Shiva Purana mentions the Sharabha Avatara. In a conversation between Nandishvara and Sanatkumara, Nandishvara describes the several Avatara of Lord Shiva. He tells the story of…Read more
Stories are an integral part of any religion. Stories can be fictional or real. None the less, they provide insights into the mind of civilization through the composer’s interpretation. Education and knowledge are vital in the growth of human intelligence. The science and the facts that we study are objective in nature and often boring. The reason being, facts are useful only for the people who use it practically. Not all facts are necessary for all people. But art, on the other hand, is a completely different story. The factors of subjectivity and relativity in a form of art make it useful for every individual. A gentle lady can find something of use in the story of a narcissist dictator. Or a sage can bring out a conclusion from the story of a thief. This beautiful nature of stories makes it a must-have instrument in the toolbox of life.
In Sanatana Dharma, stories are not only recreational or philosophical. Since the beginning of time, sages have documented the history of civilizations, in both, scientific, and an engaging way. The stories in Sanatana Dharma can be interpreted in more than one way. They are ideal for the literature writers of today; Provide deep insights in philosophy and psychology for the people seeking a deeper understanding of life and its meaning; They are also the first-hand documentation of histories that we could only speculate and guess otherwise.
“There is only one real knowledge: that which helps us to be free. Every other type of knowledge is amusement. – Vishnu Purana” – Leo Tolstoy
“The apparent multiplications of Gods is bewildering at the first glance, but you soon discover that they are the same God. There is always one uttermost God who defies personification. This makes Hinduism the most tolerant religion in the world, because it's one transcendent God includes all possible Gods.” – George Bernand Shaw
ॐ गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णु र्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः | गुरु साक्षात परब्रह्मा तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ||
Sanatana Dharma has invented a whole new method to study the universe. It defines matter in two ways: One with a logical interpretation (Sankhya), and the other in a behavioral matter (Uti and Vritti). Wise sages create adjectives (Sangya) for names. Also, they create anthropomorphic characters to provide a holistic approach to an event in time. The Puranic stories are sufficient in delivering history, art, science, sociology, and laws; Encrypted in an entertaining narrative. If a Brahman (teacher) reads them, it gives them the fruits of Tapa (austerity) and Yoga (insight). A Kshatriya (administrator), by reading them, will expand their rule’s canopy. If a Vaishya (trader) reads them, it will provide prosperity in this world and in the para-world. Finally, if a Shudra (service class) reads them, it generates faith and good Karma for them.
Stories of Hinduism are entertaining and mysterious. The more we delve into the density of knowledge, the more we are amused in failing to comprehend God's will. Here are a few of the many taken from the original resources of Purana, Mahabharata Ramayana, etc.