‘Puraanam’ is Mythology. ‘Puraa api navam iti Puraanam.’ Mythology, though ancient and fictitious, is modern and true.
Myth is fiction and Truth is fact. Myth cannot be built without truth. Truth cannot be colourful and enticing without myth and fiction. Mythology is meant to present truth picturesquely, beautifully and interestingly. Truth requires the magnifying lens of colourful imagination and fiction to make it magnificent and mighty, enchantingly beautiful. kamadhenu is a mythological wish-fulilling cow-a wonderful combination of bird’s wings, cow’s body and girl’s beautiful face. In mythology, facts are collected and judiciously combined to present truth. Readers are to enjoy the taste of fiction and benefit by the nutritive calories of truth.
An attempt is made in this book to bring out Truth without marring the beauty of the myth.
Dr. K Subrahmanyam (also known as Siddhanta Thulasi) is presently the Pro Vice Chancellor, Sri Vivekananda Yoga University, Bangalore. He is the Ex-Principal of National Defence Academy, Pune and Retired Principal of Vivekananda Gurukulam College, Madurai Second son of Smt Thlasi and Sri Shastri, he was born on 16.8.1942 at Siddhantam in Andhra Pradesh.
An ardent admirer of Swami Vivekananda, he has written two books on Swamiji: 1) Vibhuti Vivekananda (English, Tamil and Telugu) and 2) Vivekananda, the Man of Letters (English).
‘Gita Darshan’, a Sri Ramakrishna Mutt publication, was written by him. In his book ‘Sri Rama and Sri Krishna as Sri Ramakrishna’ parallels in the lives of the three gods have been very well presented. A disciple of Swami Chidbhavananda, he has translated Swamiji’s commentary on the Gita into Telugu and has written a book on him: ‘Tapovana Tapasvi’. A lover and exponent of the epics, he has written two books on Hanuman (English, Tamil and German) and Bhishma (English).
An architect of Value Education, he has written three books o it: 1) For Propriety of Mind.
His commentary on the Bhaja Govindam (English) and relevance and symbolic significance of Avatars (English) have been published by Ramakrishna Tapovanam. His ‘Sadhana Deepika’ (Seven Steps to Self-Realisation) is a guide to spiritual aspirants. A devotee, his poems ‘Flowers of Truth’ and ‘A Spray of Mystic Melody’ are collections of his devotional expressions. A thinker and researcher, his articles (more than 200) have been published in magazines like ‘Vedanta kesari’ and ‘Triveni’. A good speaker he has delivered lectures on a number of topics in various radio and TV programmes. He is in demand to inspire the youth in human values and the general public in spiritual life through antaryogams (spiritual retreats).
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