HINDU FASTS & FESTIVALS : 15-8.



15. Dattatreya Jayanthi-8.

On Dattatreya Jayanthi, get up at Brahmamuhurta and meditate.

Fast and pray throughout the day.

Do not mix with anybody.

Live in total seclusion.

Forget the body.

Identify yourself with the blissful Self.

Study Dattatreya’s glorious works, namely, the Avadhuta Gita and the Jivanmukta Gita.

 Worship Lord Dattatreya’s (or, your own Guru’s) form.

Take wholesome resolves that you will follow the great teachings of Lord Dattatreya.

You will realise the Self very soon.

At the Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh, this day is celebrated every year on a grand scale, in the Dattatreya Temple, on a hillock near the main Ashram.

1. The glorious Image of Lord Dattatreya is duly worshipped, with bathing and flowers.

2. All the spiritual aspirants assemble there, singing the Lord’s Names and glories.

3. Discourses are given by Yogis and Sannyasins, on the life and teachings of Lord Dattatreya during this gathering as well as during the night Satsang at the Ashram. The Avadhuta Gita and the Jivanmukta Gita are also read and explained.

4. It is a day of great rejoicing.May you all enjoy the choicest blessings of Lord Dattatreya, and may you all attain the highest goal, Self-realisation in this very birth!

Next : 16. GANESH CHATURTHI -1

Swami Sivananda
 To be continued  ...



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