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Illustrated Book on Hindu Mythology for Children – The Puffin Book of Magical Indian Myths

Written by Anita Nair and Illustrated by Atanu Roy, ‘The Puffin Book of Magical Indian Myths’ recounts 50 myths from the large treasure trove of stories associated with Hinduism and popular Indian folktales. The highlight of the book is the 100 odd colorful illustrations and is ideal for children in the age group of four to seven. Dasavatara, how the parijata tree came to earth, story of sage Vishwamitra, stories of Muruga and Balrama are some of the stories based on Hindu mythology. The Puffin Book of Magical Indian Myths is priced at Rs 499 and is published in India by the Penguin books.

Shri Krishna on Sthitaprajna or Ideal Human Being in Bhagavad Gita

Shri Krishna’s ideal human being is Sthitaprajna. Prajna is mind, intellect, wisdom. Sthita means stable. Sthitaprajna is a person whose mind has stabilized. Whether he has faith in the divine is immaterial, as long as he is in a state of equilibrium while facing the ups and downs of life.

Shri Krishna’s Sthitaprajna is not a religious person engaged in rituals. In this state you do experience life but remain unmoved by it because your mental faculties are always in a state of equilibrium. You can even be an atheist.
The Gita describes such a person as shruti-vipratipanna (Bhagavad Gita chapter 2:53). According to one translation it means a person ‘bewildered by a variety of revealed truths.’ It may mean false opinions you form through the shrutis, even the Vedas.

Krishna moves away from rites prescribed by the Vedas. Krishna says ‘Throw away religious cultism’ (Gita 18:66). What he means is that one should refrain from religious bigotry that leads to blind zeal, clouding mental facultie…

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