7 Secrets Of Shiva Paperback – 1 January 2016
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This book clears the misconceptions about what Shiva is all about. Today it is easier to concentrate on the spirit of Lord Shiva, that it was earlier. Earlier it was a search for the concrete form.
This time his focus is on this hermit who is totally ditached from society yet gradually becomes a part of it with the help of his wife.
Books on Shiva always impressed me and overall the metaphors used for his wife and children are indeed very very impressive.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has read the other two of the trilogy or whoever is interested in knowing the deep metaphors about this hermit god.
A must for Shiva fans!
While this prolougue is intriguing, authors fails to deliver in the pages that follow. He takes isolated mythological stories and tries to uncover spiritual meaning in them. The meanings given are more of an individuals view. The books lacks consistency of thought and is more like jumbled representation of stories. Every page has picture ( some are really outrageous )on one side and text on the other without adequate relation between the two.
It's more of a commercial product than scholarly. Purchase if you want to read a few stories and undigested thoughts.
But overall a very good read...Many thanks to Devdutt Patnaik for deciphering the misundertood concepts for a layman like us
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I recently felt powerfully drawn to learn more about Lord Shiva. I almost had the sense that in some way, He was like the clear, clean, pure-white paper upon which ALL Gods and Goddesses are drawn. That Shiva is the Very Source upon which ALL form, forms.
My only mental association about Him was that He is a Master of Dissolution. Of Clearing things Away. A force analogous to Geburah on the Qabalah Tree.
To my surprise, I already had a Kindle book about Lord Shiva in my Kindle library. It sucked, though! It really didn't tell me anything about Lord Shiva. It just had passages and dictums. It didn't holds my attention. Didn't intrigue me. In fact, is even forgotten that I had it.
I decided to go on a search for a better book, and as luck, or fate, or Divinity, woukd have it, I found this book!
I purchased the Kindle version first, but loved it so, so much that I ended up purchasing the paperback version as well!
There are SO MANY things that I LOVED about this book! Not only is it crystal clear that the author is highly knowledgeable about the subject, it is also clear that he is PASSIONATE about it! And he has an amazing gift of being able to explain complex Spiritual matters, simply, clearly, and succinctly!
I absolutely LOVED the wealth of images and illustrations! I loved how he explained the symbolism of each artifact and symbolic detail, with pointing arrows.
I loved and appreciated how so much profound wisdom was clicking for me! Like Shiva's erratic behavior. He was beyond the conditioned mind, so he was free to act in whatever way He wanted, spontaneously! He accepted the misfit just as much as he did the propper man. All symbolic of the non-dual reality beyond Maya, Lilla, Form, Illusion!
In fact, this book is what inspired me to purchase a beautiful Shiva Lingam for my altar, and a gorgeous Shiva Lingam rock that I can Casey with me wherever I go. It reminds me to Let Go of ego identification, and of the Ultimate Reality.
I cannot recommend this beautiful book HIGHLY ENOUGH!
Why is Shiva dressed like an uncouth tramp? Why does he smear ashes from the cemetery, on his body and dress with a tiger skin? Why did he arm Ravana and Basmasura with boons that finally led to trouble? Who is this God who acts like a hermit devoid of family, commitments and emotion and yet has a huge following of ganas, wives and sons?
One will find all the answers for these questions in this book. With impeccable research, Devdutt Patnaik steers us through Sati’s marriage to Shiva, the impact of her death on him and his resultant withdrawal from the world.
I liked the way, the author explains the role of Parvathi in Shiva’s world. It is she who facilitates Shiva’s engagement back in the world. It is she who teaches esoteric nuances of sex and love to him. And author’s assertion that Shiva was innocent to the world’s prejudices and cultural perception makes a lot of sense.
As with any other mythology book, the author has delved deep into both north and south indian fables, folk tales, myths and legends and has presented Shiva to the common man to understand, venerate and learn the primitive wisdom that would help us escape the trapping of the world.
Devdutt’s language is simple to understand yet he manages to explain complex arguments about Shiva in very understandable terms.
Plus Points: Thorough research of all legends, stories and myths related to Shiva.
Minus Points: Felt that the first chapter dragged a bit with a lot esoteric explanations.
I feel proud of my religion after reading this book but this book is not about Hinduism and its advantages though.Shiv Ji is the centre point of the book and I will definite go for other works of the author.
The philosophy is really not that catchy - I never thought it was meant to be. It is an accompaniment to the stories of Shiv, a pregnant pause to explain a beheading there & a drunken-college-dude thing there that Shiv does from time to time. But Shiv is well beyond all our classifications which he neither understands nor cares about. To really dig your heel into philosophy/.Hindu thought, I suggest look elsewhere. This is good but fleeting series of introductions to a many tentacled complex web of Hindu thought.
It is really the stories then & the character that emerges from it. Ultimately, all the complex doctrines fuse into this simpleton & manifest awkwardly in this world of ours making him both accessible, inspiring & a lot of fun.