What is the significance of chanting Shri Gurudev Datta?

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        In the recent times, since spiritual practice and the rituals of shraddha (Rites for the deceased) are not performed as before, most people face problems due to the subtle-bodies of ancestors. Only evolved individuals can advise if there is a possibility of a problem in the future or if an existing problem is due to the subtle-bodies of deceased ancestors. If you are not fortunate enough to be guided by an evolved individual, then  inferring  that  inability  to  find  a  suitable marriage partner, marital disharmony, inability to conceive, miscarriages, giving birth to a premature child, giving birth to a retarded or handicapped child, giving birth to daughters only, deaths in childhood etc. are problems which  could  be  due  to  subtle-bodies of  deceased ancestors, undertake spiritual practice as advised ahead.

Chanting  the  Name  of  Shri Datta  based  on 

the severity of the distress experienced due to ancestral problems

1. To prevent problems or to overcome a mild problem, chant ‘Shri Gurudev Datta’ daily for one to two hours.
        At other times, to prevent problems arising out of destiny and for spiritual progress, an average individual or seeker in the primary stage should chant the Name of his Kuladevata (Family Shri) as much as is possible.

2. If the problem is moderate in nature, chant ‘Shri  Gurudev  Datta’  along  with  the  Name  of your Kuladevata for two to four hours daily. Also, go to a Datta temple every Thursday and perform seven circumambulations, and chant one to two malas of ‘Shri Gurudev Datta’ in the temple. Do this for about a year. After this, chant three malasof ‘Shri Gurudev Datta’ everyday.

3. If the problem is severe in nature, chant ‘Shri Gurudev Datta’ for atleast four to six hours daily.

The following are some indicators of the severity of distress

Type Example
Mild Skin problems, marital conflicts
Moderate Divorce, mentally challenged child
Severe Miscarriage, death in childhood

Note: If the difficulties are severe, then one could also be advised to perform specific spiritual rituals.

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Importance of chanting the Name of Shri Datta in the  Pitrupaksha

        By chanting the Name of Shri Datta in Pitrupaksha(The dark fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of  Bhadrapad, when rites are performed for the deceased ancestors), the onward sojourn of the ancestors is faster. Hence, during this period, chant for atleast six hours (or seventy-two malas) daily.

How does chanting Shri Datta’s Name

provide protection from distress caused by ancestors ?

1. Ancestors gaining momentum

        Majority of people in Kaliyug do not perform spiritual practice and hence, they are entrapped in Maya. As a result, their subtle-bodies remain dissatisfied after death. Such dissatisfied subtle-bodies get entrapped in the Martyalok (Region of the dead, situated between the earth and the Nether region). By chanting the Name of Shri Dattatreya, the ancestors entrapped in Martyalok gain momentum. Thereafter, depending on their karma they advance to progressively higher regions. Thus, automatically the trouble caused by them to their descendants on the earth reduces.

        Some people build the last resting place for their deceased family members in front of or beside their residence and regularly worship them with flowers. As a sign of affection and remembrance, their photographs are put up in the house. In some places, to commemorate the ancestors it is a tradition to keep coins in the temple at home. All these acts entrap the subtle-bodies of the deceased family members in such places. Consequently, their spiritual sojourn is obstructed and they also have to undergo suffering. King Bhagirath performed severe austerities to liberate his ancestors, and brought Ganga onto the earth. This is an ideal example of repaying the debt unto ancestors. If we keep our ancestors entrapped in gross objects as mentioned above and do not chant etc. to provide them with momentum, we fail to repay the debt unto the ancestors. In such cases, since they remain distressed, they create obstacles in our spiritual practice. To repay the debt unto our ancestors and to provide them with momentum, we should chant ‘Shri Gurudev Datta’ and perform shraddha for them.

2. Creation of a protective sheath

        Energy generated by chanting the Name of Shri Datta creates a protective sheath around the individual chanting the Name.

        However, the extent of benefit depends on the quantity and quality of our chanting, which besides other factors, depends on our spiritual level.

Importance of chanting ‘Shri Gurudev Datta’

What does the spiritual protective chant of Shri Gurudev Datta represent?

        The protective chant of Shri Gurudev Datta represents the Name of Shri Datta, an aspect of God. One of His functions in the Universe is alleviating distress caused due to the subtle bodies of ancestors. God carries out His mission in the Universe through the three major principles of Creation, Sustenance and Destruction. Shri Datta’s ability is derived through a combination of these three major principles of God i.e. Creation 10%, Sustenance 80% and Destruction 10%. His manifest divine energy is 10% while 90% of His divine energy is unmanifest.

        The concept that our deceased ancestors can cause trouble in our lives is very alien to us. However people have experienced an immense improvement in their lives by repeating Shri Datta’s holy Name of ‘Shri Gurudev Datta’

Spiritual experiences obtained by chanting the Name of Deity Datta

1. After chanting the Name of Deity Datta, I stopped seeing my ancestors in the form of snakes in my dreams

‘I would see snakes in my dreams everyday. It would frighten me; at times I would wake up with a start. Then, a seeker told me to chant ‘Shrī Gurudēv Datta’. The day I began chanting this Name, the snakes disappeared from my dreams. Subsequently, on 2-3 occassions, I forgot to chant, and the snakes reappeared in my dreams.’ – Ms. Madhuri Vijayrav Deshpande

(Snakes and serpents often represent the existence of the pitars. – Compiler)

Some spiritual experiences upon chanting the Name of Shri Datta in the Pitrupaksha

A dairy about to be closed re-started when I began chanting the Name of Shri Datta

‘My husband has been working for a dairy for several years. Over a few months, it had come to a state of closure since there was not much inflow of milk. This created tension at home. In the Pitrupaksha I began chanting ‘Shri Gurudev Datta’. Thereafter, all of a sudden, the dairy (in which there was not a drop of milk) received huge stocks of milk. Ever since I began this chanting, the atmosphere at home improved too. Before this incident, nearly everyone was saying that the dairy would close down; but the grace of Deity Datta averted this danger.’ – Mrs. Rajashri Mahadev Vandare, Miraj, Maharashtra

Reference : Sanatan’s Holy Text ‘Datta’ and ‘Shraddha’

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