Animals in Indian Mythology may not be Conveying some religious lesson. They in fact be conveying a lesson which you can use in your real materialistic Life.
Devdutt Pattanaik, a management Guru and Kishore Biyani led Future Group’s former CBO (Chief Belief Officer) is back with a new book — Pashu : Animal Tales from Hindu Mythology. The book once again belongs to the Hindu Mythology genre. An essentially good thing as Devdutt Pattanaik is a master of Indian mythology. The mastery is quite specific. He tries to unearth the deeper non-religious meanings of mythological stories, texts and occurrences. The objective is to derive lessons for today’s business managers, entrepreneurs and anyone eager to succeed. Mr. Pattanaik is already a popular name for Indian executives. Apart from books, you can check out his lessons for Indian executives by watching his Business Sutra Series (Series 1, and Series 2 in DVD).
Coming back to the book, Devdutt Pattanaik’s new book is a probe into some of the most popular animal stories in Hindu mythology. For instance, what does it mean to have a Tortoise balance Earth on its back? What does it mean when a fish saves the world? Or what does it mean when a horse flies across the sky? Or a king discovers that his beloved wife is a frog in real.
Animals in Indian Mythology offer more lessons than we can think of
Hindu mythology is full of tales in which animals play important roles. For instance, the creator in the trinity, Vishnu, is seen half human and half fish in one of his Avataras (Reincarnations). It may be that the very reincarnation is teaching us about the need of adaptability in our day-to-day lives. Or what is the meaning of Shiva transforming himself to a male Boar (Varah)? It may be possible that through a mythological story, the story teller wanted us to remain grounded.
Hindu mythology has stories involving an array of animals — deer, garuda in Ramayan, nagas, mongoose and a giant human ape in Mahabharata and so on. Indian mythology is replete with humans transforming into animals or reincarnating as one. So what do these animals in Indian Mythology Convey?
Are they just a vehicles in the big grand dramas enacted by the Celestial beings? Or are there any Real life lessons being taught through the use of animals in Indian Mythology.
It may be the objective as well. Take for instance the half human half elephant God Ganesha. In his book on developing a life long Good Luck, author Ashwin Sanghi, has to say this about the portrayal of Lakshmi, Saraswati and Ganesha in the same picture frame. According to Sanghi, and I quote — “Lakshmi (Wealth) without Saraswati (Knowledge) is always aproblem. Ganesha, the ultimate symbol of good luck to happen”.
The book will be interesting. I’ve read previous books by Pattanaik. Although, we will review this book for you.