Lord Dattatreya's Guru No. 20

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This is covered in Srimad Bhagvatam.

Avadhoot Lord Dattatreya reply to King Yadu,

Guru No. 20 of Avadhoot Lord Dattatreya

Maiden: Lord Dattatreya replied that my twentieth guru is a Maiden. Once, I observed that a family visiting a maiden’s house,for seeking her hand in marriage for their son. At that time, the mother of the Girl was away from home. So the maiden herself had to entertain the guests with refreshments. Since ready grains were not available She at once started pounding food-grains with a pestle. The bangles on her hand started knocking against each other, making sound. She was afraid that the guests might hear the sound and think that the family did not even have ready grains for cooking and that the family may be poor. As a Hindu maiden, she is not expected to remove all the bangles on her hand at any time. So she kept two on each hand and removed all the rest. Even then, they were knocking against each other and were making noise. So she kept only one bangle on each hand this time and she could finish her task in quiet. Reflecting on this, I realized that when a number of spiritual seekers live together, a lot of unwanted gossip ensues and no spiritual practice can be pursued with a single-minded effort. Only in solitude, a spiritual aspirant can carry his task with ease. Knowing this truth, I resorted to solitude. Thus, a maiden happened to be my twentieth guru.

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