Gautama Rishi narrates to the King of Ikshawaku Family who was under a curse by a Brahmin Women (while living as a Brahma Rakshasa as cursed by Shri Vashishta), how a Chandala woman, with sins galore on her head, earns Kailasha-pada by the mere coincidence of her dying at the Holy Gokarna.
Gokarna had so much sanctity that Sripada SriVallabha chose to visit and spend 3 years there.
(The term 'Chandala', in a sense, is our 'Deha-buddhi', i.e., obsession with the idea that 'I am the body'. 'Shiva-Linga' signifies the 'Atma-buddhi' or Sivoham-Bhavana', i.e., the understanding that one is not the body but the Spirit. From 'Deha-buddhi', we have to raise ourselves to 'Atma-buddhi', then we will have earned the 'Kailasha-Pada').

Adhyay 8 - Sani Pradosha Vrata Mahatmya

In this Adhyay, Sri Vallabha teaches about Sani Pradosha Puja Mahima to Ambika, who in a state of desperation, came to the river with the intention of drowning herself along with her blockhead son. He narrates how a shepard-woman was born as Yasoda in her next life through the merit earned by mere seeing of the Sani Pradosha Puja, and became the (foster) mother of Lord Sri Krishna.
Sripada SriVallbha blessed the blockheaded son of Ambika and endowed him with all Sastraic knowledge & wisdom and blessed Ambika that he would Reincarnate as her son in her Next Birth as Shri Narasimha Saraswati.
In this Adhyay is also described the emergence of Maha Kaleshwar Jyotirlinga as a result of the Shani Pradosha Puja done with deep devotion by the Shepard boy.

Adhyay 9 - Shripad Shri Vallabha blesses Rajak and ends his Avatar.

Shripada Shri Vallabha gives boon to the Rajak (Washerman)-devotee that he would be born in a Nawab Family and be ruler in his next birth and would also have his Darshan but in his Next Avatar (i.e., when he would reappear as Sri Guru Narasimha Saraswati) and eventually ended his Avatar.

Adhyay 10 - Sripada SriVallabha's continued showering of His Grace on his devotees even after his Mahaprasthan.

In this Adhyay, and account is given of how Sripada SriVallabha, even after the withdrawal of His Avatar (ie., even after the Mahaprasthan), continues to manifest and shower his grace on his devotees. An illustration is given how Sripada SriVallabha protected a Brahmin-devotee by bringing him back to life after he was killed by dacoits. The same grace continues to be showered even now, on whomsoever seeks it.

Adhyay 11 - Birth of Shri Narasimha Saraswati

In this Adhyay is described the advent of Sri Narasimha Saraswati. He was born as a son to Shri Madhava and Amba in Lad Karanja as per the promise given to her in her previous life (as Ambika) by Shripada Shri Vallabha. At birth, he was uttering 'OM!' 'OM!' 'OM!'. He was otherwise 'dumb' till his Upanayanam was performed. With Upanayanam, he bursts into recital of Vedic Mantra and begins to glow with all knowledge and wisdom.

Adhyay 12 - Narahari taking to Sannyasa.

In this Adhyay Narahari gives spiritual instruction to his mother; he blesses her that she would have two more sons within a year and one more son and daughter later. After birth of the two sons (twins) he leaves home for Kashi. He was hardly 9 years of age at that time. At Kashi, he took initiation into Sanyasa Asrama from Krishna Saraswati and took the name of Shri Narasimha Saraswati. After that he went to Badarikashram and visited many holy places.

Adhyay 13 - Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati curing the Chronic Stomach ulcer of the Brahmin.

In this Adhyay is described the visit of Guru Nath along with his disciples to his parents at Karanja. From there he again sets out on his itinerary. At Basar Bramheswar, Guru Nath cures the chronic stomach ulcer of a Brahmin, who was about to kill himself, being unable to bear the excruciating pain of the ulcer.

Adhyay 14 - Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati rescuing the life of Sayamdeo by His Grace.

In this Adhyay, is described how Sayamdeo, the village officer in Basar Bramheshwar who is Saraswati Gangadhar's (Namdharak) great-great-Grandfather, was protected by Guru Nath from being killed by the Muslim Nawab.

Adhyay 15 - The Holy Pilgrimage places of Bharata.

In this Adhyay is described Guru Nath's instructions to his disciples regarding the merits of doing pilgrimages and which of the places they will have unfailingly visit. After sending most of his disciples on pilgrimage, Guru Nath lives in seclusion (invisible to others) at Vaijnath. The Siddha Yogi was the only disciple who was retained by Guru Nath with him at Vaijnath. (The mere study of this Adhyay with faith and devotion, is believed to confer upon the reader the very merit of doing the pilgrimages himself).

Adhyay 16 The fruits of devotion to the Guru.

In this Adhyay, Guru Nath narrates to a Brahmin about the necessity of single point devotion to the Guru and the merit of Guru Seva, by way of illustration of the anecdote of Dhaumya Rishi and his disciples namely Arun, Baida and Upamanya. Unless Guru is pleased, the doors of knowledge will not be opened to the student/aspirant.

Guru Nath now comes to Bhillawadi (Bhuvaneshwari Kshetra) on the eastern bank of river Krishna. He stays there for four months (Chaturmasya - the four months of the monsoon season), under the Audumber Tree on the western side of Krishna river.

Adhyay 17 - The Blockheaded Youth getting metamorphosed into a great pandit.
A Dull Brahmin Boy Comes To Bhillavadi and Prays Goddess Bhuvaneshwari by Cutting his tongue and Placing it at the feet of the Goddess.Thus Prays for making him Knowledgable.Goddess Bhuvaneshwari instructs him in his dream to go to Shri Guru at Audumbar.
The Illiterate Brahmin Comes to Audumbar and Bows in front of Shri Guru.Shri Guru blesses the brahmin and he becomes Knowledgable.

Adhyay 18 - The Poor Brahmin find a treasure.

In this Adhyay is described Guru Nath's coming to Panchaganga Kshetra, the holy confluence of the Panchaganga with Krishna River, near Amarapur. (This place later came to know as Narsobawadi).Shri Guru visits a Poor Brahmin's home and out of Compassion decides to end their Poverty. Shri Guru uproots a Plant of Ghevda (A Kind of a Bean), which was the source of food for the Poor Brahmin's family. The Brahmin later discovers a Pot of Gold in that Place.
(Study of this Adhyay is believed to earn for one of the grace of Goddess Mahalakshmi).

