Tag: Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik

Guru of Gurus
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Guru of Gurus

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Datta, the son of Atri and Anasuya, is considered Adi Guru, the first teacher. He is visualised as under a banyan tree with a cow (who provides) and four dogs (who protect), while he enlightens. Who was his teacher? Nature, he replies. In the Avadhuta Gita,…

Atheist and secular mythologies
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Atheist and secular mythologies

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Many people believe that mythology ceased to be relevant after the arrival of science, and the resulting rise of atheism. A new tool arose to distinguish between truth and false narratives — measurement, not doctrine. Monotheistic religions staked sole claim to the truth in the 19th…

Ganesha – the God Who Rides Rats
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Ganesha – the God Who Rides Rats

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Rats evoke the feeling of disgust. There is something inherently dark, unclean and sinister about them. Think rats and you think garbage, gutter, plague and other diseases. Rats mean destruction of property. Pilferage. Filth. There is nothing adorable or desirable about a rat. So why is…

Icons for Vajranabhi
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Icons for Vajranabhi

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Vajranabhi, son of Aniruddha, grandson of Pradyumna, and great-grandson of Krishna, was king of Mathura and leader of the Yadava clan. He had heard a lot about Krishna, lovingly called Shyam, and so wondered how his illustrious ancestor actually looked. Sadly, no one he knew in…

The sage who hears silence
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The sage who hears silence

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist While in American families, one is encouraged to verbalise ‘I love you’, in most Indian families you don’t need such overt expressions to feel loved and included. Through silence, many things can be communicated: love, hatred, acceptance, rejection, suffering, understanding. The unmanifest (nirakar) is seen as…

How Sanskrit evolved in India
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How Sanskrit evolved in India

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist In extremist Christian America, evolution is a bad word. Children are taught Creationism, or Intelligent Design, which insists on the role of God in creating the world. Anyone who opposes them is aligned to the Devil. Likewise, in extremist Hindutva India, and extremist Hindutva America, Aryan…

The pea-brahmachari
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The pea-brahmachari

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist At the heart of the hysteria over the peacock’s tears is Hinduism’s great discomfort with sex. Ever since the British made fun of Hindus for being sexual, sensual and feminine, Hindus especially have been out to prove them wrong. And, this has led to bizarre, even…

The start date of my religion
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The start date of my religion

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Historians say that Islam started 1,400 years ago, with the rise of the Prophet Muhammad. However, Muslims will say that Islam started when Allah created the world and gave his laws to the first Prophet, Adam. Prophet Muhammad is the last of the long list of…

Dharma in the forest
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Dharma in the forest

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist In the beginning was the forest. Humans domesticated the forest to create culture, a space where they could feel secure. However, as societies around the world are becoming unsafe for immigrants, travellers, minorities, women and queer people, it is time to ask ourselves what is culture?…

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