Shri Guru Charitra

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Shri Guru Charitra is a book written by the 15th-16th-century poet, Shri Saraswati Gangadhar in India. The book chronicles the life story of Shri Narasimha Saraswati, his philosophy and related tales. It was written in 14th-15th century Marathi, in a village called Kadaganchi in Karnataka.

Shri Saraswati Gangadhar is a vanshaj of Sayandev Sakhre, one of the disciples of Shri Narasimha Saraswati about whom the book is written.

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Shri Guru Charitra is written as a conversation between Siddha, a disciple of Shri Narasimha Saraswati, and Namdharak. The book has 52 chapters, divided into three parts: Dhyankand (Knowledge), Karmakand (Work) and Bhaktikand (Devotion).

Shri Guru Charitra outlines 24 teachers or gurus from mother nature, with observations and lessons about each. The 24 teachers from the book are:

  1. Earth
  2. Wind
  3. Sky
  4. Water
  5. Fire
  6. Moon
  7. Sun
  8. Pigeons
  9. Python
  10. Bumblebee
  11. Beekeeper
  12. Hawk
  13. Ocean
  14. Moth
  15. Elephant
  16. Deer
  17. Fish
  18. Courtesan
  19. Child
  20. Maiden
  21. Snake
  22. Arrowsmith
  23. Spider
  24. Caterpillar
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