Adhyay 19 - Guru Nath's showering of special Grace on the Yogini-Ganas and Ganganuja's Darshan of Kashi, Prayaga and Gaya - The Holy Triple-Kshetras.

This Adhyay describes the Audumbar Vriksha Mahima. It also narrates about the special worship which was being done by the Yogini Ganas to Guru Nath everyday by taking Shri Guru to their place under waters of the River and blesses a farmer called Ganganuj with a Golden Pot at his Feild. Later on Magh Poornima Guru Nath shows Prayaga, Kashi and Gaya to him and makes him complete the whole pilgrimage within just a single day. Sri Narasimha Saraswati later announced that he was leaving form there. He comforts the Yogini-Ganas that although he would be leaving form there, he would still continue to be present there only in his subtle form (Grace-body) and will be answering prayers for all devotees.

Adhyay 20 - Gangadhar's wife getting riddance from persecution by the Brahmin ghost.

This Adhyay describes that even after the Guru Nath's leaving from Panchaganga Kshetra (Narsobawadi), how his Padukas left under the Audumber Tree continued to respond to the prayers of devotees as per the assurance given to the Yogini-Ganas by Guru Nath. A woman was freed from the Brahma Rakshasa, who caused death to all the children born to her again. The women after worshipping Shri Guru had a dream in which Shri Guru gave her 2 coconuts and as a result 2 sons were born to her. But one of the sons, just when the parents were planning to do his Upanayanam ceremony, dies. Guru Nath in the guise of a Yogi, appears to her and gives philosophical teaching about the inevitability of death and tries to reconcile her to the event, but the woman remained inconsolable.

Adhyay 21 - The Revival of the Dead Child (The Gurusthan Mahima)

This Adhyay describes how Shri Guru Nath, moved by pity at the sorrow of the woman, brings back to life the dead child.

Adhyay 22 - The Advent of Guru Nath at Ganagapur.

From this Adhyay onwards begins the Glorious saga of Ganagapur. It begins with the narrative of Guru Nath making the old , dry buffalo yielding milk copiously and thus relieving the poverty of a Brahmin couple of Ganagapur.
(Study of this Adhyay is believed to grant cattle wealth and prosperity).

Adhyay 23 - The Brahma - Rakshasa gets liberation.

The Gramadhipati went to Sangam and bowed in front of Shri Guru and requested Shri Guru to Stay at Ganagapur.Shri Guru agreed and when they reached South Gate of the Town.A Brahma Rakshas came out of a Peepal Tree and bowed to Shri Guru. After taking bath at Sangam it got Liberated.A Math was established at Ganagapur.
(Study of this Adhyay is believed to remove vaastu-doshas and to protect against afflictions from grahas i.e., from evil effects of planets).

Adhyay 24 – Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati shows Vishwaroopa to Shri Trivikrama Bharati of Kumasi.

 There lived a Renowned Pandit called Shri Trivikrama Bharati at a Place called Kumasi Nearby Ganagapur (Presently in Sindagi Taluka of Dist. Bijapur) who was a great Devotee of Lord Narasimha and used to Perform Manasa Pooja. On hearing the Fame of Shri Guru, he reacted saying  "Such kind of High Living are not for a Sanyasi and thus criticised Shri Guru in this way. Realising this Shri Guru once asked the Gramadhipati to arrange for a visit to Kumasi. That Day Shri Trivikrama Bharati could not see the Shrine of Lord Narasimha in his Meditation. When Shri Guru reached there , it appeared to him as if all the Persons there are Shri Guru and thus seeing the Vishvaroopa of Shri Guru ,he fell flat before the Procession and Started Praying to Shri Guru. Shri Guru appeared to him in his Real Form in the Procession and blessed him.

Adhyay 25 - The Pride and Conceit of the Two Foolish Pandits.
There lived a Cruel Muslim King in Vidura who would ask Pandits to recite the Vedas before him and then he would give them a lot of Money. Once 2 Pundits knowing the 3 vedas came to him and asked for the Discussion with the Brahmins over there or else agree there Superiority by giving them a Certificate.
In course of time they came to Kumasi and invited Trivikram Bharati for discussion or else demanded a certificate for victory.Trivikram bharati humbly declined to discuss. But due to their persistance he said, `My Gurudeo resides at Ganagapur. Let us go there. You will be given certificates if necessary.' And thus they Come to Ganagapur.

Adhyay 26 - The Infinite Glory of the Vedas and their True Purport.

This Adhyay describes Shri Narasimha Saraswati explaining to the vain-glorious pundits about the sanctity of Vedic lore and that Vedas are not meant for Vada and polemics. Vedas are verily the mother; they are to be treated with reverence and veneration. They are meant to illuminate our intellect and to help us discover our true self, and are not intended for Jeevanopadhi but for Jeevana-Paramavadhi, they are meant for Bhakti and Mukti and for Bhukti. They are meant for nurturing and enriching the spirit but not for filling and pampering one's being.

Adhyay 27 - The Harijan's chanting of the Vedic Mantras and Humbling the Conceit of the Foolish Pundits.

When the Pundits even after listening to Shri Guru, demands the Victory Certificate,Shri Guru asks one of the disciple to call a Harijan Passing nearby and to apply Bhasma (Holy Ash) to him and then to draw 7 parallel lines.Shri Guru asks the Harijan to cross the lines.The lines indicated his 7 Janmas. On crossing one of the line he Says he is a Brahmin named Adhyapak.Shri Guru then asks the Harijan to discuss on vedas with the Two Brahmins. The Brahmins Give up and eventually were punished by Shri Guru to become a Bramha Rakshasa and they leave their Body before even reaching the River for a Holy Bath.
Thus Adhyay describes how the two vain-glorious pundits were humbled, and had brought upon themselves a curse which turned them into Brahma Rakshasas.

Adhyay 28 - The Significance and the Power of Vibhuti (Holy Ash) and Advice of Karma Vipak to the Harijan.

This Adhyay narrates the Story of the momentarily low caste man turned Brahmin who was first unwilling to go back to his home but soon sank back to delusion again, no sooner than the Holy Ash (Bhasma) had been washed off his body, and how he went away home along with his wife and children merrily, forgetting all that had happened just a little earlier.

