Shri Datta Swami

Guru Paramapara of Shri Datta Swami

Shri Datta Swami says: I have three Gurus in three levels: 1) In Anuhya or atarkya or unimaginable (absolute) level, Parabrahma (unimaginable God) is My Guru. 2) In Paroksha or imaginable-invisible (relative) level, Shri Dattatreya is My Guru (energetic incarnation having Parabrahma in inert energy + awareness medium). 3) In Pratyaksha or imaginable-visible (relative) level, Shri Satya Sai having Parabrahma and Shri Dattatreya in inert energy + awareness + inert matter medium. Parabrahma speaks through Shri Dattatreya, the same speech is spoken by Shri Dattatreya through Shri Satya Sai and the same speech is spoken by Shri Satya Sai through Shri Datta Swami.

My verse on My Guru is:

Parabrahma Samārambhām
Śrī Dattātrēya Madhyamām
Śrī Satya Sāi Pariyantām
Vande Guru Paramparām ||

परब्रह्म समारम्भाम् |
श्री दत्तात्रेय मध्यमाम् |
श्री सत्य साईं पर्यन्ताम् |
वन्दे गुरु परम्पराम् ||

Starting with Parabrahman, the unimaginable God,
With Śrī Dattātrēya, the Energetic Incarnation, in the middle,
Upto Śrī Satya Sāi, the previous Human Incarnation,
I salute to the divine chain of My spiritual preachers.
—Shri Datta Swami

My Pratyaksha Guru, Shri Satya Sai, gave Me command to propagate the true spiritual knowledge. I reveal the three statements in conversation on that sacred occasion.

Guru: I have selected You for propagation of spiritual knowledge.

Disciple (Myself): I am not eligible to do this propagation since I know only science, teaching EAMCET and IIT entrance for the sake of My worldly responsibilities.

Guru: Who is more eligible than You in this creation for this work?

Disciple (Myself): I have a large family to be maintained and if I leave My profession, how to discharge My worldly responsibilities?

Guru: I will take care of all Your responsibilities.

On that day, My bank balance was absolute zero with a large family to be maintained. I stopped all My worldly activities and involved Myself in this spiritual work as per the command of My Guru. Now, you shall say that whether I surrendered to My Guru or not. My Guru has taken up all My responsibilities as promised by Him. I was attracted to God Dattatreya in My childhood by His will only and He showed His miraculous power in Me. My father taught Me only 8 verses in Sanskrit from the epic called the Raghu Vamsha. From 9th verse onwards, I started Myself revealing the meanings. I never studied Sanskrit from anybody except this much. I told spontaneous poetry in Sanskrit. All the scriptures including Shastras entered My brain and I wrote hundred books in Sanskrit on unity and correlation of commentaries of Shankara, Ramanuja and Madhva. My father feared that I was possessed by a special demon called as Brahma Raakshasa (a scholar dying without propagation of knowledge becomes such demon) and performed several rituals for Me to expel the demon. I told him that God Dattatreya, author of the Vedas, possessed Me and He cannot be expelled by rituals in which the Vedic hymns are recited!

I thank you very much for giving Me an opportunity to remember the sacred memories of conversation with My Guru. The word 'Gu' means ignorance or darkness. The word 'Ru' means the light or knowledge that removes darkness or ignorance. You have to identify Guru or Satguru (contemporary human incarnation of God involved in spiritual preaching for giving right direction). The Veda says that the identification of God is the true knowledge alone explained enormously for clarification of doubts of many spiritual aspirants (Satyam jnanam anantam Brahma). The word 'anantam' or infinite means very large extent.