Decoding the Hindu trinity

Decoding the Hindu trinity

In Hindu mythology, there are three worlds, three goddesses and three gods. 

By Devdutt Pattanaik

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6 responses to “Decoding the Hindu trinity

  1. “Anyone who is serious about studying Hinduism needs to study the works of Wendy Doniger ….. …it is good scholarship” – Dev Patnaik

    I commented posting quotes by Shri Rajiv Malhotra, Shri Sankrant Sanu and Prof Michael Witzel exposing Wendy’s lack of scholarship, but the fellow refused to publish them.

    His ‘interpretation’ of trimurtis is travesty.

    He is doing to indian culture what Gandhi did to freedom struggle, hijacking using his mis-interpretations.

    That people like yourself and Rajeev Srinivasan fell for it is surprising.

    Perhaps an indicator of how many intelligent people of that time fell for Gandhi.

  2. Decoding is what is done in the Abrahamic Religions. Perhaps because they are vaguely aware that they have been hoodwinked, the believer is bidden to decode God’s hand or God’s Will in the external creation rather than in their own situation as colonial subjects. In fact, colonialism is an attribute of the heathens: the heathens have unrighteously usurped the Earthly Kingdom of God.

  3. Incognito, could you please repost your comments here.

    • The following was commented on Pattnaik’s interview of Doniger on 21 Nov 09. was scissored—–

      >>> “Anyone who is serious about studying Hinduism needs to study the works of Wendy Doniger ….. …it is good scholarship

      Shri Rajiv Malhotra uses chakra hermeneutics to analyse it thus-

      At the risk of oversimplification, I shall assume that the seven chakras may be grouped as follows:

      · Lowest: The lower three chakras correspond to basic animal instincts. The lowest, near the anus, is about security. Chakra 2, near the genitals, is about pleasure and reproduction. Chakra 3, near the navel is about power over others.

      · Middle: Chakras 4, 5 and 6 represent the positive human qualities, such as love, interconnection and bonding, altruistic vision, etc. In other words, these represent the higher qualities that all religions espouse. Behaviorism or any other strictly mechanistic worldview, being devoid of spirituality, might not recognize these, and would limit itself to the human needs and desires corresponding to the lowest chakras.

      · Highest: The crown chakra corresponds to nondualism and transcendence — moksha, nirvana, etc. Most Indic traditions culminate in such a state. For Abrahamic religions, the mainstream orthodox worldview denies any such possibility, but there are fringe minority views, of mystics who are considered heretic by their traditions, that are compatible with chakra 7. The rage against Hindu-Buddhist chakras by many scholars may be resulting from the tension between this heresy in their native traditions on the one hand, and their craving to want to appropriate Indic technologies of adhyatma-vidya on the other.

      Depending on where a given scholar’s mental state is located in this hierarchy of contexts, things will appear corresponding to the template of the corresponding chakra. This means that the same thing may be seen at many levels — which is exactly what Hinduism stresses.
      For instance, one may safely say that Wendy’s children mentioned above reside at the lowest two chakras, at least in their scholarship. Kripal is seeing Hinduism from the anal perspective (in keeping with his own homophobia, and insecurity about his Roma heritage), which is a valid view, but by no means the truth. It is just one perspective, and not the highest vantage point, and nor is it the place where one should remain stuck forever. Likewise, Doniger and Caldwell seem to oscillate between the anal chakra and the genital chakra. This is why their interest and depiction of Hinduism is what it is.
      ” – http://rajivmalhotra.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=30:risa-lila-1-wendys-child-syndrome&catid=20:american-education-reform&Itemid=26

      Harvard Professor Michael Witzel described wendy’s translations of rig veda, jaiminiya brahmana and manusmriti in these stark terms-
      lacking common sense’, ‘unreliable’, ‘idiosyncratic’ ,and “a stream of unconnected George-Bush-like anacoluths “.

      Shri Sankrant Sanu is more sober while discussing wendy’s article on Encarta, which was consequently removed and replaced with one by Prof Arvind Sharma- “While Prof. Doniger is certainly free to pursue her specific areas of interest and scholarship in Hinduism, we do not believe that her article represents the mainstream of Hindu thought in both the selection of content and its interpretation

      further discussed here- http://estheppan.wordpress.com/2009/10/24/mandhara-and-apes/

      The interview questions seems well thought out.

      Commenter a.b. succinctly above observes- ” Wendy, having prosistuted herself for wordly gain, cannot ever find any meaning
      That observation may also apply to everybody in this world who prostitutes their efforts and their lives for materialistic gains.

      dhanyavaad

      • Thanks,

        It is to be noticed that Rajiv Malhotra quite sensibly attributes “symbolism” or rather ‘teaching value’ to chakras and does not try to interpolate meaning or symbolism in the number of Deities. The latter is a monotheist obsession.

  4. Padmanabhan

    The opposite of word “shiv” is “vish”.So, the Shiv (mahesha) and Vishnu
    COMPLIMENTARY to each other .One represents transformation of energy to matter (CREATION OF UNIVERSE) ,other represents Destruction i.e. transformation of matter to energy.
    Brahma (god of creation actually originated from Vishnu ,who is sustainer) not much worshiped in Hinduism but worship of natural forces i.e.deities (gods and goddesses) are common in Hinduism.

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