Adhyay 29 - The significance and Power of the Vibhuti (Holy Ash) further elaborated.

In this Adhyay the great power of the Holy Ashes is further explained to Shri Trivikrama Bharati, how by the mere touch of the Holy Ash on the body of the Sage Vamadeva the Maha-Rakshasa got liberated. In the metaphysical sense, Bhasma means destruction of the 'Deha-Buddi' or the 'Deha-Bhranti' i.e. overcoming of the idea and obsession that 'one is the body and nothing beyond that'. One who will have transcended this 'Deha-Bhavana', as exemplified in the person of Vamadeva, will have nothing to fear from. He is indeed the Master of the World. He is the redeemer and rescuer of the fallen and the doomed. He is indeed one with Lord Shiva Himself.

Adhyay 30 - A Woman who has Lost her Husband is Consoled by explaining Vairagya and the Impermanence of Life.

This Adhyay descibes the story of the young woman Savitri and the death of her sick husband Datta whom she brought all the way from her far away home at Mahur, for Guru Nath's Darshan with great hopes of his recovery. In the mean while, there arrived a bright looking sanyasi who tries Consoling her by explaining the Impermanence of Life.

Adhyay 31 - The Supreme Power of Chastity.

The Sanyasi Explaines the Pativrata-Dharma, the Code of Behavior of a Devoted Wife by Narrating the Story of Agasti Muni and his wife Lopamudra.The Code was said by Brahaspati to Lopamudra at Kashi.

Adhyay 32:- The Sanyasi explains Behaviour of a Widow and the Dead Husband was Made Alive by Shri Guru.

The Young Women Prepares for observing Sati and as asked by the Sanyasi she sets out for the Darshan of Shri Guru at Sangam. All the way she prays to Shri Guru and bows to Shri Guru on reaching. Shri Guru blesses her Saying "Soubhagyavati Bhava ". On being said by the Disciples that her Husband is already dead, Shri Guru asks them to bring the Dead Body and Sprinkle the Holy Teerth of Rudrabhisheka. Shri Guru then looks at him with his Sight full of Nectar and the Brahmin youth sat up as if aroused from Sleep.

Adhyay 33 - The Power of the Rudraksha and the Merit one earns by Wearing it on the Body.

Shri Guru explains the Importance of Rudraksha by narrating a Story of King Bhadrasen in Kashmere and his Son Sudharma and the Minister's son Tarak who always wore Rudraksha and were not fond of Luxurious Life. Once when Shri Parashara Rishi arrives there the King asks him the reason for such behaviour and the Rishi Narrates the Story of a Concubine and Says that once when Lord Shiva came to test her Devotion, he gave her the Divya Linga he had and in turn demanded her to act as Pati Vrata for 3 days which she agreed.But the Divya Linga was burnt in the fire that caught the Dancing Hall.The Monkey and Cock living there too were burnt and dead.The Disguised Men burnt himself as he said before that the Linga is his Life. The concubine decided to Perform Sati but Lord Shiva appeared before her and blessed all the People of the city with Shashwat Kailasa Pada. The Monkey, which used to be with her, took birth as King Son Sudharma and the Cook as Ministers Son. Due to the training of the previous birth both are `Dnyanis' and devotees of Shiva.Shri Guru thus describes the Importance of Rudraksha.

Adhyay 34 - RudraAbhisheka Mahima

The King Bhadrasen asks Shri Parashar about the Future of his son and was much grieved to know that his son has only 8 days left in his Life. On being asked for a remedy Shri Parashar asks the King to worship Lord Shiva with Rudrasukta.On the eigth day at mid-day the rajkumar all of a sudden fell on the ground senseless. Abhishek teerth was sprinkled on his body and the brahmins also threw enchanted `akshat' (rice) of Rudra on the same. Due to this, Yamadoot did not dare to come near the Rajkumar who soon awoke from the swoon. His death was thus averted. Shri Narad Muni Informs the king that the child was Saved by Shivadootas and that he has Life of 10,000 Years.

Adhyay 35 - Somavara Vrata Mahima

Kacha and Devayani :
Shri Guru narrates the Story of how the Demons were being saved by Shukracharya by reciting the Sanjeevani Mantra while a war against Gods and how Kacha , the son of Brihaspati went to Shukracharya as Pupil to make the Mantra work no more. Devayani , the daughter of Shukracharya liked Kacha and made her father bring him back to life whenever killed by Demons. Finally the demons had to kill kacha and mix his flesh in Shukracharyas Drink and in order to save kacha ,Shukracharya had to teach the Mantra to Devayani and kacha came to life tearing his belly.Devayani recited the Mantra and brought back Shukracharya to life.By the time Kacha memorised it as he heard it 3 times. when Kacha refused to marry devayani she cursed him to forget all the Knowledge he earned from her Father and i turn Kacha cursed that the Mantra should no longer work as it was taught to a Lady. Thus the Gods were Delighted.
Chandrangad and Simantini :
The Young wife Savitri then requested Shri Guru to tell a Vrata to perform. Shri Guru asks her to perform the Somavara Vrata and narrates the Story of Chandrangad and Simantini.
There lived a King called Chitravarma who had a daughter called Simantini. The king was worried as one astrologer said that she would become widow at the age of 14.Once when Maitrayani ,wife of Yadnyavalkya visited there she asked Simantini to perform Somavara Vrata which she performed devotedly."Simantini was married to Chandrangad, son of Indrasen of the famous `Nal' family, with due festivities. Chandrangad stayed at Chitrayarma for some days. Once he went to Kalindi (Yamuna) river with some friends.
They were travelling in a ferry-boat. All of a sudden the boat sank in the river. Even after deligent search no trace of Chandrangad was found. The worried king Indrasen was put in jail by his enemies who usurped the throne. Simantini couldnt perform Sati as the Body was not found and thus she continued with the Somavara Vrata.
When Chandrangad was drowned, he was taken by the Nagkanyas to Vasuki in Patal, where he met the Takshaka King who was impressed by the Prince and he gifted the Prince with Precious Things and sent a Nagkumar with him who visited the Kingdom of Indrasen and informed the enemies about the Return of Prince , who immediately restored the Kingdom back to king Indrasen and thereafter the Prince lived happily with Simantini.Thus is the Importance of Somavara Vrata.

Adhyay 36 - Karma-Marga is Explained to a Brahmin and his Wife who made her Husband break the Vrata.

