A Decoding Of Hindu Mythology, Hindus Have One God They Also Have Million Gods Male Gods, Female Gods, Personal Gods, Family Gods, Household Gods, Village Gods, Gods Of Space And Time, Gods For Specific Castes And Particular Professions, Gods Who Reside In Trees, In Animals, In Minerals, In Geometrical Patterns And In Man Made Objects Then There Are A Whole Host Of Demons But No Devil In This Groundbreaking Book Dr Devdutt Pattanaik, One Of India S Most Popular Mythologists, Seeks An Answer To These Apparent Paradoxes And Unravels An Inherited Truth About Life And Death, Nature And Culture, Perfection And Possibility He Retells Sacred Hindu Stories And Decodes Hindu Symbols And Rituals, Using A Unique Style Of Commentary, Illustrations And Diagrams We Discover Why The Villainous Kauravas Went To Heaven And The Virtuous Pandavas All Except Yudhishtira Were Sent To Hell Why Rama Despite Abandoning The Innocent Sita Remains The Model King Why The Blood Drinking Kali Is Another Form Of The Milk Giving Gauri And Why Shiva Wrenched Off The Fifth Head Of Brahma Constructed Over Generations, Hindu Myths Serve As Windows To The Soul, And Provide An Understanding Of The World Around Us The Aim Is Not To Outgrow Myth, But To Be Enriched And Empowered By Its Ancient, Potent And Still Relevant Language The Hindu cosmos is a confused space Stories often contradict, conventional reasoning is absurd and characters are convoluted Devdutt Patnaik makes sense out of this imbroglio rather dextrously in Myth Mithya.For experts of Hinduism studies, the book is perhaps a superficial treatment of the expansive subject But for someone who got her mythology download from Amar Chitra Katha, this book offers lucid insights into Hindu mythology.At times the logical conclusions seem to be over stretched Yet Myth Mithya doesn t judge It interprets An interpretation that is unapologetic and unbiased Next on the shelf, Jaya. This is a summarized version of popular Hindu Mythology I have heard most of the stories that are presented in this book, but earlier I didn t know the context behind these stories.This book clarifies most of my doubts and gave me the unique way of the seeing the Popular beliefs of Hindu s and how these beliefs are associated with mythologies or how various things comes in to practice This book could be stretched , so we could have a much broader view on these mythologies, however, it s a good book and you will definitely add something in the pond of your knowledge. There are not enough words to describe the book s effect on me after I had finished reading it.Mr Pattanaik does not only tell stories and give analysis, but also makes one introspect and internalize what is being said.He makes the mythology sound not just deep, but interesting and enjoyable Being a mythology enthusiast from the time I had baby tooth, I always tried to find good books and information that could expand my knowledge But most materials I read were either had to complex literature or were very haphazard Devdutt Pattanaik, through this book, by not only give it a very structured look but also helps in deciphering in his own way the contents of ancient wisdom through mythology.I would suggest everyone, Indian or not, to read this as it gives a sneak at the questions of life that we ask or need to ask ourselves. Covers a lot of stories in Indian myths, but I felt I would have liked not just the gist of the stories, but details would have been better This was like a list of the stories associated with the Gods Because of the content it felt longer than the supposed 200 pages. We All are in the Myth Mithya Worldbecause in us The Gods and The Goddesses Why didn t i had it Before on my TBR PileI liked this book so much it is so inevitable goshand the 3 Parts description is the Nicest part everThe Brahma and The SaraswatiThe Vishnu and The LakshmiThe Shiva and The Shaktithe perspective of humans so neatly described and in so simply and going to the to grab some books from the Same AuthorTake it As Easy as you can it Really is Just not A coffee table Book But so Much Important for every Human. Most Indians, me included, do not have a good knowledge of Hindu myths We often have a poor understanding of how they influence our thoughts and feelings We tend to take our beliefs and customs as something stemming from the Hindu religious doctrines but in reality, often they come derived from our myths and mythology In this context, it is useful to quote the author of this book as he explains the concept of Myth in the introduction He says.Myth is essentially a cultural construct, a common understanding of the world that binds individuals and communities together This understanding may be religious or secular Ideas such as rebirth, heaven and hell, angels and demons, fate and freewill, sin, Satan and salvation are religious myths Ideas such as sovereignty, nation state, human rights, women s rights, animal rights and gay rights are secular myths Religious or Secular, all myths make profound sense to one group of peopleFrom myth come beliefs, from mythology customs This book explores primarily Hindu mythology associated with the Trinity of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma It recounts many of the tales from mythology and discusses the truth behind