Sripada Rajam Saranam Prapadhye
In this world many troubles and losses will be experienced by a human being through sorrow and infatuation. Who is the protector against them? Who will rescue him from worries and miseries? Then Paramaatma is the only saviour.
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Only by the grace of God all sorrows are destroyed and happiness and peace will be obtained. For that a person should practice ‘stotra’, prayer, japa, meditation etc., of God and devotional reading of sacred books explaining their significance and gain the grace of ‘Paramaatma’. Paramaatma is in the form of Trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Parameswara.
The Trinity protects, punishes, or teaches all creatures of the Universe. All things happen on account of Them. In Kruta Yuga the Trinity who were elated with the devotion of Atri, Anasuya incarnated in their house as Sree Dattatreya Swamy – an embodiment of the Trinity. His incarnation is that of a Guru.
The aim of this incarnation is to remove ignorance and grant liberation through the attainment of wisdom (Jnana). The path of ‘avadhootas’ is founded only by Him. Devotion of such Dattatreya is going on from Krutayuga from Sethu in the South to Himalayas in the North. Countless devotees from that day till to day worshipped Dattatreya and were successful in gaining their wishes. When Datta is worshipped an equivalent result is achieved of worshipping Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara at the same time. Datta is ‘Smarthrugami’.
It means that when remembered with devotion, He will be satisfied and supports and protects devoteesin all ways. He grants sustenance and salvation.In 1320 A.D, in Sree Kshetra Pithikapura in East Godavari district of AndhraPradesh, Sree Dattatreya Swamy was born as the first Datta incarnation under thedivine name of Sreepada Sreevallabha to the couple Appalaraju Sarma and Sumati.They were Datta devotees and belonged to Aapasthamba sect. Afterwards Heincarnated as the second incarnation in Karanjapura in Maharastra with the name Sree Nrusimha Saraswati.
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In Guru Charitra the importance of such Sreepada Sreevallabha was explained merely in five chapters but, in this ‘SreepadaSreevallabha Charitaamrutam’ all 53 Chapters vividly describes about SreeSreepada Sreevallabha. This great book is really a divine elixir. In this book all about Sreepada’s life, His Leelas (sportive plays), His greatness, His highly elevated preachings and His incredible miracles are abundantly presented. This book makes the reader forget this world and brings about a feeling of being in the very presence of Sree Sreepada.
The sportive pastimes of Sreepada are like the childhood sportive diversions of Sree Krishna. These ‘Leelas’ give indescribable joy. With this joy transcendent corporeality is attained. Sree Sreepada made this biography to bewritten in His own life time by Sri Shankar Bhatt, a resident of Karnataka Province who was His dear disciple and a great devotee.When all people read and recollect this sacred biography, they will get rid of all worries of worldly existence and be rewarded with the grace of Sree SreepadaSreevallabha.
As a consequence of that, they will get happiness, peace and equanimity. Let them encourage all their relatives, kith and kin and friends to readand earn the compassion of Sreepada Sreevallabha and be gratified.