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Fire – the fifth Guru of Dattatreya

Fire burns everything, transforming it into flame. By consuming dead logs, it produces warmth and light. Thus, I learnt how to absorb everything that life brings and how to turn it into flame. This flame enlightens my life and in that light, others can walk safely. (Source: The Himalayan Masters: A Living Tradition by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD)Another interpretation of the fourth Guru of DattatreyaHis fifth guru was fire, which destroys all that is gross. Like the inner fire of awareness that reduces everything to its essence (bhasma), purifying ruthlessly whatever is poured into it, fire reminded him of freedom from the defects of avidya. (Swami Dharmakeerti Saraswati)Another interpretationThe flames of a fire appear and disappear at every moment, and yet this creation and destruction is not noticed by the ordinary observer.A saintly person, just like fire, sometimes appears in a concealed form and at other times reveals himself. For the welfare of the conditioned souls who desire…