SB 1.3.11

षष्ठमत्रेरपत्यत्वं वृतः प्राप्तोऽनसूयया ।
आन्वीक्षिकीमलर्काय प्रह्लादादिभ्य ऊचिवान् ॥११॥


ṣaṣṭham atrer apatyatvaṁ
vṛtaḥ prāpto ‘nasūyayā
ānvīkṣikīm alarkāya
prahlādādibhya ūcivān


ṣaṣṭhamplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigṣaṣṭham

sixth; the sixth; the sixth one.
—the sixth one; atreḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigatreḥ

of Atri; of Atri Muni; of the sage Atri.
—of Atri; apatyatvamplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigapatyatvam

—sonship; vṛtaḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigvṛtaḥ

accepted; accompanied; accompanied by; being prayed for; chosen; encircled; engaged; generated; is invited; solicited; surrounded; surrounded by; surrounded by them; the chosen; was asked; yoked.
—being prayed for; prāptaḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigpraptah

accepted; achieved; achieving; arrived; had obtained; having obtained; obtained; one who has achieved; was gotten; you have attained.
—obtained; anasūyayāplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_biganasūyayā

by Anasūyā; without envy.
—by Anasūyā; ānvīkṣikīmplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigānvīkṣikīm

on the subject of transcendence.
—on the subject of transcendence; alarkāyaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigalarkāya

unto Alarka.
—unto Alarka; prahlādaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigprahlāda

by Prahlāda Mahārāja; Prahlāda Mahārāja; to Mahārāja Prahlāda.
-ādibhyaḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigādibhyaḥ

and other animals, such as tigers.
—unto Prahlāda and others; ūcivānplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigūcivān

began to speak; narrated; spoke; while speaking.


The sixth incarnation of the puruṣa was the son of the sage Atri. He was born from the womb of Anasūyā, who prayed for an incarnation. He spoke on the subject of transcendence to Alarka, Prahlāda and others [Yadu, Haihaya, etc.]. 


The Lord incarnated Himself as Dattātreya, the son of Ṛṣi Atri and Anasūyā. The history of the birth of Dattātreya as an incarnation of the Lord is mentioned in the Brahmāṇḍa Purāṇa in connection with the story of the devoted wife. It is said there that Anasūyā, the wife of Ṛṣi Atri, prayed before the Lords Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Śiva as follows: “My lords, if you are pleased with me, and if you desire me to ask from you some sort of blessings, then I pray that you combine together to become my son.” This was accepted by the lords, and as Dattātreya the Lord expounded the philosophy of the spirit soul and especially instructed Alarka, Prahlāda, Yadu, Haihaya, etc.