The Teachers of Guru Dattatreya & the learning..

1. Earth

Steadfastly productive, does its dharma, gets abused, heals and is steady in giving nourishment. Forebearance, remain undisturbed even if oppressed, keep healing even if others injure you.


Passes through everything and everyone, unchanged, unattached, like Truth; sometimes becomes a gale, disturbs and changes the world, like Truth. Be free like the wind, yet resolute true to your own force.


The highest has no boundaries, no limits, is unaffected even if clouds and thunderstorms come and go. The highest within oneself, the Atman (self, soul) has no limits, it is undifferentiated nondual, no matter what, let the clouds of materiality pass, be one with your soul and the Universal Self.


Serves all without pride, without discrimination, is transparent to everyone; purifies and gives life to everyone it touches. A saint discriminates against no one and is never arrogant, lets other give him impurity, yet he always remains pure and he cleanses.


Purifies and reforms everything it comes in contact with, its energy shapes things. The heat of knowledge reforms everything it comes in contact with, to shape oneself one needs the energy of learning.


Waxes and wanes but its oneness doesn’t change.
Birth, death, rebirth and the cycle of existence does not change the oneness of soul. Like the moon it’s a continuous eternal reality.


It’s the source of light and gives its gift to all creatures as a sense of duty; in rain puddles it reflects and seems like distinct in each puddle, yet it is the same one Sun. The soul may appear different in different bodies, yet everyone is connected and the soul is same in all; like the Sun, one must share one’s gifts as a sense of duty.


They suffer losses in the hands of violent hunters, warn against obsessive attachments to anyone or to material things in this world. Do not be obsessive, don’t focus on transient things such as damage or personal loss, human life is a rare privilege to learn, discover one’s soul and attain moksha.

9. Python

Eats whatever comes its way, makes the most from what it consumes. Be content with what you have, make the most from life’s gifts.

10. Bumblebee

Active, works hard to build and create its reserve by directly visiting the flowers, but is selective and uses discretion, harmonious with flowers and never kills or over consumes. Be active, go directly to the sources of knowledge, seek wisdom from all sources but choose the nectar, be gentle, live harmoniously and leave others or other ideologies alone when you must.

11. Beekeeper

Profits from honeybees. Don’t crave for material pleasures or in piling up treasures, neither the body nor material wealth ever lasts.

12. Hawk
Picks up a large chunk of food, but other birds harass him, when it drops its food, other birds leave him alone. Take what you need, not more.

13. Ocean

Lucid at the surface, but deep and undisturbed within; receives numerous rivers yet remains the same. Let rivers of sensory input not bother who you are deep inside, know your depths, seek self-knowledge, be unperturbed by life, remain in equipoise.

14. Moth

It’s deceived by its senses, it runs to the fire in misunderstanding and gets killed by it. Question your senses, question what others are telling you, question what you see, know senses can deceive, seek reason.


It is deceived by it’s lust, runs after the smell of a possible mate and falls into a pit made by mahouts and then fettered and used. Don’t lust after something or someone, don’t fall into traps of others or of sensory gratification.

16. Deer

It is deceived by it’s fear, by hunters who beat drums and scare him into a waiting net. Fear not the noise, and do not succumb to pressure that others design for you.

17. Fish

It is deceived by bait and so lured to its death. Greed not the crumbs someone places before you.

18. Courtesan

Exchanges transient pleasure with body, but feels dejected with meaningless life, ultimately moves on. Many prostitute their time, self-respect and principles for various reasons but feel dejected with their career and circumstances, seek meaning and spirituality in life. Move on to doing things you love to do

19. Child

Lives a life of innocent bliss. Be a child, curious, innocent, blissful

20. Maid

She is poor yet tries her best to feed her family and guest, as she cooks she avoids attracting attention to her kitchen and poverty, by breaking all her bangles except one on each wrist. Don’t seek attention, a yogi accomplishes and shares more through solitude.

21. Snake

Lives in whatever hole that comes his way, willingly leaves bad skin and molts. A yogi can live in any place, must be ready to molt old ideas and body for rebirth of his spirit.

22. Arrowsmith

The best one was so lost in his work that he failed to notice the king’s procession that passed his way.
Concentrate on what you love to do, intense concentration is the way to self-realization.

23. Spider

Builds a beautiful web, destroys and abandons the web, then restarts again. Don’t get entangled by your own web, be ready to abandon it, go with your Atman.

Starts out closed in a tiny nest but ultimately becomes a butterfly. Long journeys start small. A disciple starts out as insignificant but ultimately becomes a spiritual master.

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