nce Brahma the creator asked Lord Narayana about the efficacy of the taaraka-mantra to which the

latter replied:

Always think of Me and My glory, and be in commune with Me in the attitude ‘I am Datta, the great Lord.’ Such ones w edidate thus do not swirl in the ver-recurring course of worldly existence.”

ccordingly, after meditating on Lord Vishnu (Dattatreya), Brahma said: “Yes. The Brahman that is the infinite and eerless alone remains as the residuum after negation of everything else.”

he one-, six-, eight-, twelve-, and sixteen-syllabled mantras of Dattaatreya

he taaraka monosyllable is ‘Daam’. He is the haMsa established in all beings. ‘Daam’ in the lengthened form is the aramaatman. The six syllabled one is ‘OM, Shriim, Hriim, Kliim, Glaum, Draam.

eight-syllabled one is ‘Dram’ or ‘Draam’ and then adding to it the syllables ‘Dat, taa, tre, yaa, na, maaH.” The portio Dattatreya’ is of the character of knowledge, existence, and bliss, and that of namaH is of full- blown bliss.

he twelve-syllabled formula is ‘Om, Aam, Hriim, Krom, ehi Dattatreya svaahaa.’ The sixteen-syllabled formula is Om, m, Krom, Kliim, Cluum, Hraam, Hriim, Hruum, Saum (nine) and the five syllables constituting Dattaatreyaaya, and th win syllable svaahaa. The whole formula is ‘Om, Aim, Krom, Kliim, Cluum, Hraam, Hriim, Hruum, Saum Dattaatreyaa aahaa.’ anushhtubh-mantra of Dattaatreya

l the portions of the mantra are said to be in the vocative forms right through as ‘Dattaatreya Hare KRshhNa nmataananda-daayaka, digambara, mune, baala, pishaaca, jn~aana saagara.’

he moola-mantra of Dattaatreya

his is then given as:

OM namo bhagavate Dattaatreyaaya, smarana-maatra-samtushhtaaya

M salutations unto Lord Dattatreya who is propitiated by remembrance (devotion),

ahaa-bhaya-nirvaanaaya, mahaa-gyaaana-pradaaya, cidaanandaatmane is the dispeller of great fears, who bestows the highest character of sentience and bliss

aalonmatta-pishaaca-veshaaya’

ho is in the guise of a child, a mad-man, a devil, thus:

ahaa yogine avadhuutaya, anasuuyaananda-vardhanaayatri-putraya

great yogin, is the enhancer of the bliss of Anasuya (His mother), is the son of the sage Atri, kaama-phala-pradaaya, bhava-bandha-mocanaaya,

ho bestows the fruits of all the desires of the devotee’s heart, the redeemer of the bonds of worldy existence,

-vibhuuti-daaya saadhyakarshhaNaaya sarva-manaH-kshhobhaNaaya, ciram- jiivane vashi-kuru, vashi-kuru, akarshhaya-akarshhaya, vidveshhaya, vidveshhaya, uccaaTaya-uccaaTaaya, stambhaya-stambhaya, maaraya-maaraya amaH, saMpannaaya, namaH saMpannaaya, svaahaa poshhaya, poshhaya, para-mantra para-yantra para tantraaMshh

indhi, ccindhi; ahaan nivaaraya; nivaaraya; vyaadhiin nivaaraya, nivaaraya; duHkhaM haraya, haraya; daaridryam vidraavaya, ehaM poshhaya, poshhaya; citttam toshhaya, toshhaya:

o thou counteract the malignant influences of the planets, cure the ailments, drive off anguish, melt away all penury, fill mind with joy

rva mantra sarva yantra sarva tantra sarva pallava svaruupaaya iti Om namah shivaaya. Om

nto Thee of the real form of incantations, all mystic symbols and powers, etc. OM salutations!

salutations unto Lord Dattatreya who is propitiated by remembrance (devotion), that is the dispeller of great fears, ho bestows the highest character of sentience and bliss and who is in the guise of a child, a mad- man, a devil, a great yoi the enhancer of the bliss of Anasuya (His mother), is the son of the sage Atri, who bestows the fruits of all the desires of e devotee’s heart, the redeemer of the bonds of worldy existence, ..Do thou nourish my body, counteract the malignant fluences of the planets, cure the ailments, drive off anguish, melt away all penury, fill the mind with joy…unto Thee of t al form of incantations, all mystic symbols and powers, etc. OM salutations!

who knows all about this vidyaa and practices this becomes holy, and he attains the fruits of having muttered the ayatri, the Mahaarudra, and the PraNava innumerable times, and he is absolved of all his sins.

hus ends Dattatreya Upanisad.