Friday, August 5, 2011

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".

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  1. Thanks for sharing the brief life history of Sri Nrusimha Saraswati. Detailed version can be read at Sree Guru Charitra. Sree Guru Charitra is a divine book known to lead sincere 'saadhakas' (spiritual aspirants) towards their Sadgurus.
    Every first Sunday of September (This year September 02, 2012), we mark our gratitude towards this literature by conducting 'Sree Guru Charitra Krutagnatarchana'