Gurudevadatta is the guru of all Gurus. He is also having 24 gurus. These gurus are nothing but the 24 tatwas of Prakrithi. They are the sakthis of our Sthoola and Sukshma body. The Sukshma body Astral body is a combination of 19 energies. They are, 5 gnana indriyas 1.
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His iconography varies regionally. In western Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh , for example, he is typically shown with three heads and six hands, one head each for Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, and one pair of hands holding the symbolic items associated with each member of the Trimurti : The jaapmaala and water pot of Brahma , the conch and sudarshana chakra discus of Vishnu, and the trishula trident and two headed drum of Shiva.
In paintings and some large carvings, he is surrounded by four dogs and a cow, the dogs are a symbol of Duttaguru' s teaching of similitude and equality among all creatures especially animals, right from the pure and holy cow to the dog, the least and lowest of lifeforms in Hindu thought; this exegesis was put forward by a charismatic personality, the avtari purush godman of the Dattatreya lineage, Shri Ramakrishna Saraswati Kshirsagar Swamiji of Ambikapur Ahmednagar.
The cow is adored and revered mainly in North India as a symbol of the Mother Earth who nourishes all living beings. This is evidenced by the Marathi text Navanathabhaktisara , states Mallinson, wherein there is syncretic fusion of the Nath Sampradaya with the Mahanubhava sect by identifying nine Naths with nine Narayanas.
The puranic stories of Dattatreya are diverse and vary by region. In the Puranas , he was born in north Indian hermitage to Anusuya and her husband the Vedic sage Atri traditionally credited with making the largest contribution to the Rigveda.
Another states his father lived in the western Deccan region. As the trinity were pleased with them for having brought light and knowledge to the world, instantly granted the boon, which led Dattatreya to be born with characteristics of all three. While his origins are unclear, stories about his life are more clearer.
He is described in the Mahabharata as an exceptional Rishi sage with extraordinary insights and knowledge, who is adored and raised to a Guru and an Avatar of Vishnu in the Puranas. One myth claims he meditated immersed in water for a long time,  another has him wandering from childhood and the young Dattatreya footprints have been preserved on a lonely peak at Girnar Junagadh, Gujarat. The Tripura-rahasya refers to the disciple Parasurama finding Dattatreya meditating on Gandhamadana mountain.
Dattatreya is said to have his lunch daily by taking alms at a holy place Pithapuram , Andhra Pradesh, where he was born as Sripada Sri Vallabha his first avatar. The young Dattatreya is famous in the Hindu texts as the one who started with nothing and without teachers, yet reached self-awareness by observing nature during his Sannyasi wanderings, and treating these natural observations as his twenty four teachers. The appearance of Shri Dattatreya in pictures varies according to traditional beliefs.
A typical icon for Dattatreya, particularly popular with Marathi-speaking people in India, has three heads corresponding to Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva, and six hands; the lowest two hands carry rosary mala and water pot kamandalu , middle pair of hands hold hourglass mini-drum damaru and trident trishul , and top two hands have conch shankh and spinning wheel chakra.
Many older medieval temples of Dattatreya show him with just one head, such as the one in Mahur , one at Narayanpur on Pune Satara Road, Near Pune, and another in Pandharpur , both in southern Maharashtra. In western parts of Maharashtra, the syncretic six armed and three faced iconography is more common.
He is the motif of the '"honey bee" Yogin who has realized advaita knowledge. Dattatreya as the archetypal model of syncretism : . Another distinctive aspect of Dattatreya iconography is that it includes four dogs and a cow. The four dogs represent the Vedas,  as trustworthy all weather friends, company and guardians, while the cow is a metaphor for mother earth who silently and always provides nourishment. Dattatreya's sculptures with alternate iconography have been identified in 1st millennium CE cave temples and archaeological sites related to Hinduism.
The right earlobe jewelry and hair decoration in this art work of Dattatreya is of Shiva, but on his left the details are those of Vishnu. A sculpture similar to Badami, but with some differences, has been discovered in Ajmer Rajasthan.