There lived a Pious Vedic Brahmin at Ganagapur, he was observing the Vrata of not taking Meals at others. But his wife was discontented and Hot Tempered. Once when a Rich Person came to Ganagapur to observe Shraddha ,he invited only the Couple Brahmins for the Food and offered Good Dakshina also. But as her husband refused to come she went to Shri Guru and complained the same.Shri Guru smiled and asked the Disciples to bring the Brahmin and ordered him to go for the Food.The Brahmin accepted and the couple went for the Meals.While dining the Brahmin wife observed that dogs and pigs are also dinings with her. Being disgusted, she got up,returned home and told this to her husband.The Brahmin was worried as he had to break his Vrata.They both came to Shri Guru. The women asked for Forgiveness.Shri Guru explains to the Brahmin at which and whose house should not be accepted and also the Daily Rites of the Brahmin. Shri Guru tells him the code of rites of a Brahmin as narrated by Parashar to the Rishis in the Nemisharanya.

Adhyay 37 - The Dharma of a Brahmin

Sri Guru explained the customs that Brahmins should follow.Parashara Rishi has laid down these customs and Dharma.There is no difficulty for him who practises these customs as directed by the scriptures. He is revered even
by the gods. Kamadhenu will come to his house.Lakshmi will live in such a house forever. Such a person will become a Brahmajnani.Saying so the Brahmin bowed at Sri Guru's lotus feet. Shri Guru blessed him.

Adhyay 38 - Feeding of Thousands of People with but Small Measureful of Rice.

There used to be Samaradhana daily at Ganagapur and Shri Guru and the Disciples were invited there. Once a poor brahmin of Kashyapa Gotra called Bhaskara came there from Kashi. He too had a wish of doing Samaradhana but he didnt had enough Flour and rice. other Brahmin ridiculed him for not doing Samaradhana. Seeing his devotion, Shri Guru asked bhaskar one day to do samaradhna.He was glad and even encouraged by Shri Guru's words. He brought ghee and vegetables and prepared the food after bath. All brahmins thought that they would have to dine at their homes and have ordinary meals that day.But the Brahmin invited all the Brahmins as said by Shri Guru.As the brahmins joked at him, a disciple was sent by Shri Guru and all of them came to the Math.

Shri Guru asked Bhaskar Brahmin to bring the food prepared by him and cover it with Shri Guru's cloth. When this was done, Shri Guru sprinkled holy water from his bowl on the food and said, `without removing the covering cloth, take out the articles in other pots and serve them to the Brahmins.' Food was served to the Brahmins and then to their family , other people at Ganagapur and finally to all the   Creatures. This was a Great Miracle. The food sufficient only for three persons was provided to over 4000 persons. Several such incidents have occurred in the life of Shri Guru.

Adhyay 39 - The Barren Woman Past her Sixties Bears Children.

There lived one Shounak Gotri, Apastamb Brahmin named Somanath. His wife Ganga was a devoted wife, pious by nature. She was 60 years old, but she had no issue. She used to come to Shri Guru and bow to him devotedly every day. One day Shri Guru asks her Desire and the women  asks to bless us her with a Son atleast in her Next Birth.
Shri Guru Says her that the Service to the Ashwattha will not be futile. There is an Ashwattha tree at the Bhima Amarja sangam. I am present there after the bath in the river. Therefore worship the Ashwattha devotedly. The greatness of Ashwattha is narrated in the Puranas. Brahmadeo is at its root, Vishnu is in its middle portion and the Rudra is on its top and the Agni (fire god) lies in the interior of this tree. Shri Guru thus explains the Importance of worshipping Ashwattha.
She started worshipping Ashwattha as advised by Shri Guru. On the third day, she had a dream. A Brahmin told her to go to Shri Guru at Ganagapur, have seven rounds of Shri Guru and take the prasad that is given to her and that her desire will be fulfilled. She awoke. On the fourth day she went to Shri Guru and had 7 rounds. Shri Guru gave her 2 fruits and said, `Eat these fruits. Your desire will be fulfilled.' She then completed her vrat of the worship of Ashwattha. During meals she ate the fruits given by Shri Guru. On the 5th day she became pregnent.After 9 months she begot a daughter. After 10 days she came to Shri Guru with the baby. Shri Guru smiled and blessed her saying she will have one more Son. Thus was the Greatness of Shri Guru.

Adhyay 40:- Leper Brahmin called Narahari Cured by Shri Guru.

A Brahmin Named Narahari from Hippargi was suffering from Leprosy. Shri Guru gave him a dry log of Audumbar and asked to Plant it on the Bank of Bhima in the East at Sangam.Also said him to Worship Ashwattam and Give water to the log,thrice a day.And said that when it Sprouts Green Foliage, his Sins will be Wiped off.The Brahmin did likewise.Some brahmins said him that Shri Guru has said him so to indicate that his leprosy could not be cured.But the Brahmin firmly believed in Shri Gurus words and he continued. The Brahmins also said the same to Shri Guru.
Shri Guru narrated the Story of how a Shabardut sincerely worshipped the Shiva Linga as Said by a Rajkumar.And as one day he couldnt get the Fresh Chita Bhasma,he burnt his own wife (as said by herself) and offered it to Linga.But again he found his wife at Home.Lord Shiva appeared before the couple and blessed them.Thus is the Importance of belief in Gurus words.
Shri Guru after somedays Sprinkled the Holy Water from his bowl to the Log and it Sprouted Green foliage and the Leprosy of the brahmin disappeared.Narhari bowed to Shri Guru and began to pray Him.He composed 8 shlokas which are being chanted at Ganagapur in the night, after Aarati daily, till now. Shri Guru blessed him and named him as 'Yogeshwar'.He starts living with his Family in Ganagapur only.

Adhyay 41 - The Unflinching Devotion of Sayamdeo to Shri Guru Nath.

