A Few Words from the Author

I shall take you to another world?the world of enlightenment and amusement.
I feel that enlightenment and amusement are the obverse and reverse of the
same coin. In these volumes, I have related some stories from the Puranas,
our ancient Indian texts.<br>
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The Puranas are traditional stories and teachings based on the spiritual
philosophy of the Vedas and the Upanishads. There are eighteen Puranas. Their
author was the great sage Vyasa who also dictated the Mahabharata. Millions
and billions of people have heard these inspiring and thought-provoking stories,
anecdotes and parables. They deal mostly with the cosmic gods and goddesses.
Quite a few stories show how the gods and goddesses used to curse each other
in the twinkling of an eye. Other stories, especially stories about Brahma,
Vishnu and Shiva, reveal their struggle for supremacy.<br>
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The major difference between the Vedas and the Puranas is that the Vedic
gods represent the cosmic attributes of the One, while the Puranic gods represent
His human attributes.<br>
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The Puranas present Hinduism in an easy, interesting, charming and convincing
manner. They contain none of the esoteric or philosophical content of the
older sacred works, the Vedas and the Upanishads. These stories are funnier
than the funniest. We get tremendous joy from them. Then again, there are
scholars who will be able to give elaborate explanations. From these explanations,
which are created by the reasoning mind, we will never get any joy. There
is joy in reading the stories, joy in hearing them, but no joy in entering
into philosophical discourse. Let the philosophers and historians play their
role in their own way; we are not interested.<br>
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These stories from the Puranas are not for the mind to understand but for
the heart to enjoy.<br>
<br>
Sri Chinmoy&nbsp;