Story of Dattatreya and Yaduraja
Yaduraja said to Dattatreya ji, “He is not strong enough like him; people are burning in greed & sexual desire; but he is not impacted by all these”.
Dattatreya said: “Rajan! I have understood that there is no pleasure in worldly things; hence, I have detached myself from these things and stabilized the sight on the witness (Jivatma) which gives bliss; permanent pleasure or bliss is inside & not in sensual pleasures; whatever Prarbdh (actions already commenced) gives, I accept it happily”.
Dattatreya ji explained that he had twenty four spiritual teachers as under:
Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapuran by Shri Ramchandra Keshav Dongra ji Maharaj
Story of Ambreesh
King Ambreesh was great bhakta and son of Nabhag. He worshipped shri Krishna at Kankroli. Raja Amreesh was fully devoted to Shri Krishna in servile way. His manas (मन) was in feet of almighty, speech in eulogizing attributes of almighty, ears in listening stories of almighty, eyes in seeing the idols of almighty, hands in service of almighty and feet in pilgrimage.
Ambreesh was charavarti king but he was serving himself to the almighty. King Ambreesh was doing Ekadishi (eleventh day) as per prescribed norms. Raja Ambreesh was near completion of Ekadishi fast. At that time, Durvasa rishi came. Raja welcomed him and asked to take prasada. Durvasa rishi said; let him complete the Sandhya puja. Raja was to take prasada before commencement of thirteenth day. But Durvasa rishi was merged in the Sandhya puja so intensely that he could not perceive time period.
Raja Ambreesh was worried. He could not take food before serving it to Brahmins who are invited for the purpose. Dwadishi (twelfth day) was about finish. Brahmins permitted the king to take Prasada.
Durvasa rishi came and said to King Ambreesh that he has done no good by taking food before offering him. Raja Ambreesh said, he has taken only refreshment. But Durvasa rishi was furious. He took out a hair filled with magic powers and advised it to kill Raja Ambreesh. The king pleaded Narayana. Narayana killed the hair with Sudarshan Chakra. Sudarshan Chakra also followed Durvasa rishi to kill him. Durvasa rishi ran for life in various lokas (worlds). At the end, he came to Vaikuntha and prayed to Narayana for protection. Narayana told the rishi that he is dependent on Raja Ambreesh who is his great bhakta. Now, Sudarshan Chakra is under the control of Raja Ambreesh.
Narayana said to Durvasa rishi that he is tapasvi and has immense powers but he has misused these. What was the fault of Raja Ambreesh; who took only refreshment to protect fast? Still he was angry with him. He should go to Raja Ambreesh and beg pardon from him. Only when Bhakta Ambreesh pardons him, then only Sudarshan Chakra would stop.
Durvasa rishi went to Raja Ambreesh and begged pardon. Raja Ambreesh requested Sudarshan Chakra to stop for the sake of his good deeds. Sudarshan Chakra calmed down and went back. Raja Ambreesh served food to Durvasa rishi and begged his pardon.
Shri Shrimad Bhagwat Rehsaya by Shri Ramchandra Keshav Dongra ji Maharaj
Story of Pundalik & Vitthal at Pandharpur
Pundalik was highly devoted to his parents. He was always busy to serve his parents. He believed that his parents were everything for him. Pundalik’s parents were suffering from Leprosy. They had irritating behavior. Although Pundalik served them diligently, yet they insulted him. Still he continued to serve politely.
Happy with his excessive and non-stop service to the parents, almighty appeared to give him darshan (divine vision). When almighty came at his door-steps, Pundalik was busy in serving his parents. Almighty called Pundalik. Pundalik replied almighty that presently, he is busy in serving his parents and wait for some time. After completion of service of parents, he would come to meet him.
He was very poor person and had only small room which could not accommodate anybody else. Almighty kept waiting at door steps. Pundalik said to almighty that he has met due to serving parents and he would have to serve them first. He gave almighty a brick and asked him to take rest on it.
When almighty was tired of standing, then he kept his one hand on his belly. Today also almighty idol in Pandharpur is in the same mode. After completion of the service of parents, Pundalik met almighty. Almighty personally visited still Pundalik did not leave his service in between.
Source:- Skand Purana.