Shri Gurus fame spread all over the country. Knowing this, Sayamdeo also came to Ganagapur.
I wish to stay with you and serve your holyself now.
Shri Guru said My service is difficult. I live in a town for some time, while in the forest at other time. It is troublesome to live in a forest. If your mind is firm then only you should stay here.Sayamdeo conceded and said, `A devotee of Shri Guru has no fear.' Three months passed. One evening Shri Guru went to the Sangam along with Sayamdeo alone and sat below the Ashwattha tree. There was a great storm, followed by heavy rain, Sayamdeo stood stretching a cloth over Shri Guru to protect him from the rain. There was a shivering cold in the night. So Shri Guru asked Sayamdeo to go to the Math in the town and bring fire. Shri Guru warned Sayamdeo not to look to his right or left side. Anyhow Sayamdeo reached the Math, took fire and returned. Out of curiosity, he looked to his right side and saw a Cobra going with him. He was frightened. he then looked to the left side. Here too he saw another Cobra. He recited Shri Guru's name and walked straight. He came to Shri Guru and lit the fire. The two Cobras came before Shri Guru, bowed to him and went away.
Shri Guru said to Sayamdeo, `Why are you so much afraid? I had sent these Cobras to protect you. Shri Guru then started explaining him about the Importance of Service to Shri Guru.

Adhyay 42 - Lord Vishveshvara blesses Twasta Kumara

Shri Guru Said to Sayamdeo ; I shall tell you a tale, about service to Shri Guru, to pass this Night. This was Said by Lord Shiva to Parvati. Lord Brahma had an Incarnation called Twasta Brahma, he had a handsome son , to whom he sent to a Guru for Study of Vedas. Once there was a rain and the water came inside the Ashram. The guru told the pupil to construct a lasting house with all conveniences, which should look always new. The wife of the Guru asked the boy to bring her a blouse, which should neither be sewn or woven. The son of the Guru said, `Bring sandals for me, that would enable me to walk on waters and take me to any desired place. The daughter of the Guru asked the boy, `Bring earrings for me and a play-house of a elephant tooth having one pillar and all the conveniences. Also bring pots in which food will be warm and which will not be black due to suit.
The pupil took leave of Guru and went to a forest.The Pupil was worried greatly. He met an ascetic who explained him the Importance of Kashi and took him there. Lord Vishwanatha appeared before him and granted all he needed.
Shri Guru explained the greatness of Guru to Sayamdeo in this way. By this time the sun was rising on the eastern horizon. sayamdeo said, `You explained Kashi yatra in details. While hearing the same, I could see and also visit the respective holy shrines, tanks and places with your holyself and thought as if we were in Kashi. He then prayed Guru with 8 shlokas.

Adhyay 43 - Importance of the Ananta Vrata.

Shri Guru says Sayamdeo that Pandavas too performed the Ananta Vrata as said by Lord Shri Krishna and got their Kingdom back. This Adhyay describes the Ananta Vrata Mahima and the Story of Kaundinya Rishi and his wife Sushila, who through the grace of Lord Ananta, earned an eternal abode in the realm of the stars in the Heavens (skies).
Shri Krishna narrated the following story to the Pandavas.
In the Krit-yug there lived a Brahmin named Sumantu of the vashishta Gotra. Deeksha was his devoted wife. She begot a daughter named Sushila. Later Deeksha died and in order to continue the Grahastha rites he married with Karkasha, who used to quarrel with her husband and daughter every now and then.Due to this, Sumantu was always dejected. Later Sumantu got his daughters marriage done with Koundinya Rishi. The Rishi learning the fact about Karkasha leaves the Place and Kaundinya gets down from the Chariot near a river to Perform Daily Rituals, Meanwhile Sushila Performs Ananta Vrata with the other womens there. Due to this they gain wealth and Prosperity. But one day Koundinya observed the red string on the wrist of Sushila and threw it saying its Vashikaran String. He then loses everything and so goes in search of Ananta and Finally Lord Ananta blesses him.
Guru Nath asks Sayamdeo, that He should also perform Vrata, especially because he too belonged to the Kaundinya Gotra.

Adhyay 44 - The weaver Tantuku's pilgrimage to Srisaila Kshetra.
Tantuk, a weaver, was one of Shri Guru's devotees. He served Shri Guru devotedly. He did his profession till afternoon, then bathed and swept the courtyard of Shri Guru's Math. Maha Shivaratri was approaching. His parents and other relations started for Shri Shailya, and asked Tantuk to come with them. Tantuk said, 'My Shri Shailya is here' and he lived alone at home.
Shri Guru asked him about why didnt he join his Family for the Shrishailya Yatra. Tantuk replies saying 'My Yatra is at your Feet'.
On the Maha Shivaratri day Shri Guru went to Sangam for bath. Tantuk oberved fast and he also went to the Sangam and bowed to Shri Guru. Shri Guru asked him to close his eyes and hold his Sandals firmly.Saying so, he took him to Shri Shailya within a moment. Shri Guru asked him to open his eyes. Tanttuk saw Shri Giri before him.when he went to bath he met his Family members and said them that he came with Shri Guru the Same day.Everyone joked at him. He then went to Darshan and saw Shri Guru at the Place of Shiva Linga. He bowed to Shri Guru and asked why should we visit the Place when Shri Guru himself is Lord Shiva. Shri Guru said, God is all over. But significance of the place is there.

The Greatness of this place is narrated in the Skand Purana.
There lived a King called Vimarshan of the Kirat desh, who was an adulterer and ate meat.Yet he was Pious and Devoted. Once his wife asked him about this. He said her that in his previous life he was a Dog in Pampa City and that he had the Darshan of Lord Shiva on Maha Shivratri and due to the Merits of Fasting and other , he was born as a king. He also Narrates the Previous and Upcoming Births of the Both. Such is the Significance of Shri Shailyam. The Family Members and the People of Ganagapur were stunned on hearing this.

Adhyay 45 - Nandi Brahmin relieved of Leprosy : He became a Poet.

This Adhyay refers to the ancedote of one Brahmin, Nandi by name, who was suffering from leprosy and who went to Tujapur and other Holy places and did great austerties. The Goddess Parameswari directed him in his dream to visit Ganagapur and seek the blessings of Sri Narasimha Saraswati for the cure of his disease.He doubted in mind that how can a Human Being relieve him from the Leprosy. When he arrived, Shri Guru questioned him as to why did he come to a Human Being. Nandi realized his Mistake and Bowed to the Lord.Shri Guru asks Somnatha to take him to Sangam and after the Bath he was cured. He came back and Shri Guru asks him to check whether he was cured completely. He finds Patches on his Thighs. so Shri Guru asks him to Pray the Lord but Nandi Says that he is an Illiterate. He thereafter becomes a close disciple of Guru Nath.Shri Guru asked him to draw out his tongue. When he did so, Shri Guru put little bhasma on the tip of his tongue.Instantly he became wise. He bowed to Shri Guru and began to compose poems in praise of Shri Guru.
Nandi was later called 'Kavishwar' due to his poetry. The patches of leprosy on his thigh also disappeared in course of time. Nandi greatly rejoiced at the cure. He began to serve Shri Guru with more Devotion.