The Ajmer art work is a free statue where Dattatreya is standing, has one head and four hands. In his various hands, he carries a Trishula of Shiva, a Chakra of Vishnu, a Kamandalu of Brahma, and a rosary common to all three.
The historic Indian literature has interpreted the representation of Dattatreya symbolically. His three heads are symbols of the Gunas qualities in Samkhya school of Hinduism. The three Gunas are Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. The Kamadhenu cow is symbolic Panchabutas , the four dogs are inner forces of a human being: Iccha, Vasana, Asha and Trishna.
In these interpretations, Dattatreya is that yogi Guru teacher who has perfected all these, rules them rather than is ruled by them, and is thus the Guru Dattatreya is beyond them.
The Dattatreya Upanishad tantra-focussed , Darshana Upanishad yoga-focussed and particularly the Avadhuta Upanishad advaita-focussed present the philosophy of the Dattatreya tradition. Other Upanishads where Dattatreya's name appears in lists of ancient Hindu monks revered for their insights on renunciation are Jabala Upanishad , Naradaparivrajaka Upanishad , Bhikshuka Upanishad and Yajnavalkya Upanishad.
Dattatreya is mentioned in the Mahabharata  and the Ramayana. Dattatreya is mentioned in the ancient chapter 9 of the Sattvata Samhita and chapter 5 of the Ahirbudhnya Samhita , both among the oldest layer of texts in the Vaishnava Agama tradition Pancaratra. The extant manuscripts have been dated to approximately the 9th or 10th century,  but it may have existed earlier as part of an oral tradition.
Several Hindu monastic and yoga traditions are linked to Dattatreya: . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Hindu deity. Atri father Anasuya mother. Supreme deity. Important deities. Holy scriptures. Related traditions. Main traditions. Vaishnavism Shaivism Shaktism Smartism. Rites of passage. Philosophical schools. Gurus, saints, philosophers. Other texts. Text classification. Other topics.
Dattatreya's iconography varies with region. Left: Icon with three heads; Right: with one head. Always be learning The investigators of the true nature of the world are uplifted by their own efforts in this world.
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Yayati was a rajarishi, an ancestor of the Yadu clan to which Sri Krishna belonged. His queen was Devayani, the daughter of Rishi Shukracharya. The only weakness the king had was desire, and desire was his undoing. Cursed by the rishi on one occasion, to become old before his time unless he could exchange his old-age with someone else, Yayati sought his eldest son Yadu and begged him to help him out of the predicament. Yadu, of all the king's sons, was interested in spiritual life.
24 Gurus of Lord Dattatreya – The Guru of Environmental Education
His iconography varies regionally. In western Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh , for example, he is typically shown with three heads and six hands, one head each for Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, and one pair of hands holding the symbolic items associated with each member of the Trimurti : The jaapmaala and water pot of Brahma , the conch and sudarshana chakra discus of Vishnu, and the trishula trident and two headed drum of Shiva. In paintings and some large carvings, he is surrounded by four dogs and a cow, the dogs are a symbol of Duttaguru' s teaching of similitude and equality among all creatures especially animals, right from the pure and holy cow to the dog, the least and lowest of lifeforms in Hindu thought; this exegesis was put forward by a charismatic personality, the avtari purush godman of the Dattatreya lineage, Shri Ramakrishna Saraswati Kshirsagar Swamiji of Ambikapur Ahmednagar. The cow is adored and revered mainly in North India as a symbol of the Mother Earth who nourishes all living beings. This is evidenced by the Marathi text Navanathabhaktisara , states Mallinson, wherein there is syncretic fusion of the Nath Sampradaya with the Mahanubhava sect by identifying nine Naths with nine Narayanas. The puranic stories of Dattatreya are diverse and vary by region.
24 Gurus of Dattatreya – Gurus and subordinate Gurus
The eleventh skandha volume of the Shrimadbhagvat narrates a conversation between Yadu and Avadhut. Here Avadhut names His Gurus and narrates what He learnt from them. Everything in the universe is a Guru because one can learn something or the other from it. From bad things one learns what defects to reject and from good things what good qualities to acquire. For example I accumulated knowledge from the 24 Gurus enlisted below and converted it into an ocean.