Personification

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Just as we have a character and personality, so do insects. So do plants. So do animals.

Then what about planets, and what about atoms. Do they have a character and a personality? Just because we can’t hear their communication, doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t communicate with one another.

Imagine you were an ant. And u saw human beings in the garden. For one, you might not be able to see the entirety of that being. Second of all u might just hear noises. So loud so deafening, it wouldn’t sound as though words. And if the human dropped some food, it would be as though something large things dropped out of the sky.

My friend devdutt pattanaik has written many books on deciphering Hindu mythology.

He says, when the Buddhist movement happened in india, it spread like wild fire. So much that people moved away from the ancient traditions of Vedas.

In ancient india, Hinduism was not a religion but a way of life, and so they were not called Hindus. It was much much later and perhaps during the British period when the word Hindu name and word was largely coined.

So the people of the Vedas, decided to entice the people back to the Vedas from Buddhism, thru fascinating stories. What we call Hindu mythology.

Hindu mythology has many stories of wisdom and reflective stories. Something you reflect upon.

The stories can be split into Three. Stories involving humans. Stories involving gods interacting with humans. Stories involving gods interacting with other gods.

Devdutt shows how the stories involving gods interacting with other gods were stories related to nature interacting with it itself. At microscopic levels and macroscopic levels.

So they characterized these different elements of nature. And they even characterized emotions and thoughts.

Like for example, to characterize a sun, a child would draw rays and then a smile on the sun, showing a beautiful sunny day.

Similarly the aspect of creation was characterized by brahma. But just like any inventor or discoverer, brahma falls in love with himself and his creation, and sprouts a 5th head which is what he thinks of himself. A sort of an ego.

Now comes shiva, who characterizes destruction of pre conceived notions and ideas. Similar to going back to the drawing board. Or wiping the slate clean and starting a new.

So here shiva comes and cuts off the fifth head, so brahma becomes ego less once again.

And then you have Vishnu, who characterizes the preservation and the balancing act that nature does to preserve and to allow for life.

Another very interesting theme to brahma, that is very characteristically human, is that the world he creates he wants to dominate. But the world he creates, who is characterized by maya, does not dance to his tunes. And so brahma begins to chase maya and is always deluded by her.

Interesting knowledge about human psychology, brought to you by very colorful stories from the Hindu mythology.

As the prophet Mohammed said, “itlubu al ilma, wa law fisseen”

Seek knowledge, even if it is in china

And during the prophet Mohammed’s period the knowledge in china was not islamically filtered.

A beautiful verse “wa jaalnaakum shuooban wa kabaaila li taarafoo”

We put you in divisions and different tribes so that you may get to know one another.

A key to a peaceful existence is in trying to understand your neighbor from their perspective. Without judgement. And by reflection the neighbor would do the same with you.

Ahmed Salahuddin

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