Dattatreya had twenty four teachers from
nature "many are my preceptors,"
he told King Yadu, "selected by my
keen sense, from whom acquiring wisdom freely,
I wander in the world… The earth,
air/breeze, sky, fire, the sun, pigeon,
python, sea, moth, elephant, ant, fish,
Pingala the courtesan, arrow-maker, infant/playful
boy, the moon, honeybee, deer, bird of prey,
maiden, serpent, spider, caterpillar and
water are my twenty four preceptors.