“With infinite myths lies an eternal truth who knows it all?? Varuna has but a thousand eyes Indra, a hundred You and I, only two.” ~ Devdutt Pattanaik
I came across this quote in of the famous books by Devdutt Pattanaik that is “The Boys Who Fought” the Mahabharata For Children, not particularly for children it can be read by adults as well, and I would definately suggest this book for adults Becoz of perspective!!
Amidst the innumerable and countless stories that surround everything, the things told to us by people around us, the myths and the stories about our religions and cultures that we have grown up with, we tend to believe them so often that it creates a mental picture of PANDAVAS being good and KAURAVAS being bad!!! But who is GOOD OR BAD??
Now think, do we really know everything? Have we read everything? Have we seen everything? Can we comprehend everything?
7 billion people, 7 billion thoughts. Have we heard everyone? NO the answer is NO……
I loved the book because of:-
I love the way he connects science and faith to religion.
I love the way he understands and preaches modern religious practices.
I love the way he makes Indian History aka mythology interesting and lucid to read
well the basic idea that lies in his book is the interpretation of his modern thoughts and it suggests that one should be open to different persective, but how the answer lies ahead:-
- HAVE AN OPINION:- Human beings have special powers when they express their thoughts and views and that special power is “OPINION” It is pratically impossible to have opinions on everything but it does’nt sound bad if we have opinion on most of the things in our life!! In a democratic society, all opinions are valuable. Sometimes, one person’s opinion could change another person’s understanding. Opinions can be good or bad, but it’s the thought that we all have different tastes and likes that make us who we are as humans. It was Devdutt Pattanaik’s opinion to provide us with illustrative view about DHARMA AND ADHARMA!! It is possible that his opinions are subject to critism but atleast they are his own and there are some people agreeing to that as well.
- PUT YOURSELF IN THEIR SHOES:- To imagine oneself in the situation or circumstances of another person, so as to understand or empathize with their perspective, opinion, or point of view. we humans have a tendency to certify a person as GOOD OR BAD according to his actions in a particular situation,Have we ever questioned ourself that had we been in a similar situation then?? Watching a situation from other’s person point of view also makes us strong enough to know that no one is perfect and that no single person will be like us, we are all different, we all have different thoughts and personality. imagine what would you have done had you been in ravana place when Lakshman cut off the nose of ravana’s sister Surpanakha? Do give your thoughts in the comment section below.
- सुनो सबकी करो अपनी:- Listen to people but obey your conscience Is’nt it true to listen to people’s view, thoughts and experiences but to obey your own heart and mind and take the right decision. At times, such a crowd of advisers is gathered that it is difficult to decide anything. In this type of situation, you should listen to everyone but the power to decide should be in your own hands only!! it was Devdutt Pattanaik’s way of providing illustrations, there might be people who would have critised him but he was strong enough to give his views.
CONCLUSION:- When Yudhishtira asked the gods about his brothers, kauravas in swarga, he was upset as he pointed out the imperfections in his brothers and even Draupadi!!
I would highly recommend this book for all the generations!!
Hope you liked the way I presented my views on the topic HOW TO HAVE A PERSPECTIVE, give your thoughts in the comments below, till then this is Mehak signing off!!