Tag: Decoding Mythology

Masculine and Feminine Gods
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Masculine and Feminine Gods

January 16, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist In mythology, generally, masculinity refers to the human desire to dominate and be territorial like the proverbial alpha male. In a positive sense it protects, in a negative sense it controls. Femininity is associated with nourishment, with feeding others (in a positive sense) and consuming others…

Goddess of “X” factor
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Goddess of “X” factor

January 9, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist In temples like Jagannath Puri and in many South Indian temples, Vishnu is flanked by two forms of Lakshmi: Sridevi and Bhoodevi. What is the difference between the two? Bhoodevi is the Goddess of the earth, from earth comes all our wealth. From within the earth…

Vedic approach to desire
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Vedic approach to desire

January 2, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Buddha said that desire is the cause of suffering. Outgrowing desire enables one to experience freedom from suffering. The Vedic approach was very different. Suffering can be reduced when we pay attention to, and try to satisfy, each other’s desires. This gave rise to the ritual…

Drawing good energy
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Drawing good energy

December 30, 2019

In the early times, Feng Shui was known as Kanyu, or ‘The Law of Heaven and Earth.’ Later on, it was coined as Feng Shui which literally translates as ‘Wind Water’ during the Eastern Jin Dynasty and this was based on the classic called as ‘Book of Burial.’ At the basic level, Traditional Feng Shui…

Hells of Garuda Purana
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Hells of Garuda Purana

December 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…

North-Eastern love for Krishna
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North-Eastern love for Krishna

December 19, 2019

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist When one speaks of Krishna, one usually speaks of North Indian traditions of Surdas and Mirabai, or South Indian traditions of Andal and the Alwars. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu dominates eastern traditions of Krishna, just as Vallabhacharya and Dyaneshwara dominate the Western traditions. But we rarely pay attention…

King of the Blink
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King of the Blink

December 12, 2019

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist If you travel to Lucknow, it is possible that you will pass a forest known by the name of Naimish-aranya, the forest of King Nimi, on the banks of the river Gomti. This forest is where the stories of the eighteen Mahapuranas, and the epics Mahabharata…

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…

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