By Devdutt Pattanaik
Ganesha has turn into some of the most well known deities of Hinduim within the twenty first century.He is known everywhere.With an elephant-head,a plump physique and a potbelly he turns into a adorable and cuddly deity evoking feelings of significant affection. Hidden underneath this very available shape is knowledge which can make us higher human beings.This ebook by means of India's most efficient mythologist,Dr.Devdutt Pattanaik,is an try and spread that knowledge locked in a number of stories,symbols and rituals.
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The ‘freed* according to these systems indeed are bound selves, no more free from pasa and therefore no less in need of inculcation from the higher reaches of knowledge. This reorientation of the concepts of God, man and the world distinguishes the genera of philosophical Saivism which accepts the category of mala from the aforementioned groups of philosophy. 41 On the philosophical side this expresses itself in a clear-cut distinc tion between pati, paiu and pasa. i2 Pati is the Transcendent Spirit that is at the same time immanent in the conditions of finite life and existence constitutive of man’s bondage.
What can also be mine cannot be me or I. The se mantic superfluity of ‘mine’ in addition to ‘me’ as when we say ‘my body’ is evidence of the unplausibility of equating ‘self’ with embodied existence. The semantic situation also after all reflects a kind of pre sumptive evidence, at least in a negative way. Similarly, consciousness and cognitions—the psychical series are not distinguished on the ground that they are absolutely indivisible in ex perience by the Buddhist. If subjective existence is but a series only of a cognition, that is, ‘self-less’, how is recognition possible ?
The ‘accomplished’ character of Šaiva Siddhànta, therefore, follows from acceptance of the criterion of experience—Value Experience. The reliable testimony embodying this Experience is Siddhànta par excel lence, No other authority can lay claim to our credence than the value of Truth itself (siddhànta) and its self-revelation in intuitive Experience. Formative Factors of šaiva Siddhànta1 Šaiva Siddhànta’s claim to universality and absoluteness for itself rests upon a conception of knowing which underlies its approach to the question of revelation.
99 Thoughts On Ganesha: Stories, Symbols and Rituals of India's Beloved Elephant-Headed Deity by Devdutt Pattanaik