By Devdutt Pattanaik
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2006
A deciphering of Hindu mythology Hindus have one God. additionally they have 330 million gods: male gods; lady gods; own gods; kin gods; loved ones gods; village gods; gods of area and time; gods for particular castes and specific professions; gods who stay in bushes; in animals; in minerals; in geometrical styles and in man-made gadgets. Then there are an entire host of demons. yet no satan.
In this groundbreaking ebook Dr Devdutt Pattanaik; one in every of India's most well-liked mythologists; seeks a solution to those obvious paradoxes and unravels an inherited fact approximately lifestyles and dying; nature and tradition; perfection and danger. He retells sacred Hindu tales and decodes Hindu symbols and rituals; utilizing a different variety of remark; illustrations and diagrams. we find why the villainous Kauravas went to heaven and the virtuous Pandavas (all other than Yudhishtira) have been despatched to hell; why Rama regardless of forsaking the blameless Sita continues to be the version king; why the blood-drinking Kali is one other kind of the milk-giving Gauri; and why Shiva wrenched off the 5th head of Brahma.
Constructed over generations; Hindu myths function home windows to the soul; and supply an knowing of the area round us. the purpose isn't really to outgrow fantasy; yet to be enriched and empowered through its historical; effective and nonetheless proper language.
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It vows never to sin, never to indulge the senses, though released from the restrictions of self-control. A hole is made in self-control; there is a channel for the partially controlled mind to flow out towards the sense-objects. The vicious mind first makes a good meal of the little Viveka that has dawned in the Sadhaka, before it enjoys the sense-objects. Then while escaping—and the natural vicious force of the mind is redoubled now, on account of the starvation of the senses, and the repression of the desires—the vicious mind goes headlong and kills the Sadhaka.
The man went away with the two rupees. The next beggar went to the millionaire and said: “Maharaj! I have not taken a square meal for the past ten days. ” asked the millionaire. “Whatever you give me, Maharaj,” replied the beggar. “Here, take this ten rupee note. ” The beggar walked away with the ten rupee note. The third beggar came. “Maharaj, I have heard about your noble qualities. Therefore, I have come to have your Darshan. Men of such charitable disposition are verily the manifestations of God on earth,” he said.
What more need I get from you? You have already shown extraordinary kindness towards me. ” But the millionaire, struck by the beggar’s spirit, begged of the beggar to remain with him, built a decent house for him in his own compound, and looked after him for the rest of his life. God is like this good millionaire. Three classes of people approach Him, with three different desires and prayers. There is the greedy man full of vanity, full of arrogance, full of desires. He demands the objects of worldly enjoyment from God.
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