Adhyay 46 - The Poet-devotee of Lord Shri Kalleshwara becomes Devotee of Shri Guru.

This Adhyay refers to the ancedote of one poet who was a devotee of Lord Kalleshwara and who did not believe in Shri Narasimha Saraswati's divinity. People told him the greatness of Shri Guru and requested him to compose poems in his praise. But Narhari said, 'I have sold my tongue to Kalleshwar and I shall not compose poems in praise of a human being'.
As usual he went to the temple to worship Kalleshwar. While workshipping, he had a nap and he got asleep. He saw a dream that Shri Guru was sitting on the Shiva Linga and that he was worshiping Shri Guru. Later the Linga disappeared and Shri Guru only was seen. Shri Guru smiled and asked him 'You do not believe in a human being and then why are you worshiping me?'.
Narhari awoke and wondered about the dream. He repented for underestimating Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati, and went to Shri Guru, bowed to him and begged forgiveness. Shri Guru accepted him as his Disciple.

Adhyay 47 - Ashta Rupa Dharan on Deepavali Festival.

During Diwali festival 7 of Devotees comes from Different Villages and requests Shri Guru to come to their own places.As Shri Guru loved all of them equally , he says each that he would visit him only and that not to say this to anyone. Everyone goes back happily and on the Day of Deepavali Shri Guru visits all his 7 disciples and also stays at the Math in Ganagapur at the same time. This Fact was revealed when the devotees met next time and discussed about it. Everyone was stunned at the Power and Affection of Shri Guru.

Adhyay 48 - A Poor Farmer is blessed with a Huge Yield.

There lived a pious farmer, named Parbati, in Ganagapur. He used to bow to Shri Guru when he went to Sangam in the morning an again at midday when Shri Guru returned. His field was on the way to the Sangam. Once Shri Guru asked him, "Why do you take this trouble daily? What is your desire?"
Parbati asks for Good Crop,Shri Guru says to cut off the crop of Jawar till he return at Mid-day. He does as Said and doesnt care for his Family and even the Men of Gramadhipati. Shri Guru returns and says him that actually he had reaped in vain and that he didny actually mean. Parbati says that he had Full faith in Shri Guru. Shri Guru blesses him and In about a week, there was a severe code and all the crops in the country were lost. Then on Mul Nakshatra, there was heavy rain, which was also harmful to the crops; but Parbati's field yielded hundred times more crop of good quality. All wondered to see this.

Adhyay 49 - The Holiness of Ashta Teerth and Power of Ganagapur.

On the day of Deepavali, Shri Guru said to the disciple, 'We shall have bath at trishali (3 Holy places i. e. Prayag, Kashi and Gaya ) with family and children.
The disciple said, 'For such a long journey, we require some time for preparations'.
Shri Guru, 'These holy places are near about. So there is no need for special preparation.'
Shri Guru takes everyone to Sangam and says that bath at Sangam is as Holy as Prayag.He says how the River Amarja was emerged from the Nectar that fell down from Indras Hands. He Says that Sangameshwara at Sangam is like Mallikarjuna at Shrishailya. Then he explained the Importance of Varanasi Teertha ( Bhageerathi Teerth ). Then Shri Guru takes them to Papa Vinashi Teerth and asks his Sister Ratnai to bath there,she was relieved on bathing there for 3days. Then Koti Teertha and Rudra Teertha (as Holy as Gaya).Further is 'Chakra Tirth' like Dwaraka. Beyond is 'Manmath Tirth'. To the east of it, is 'Kalleshwar' like Gokarna Mahabaleshwar. By doing this,eight glories are obtained.'
Shri Guru thus narrated the greatness of the eight holy places and all were pleased. They bathed and observed other rites and returned to Gangapur with Shri Guru. A Grand Samardhana was arranged jointly.

Adhyay 50 - Shri Guru Nath's Showering of Grace on the Nawab ( Rajak ).

Muslim King of Bidar Visits Shri Narasimha Saraswati on account of Tumor on his leg.He goes to Sangam and on seeing Shri Guru starts walking towards him.Shri Guru calls him as Rajaka and he recollects his life of Last Birth that he was blessed by Shripad Shri Vallabha to become a King.Shri Guru says him that he will give him Darshan at Papa Vinashini teert (Near Bidar).The King meets Shri Guru again and bows to him & takes Shri Guru to his Kingdom.Shri Guru blesses them returns to Ganagapur.

Adhyay 51 - Shri Guru decides to Leave for Kardali Van and Assures that he will be Always Staying in Ganagapur Secretly.

Shri Guru Says to everyone that as his fame is now getting spread all over the Country, People of different origin and caste would now come to get there problems solved and that so he would now choose to move to Shri Shailyam and stay Secretly. Shri Guru said to the Devotees that though  in the viewpoint of public im moving to Shri Shailyam , i would always stay at Ganagapur and give Darshan to my Dear Devotees.

Adhyay 52 - The Maha Prasthanam

Devotees accompanied Shri Guru for some distance and when they returned to the Math,they saw Shri Guru there.After sometime he Disappeared.Thus Shri Guru assured that he always stay at the Nirgun Math. The 4 Disciples of Shri Guru viz., Sayamdeo,Nandi,Narahari and Shri Siddha Muni accompanied Shri Guru till Patal Ganga and performed pooja of Shri Guru there. It was Magh vad 1st Friday (Guru was in Kanya Rashi) at Evening when Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati  moved towards Kardali Van on a Flower Seat prepared by the Disciples.Shri Guru said them that he would send Flowers as an Indication of Reaching Kardali Van. A Boatmen comes and says the Disciples that Shri Guru has said that he will always stay at Ganagapur. The Disciples collect the Flowers sent by Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati.

Adhyay 53 - Siddha Muni awakens Namadharak for the Good of the Society and Says him Avatarnika.

