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Janmashtami and Lessons learned from Lord Krishna

Today is Janmashtami and as most of you must be aware, it is the birth celebrations of one of the rockstar deities of the pantheon of Hindu Gods aka Lord Krishna.

Krishna is a fascinating figure and adored and reviled (for apparently playing politics during the Great War) in equal measure.

It would be naive to think one can understand him in just one reading of his life and his exploits  but there are always lessons one can learn from the reading.

Come over to Mumbai Mom where my post, ‘Lord Krishna: 5 unsurprising reasons why he’s my idol’ is published.

A small excerpt is given below:

Dairy product junkie. Lover par excellence. Management guru. Aka Lord Krishna.

Why does Krishna ignite our imagination? Among the supposedly 33crore Hindu gods, Krishna has staked his claim as the rockstar of Hindu deitydom. Almost like a Global Idol.

Born in dire circumstances. Saved from sure death by being substituted with Ma Durga (in baby form) at birth.  Naughty child. The imparter of the ultimate spiritual wisdom.  His entire life is full of surprising lessons which we can imbibe to improve our own lives.

Dairy product junkie:

Young Krishna was a handful. Read the rest here.




Tornado Giveaway 2 Presents Book 12: JAYA: AN ILLUSTRATED RETELLING OF THE MAHABHARATA by Devdutt Pattanaik



Author: DevduttPattanaik

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The Story :

High above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, abode of the gods. Still above is Vaikuntha, heaven, abode of God.
The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Yijaya, both whose names mean ‘victory’. One keeps you in Swarga; the other raises you into Vaikuntha.
In Vaikuntha there is bliss forever, in Swarga there is please for only as long as you deserve. What is the difference between Jaya and Vijaya? Solve this puzzle and you will solve the mystery of the Mahabharata.
In this enthralling retelling of India’s greatest epic, the Mahabharata originally known as Jaya, DevduttPattanaik seamlessly weaves into a single narrative plots from the Sanskirt classic as well as its many folk and regional varians, including the Pandavani of Chattisgarth, Gondhal of Maharastra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nade and Yakshagana of Karnataka.
Richly illustrated with over 250 line drawings by the author, the 108 chapters abound with little-known details such as the names of the hundred Kauravas, the worship of Draupadi as a goddess in Tamil Nadu, the stories of Astika, Madhavi, Jaimini, Aravan and Barbareek, the Mahabharata version of the Shakuntalam and the Ramayana, and the dating of the war based on astronomical data.
With clarity and simplicity, the tales in this elegant volume reveal the eternal relevance of the Mahabharata, the complex and disturbing meditation on the human condition that has shaped Indian thought for over 3000 years.
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About The Author 


Dr. DevduttPattanaik (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 Mahabharata (2010).He is the Chief Belief Officer of Future Group, one of India’s largest retailers, bringing the wisdom of Indian mythology into Indian business, especifically in human resource management. He also writes a column for the newspaper MID DAY.

He has also written a novel based on a tale from the Mahabharata titled ‘The Pregnant King’ published by Penguin Books India.

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