Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 08 Feb 2005


Are you a saint (monk) or a householder?

[I see You wearing saffron robes which are worn by saints and yet You also wear the sacred thread, which is worn by householders.]

You know that I belong to the tradition of Lord Datta. In the forest of Badari, the Siddhas put the same question to Lord Dattatreya. He told them that He belongs to ‘Turiya Ashrama’ which is beyond all the four Ashramas. [The four Ashramas are the four stages in a person’s life, namely, celibate student, householder, worshipful recluse, and renounced saint. Each stage has its own rules and dress code.] Turiya means the final stage, where there are no rules.