‘Mananath Trayathe Ithi Mantraha’- .Those who chant one “MANTRA” always, the Mantra itself will protect them. Mantras’ are mystic sounds which produce certain type of energies. Mantras are considered to be divine rhymes composed by the ancient Vedic Rishis/saints and are primarily invented for the welfare of the society. When we repeatedly utter a Mantra we are tuning to a particular frequency and this frequency establishes a contact with the cosmic energy and drags it into our body and surroundings. Thus we can balance the energies and also increase the level of a certain type of energies, which promote certain actions and events.
Just as the Gayathri mantra shakthi was brought to the world by Vishwamitra, Athrimaharishi too brought the Datta-shakthi down to the Bhuvi(earthly plane) for the benefit of humans.
It is because of the intense Tapas of this Maharishi that Dattatreya Avatara came into being in the first place.The seers thereupon created some Beejas with their own intermittent shakthis and these are used to invoke Datta-shakthi.
In most of the Datta-mantras if one sees who is the Mantra-rishi( Mantra Drashta) it is found that the shabararupa of Parameshwara is the Mantra-Rishi. This means that these mantras are His proktha(or His utterances). This is the unique nature of Datta-mantras that Parameshwara Himself is the Mantra-Rishi for them all. “DA”beejam is Vyaasa proktam.”Draam” beeja is Parameshwara Proktham.Vyasaprokta beeja will give Aihika sukha and Shiva prokta will give Janmaraahitya. The reason is Dram bijam is having agni beeja swaroopa “ra” and paasha beeja “aam”(which will turn asaadhya to saadhya).Hence, Dram beejam is DA+RA+AAM=Parabrahma tatwa+guru tatwa.
The Dattatreya Beeja which is most powerful to invoke his energies instantly is Draam Beejam.. A Bija Mantra is like a seed and every seed when nurtured with water has the potential to sprout and become a tree. Similarly, these sound vibrations when resonated have the power to produce a creative dominion.
Dakshinaamurthi Beejam cha Raama Beejen samyutham.
Draam Ityekaaksharam Gneyam Bindunaathakalaatmakam
Dattasyaadi Mantrasyaa Datreya syaadimaswaraha
Tatrastharepha samyuktham Bindunaada Kalaatmikam
Yetat beejam Mayaaproktham Brahma-vishnu- shivaatmakam.
“DA” in DRAM is parabrahma tatwa, RAM is paramatma tatwa, gnana tatwa and Yoga tatwa as said “RAMAYATHEETHI RAMAHA”.Mantra Shastras says that these were the words of Lord Shiva to Parvathy verily. Dakshinamurthy is Gnaana swarupam and thus Dattatreya is also a Gnaanaswaroopa. Some say that it is Dattatreya who did a saguna Swaroopam(form manifestation) of Dakshinamurthy and then became the Guru of Sanaka and Sananda.
The Rudrayamala says:
Gurupadeshat tadgamyam nanyatha shastrakotibhih.
`The mantra has to be received and learnt from the Guru directly. It cannot be picked and learnt even from crores of Shastras’.The bija mantras have an embedded energy structure in them that link them to the archetype without the need for a specific intent. Ekashari, Ashtakshari, Dwadasaakshari, Shodasaakshari, Shadakshari, Vimshatyakshari, Anushtup and Maala mantras are very powerful mantras in Datta sampradaya. All these mantras will give ABHEESHTA SIDDHI. When these mantras are recited with full faith and dedicated devotion, the sadhaka will get Bhogabhagya, Longevity, Animaadi ashtasidhas, Jala, Agni stambhana vidyas, doorasravana and Dooradarshana maha shaktis. Sapthakoti mahamantras are also not equal to Dattatraya maha mantra. Nothing is impossible to the Datta mantropasaka in trilokya.
In the case of Nama smarana, the phonetics of the mantra may not have direct connection with the associated divine archetype, but the intention and mental association on the part of the Sadhaka does the trick. When the name of a certain archetype like an avatara is invoked, the essence or energy of the corresponding archetype is awakened in the sadhaka, serving as a catalyst to allow the deity to come forth in its higher spiritual significance. When both the embedded phonetic of the bIja mantra and the intent to connect to the divine archetype (as in the case of nama-mantra) are combined, the results are phenomenal. As Dattaguru is Smarana priya and if Puja is recited with Bija mantras then the Sadhaka will get Dattanugraha/Datta darshan in any form at the earliest.
Dattatreya and Shiva(Sathyam shivam sundaram–the Parabrahma Tatwam) in a soul-revelatory way are unified in “Dattatreya Hrudayam”,”Shandilyopanishad” and other Upanishads.
In Shandilyopanaishad Chapter 3:
Sandilya questioned Atharvan thus: “From the Brahman that is OM, imperishable, actionless, beneficial, Sat (be-ness) only and supreme, how dissolution this universe arise ? How does it exist in It ? And how is it absorbed in It ? Please solve this doubt for me.”
Atharvan replied: “The Supreme Brahman, the Truth, is the imperishable and the actionless. Then from the formless Brahman, three forms (or aspects) arose, (viz.,) Nishkala (partless), Sakala (with parts) and Sakala-Nishkala (with and without parts). That which is Satya, Vignana and Ananda; That which is actionless, without any impurity, omnipresent, extremely subtle, having faces in every direction, undefinable and immortal – that is His Nishkala aspect. Maheshvara (the great Lord) who is black and yellow rules with Avidya, Mula-Prakriti or Maya that is red, white and black and that is co-existent with him. This is his Sakala-Nishkala aspect. Then the Lord desired (or willed) by his spiritual wisdom (thus): May I become many ? May I bring forth ? Then from this Person who was contemplating and whose desires are fulfilled, three letters sprang up. Three Vyahritis, the three-footed Gayatri, the three Vedas, the three Devas, the three Varnas (colours or castes) and the three fires sprang.
That Supreme Lord who is endowed with all kinds of wealth, who is all pervading, who is situated in the hearts of all beings, who is the Lord of Maya and whose form is Maya; He is Brahma; He is Vishnu; He is Rudra; He is Indra; He is all the Devas; He is all the Bhutas (elements or beings); He alone is in the front; He alone is behind; He alone is on our left; He alone is on our right; He alone is below; He alone is above; He alone is the all. That form of him as Dattatreya,who sports with his Sakti, who is kind to his devotees, who is brilliant as fire, resembling the petals or a red lotus who is mild and shines sinlessly – this is His Sakala form.”
|| Shree Datta Saranam Mama||