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I am united, and

I am old, like a wine

I am popular now, east to west, but

I am misunderstood

I am known in several forms/names, but

I am inclusive of many of them

I am given a day, but

I am good for a life time

I am present now, and

I am alive now

I am here to help you, so that

I am to be attained by you

Since no one has answered it, I am adding couple of hints

I am employed in many fields now

I am of Sanskrit origin

What am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ Accepts the downvotes. But prey tell me the reason. :) $\endgroup$ – Krishnabhadra Aug 11 '16 at 11:14
  • $\begingroup$ I've downvoted this question because I think it follows a pattern that doesn't lend itself very well to high-interest riddles - primarily, it relies solely on recognizing an object by a few aspects of it that have been alluded to in individual lines. Riddles of this type tend to be straightforward to solve by recognition and prior knowledge alone, rather than pushing the reader for metaphorical reasoning. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Aug 12 '16 at 4:10
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi Overload :), I think you are referring to this, correct? $\endgroup$ – Krishnabhadra Aug 12 '16 at 4:21
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    $\begingroup$ Yes: riddles usually need to have some sort of metaphor or wordplay to be good. Riddles that just list characteristics of an object or person are boring, and maybe not even riddles at all! $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Aug 12 '16 at 4:24
  • $\begingroup$ I wonder how likely is that the answer will be lost in translation. $\endgroup$ – rhsquared Aug 12 '16 at 11:34
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Answer is

Yoga(asanas)

because

I am united, and

yoga means "to add", "to join", "to unite", or "to attach" in its most common literal sense.

I am old, like a wine

Yoga is an incredible gift of India's ancient tradition. This tradition is about 5000 years old and yes its getting better with time as wine.

I am popular now, east to west, but

Yeah, Its very much popular in world.

I am misunderstood

There have been incorrect beliefs about yoga

I am known in several forms/names, but

So many names of yoga.

I am given a day,

21 June international yoga day.

I am good for a life time

Good to do it everyday.

I am present now.

Yoga is still present.

I am alive now

Yoga is alive in many forms.

I am here to help you, so that

Yoga is always available to help us to solve our health issues and to keep our body fit.

I am to be attained by you

Yoga is always there be attained by you, you can do it whenever you want.

I am of Sanskrit origin

Yoga Sanskrit origin

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    $\begingroup$ You got it. Yoga is the answer. If you can explain the wine part and the 2 lines about attaining, I can accept your answer. $\endgroup$ – Krishnabhadra Aug 12 '16 at 11:29
  • $\begingroup$ @KrishnaBhadra I have just added lines you wanted check it. $\endgroup$ – user26522 Aug 12 '16 at 11:40
  • $\begingroup$ "Yoga" is the target as well as the means. That is, Yoga is a set of actions devised to attain the union, which is also called Yoga. So yoga (the set of todo's) is here to help you so that you can attain Yoga (the union). $\endgroup$ – Krishnabhadra Aug 16 '16 at 7:04
  • $\begingroup$ Also, once in yoga (union), you are always in the present, alive to every moment. $\endgroup$ – Krishnabhadra Aug 16 '16 at 7:05
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Answer

The Sun

I am united, and

The Sun is large a collection of gas

I am old, like a wine

The Sun is incredibly old, older than Earth to say the least.

I am popular now, east to west, but

The Sun is recognised as rising in the east and setting in the west

I am misunderstood

There have been many incorrect beliefs about the Sun (e.g. that it orbits Earth)

I am known in several forms/names, but

It is studied, worshipped, revered, hated, and recognised by many names (Sol, The Sun etc.)

I am inclusive of many of them

It can be said that most of these names beliefs have an element of truth

I am given a day, but

the day Sunday was named after it in English

I am good for a life time

Everyone who has ever been has lived and died in the presence of the Sun

I am present now, and

The Sun is still with us

I am alive now

The Sun has not died just yet

I am here to help you, so that

Gives us light, heat

I am to be attained by you

We absorb the light and heat in many, many forms. We all dream of one day catching the Sun.

