Just like the body stands on the feet, the entire family depends on wife and husband. The entire society is based on them. Couples are very important. That is why; we worship demigods as Lakshmi-Narayana, Gauri-Shankara (in the form of couple) etc. We can also quote several examples about the sage couples. But, the most famous amongst them is the couple, Atri and Anasuya. We can know about the entire history with their names. They were an ideal couple.
Nistraigunyo bhavarjuna – Krishna says that one has to overcome the Trigunas (the three gunas (traits) namely Sattva, Rajas and Tamas). Many have a doubt whether one has to necessarily leave sattva guna as well along with rajasic and tamasic traits. If sattva guna is the reason behind the ego of a person that he is sattvic, then it is of no use. You must be very careful. Hence, it has to be sacrificed.
Sage Atri was like an intense flame of fire and pure Ganga water. He was ever pure. The head of a family must be like him. Feeling an envious resentment of others for their growth is known as ‘Asuya’ (jealousy). In fact, that is the reason behind all the losses. With such envy, many families are ruined. Those who think of others can never grow themselves. If there are such feelings in the woman who handles a family, then we need not mention the consequences. Hence, women must give up jealousy. When the couple become like Atri-Anasuya, God will bestow himself as Datta. Datta incarnates in every house either in the form of Datta or Anagha Lakshmi.
In this way, world is getting benefitted. The entire society relies on such family. It is Datta who makes it happen so. For Datta to offer himself, the couple must lead their life like Atri- Anasuya. Only then, the entire world will be filled with the vibrations of Datta. Everybody can see Datta. Because of the penance of Atri and Anasuya, the paramatma offered himself to them. Datta means ‘one who gives himself’. Hence, a couple must be like Atri and Anasuya. Atri is a pure soul who is beyond the trigunas. Anasuya had no asuya (jealousy) at all. By seeing God everywhere, she has seen the truth in every being. Such is the greatness of Anasuya matha. She is Jaganmatha (mother of the world). That is why, a couple must become like Atri and Anasuya. Hence, Datta is born to them as the son. They have also shown many good ways to the society. Hence, we describe them as the ideal couple. We too many a time wish to become the ideal couple. The couple must understand each other, being good at heart and without indulging in any fights. If we can lead such a happy life, our house will be like ‘Nanda Gokulam’.
Jai Guru Datta! Sri Guru Datta!