- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 41992 KB
- Print Length: 44 pages
- Publisher: Westland (18 August 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074P2PC5P
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 1,281 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Krishna's Secret Kindle Edition
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Did I enjoy reading the short eBook? Yes. I did. Would I recommend it to read? It’s a quick read, something to pass the time in a traffic jam or such. It gives a look into the mythology, but doesn’t feel quite complete. I liked reading Ganesha’s Secret more than I did this book.
One could definitely read it to have a light reading experience. But since there's not much that meets the eye and unique, you might pass it.
but as a book seen without the pricetag its a hurried re-telling of some of stories association with krishna bhagwan. here and there a fluffy piece para tries to insert some rushed philosophy but the lack of effort is apparent. some couple of feel good paras that loosely link to the ongoing story.
still his attempt to modernisethe epic are commendabls. hopefully his success encourages others to do something similar
Top international reviews
I didn’t get a further elaboration, but this book completes the answer. It explains in plain simple language what makes Krishna at once so enigmatic and worthy of devotion, and yet problematic as a role model and an example to be emulated and espoused to younger generations; and why we have to look beyond outer appearances and the surface level to get to the Truth that Krishna demonstrates.
Pattanaik in genius style, distils the essence down to understanding the intention behind the action: and notes emphatically that this must always be aligned with dharma, a genuine unconditional and selfless love respect and sharing for one and all. He goes further in more concise terms than any other writer I’ve come across by bringing out the most pertinent aspects of history embedded within the story, to shine an obvious light on Krishna’s otherwise contrary actions. I was also happy to see some gentle references paid to source material indicating where history was to be understood more literally, and where entertaining retellings required a look at symbolic messages and information designed for the subconscious mind to absorb for transformation.
This book is definitely worth reading if you want a deeper understanding of the scriptures and to widen your perspective on the nuances of life that can often leave us floundering.
I was particularly pleased to read insights into several conundrums which are often overlooked in favour of blind following of rules. Pattanaik has gifted me with resolution at long last on some particularly conflicting themes that I never could rest easy with. Here in the delightful comparisons between Ram and Krishna he demonstrates the need to recognise a shift in timeframes, with intelligent and contextual application of traditional rules and practices.
Perhaps if I were to ask a little more of this book, it would be deeper elaboration on Krishna’s poignant strategic deviations from rules and honouring promises during the Mahabharata war. To what extent does the end justify the means?
But! I can feel myself sliding into the philosophy of the Bhagavad Geeta now and that’s a far deeper journey than this particular book is charged with delivering I’m guessing. Life is never just black and white and in this book Devdutt Pattanaik more lightly demonstrates that Krishna’s whole life is indeed an elaboration on the sacred Geeta - one must always look beyond hard and fast rules to the Spirit when navigating the infinite shades of life on earth.
I have found that Devdutt Pattanaik’s books are invariably an enlightening pleasure to read. He has the rare ability to translate his deep understanding of ancient Hindu scripture and culture, into very clear and relevant guidance for modern contemporary living.
Once they start reading, seekers of the truth will find themselves delighted by the sheer radiance of wisdom artfully concealed like hidden gems amongst the pages. Devdutt Pattanaik’s understanding of the human psyche, historical evolution of Indian culture and tradition and the mechanics of this experience we call life, are second to none. With masterful writing that cleverly weaves simple language with decadent examples of scriptural yore, he brings to life the magic of the Puranas and gives us direct access to the wisdom of Krishna Himself. The variety of interestingly referenced illustrations of Krishna and his contempories amidst the text, add a delightful extra spark to fuel the imagination and enlighten further. This is a book not to be missed for lovers of the blue-skinned one.
Quick guide to Mahabharata and Krishna’s childhood.