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  • $\begingroup$ The "day" is also referred to as when the sun is visible. $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Aug 11 '16 at 15:42
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    $\begingroup$ "Other names" could also be any of the sun gods, such as Ra [Egyptian] or Helios [Greek] $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Aug 11 '16 at 15:46
  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling.SE! $\endgroup$ – EKons Aug 12 '16 at 9:28
  • $\begingroup$ @DavidStarkey Great point - although I said "worshipped" I didn't actually consider specific Sun Deities. In that sense the Sun can also be said to unite all sorts of beliefs and Religions. Although to my knowledge the Sun wasn't formed with Sanskrit so my answer might not be the intended solution. I've been enjoying the response this solution has gotten however! $\endgroup$ – RobotZebra Aug 12 '16 at 10:20
  • $\begingroup$ @ΈρικΚωνσταντόπουλος Thanks! I've been lurking for a short while and thought I'd give it a shot. $\endgroup$ – RobotZebra Aug 12 '16 at 10:24
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Latin

I am united, and

Used by the Roman empire (among others)

I am old, like a wine

Very old language (talking BC here)

I am popular now, east to west, but

Many modern languages have Latin roots

I am misunderstood

Few understand Latin today, (possibly even confusion with Latino?)

I am known in several forms/names, but

Old, Classical, Vulgar, Medieval, Renaissance, the list goes on.

I am inclusive of many of them

Despite the form, it's still Latin

I am given a day, but

Columbus Day celebrates discovery of Latin America

I am good for a life time

It's been used far longer than human lifetimes.

I am present now, and

Still used in different settings (Higher education being the first that comes to mind)

I am alive now

Languages used today still have Latin letters (English, for example)

I am here to help you, so that

Knowing Latin can help in understanding other languages

I am to be attained by you

Latin honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude)

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice try, but not the answer I had in mind. Thanks for attempting :) $\endgroup$ – Krishnabhadra Aug 12 '16 at 3:52
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Is the answer:

God?

I am united, and

There are many gods in the world, but they all are same.

I am old, like a wine

The concept of God has existed for a long time.

I am popular now, east to west, but

Gods are popular everywhere in the world.

I am misunderstood

Some people misunderstand god, and use it as a weapon.

I am known in several, but

There are many names of god.

I am inclusive of many of them

All gods are same.

I am given a day, but

Pray to god once a day.

I am good for a life time

God will take care of us entire life.

I am present now, and
I am alive now
I am here to help you, so that
I am to be attained by you

This what god does help us when we are in trouble.

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    $\begingroup$ Well, nice answer and good effort. But not the correct answer. Sorry. See the language tag also. $\endgroup$ – Krishnabhadra Aug 11 '16 at 10:45
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    $\begingroup$ @Krishnabhadra which language ?English.. $\endgroup$ – Amruth A Aug 11 '16 at 10:50
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    $\begingroup$ Amruth A, I will disclose the language if no one has answered this question after some time. Just waiting. You can solve this without knowing the language, and the meaning of the word is easily googleable. $\endgroup$ – Krishnabhadra Aug 11 '16 at 11:01
  • $\begingroup$ @Krishnabhadra is it like python (programming language ) and you put tag for it?? $\endgroup$ – Amruth A Aug 11 '16 at 11:28
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Solution:

Esperanto

I am united

The World Esperanto Association has members in 120[10] countries

I am old

Created by L. L. Zamenhof in 1887

I am popular now

Up to 2,000,000 people worldwide

I am given a day

Zamenhof Day, also called Esperanto Day, is celebrated on 15 December, the birthday of Esperanto creator L. L. Zamenhof.

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    $\begingroup$ other points??? $\endgroup$ – Amruth A Aug 11 '16 at 11:22
  • $\begingroup$ I never even heard about this language. I think the language tag is causing confusion. I will remove it, as it is not necessary to find the answer. It is just that knowing the language is helpful for getting one of the hints. $\endgroup$ – Krishnabhadra Aug 11 '16 at 11:27
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    $\begingroup$ never heard of Esperanto? :O hahah is supose to be the global language $\endgroup$ – lois6b Aug 11 '16 at 11:28
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Is it

Love?

I am united, and

Love unites people

I am old, like a wine

A relationship gets better the longer it lasts

I am popular now, east to west, but

Western countries now accept same sex relationships, whereas eastern countries more and more accept marriage based on love.

