Athri and Anasuya are said to be the parents of Dattatreya in the Indianmythology. This is again an Eternal Principle of Saswatha Dharma. That which isbeyond the three, as said before, is A-thri, the pure consciousness is called Athri.
The pure consciousness details into the three aspects of consciousness as: Will,Knowledge and Activity of Itcha, Jnana, and Kriya Sakthis. The three cometogether to lace the creation with their three qualities. The three qualities relatingto them are: dynamism, poise and inertia, or rajas, satwa and tamas. Basicallytheir corresponding colours are: red, blue and golden yellow. The lacing is donethrough these three qualities and colours along with the related sounds andnumbers. As a result the creation happens with all its planes of existence.
The pure consciousness pervades all the planes of existence worked out by thetriple quality, just like the cotton exists in the coloured threads of cloth. The cottonis the essence of the cloth, likewise the consciousness is an emergence fromPure Existence.
The poised creation and the poised being are the result of a synthesis of thethree qualities, where the three are equally oriented to eachother and no onedominates the other. This synthesis of the three qualities is also called the stateof equilibrium relating to the three qualities. This state is geometrically describedas the equilateral triangle. When the three qualities are thus equally poised andoriented, they consequently form into an equilateral triangle, and that state iscalled the state of no-malice.
Anasuya in Sanskrit means: "not Asuya". Asuya means malice. Dattatreya is saidto be born to Anasuya, the Mother and Athri, the Father. Athri, the Father, is saidto be the pure consciousness and Anasuya, the Mother, is said to be the state ofno malice (jealousy). The state of Anasuya is depicted as an equilateral triangleand the state of Athri is depicted as a centre within the circumference.
This is the essential principal relating to the state of Dattatreya, that is: pureconsciousness expressed through equated qualities. He is beyond the Trinity butcan equally express through the Trinity. He is therefore creative like the creatorBrahma, preserver like Vishnu, and can also be the destroyer like Siva. As pureconsciousness he can be like the Divine Mother and as Pure Existence he canbe the God Absolute. He is potent with all possibilities. That is how he isconceived by the seers of ancient times, as "all in one and one in all".