After hearing the 52 Chapters of Shri Guru-Charitra, Namdharak lost senses and got samdhi. His body perspired, his throat got choked and tears flowed from his eyes. He could not speak out a word. Shri Siddha Muni was pleased to see this state of Namdharak. Though the disciple got samadhi, he should be awakened for the benefit of the people. Thinking thus he moved his hand over his face and body with affection and called him and said, "Dear boy, come on senses. You have got 'dnyan' and you will get salvation. But if you remain in meditation, how will the people be benefitted and enlighted? You asked me and I narrated to you these nectar-like tales of Shri Guru's life. You also heard them conscientiously.You should therfore elaborate them and propagate amongst the people."
Namdharak opened his eyes and placed his head on the feet of Shri Siddha and said, "You are Shri Guru yourself. Shri Guru's life, that you have narrated, is even more sweeter than the nectar. I am not contended yet. Please tell me the whole life again in short". Further Shri Siddha said, "Though Shri Guru has disappeared still he gives darshan to his sincere devotees as before".

Shree Kshetra Ganagapur Darshan - Places at Ganagapur

Mahadwar of the Nirgun Math at Shree Kshetra Ganagapur

 Old Look of the Nirgun Math Temple

Detailed Info about Shri Kshetra Ganagapur ;

Shri Kshetra Ganagapur, One of the Most Famous Dattatreya Peethas, is associated with Shri Narasimha Sarasvati Swami, an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya. It stands on the bank of the river Bhima in Afzalpur taluka in Gulbarga district of Karnataka.

Nirgun Math :

The Main Temple in Ganagapur where Shri Guru used to Stay is known as Nirgun Math. This Nirguna Math is adorned with the Nirguna Padukas.There is a Holy Tree of Ashwattha in the Temple (Nirgun Math). Shri Kshetra Ganagapur is a Holy Place of Lord Dattatreya and the place is very important “Darshaneeya kshetra”.

The Kshetra Importance was explained by Shreeguru and it can be seen in “Shree Guru Charitra”. There is an Assurance from Shreeguru that he would forever abide at Ganagapur and go round the village for ‘Biksha’ at 12:00 noon is literally true even today. Offering “Madhukari” to the people at Ganagapur and taking Biksha from atleast 5 houses is having very importance at this Holy Place. Even today also, the process is continuing and the devotees are having faith that Lord Dattatreya is taking biksha everyday at Kshetra Ganagapur. Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati Swamy confirmed the same and it can be seen in Gurucharitra Adhyay (chapter) 21-22.

Shri Guru's Words to All His Devotees :

Vasathi Rani Sangamase Jate Nithya Bikshese Taya Vare Gangapurase Madyana Kala Pareyasa.

Sangam Mandir at Ganagapur :

Sangam Kshetra is a Meeting Point of Bheema and Amaraja Rivers. Sangam is like Prayaga. Lord Sangameshwara at the Sangameshwara Temple here is like Mallikarjuna at Shrishailyam (as said by Shri Guru himself while explaining the Importance of Ashta Teertha). The Importance of Sangam was explained by Shreeguru and it can be seen in Shree Gurucharitra. Who ever takes a bath in Sangam, he/she will free from his sins and his wishes will be fulfilled. There is a Temple in Sangam in which the Shree Narasimha Saraswati Swamy performed the anusthana (The Main Temple of Trimurti). The `Shila Padukas' of Swamy are here.

Audumbar Tree at Sangam :

The Audumbar Tree is situated at Sangam of river Bheema & Amaraja and is Extremely Holy. In shelter of Audumbar Tree many devotees Perform the Parayan of Shree Gurucharitra. (Reading of Shree Guru Charitra).

History of Audumbar Tree:

Once a Brahmin `Narahari' by name came to Shri Guru at Ganagapur and bowing to him said, `My life is futile. I studied Yajurveda, but as I am suffering from leprosy. All people despise me and do not invite for Karma. I have visited several holy places but the disease is there, kindly bless me.' Shri Guru gave him a dry log of Audumbar and said, `Go to the Sangam and plant it on the bank of Bhima in the east. After bath,worship Ashwattha at the Sangam. Again bathe and give water to this log thrice a day. When it sprouts green foliage, your sins will be wiped off and you will be free from leprosy. As instructed by Shri Guru, Narahari planted the log on the bank of Bhima and began to water it thrice. Shri Guru went to the Sangam to see the leper Brahmin. He was pleased to see his devotion. The Brahmin was giving water to the log. Shri Guru sprinkled the holy water of his bowl on the log and instantly green foliage sprouted on the log. The leprosy of the Brahmin disappeared and his body became healthy and bright. Narahari bowed to Shreeguru and began to pray him at that time. The 8 sloka stotra composed by Narahari became famous and are being reciting in the temple at night even today also. Each sloka ends with “VANDAYAAMI NAARASIMHA SARASWATHEESHA PAAHIMAAM”. The stotra is now familiar as Narasimha Saraswati ashtaka. Shreeguru blessed Narahari and said, whoever recite the sloka every day with full devotion, they will get Ashta Aishwarya, Spiritual power, wealth, fame and noble offspring.

Ash Hill :

Ash Hill is nearer to Sangam and it is said that Lord Parashurama has performed a Yagnya here and the Ash is of that Holy Yagnya. Lord Parashurama performed penance at this place. The Ash is very Powerful and have the Devotees coming here take some quantity with them.

Shree Kalleshwar Mandir :

This is the Temple of Lord Shri Kalleshwar (Shiva) which is quite famous in Ganagapur. It is Ancient then the Nirgun Muth in Ganagapur. This Temple is considered as equivalent to Gokarna Mahabaleshwara (that we read in shree Gurucharitra) and nearyby is one of the Ashta Teerth viz., Manmatha Teertha. There are also Temples of Lord Shani, Panchamukhi Ganesha,Navagraha,Maruti and Goddess Durga in the Premises. The Environment here is Very Pleasant and Devotees coming to Ganagapur visit it at large no.

Ashta Teerthas :

On the day of Deepavali, Shri Guru said to the disciple, 'We shall have bath at Trishali (3 Holy places i. e. Prayag, Kashi and Gaya ) with family and children.
The disciple said, 'For such a long journey, we require some time for preparations'. Shri Guru says 'These holy places are near about. So there is no need for special preparation.'
Shri Guru then takes everyone to Sangam and asks them to take bath in

(1) Shatakula Teerth ( Bhima-Amarja Sangam) and says that it is like Triveni Sangam of Prayaga.He says how the River Amarja was emerged from the Nectar that fell down from Indras Hands and hence Bath in this River Prevents Diseases and Untimely Death.

