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Avadhuta Gita Of Dattatreya

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The Avadhata Gita is a text of Vedanta representing extreme Advaita or Nondualism. It is ascribed te Dattatreya (Datta, son of Atri), who is looked upon as an Incarnation of God. Unfortunately, we possess no historical data concerning when or where he was born, how long he lived, or how he arrived at the knowledge disclosed in the text. Some of the Puranas mention him, and of these, the Mar kandeya contains the longest reference; but even this is legendary and by no means very informative. The account in the Markandeya Purana suggests the following facts of Dattatreyas’s life: He was born of highly spiritual parents, Atri and Anasiya; very early in life he became renowned as a great warrior, and soon, renouncing the world and devoting himself to the practice of yoga, he attained to the highest state of liberation, thus becoming an avadhata. Avadkuta means a liberated soul, one who has “passed away from” or “shaken off” all worldly attachments and cares and has attained a spiritual state equivalent to the existence of God, Though avadhuta naturally implies renunciation, it includes an additional and yet higher state which is neither attachment nor detachment but beyond both. An advaita feels no need of observing any rules, either secular or religious. He seeks nothing, avoids nothing.

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The Avadhata Gita is a text of Vedanta representing extreme Advaita or Nondualism. It is ascribed te Dattatreya (Datta, son of Atri), who is looked upon as an Incarnation of God. Unfortunately, we possess no historical data concerning when or where he was born, how long he lived, or how he arrived at the knowledge disclosed in the text. Some of the Puranas mention him, and of these, the Mar kandeya contains the longest reference; but even this is legendary and by no means very informative. The account in the Markandeya Purana suggests the following facts of Dattatreyas’s life: He was born of highly spiritual parents, Atri and Anasiya; very early in life he became renowned as a great warrior, and soon, renouncing the world and devoting himself to the practice of yoga, he attained to the highest state of liberation, thus becoming an avadhata. Avadkuta means a liberated soul, one who has “passed away from” or “shaken off” all worldly attachments and cares and has attained a spiritual state equivalent to the existence of God, Though avadhuta naturally implies renunciation, it includes an additional and yet higher state which is neither attachment nor detachment but beyond both. An advaita feels no need of observing any rules, either secular or religious. He seeks nothing, avoids nothing.

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Weight 0.31 lbs
Writer

Sw. Chetananda

Publication

Advaita Ashrama

ISBN

9788171200375

Cover Type

Paper Back

Language

English

Location

San Jose

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