Tag: Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik

Castrated for God
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Castrated for God

October 5, 2017

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist In a Guru’s Ashram, I saw a young, beautiful girl who had completely stripped herself of her gender and sexuality: shaven hair, ash on her face, baggy clothes, bare feet, and complete subservience to her Guru, who she referred to as ‘master’. The men were similarly…

Balancing the Love Charger
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Balancing the Love Charger

September 14, 2017

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist When you go to someone’s house, we expect to be served water. But today, more than water, we expect to be offered a phone charger. So imagine when someone comes up with a phrase ‘Love charger.’ You cannot help but be impressed by the pop innovation….

The Myth of Cultural Marxism
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The Myth of Cultural Marxism

September 7, 2017

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Right now, in the United States of America, something terrifying is happening. A whole bunch of aggressive violent white men have publicly marched in the city of Charlottesville for White Supremacy. They embody the visible tip of a deeper rage that festers across many parts of…

Chef Nala
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Chef Nala

August 31, 2017

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Once upon a time, there was a man who cooked so well that a woman decided to marry him. And when he ran away, taking up a job as a cook, she tracked him down by the flavours he conjured up in his master’s kitchen. His…

Guru of Gurus
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Guru of Gurus

August 17, 2017

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

August 10, 2017

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

August 3, 2017

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

July 27, 2017

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

July 20, 2017

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

July 13, 2017

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…

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