Tag: Decoding Mythology

Unspoken language of village Gods
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Unspoken language of village Gods

June 17, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist If you want to understand the village Gods of India, you must understand what defines a living creature. The fundamental difference between a living creature and a non-living creature is that a living creature seeks food. Plants seek food, animals seek food, humans seek food. In…

Vikramaditya’s Throne
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Vikramaditya’s Throne

June 10, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist About a thousand years ago, a collection of Sanskrit tales, known as ‘32 tales of the throne’, came into being to draw attention to the qualities of a good king. In the narrative, king Bhoja finds the throne of legendary king Vikramaditya but every time he…

Where do Rishis come from?
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Where do Rishis come from?

June 3, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Many believe Rishis are special beings, who have access to special mantras. They understand the vibrations of the universe. They communicate these mantras through words, chants and hymns of Vedas. They play a very important role in Vedic literature. They can summon the Gods; they can…

Lakshmi’s Purana
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Lakshmi’s Purana

May 27, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist We often assume that a Purana is a Sanskrit text that is known across India. That is not true. Take, for example, the Lakshmi Purana, which Balaram Das wrote in Oriya in the 15th century. It speaks of an event that took place in Puri, where…

The tantrik sow-Goddess
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The tantrik sow-Goddess

May 20, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist We have heard the story of how Vishnu takes the form of a wild boar, plunges into the waters, defeats an asura and raises the earth-Goddess on his snout and brings her back to the surface of the sea. This is Varaha, whose images adorn many…

How Brahma Lost His Position
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How Brahma Lost His Position

May 13, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist In Vedic times, 3,000 years ago, Brahma referred to ‘brahman’, the impersonal divine energy linked to consciousness, spirit and meaning. Gradually, in Puranic times, 2,000 years ago, the idea of a God named Brahma emerged. This God created all life and established codes of civilised conduct,…

The Nymph & the Hermit
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The Nymph & the Hermit

May 6, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist To be or not to be celibate is an important concept that emerged in India, and, although it is attributed to Buddha, it is perhaps an older concept that existed even during the Vedic times, when there is reference to narcotic-drinking hermits, who stayed away from…

Connecting with Yoga
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Connecting with Yoga

April 15, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist The word yoga comes to us from the Vedic period. It basically referred to connecting the cart to the horse or the cart to the ox, ergo, it is about connecting two things. The simplest meaning of yoga is a connection, or more specifically, alignment between…

Dharma Hormones & Happiness ?
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Dharma Hormones & Happiness ?

April 1, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist How do you validate human existence? Ancient Hindu scriptures say there are four pillars to this: Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha. Dharma is about the responsibility to society at large. Artha is about achievement and success. Kama is about intimacy, about sensual and sexual pleasures. Moksha is…

Krishna & the Eloping Women
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Krishna & the Eloping Women

March 25, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist We live in times where many people cannot handle the idea of adult women choosing their own husbands. Perhaps it is time to revisit the eloping women in sacred Krishna lore. Krishna is famous for playing the flute at night. On hearing this, the milkmaids of…

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