Tag: Decoding Mythology

Meaning of Bhagavan
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Meaning of Bhagavan

December 5, 2019

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist In the Veda, there is no mention of Bhagavan. The idea of God is explored in various ways, but there is no definitive idea like Bhagavan, which we find in the Puranas. The Vedas are 4,000 years old and the Puranas 2,000 years old. The Vedas…

Harappan and Aryan Roots of Rig Veda
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Harappan and Aryan Roots of Rig Veda

November 28, 2019

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist DNA studies are now showing that Harappans did not have genes of steppe pastoralists (Aryans). But these Aryan genes are found in about 30 per cent of the Indian population. This means the Aryans came after Harappan cities had collapsed. They did not invade Harappa, but…

A body with eight bends
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A body with eight bends

November 21, 2019

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Ashtavakra is a famous rishi associated with the Upanishadic period, roughly 2,500 years ago. His conversations with Janaka are very popular, where he draws attention to the connection between the spirit within us and the spirit that is present all around us — the relationship between…

A savage civilisation
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A savage civilisation

November 14, 2019

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist A few years ago, I had a confrontation with a senior newspaper editor, on stage, which quickly became viral and considerably popular. In the video, the editor insisted on equating Hinduism with Hindutva which is something I do not subscribe to. Nor do I subscribe to…

Shakti or Shaktiman?
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Shakti or Shaktiman?

November 7, 2019

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist I was recently trolled by a group of people. This was because I apparently had stated a claim that women are not powerful in India. I tried to figure out from where they had derived this alleged statement of mine and eventually realised that I had…

Science and Yoga
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Science and Yoga

October 31, 2019

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik Is yoga scientific? This is a question I am often asked, in various forums. The problem that lies with this question is essentially with the understanding of what yoga is, what science is and the overarching sense of insecurity that is faced by many people relating to the Indian identity. Let…

A cluster of Goddesses
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A cluster of Goddesses

October 24, 2019

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist In the Vedas, one does find references to individual Goddesses like Usha, Vak and Aranyani who represent dawn, speech, and forests, respectively. In the Puranas, there is Lakshmi, Durga and Saraswati, embodiments of wealth, power and knowledge. However, in practice, Hindus often worship Goddesses in groups….

Swastika in the Stars
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Swastika in the Stars

October 17, 2019

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist If you look to the sky, towards the North and want to identify the Pole Star, you have to first seek the Big Dipper constellation. Dipper means a ladle, the kind used to put ghee in the yagna fire. This ladle-shaped constellation has seven stars. In…

Hells of Garuda Purana
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Hells of Garuda Purana

September 26, 2019

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist The Garuda Purana is one of the 18 Puranas composed by Ved Vyasa in order to explain Vedic principles. It was in a forest called Naimisha, where the narration happened for the first time. In the story, Vyasa says that the Garuda Purana was narrated by…

How we are motivated by Kama & propelled by Yama
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How we are motivated by Kama & propelled by Yama

September 19, 2019

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Shiva is called the destroyer because he destroys our desire — Kama, and he destroys death itself — Yama. Kama is associated with life, and Yama with death. Shiva destroys both the desire for life and the fear of death and thus he is the God…

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