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Guru Charitra

Shree Guru Charitra was first written by Shree Gangadhara Saraswati in Marathi language. The eminent scholar L.R. Pangarkar says that the first two incarnations of Lord Dattatreya, Shree Shreepada ShriVallabha and Shree Narasimha Saraswati, the two protagonists of the immortal work, had flourished in the 14th and 15th centuries A.D. The original text recount, in 53 chapters, the life and teachings of the two incarnations in about 7000 verses. In the late nineteenth century, Shree Vasudevananda Saraswati, a famous saint of the Dattatreya tradition, translated the work in Sanskrit verses of equal number.

Later, he was told in a vision by Lord Dattatreya that details pertaining to matters of Hindu religious ritual, have infringed on proper theme of work, and was directed to abridge it into 2000 verses.

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As a backdrop to the marvelous account of the avatars of Lord Dattatreya, Shree Guru Charitra presents a comprehensive resume of the whole of ancient Indian philosophy in life. Shree Guru Charitra affirms the caste system of the Veda. The assurance of Shree Guru that he would forever abide at Ganagapur and go round the village for bhiksha at noon is literally true even today. It is customary for devotees visiting the holy place to go for bhiksha.

Identifying and contacting a SadGuru, a Perfect master, is the crux of the problem of spiritual evolution of man, both collective and individual, especially in the present times, when the mass media and fanfare have made it more of a craze than a serious pursuit.

Yet fortunately for the serious-minded, there is a hope and a clear way: The devout study of Shree Guru Charitra.

In This Kaliyuga "Guru Charitra" is believed as "Kamadhenu". Kamadhenu means the things which you wish you get it immediately. The holy book Guru Charitra need to read with a pure heart and soul. Any one does the seva can get fulfill of desires whatever they wish.

If anyone not able to read the Guru Charitra can inform any Brahmin which who are well versed of reading with it. Its humble request to all the followers of Lord Dattatreya to read Guru-Charitra atleast once in a life time to understand the concepts, traditions, importance of life. To feel the power of Guru Charitra and to understand what all the miracles done by Shree Narasimha Saraswati in the time period when they were staying at Karanja, Narsoba wadi, and lastly at Ganagapur.

Guru Charitra can be read in 3 types:

  • 1 Day Parayan: This type of parayan is very rare and few people opt to do this, this type of Parayan called as "Eka Parayan". It means starting parayan in a same day and completing on the same day. It will take approximately 15-16 hours to complete all the 53 chapters of Guru-Charitra. If anyone have reading as habit can read very fluently and fat time may be consumed less and depends on the books which they choose to read. It's advisable to start the parayan in the early morning by 4 to make it finish by evening 6.

  • 3 Day Parayan: This type of parayan is done by few people who have little but more time in a day to complete approx. 20 chapters in a day. It will take approx. 4 hours/day to finish every day's reading.

  • 7 Day Parayan: This type of parayan every one will go for it. As no of days are 7 it's called as "Saptaha Parayan". In Saptaha parayan daily there will be almost 8-9 chapters in a day to read, it requires just 1-2 hour to complete and depends on the size of book and reading speed as well. This type of parayan is very good and healthy as there will be no pressure on reading as the target for a day will be minimal.

Rules to abide while doing for parayan:

  • Should follow ethics like Brahmacharatva and should have pure vegetarian food

  • Should have food for 1 time in day till parayan completes. Another time they can have light snacks

  • Shouldn't have Onion, Garlic, and Alcohol, Cigarettes, Gutkha and supari

  • Should sleep on the floor (Bed not allowed), can use Plastic matters, cotton cloth etc

  • Shouldn't use footwear (Can ignore as it's not avoidable as per the current days, if you can leave it, it will be good)

  • Shouldn't have outside food

  • Shouldn't leave the current place which they are staying. (Not going for any out of station)

Samapti Seva:

  • Once the parayan is completed the same day/next day can do the samapti seva

  • Can go to any Shiva temple and do the Rudrabhishek

  • Can offer food, Dakshina, and Vastra daan for a Brahmin and suvasini

  • Can do Anandaan in anywhere as per your convenience.

Importance: Guru Charitra Parayan is said to be as one of the formidably for any kind of works. If any one does the parayan seva to get their wishes fulfilled it will be true in few days. Lord Dattatreya will not keep anything on their part and more he will bless us through his power and leads us happy and satisfied.

Guru Charitra in Ganagapur: In the current fast moving world it's very difficult to do the "Guru Charitra Parayan" in the cities as there are lot of rules and regulations that need to abide and to keep some hours for it. In Ganagapur there are few Brahmins who can read the Guru Charitra Parayan on behalf of other devotees. The tradition is of reading Guru Charitra for 3, 5, 7, 11, 21, 54 time i.e. complete year is followed by most of the devotees. Once your said seva's are done Shree Prasadam will be sent through Post/Courier services to your address.

PS: If you wish to do "Gurucharitra Parayan Seva" in Ganagapur, Can share their problem or the reason for doing the seva can share the details so we can include those things/issues in the sankalp and start the seva's. There are so many live examples which we saw to get their things done after doing the Parayan seva and in samapti seva also done i.e. Abhishek, Annadan, & Brahman suvasini bhojan.