Devdutt Pattanaik

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Castrated for God

    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'

    Sep 10, 2017, 06:17 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Balancing the Love Charger

    Many people believe that mythology ceased to be relevant after the arrival of science, and the resulting rise of atheism

    Sep 03, 2017, 06:57 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: The myth of Cultural Marxism

    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

    Aug 27, 2017, 06:13 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Chef Nala

    Once upon a time, there was a man who cooked so well that a woman decided to marry him

    Aug 20, 2017, 06:00 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Guru of gurus

    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

    Aug 13, 2017, 00:06 IST

Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Itihasa is not fantasy

    Itihasa is not fantasy; it is not history either at least not in Sanskrit

    Jun 04, 2017, 06:05 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Male verbs and female nouns

    In his speech at an industrial conclave, a very reputed and successful businessman said that an entrepreneur needs to know when to create like Brahma, when to sustain like Vishnu and when to destroy like Shiva

    May 28, 2017, 06:46 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Evangelism, Crusades, Inquisition

    Evangelism, Crusades and Inquisition are three terms that come to us from Christian history

    May 21, 2017, 06:34 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: From a name to an opinion

    A great way to engage in conversation with people is to ask them for the meaning of their name. For Indian names, at least, decoding these proper nouns unfolds a world of mythology and history and literature

    May 14, 2017, 06:05 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Eternal or progressing truths

    In universities around the world, there is an implicit acceptance of teleology, that human culture is moving from the primitive to the refined, from underdeveloped to developed, much like moving towards the Promised Land described in Abrahamic mythologies

    May 07, 2017, 06:06 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: The start date of my religion

    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

    Apr 30, 2017, 06:08 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: The Immortals

    In Hindu mythology, whenever an asura asks for immortality, Brahma tells them that they can have whatever they wish except that

    Apr 23, 2017, 06:03 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: The colour of Krishna's skin

    In the Sanskrit Valmiki's Ramayana, Hanuman describes Ram as 'shyama-varna', which means one of dark-complexion

    Apr 16, 2017, 05:50 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Dharma in the forest

    In the beginning was the forest. Humans domesticated the forest to create culture, a space where they could feel secure

    Apr 09, 2017, 06:05 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Imagining a nation's past

    Historians and sociologists do not like the word mythology. They prefer words invented by them: imaginary

    Apr 02, 2017, 06:08 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Who made God Perfect?

    I recently heard an Odia song where Lakshmi and Parvati tease each other by mocking each other's husbands. Lakshmi wonders about the health of Shiva's mount, Nandi, who she describes as an old weak bull. Parvati retorts by describing Vishnu as a cowherd who should know more about the health of cattle

    Mar 26, 2017, 06:48 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: What is the opposite of intellectual?

    Globally, we are seeing a wave against intellectuals, those whose rationality overthrew the priests of yore, who saw the world through a mathematical prism, and sought to create a fair and just society by redistribution of wealth and power, using logic

    Mar 19, 2017, 06:55 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Classifying Jati

    For thousands of years, Indians have followed the jati system. By this system, your birth determines your vocation, hence your status in society, and only members of your jati will share food (roti, in Hindi) with you and give their daughters (beti) to marry into your household

    Mar 12, 2017, 06:41 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: China's Buddhist Goddess

    Buddhism originated about 2,500 years ago in the Gangetic plains. It gradually spread across and beyond India. As it spread, it transformed dramatically, responding to history and geography. In China, a female Bodhisattva, Guanyin, came into being. This is her story

    Mar 05, 2017, 06:33 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: So many mothers, and tongues

    The devas were threatened, as usual, by the rise of yet another asura. This time it was Taraka, and he was exceptionally powerful. He had declared that only a six-day-old child could kill him.

    Feb 26, 2017, 06:55 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Revenge as nobility

    Before surrendering to the court, the general secretary of the AIADMK party, V K Sasikala visited the memorial of the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and struck her palm three times on Jayalalitha’s grave, an act of slamming that observers interpreted as a ritual act, based on ancient Tamil lore of kings, indicating a solemn oath to take revenge

    Feb 19, 2017, 07:24 IST

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