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.
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.
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).
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.
Gokarna had so much sanctity that Sripada SriVallabha chose to visit and spend 3 years there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Guru Nath asks Sayamdeo, that He should also perform Vrata, especially because he too belonged to the Kaundinya Gotra.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".