Abstract


Sri Dattatreya, who Lord Krishna quotes within the Uddhava Gita, has been evoked as a guru for environmental education. Sri Dattatreya gained enlightenment by observing the planet , which provided him with 24 instructors. These taught him the futility of mundane attachments, the advantages of contemplation and forbearance, and therefore the path towards the spiritual self-realization of the Supreme.Sri Dattatreya, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, features in several Puranas where his teachings involve direct challenges to the pretensions and prejudices of the learner. His core message is “never judge by surface appearances but always seek a deeper Truth”: the world is sacred, a fact of God, and a puzzle that challenges the spiritual self to awaken to its true nature.

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