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2019-02-08T11:07:46+05:30

If we mix philosophy, theology, poetry, astrology, astronomy, metaphysics, applied sciences, meditation, yoga, and everything else from the branches of knowledge, in a blender, will a wormhole appear to teleport us into a time or place when/where we and the things around us, or known to us, were created? If that is too much of a task, we recommend reading the Puranas, Hinduism’s oldest religious text. Not an easy task either. The Puranas are 18 volumes with more than four lakh shlokas, and all in Sanskrit—the language of our ancestors and the sages, which only a few can speak and read today and only a handful have the mastery to translate. Bibek Debroy is one such master translator, who wears the twin title of economist and Sanskrit scholar, doing equal justice to both. After translating the Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita, Harivamsha, and Valmiki Ramayana, he picked The Bhagavata Purana, the most popular and philosophical of the Puranas which deal with the exi­stential question of creation that has befuddled humans since millennia. The answer is in the...

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