Learning to transform

The Samundar manthan (Churning of the Ocean) story is a very well known one. I had many years back written an interpretation of the same from the perspective of a Spiritual aspirant. But like all stories of traditional wisdom there are alternative interpretations and not merely from the spiritual perspective but also many other. The Leela of Kanhaiya(story of Krishna) can be a lesson on child psychology as well as advice on pediatric health & nutrition. It has in it references to and examines attitudes towards surrogacy and parenting that are relevant even in the current times. Recently at an event by the NGO Bharat Nirman, I had the privilege of sharing my views on how traditional wisdom can support corporate growth and can be decoded in a manner that it adds value to our current understanding of life. I did also receive a Build India Award for Art at the event, but that’s another story! About the stories in Hinduism it is said that each one can be understood upto as many as seven levels. The stories are presented in larger than life colourful characters that fascinate and remain in our minds when we hear them as kids. The drama and fantastic powers of the characters inspire our childhood and remain in our hearts even as adults. As our understanding becomes more subtle and evolved, they reveal to...

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