Tag: Decoding Mythology

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…

Krishna, the wrestler
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Krishna, the wrestler

March 18, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist When you think wrestling, Krishna is not the first name that comes to mind. You think Hanuman whose saffron images grace the mud-pits of traditional Indian gymnasiums known as akharas. Young men in loincloth, coated with mustard or sesame oil, can be seen in these places…

God in Indian history
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God in Indian history

March 4, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist We don’t know if the idea of God existed in the cities of the Indus Valley over 5,000 years ago. The seals with their images and symbols do suggest an awareness of the idea of the sacred. Symbols found such as the bull, the elephant, the…

Fox with nine tails
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Fox with nine tails

February 18, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist In ancient China, the belief was that as the common red fox grew older, it would get supernatural powers. Its colour would change and its tails would multiply. Therefore, with the passage of time, an older fox would turn white and grow up to nine tails….

Religion in Prehistoric India
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Religion in Prehistoric India

February 11, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Humans domesticated fire around 3,00,000 years ago. We started using tools around that time. But, the human brain evolved to its current size roughly 2,00,000 years ago. We migrated out of Africa into India, 50,000 years ago. So, when do we find the earliest signs of…

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