The Avdhuta Brahmana was Dattatreya

Sridhara Swami and Visvanath Cakravarti Thakura reveal to us that the avadhuta brahmana who speaks in the Srimad Bhagavatam (11.9) is none other than Dattatreya, one of the principle incarnations of Krishna. Hridayananda Maharaj and company bring this to our attention in the purport to the 32nd verse of this chapter as follows: ‘Srila Sridhara Svami gives evidence from Srimad-Bhdgavatam that the brahmana avadhuta was actually the incarnation of Godhead Dattatreya. The Bhagavatam (2.7.4) states, yat-pada-pankaja-paraga-pavitra-deha yogardhim apur ubhayim yadu-haihayadyah “Many Yadus, Haihayas, etc., became so purified, by the grace of the lotus feet of Dattatreya, the Lord, that they obtained both material and spiritual blessings.” This verse mentions that Yadu was purified by contact with the lotus feet of Dattatreya, and similarly the present verse states, vandito sv-arcito rajna: King Yadu worshiped the lotus feet of the brahmana. Thus, according to Srila Sridhara Svami, the avadhuta brahmana is the Personality of Godhead Himself, and this is confirmed by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura.’