the myths At times, the truth is about Life and Death, at times Nature and Culture and at times about the Ideal and the Possible I found it an useful book, clarifying many aspects of the mythological stories that I know from childhood It provides one possible interpretation to the idea behind the tales The author is non judgmental and he implies clearly that these truths of Hindus is neither superior nor inferior to other truths, including scientific ones They are simply yet another understanding of human life In this respect, the author upholds the best philosophical traditions of India.Though I am irreligious and atheistic in belief, I wanted to learn precisely aspects of my culture and tradition This book helped me learn a number of things, many of them rather fundamental For example, I didn t know that in the Hindu view, the Gods like Vishnu resided above and beyond the three worlds of Swarga, Bhuloka and Patala I would think that the popular notion is that the Gods lived in Swarga I learnt the difference between the Tantric and Vedic approaches to self realization In Tantra, the world is experienced to the fullest, shattering all cultural norms and restrictions and judgments In the Vedic approach, self realization is achieved by detached adherence to cultural values, judgments, social roles and ritual conduct From a psychological perspective, I found it interesting when the author invokes the story of Yayati to show the roots of the Indian psyche wherein the younger generation is praised for sacrificing its happiness to satisfy the demands of the older generation Many of us in India would relate to this very well.The other point that I found illuminating is the discourse on Desire According to the Vedas, before all things , came Desire It is desire which caused the restlessness which led to creation It is desire which links possibilities to fruition Without desire , there is no action Without action, nothing exists This is in sharp contrast to Buddhism, where Desire is considered the root cause of all sorrow and unhappiness on Earth.On Creation, Dr Patnaik says, according to the Vedas, God does not create this world He simply made all creatures aware of it Awareness leads to discovery and discovery is creation.all existence is a manifestation of the Divine and hence there is no room for Evil in the Hindu view Overall, I found it an interesting book from which I learnt things precisely than before For believers in Hindu religion as well as others who are just interested in the subject, this book can be a good reference. ok okactually lots of these infos were known to me because am kind of mythology and lore freak and secondly I have read his other books like..Jaya and 7 secrets box set Shiva, Vishnu and Hindu calendar art which, as per my opinion were way far well written specially Jaya than this one but those who have not read his other books like I said before they can read this and enjoy the hidden meanings of Hindu mythologies and rituals This book could be a condensed doctorate paper on possible meanings in Hindusism as explained in puranas Or, it could be a quick and dirty replacement for Amar Chitra Katha for the grown ups or those who are trying to grow up I enjoyed the book as both.Devdutt s Myth Mithya is a simple read with not so simple content The book explores the metaphysical and psychological elements hidden away in Puranas, presented with modern sensibilities, packaged in an attractive manner The disclaimers that were unintentionally put like every culture tries to survive by questioning the practices of other cultures made for a careful author Having said that, the book has been bold in expressing ideas that might be tough to digest especially in a sensitive country The three sections centred on Origin, Culture social and Yogic intenral give a lot to think about if you are having an open mind Otherwise, it tells you a lot of stories, some known some unknown on Hinduism This is a book that is not for heart but for the brain Because faith comes from believing without questioning and logic from questioning I am also glad since this has been a book on my shelf for 3 years, especially since it was autographed and all Firstly,thanks to my friend and colleague,Swati for gifting me this book.This is a book about Hinduism and the book basically decodes stories from Hindu mythology and explains them in today s context.Its beautifully written and in my opinion Dr.Pattanaik is one of the best mythologist ever.Explaining the content will be difficult to someone who doesn t have an idea about Oriental religions and customs and this book is only for those interested in Hinduism.Thus,I am closing with a blank review.
Dr Devdutt Pattanaik born December 11, 1970 is an Indian physician turned leadership consultant, mythologist and author whose works focus largely on the areas of myth, mythology, and also management He has written a number of books related to Hindu mythology, including Myth Mithya A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, a novel, The Pregnant King, and Jaya An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharat
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- Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology
- Devdutt Pattanaik
- 22 January 2019 Devdutt Pattanaik