Shri Guru then takes them to the Following Teerthas in the Way to Ganagapur.

(2) Nrusimha Teerth : The Bath in this Teerth and then worshipping Sangameshwara is like Worshipping Shrishailya Mallikarjuna and this fulfills ones Wishes. This Teerth is in front of the Sangam Mandir.

(3) Bhagirathi (Varanasi) Teerth : The Bath in this Teerth is as Holy as Bath in Manikarnika Kund at Kashi. It is because once a Shiva Bhakta Brahmin of Bharadwaj Gotra Pleased Lord Shiva with his Devotion and when Lord Shiva appeared he asked that he want to take bath in Manikarnika daily and have Darshan of the Lord.Lord Shiva granted and a Kund was emerged there and it joined the Bhima River here.

(4) Papavinashini Teerth : As the name indicates, Bath in this Teerth Destroys all the Sins. Shri Guru at this Teerth called his Sister Ratnai and Said, 'You had killed a Cat with
a Stick and therefore you are having Leprosy. You bathe in this Tirth daily and your disease will disappear.' As advised, she bathed here for three days and her disease was wiped off.

(5) Koti Teerth : A Bath in this Teerth is like taking bath in all the Teerth of Jambu Dweepa. One should bathe here on Sankranthi, Grahan, Purnima and Amavasya and give a cow with a calf in Charity. A Charity done here is equal to a Crore Charity.

(6) Rudrapada Teerth : A Bath in this River is equivalent to a Bath in Gaya and  Shraddha etc must be Performed here.

(7) Chakra Teerth : A Dip in this Teerth is Even More Holy than the Bath in Dwaraka.

(8) Manmatha Teerth : This Teerth is in front of the Kalleshwara Mandir. The Bath in this Teerth and then worshipping Kalleshwara is like taking bath in Gokarna Teerth and worshipping Mahabaleshwara.

Devotees coming to Ganagapur do the Ashta Teerth Snan at Large Number. The Bath in Ashta Teertha's on Naraka Chathurdashi (in Diwali) day is very powerful. Even the sins and doshas will be removed by having bath in these Ashta Teerthas.

Importance Of Ashwattha :

There lived a 60 Year Old Women Called Ganga who used to come to Shri Guru and bow to him devotedly every day. Shri Guru being pleased, one day asked her,What do you desire? God will fulfill your desire. She said, `Gurudev, a woman's life is futile without an issue. Without a son the home is like a forest. Issueless persons go to hell. Please give me a boon so that I will have a son at least in next life.' Shri Guru smiled and said, `Service to the Ashwattha will not be futile. There is an Ashwattha tree at the Bhima Amarja sangam. I am present there after the bath in the river. Therefore worship the Ashwattha devotedly. The greatness of Ashwattha is narrated in the Puranas. Brahmadev is at its root, Vishnu is in its middle portion and the Rudra is on its top and the Agni (fire god) lies in the interior of this tree. In the months of Ashadha, Poush or Chaitra, when Guru and Shukra are not set, when the moon is favorable on an auspicious day, observe fast and start worshipping the Ashwattha. Do not touch the tree on Sunday, Sankranti and in the evening. The floor at the root should be smeared by cow dung and have Rangoli designs. Worship the Ashwattha thinking it as a Trimurti, with 16 upchars, then saying Purushsukta and observing `moun' take rounds of the tree. Two lakhs rounds destroy even the sin of Brahmahatya. The Ashwattha gives four purusharthas. He also fulfills the desire of a son. Recitation of Mrityunjaya sitting at the Ashwattha on Saturday avoids accidental death and gives long life. One gets credit of feeding several Brahmins, if one Brahmin is fed under this tree. If one Ashwattha tree is grown, 42 generations are liberated; but if one Ashwattha is cut, it is a great sin performed. Home performed under the tree gives credit of a great sacrifice. Do Homa of one tenth of the number of rounds and feed Brahmins and give golden Ashwattha in c7ytharity. She started worshipping Ashwattha as advised by Shri Guru. On the third day, she had a dream. A Brahmin told her to go to Shri Guru at Ganagapur, have seven rounds of Shri Guru and take the prasad that is given to her and that her desire will be fulfilled. She awoke. On the fourth day she went to Shri Guru and had 7 rounds. Shri Guru gave her 2 fruits and said, `Eat these fruits. Your desire will be fulfilled.' She then completed her vrata of the worship of Ashwattha, After 9 months she begot a daughter. Later on she had a son who became learned and won fame.

Shri Shri Shri Adi Shankaracharya Math :

Recently on 25/06/2011, there had been the Grand Inauguration of Shri Adi Shankaracharya Math and there are the wonderful Idols of Shri Adi Shankaracharya , Goddess Sharadamba and Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati. This Place is on the Ganagapur-Sangam Road (beside the Gulvani Maharaj Ashram) and can be easily visited.

Other Places at Shri Kshetra Ganagapur :

Vishranti Katta :

This is the Place on the way to Sangam. It is the Place where Shri Guru used to Relax while going to Sangam and while returning. It is in the Farm of the Farmer to whom Shri Guru blesses with Huge Yield of Crops even in the Scarcity and the Same can be Seen in Adhyay 48 of Shri Guru Charitra.

Shri Chakreshwar and Shri Keshav Dev Mandir :

These temples are beside the Chakra Teerth and are very near to the Nirgun Math & can be reached by walk.

Sati Katta :

This is the Place where the Young women Savitri (From Mahur) found her Husband Datta dead and started weeping. Later Shri Guru Revives his Life when the women visits Sangam for the Darshan of Shri Guru. The Story can be seen in the Adhyay 30 of Shri Guru Charitra. Even this Place is very near to the Nirgun Math.

Tantukeshwara Mandir :

This is the Temple where Tantuk, a Weaver to whom Shri Guru took to Shri Shailyam on Maha Shivratri within some Moments (In Adhyay 44), used to Worship Lord Shiva. This Place is in front area of the Nirgun Math and can easily be visited.

Lord Maruti Mandir and Grama Devata Mandir :

There is the Temple of Lord Hanuman at the Agasi (Starting Pt Of the Village) of the Village and also beside it is the Temple of Grama Devata. This Place too is Very Near to Nirgun Math.

There are also Temples of Maha Laxmi nearby Nirgun Math and Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir on way to Sangam.