Who was Dattatreya? – ¿Quién fue Dattatreya?


Who was Dattatreya? Little is known about him, such as place of birth or time in which he lived. He was mentioned on several ancient Puranas (Hindu narratives)and was looked upon as an Incarnation of God. One of the Puranas, Markandeya, suggests that he was born of highly spiritual parents, and that early in life became renowned as a great warrior. Later, after devoting himself to the practice of yoga, he attained to the highest state of liberation. Avadhuta means a liberated soul, and the state is such that it goes beyond attachment and detachment and the observation of religious or any other types of rules. To the Hindu mind, Dattatreya is a symbol of that degree of relization.


¿Quien era Dattatreya? Poco se sabe sobre él, tal como lugar de nacimiento o tiempo en que vivió. Se le menciona varias veces en los antiguos Puranas (narrativas hindues) y fue considerado como una encarnación de Dios. Una de las Puranas, Markandeya, sugiere que nació de una familia muy espiritual, y que en su juventud fue conocido como un gran guerrero. Más adelante, después de un periodo de dedicación a la prácica del yoga, alcanzó el grado de realización más alto. Avadhuta significa espíritu o alma realizada, libre, y lo es tanto que está más allá del apego y desapego y de todo tipo de normas, sean o no religiosas. Para la mente hindú, Dattatreya es el símbolo del máximo grado de realización.

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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