Title: 7 Secrets Of Shiva
Author: Devdutt Pattanaik
As the title suggests, ‘7 Secrets of Shiva’ by Devdutt Pattanaik deals with the myths and legends related to the god of gods, Shiva. The book includes some oft-told tales retold with verve and outfitted with resplendent images plus a healthy dose of some lesser known facts as well. Divided into seven chapters, this book is easy to comprehend minus religious overtures. This book seeks to bridge the gap between the popular believes stemming from the Western understanding of Hinduism and the actual reasons that form the basis of our religion.
The first chapter examines the meaning of ‘linga’ and the real reason why it came to be worshiped in the first place thus setting a conversational and informative tone for the chapters to follow. The succeeding pages focus on the lord’s violent disdain, his compassion, his connection with the world through his sons. The book culminates with the lord taking up the position of the wise teacher. Each chapter has something new to offer with abundant and well researched information. The book goes on to explain the different anomalies and conflicts in beliefs, as well as the symbolism, rituals and reasons behind Hindu worship. Over 100 striking photographs and drawings illustrate the well-organized and comprehensive text.
Beautifully printed and assembled, informative and accurate, but not at all difficult to read, this is an outstanding reference for those interested in mythology.
Dr Devdutt Pattanaik is an Indian physician turned leadership consultant, mythologist and author whose works focus largely on the areas of myth, mythology and also management. He is former chief belief officer of Future Group, one of India’s largest retailers. He writes a column for the newspaper Mid-Day.
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