Tag: Decoding Mythology

Swaminarayan Temples
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Swaminarayan Temples

January 6, 2022

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Most Indians are familiar with Raja Ram Mohan Roy and his Brahmo Samaj and link it with 19th Century Hindu reformation. But very few know about Sahajanand Swami or the reforms instituted by his Swaminarayan sampradaya, even though both men lived in the same period of…

Loki, the Father and the Mother
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Loki, the Father and the Mother

December 23, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist The story of the horse with eight legs comes from Norse mythology, which is the pre-Christian mythology of North Europe. Norse mythology has become quite popular nowadays because of the popularity of Thor and Loki in Hollywood movies, because of Neil Gaiman’s famous book now a…

Brief History of Hindu Mythology
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Brief History of Hindu Mythology

November 18, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Hindu mythology is not static. It has changed over history. In the Rig Veda (1,500 BCE), we are introduced to Indra. He is a powerful celestial being who rides chariots and who defeats enemies like Vritra, Pani and Vala to secure stolen cows and release water….

Rivalry of Sants and Naths
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Rivalry of Sants and Naths

November 11, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik In 13th Century Maharashtra, Dyaneshwar translated the Bhagavad Gita into the local language. It was a great cultural revolution. He encouraged people to use emotions and feelings to connect with the divine. This was the Bhakti Marga or path of devotion. Here, Dyaneshwar or Gyandev is addressed as Sant. In legends,…

Inner and Outer Chi
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Inner and Outer Chi

November 8, 2021

The aura of a person is of immense significance to the person’s well-being, especially good health, mental balance and therefore mental peace. This aura is nothing but the “energy field” around a person, which may vary on a daily basis, depending on the person’s activity, mental state, immediate surroundings, including a person’s attire. It is…

Is Shiva the Destroyer of Evil?
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Is Shiva the Destroyer of Evil?

November 4, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist In popular understanding of the mythology, Brahma is called the Creator, Vishnu, the Preserver and Shiva, the Destroyer. When you ask people why Shiva is called the destroyer, they will answer, it is because he is the destroyer of evil. But if Shiva is the destroyer…

The Festival Of Women, By Women, For Women
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The Festival Of Women, By Women, For Women

October 21, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik The word ‘teej’ refers to the third day of the lunar cycle when women fast, stay awake in all night vigils, hoping to find good husbands if not married, and praying for the health of husbands if married. Hariyali Teej is celebrated during the waxing moon of Shravan, Kajari Teej during…

Using Puranas for Politics
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Using Puranas for Politics

September 30, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist After the humiliating defeat of Indians in 1857, there was little doubt that the British were the villains. Indians began using an innovative approach to express their rage and their desire to overthrow the enemy. They enacted stories from the Puranas on stage as metaphors. That…

Tying the Knot
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Tying the Knot

September 23, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist In Hindu metaphysics, Yoga is the practice of untying mental knots. Bhoga is the experience of life that creates these mental knots.  When we consume life, we experience hunger, fear, delight, jealousy, attachment, rage, greed, frustration, hatred, joy and these various emotions and stimulations cause our…

Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah…
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Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah…

September 16, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah is a line that is found in Manusmriti. If you assume dharma to be religion or state or law, it means if you protect religion or state or law, the religion/state/law will protect you. Why does religion or state or law exist? In…

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