Lord Dattatreya's Guru No. 6

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This is covered in Srimad Bhagvatam.

Avadhoot Lord Dattatreya reply to King Yadu,

Guru No. 6 of Avadhoot Lord Dattatreya

Pigeon: Lord Dattatreya replied that my sixth guru was pigeon. I have gained wisdom from a pigeon too. Once a pair of pigeons lived together on a tree. They bred their young and were bringing them up with deep affection and love. One day, a hunter caught the young pigeon in a trap. The mother pigeon, which returned from the forest with food for its young ones, saw their plight and, unable to leave them, she leapt in the trap to share their fate. Shortly after, the male pigeon turned up and, unable to bear the separation from its sweetheart, it too jumped in the trap and met its end. Reflecting on this, I realized how, even after being born as an intelligent human being, man is caught in the coils of possessiveness and brings about his own spiritual destruction. The self, which is originally free, when associated with the body sense, gets identified with it, and thus gets caught in the endless cycle of birth, death and misery. Thus the pigeon was my sixth guru.

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