I am misunderstood

To be honest, almost nobody gets it

I am known in several forms/names, but

Expressed through symbols, actions, ...

I am inclusive of many of them edit probs @David Starkey

Love consists on many of these gestures

I am given a day, but

Valentines day

I am good for a life time

Love can last a life time

I am present now, and

Love is can be found anywhere, anytime

I am alive now

Same as above

I am here to help you, so that

Makes live a whole lot better

I am to be attained by you

You won't find love without trying

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  • $\begingroup$ "I am known in several forms/names, but I am inclusive of many of them" For your answer, many of the forms combined make up a clearer picture of the suggested answer. $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Aug 11 '16 at 16:22
  • $\begingroup$ Ahhhh that's what it meant :) I wasn't able to translate it $\endgroup$ – Peter Aug 11 '16 at 16:27
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry not the answer I had in mind. I like some of your descriptions, especially the 'misunderstood' line. But the east to west line feels a bit of stretch though. Thanks for attempting. :) $\endgroup$ – Krishnabhadra Aug 12 '16 at 3:37
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I am

Europe, especially in the political sense of EU

I am united

European union

I am old, like a wine

One of the older civilized continents, also the place where wine became popular

I am popular now, east to west, but

Still popular enough for most countries in the EU to want to stay in it, and for others like Turkey to want to join

I am misunderstood

The political beliefs of citizens about the European union are not always correct

I am known in several forms/names, but I am inclusive of many of them

Europe is a geographical, political, financial and historical entity, also the name of a mythological figure. On the political level alone, there are several things which somehow represent Europe - the EU, the Schengen area, etc.

I am given a day, but I am good for a life time

There have always been people who predicted that the union will fall apart soon, but it has been around for a longish generation now

I am present now, and I am alive now

It still exists

I am here to help you, so that I am to be attained by you

The idea behind the union is to help its citizens. But for it to work, they have to start identifying as citizens of the EU to some extent. Without that attitude, it cannot be attained.

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    $\begingroup$ <cough> Brexit </cough> $\endgroup$ – Buzz Lightyear Aug 11 '16 at 18:34
  • $\begingroup$ I am amazed at the intelligence around here. Brilliant answer. Sadly, not the one I had in mind. The description for "I am given a day" is bit of a stretch though. Thanks for attempting :) $\endgroup$ – Krishnabhadra Aug 12 '16 at 3:40
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The United States

I am united, and

The United States

I am old, like a wine

The United States is over 200 years old.

I am popular now, east to west, but

The United States is quite large for a country, well known, and stretches from its east coast to west coast.

I am misunderstood

It is a commonly held belief that much of the rest of the world dislikes the United States despite many Americans being perfectly decent people.

I am known in several forms/names, but:

There are several names to refer to it: United States, United States of America, America, The States, U.S., U.S.A., U.S. of A.

I am inclusive of many of them:

Historically, the United States was a very inclusive place. Additionally, many of the previous names are well accepted.

I am given a day, but I am good for a life time

The United States revolution barely established the United States as a country (hence "given a day" to refer to a short amount of time). But, it was later established that the United States is definetly a country (hence "good for a life time")

I am present now, and I am alive now

The United States definitely exists and is "alive" in a metaphorical sense.

I am here to help you so that, I am to be attained by you

There is a common narrative in the United States about it being a "world policeman" who is there to fix other parts of the world. If we take the words "United States" to be a representation of democracy (not to imply other democracies don't exist -- but, the United States was arguably the first and was a model for many others), then the "help" offered by the United States should help establish democracy (hence it can be "attained") in other parts of the world.

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Answer

Homosexuality

I am united, and

Brings people together, who in the past would not have united

I am old, like a wine

Been around for a long time (although not accepted by many until recently)

I am popular now, east to west, but

It is beginning to become more accepted across the world

I am known in several names/forms

There are many names given to the people who are part of it.

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    $\begingroup$ What about the rest of the lines? $\endgroup$ – Mithical Aug 11 '16 at 18:55
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, not the answer. Thanks for attempting though. :) $\endgroup$ – Krishnabhadra Aug 12 '16 at 3:34
  • $\begingroup$ Wine has been accepted by many for a long time! $\endgroup$ – colmde Aug 12 '16 at 9:55

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