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In 7 Secrets Of Shiva, Devdutt Pattanaik attempts to dissociate the symbolic form of Lord Shiva from his physical form, by providing a detailed analysis of the subjective and metaphysical aspects rather than the objective aspects.

Summary Of The Book

In 7 Secrets Of Shiva, Pattanaik begins his analysis of Hindu mythology by looking at the conflict between Western methodology and Hindu devotees. He states that when Western scholars and academicians examine Hindu mythological symbols such as the Shiva Linga, they are more concerned about the objective representation. Objectively it is a phallus, but subjectively it represents a mind that is unstirred and happy. Hindu devotees are more concerned with the latter explanation and therefore ignore the former during their worship.

In a similar style of analysis, Pattanaik goes on to decipher the seven forms of Lord Shiva. In the first chapter titled Lingeshwara, the author goes beyond the meaning of a phallic symbol. Instead, the Lingeshwara represents mental stimulation, happiness, and a focused mind. In the second chapter titled Bhairava, Lord Shiva’s form rids fear and predation. With the banishment of fear, the mind is able to continue on the path to inner happiness. In the third and fourth chapters titled Shankara and Bholenath, Shiva is portrayed as a householder and as the counterpart of the goddess Shakti.

Their union symbolises the propagation of the species. It also explains how the goddess attempts to get Shiva to participate in the material world. The fifth and sixth chapters are concerned with Shiva’s sons, Ganesha and Kartikeya. It explains how Ganesha removes scarcity, and promotes a good life, prosperity, and knowledge. Kartikeya wards off evil doers and predation. The final chapter is titled Nataraja, and it represents the universe’s movement. When Lord Shiva performed the Tandava, he was destroying the Universe. Apart from deciphering the symbolism behind Hindu mythology, Pattanaik has included illustrations, photographs, poster art, and blurbs to give readers a visual dimension to the explanation.

About Devdutt Pattanaik

Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik is an author, entrepreneur, and Chief Belief Officer at the Future Group. He has authored over twenty books dealing with Hindu mythology. Some of these titles are 99 Thoughts of Ganesha, Hanuman-An Introduction, The Pregnant King, Indra Finds Happiness, Kama v/s Yama, The Goddess Of India, Jaya, The Book Of Kali, and Myth = Mithya.

Apart from writing, he has over fifteen years of experience as a medical doctor, working for companies such as Sanofi Aventis and Apollo Health Street. He has also worked with Ernst and Young as a Business Advisor. Pattanaik is currently an inspirational speaker and leadership coach at many organizations. Business Sutra and Shastrarth are TV shows that were hosted by him on CNBC TV-18 and CNBC Awaaz respectively. Pattanaik has written more than 25 books.

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Authored By Devdutt Pattanaik
Author Info Devdutt Pattanaik is a doctor who worked in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry for many years. Throughout his life, he has also been deeply interested in Hindu mythology, the epics, Puranas and the many legends and divine tales. after almost fifteen years in the healthcare industry, he switched his career and started writing about Hindu mythology and using the Hindu scriptures to teach lessons in business management. His books include Myth=Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, The Pregnant King, The 7 Secret Series, Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata, An Identity Card for Krishna,Business Sutra: A Very Indian Approach to Management, Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana and Shikhandi: And Other Tales They Don't Tell You.
Book Details
Publisher Westland
Publication Year 2011
ISBN-13 9789380658636
ISBN-10 9380658636
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 420 Pages
Dimensions
Height 0.59 inch
Weight 440 g
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Geetha Sunil Pillai
19 Dec 2011
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Inspiring a serial!

Read Dr. Pattanaik's few books earlier and this one too is one of his best writings. The new channel Life Ok is airing a serial on Lord Shiva " MAHADEV" and the producers give due credits to Dr Pattanaik's writings for being the inspiration of the serial. I am neither a Shiva sadhika nor an expert in mythology but reading this great book was a soothing experience. Shiva's various aspects as Kaal Bhairav, Sundareshwar, Kashi Vishwanath, Gore Bhairav have been wonderfully ellaborated in different chapters leaving the readers spell bound and surrendered before Mahadev. Shiva's Nivrat... ()

Read Dr. Pattanaik's few books earlier and this one too is one of his best writings. The new channel Life Ok is airing a serial on Lord Shiva " MAHADEV" and the producers give due credits to Dr Pattanaik's writings for being the inspiration of the serial. I am neither a Shiva sadhika nor an expert in mythology but reading this great book was a soothing experience. Shiva's various aspects as Kaal Bhairav, Sundareshwar, Kashi Vishwanath, Gore Bhairav have been wonderfully ellaborated in different chapters leaving the readers spell bound and surrendered before Mahadev. Shiva's Nivrat...
Read Dr. Pattanaik's few books earlier and this one too is one of his best writings. The new channel Life Ok is airing a serial on Lord Shiva " MAHADEV" and the producers give due credits to Dr Pattanaik's writings for being the inspiration of the serial. I am neither a Shiva sadhika nor an expert in mythology but reading this great book was a soothing experience. Shiva's various aspects as Kaal Bhairav, Sundareshwar, Kashi Vishwanath, Gore Bhairav have been wonderfully ellaborated in different chapters leaving the readers spell bound and surrendered before Mahadev. Shiva's Nivratti marg as compared to Narayan's Pravritti Marg has been justified aptly leaving it to the readers to decide which is the greatest of both.

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Ajai Dhavala
30 Nov 2011
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7 Secrets of Shiva

The Siva tatwam described is not really upto the mark. I don't mean to offend Mr. Pattanaik or challenge his wisdom, Whatever he has writen i am sure he has experienced in a state of samadhi But the description can be misleading to beginners; I would recommend this book only to people who have attained a level of Sadhana in the Siva tatwam.

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Neeraja Gokhale
13 May 2013
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off beat book for the symbolic shiva

I love this book. For it doesn't talk about Shiva the god. instead it focuses on Shiva the philosophy. the symbol
I particularly loved the section where Devdutt Pattanaik explains the difference between Shiv and Shankar, Sati and Parvati.
I would recommend not reading it as a novel. instead read and think over, the ideas. try and apply it in real life to real situations and people, that's when you will love this book
After reading this book infact I understood that I don't need to do stupid things like fasting for 16 mondays to please Shiva... infact Shiva is within each one of us... and he...
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I love this book. For it doesn't talk about Shiva the god. instead it focuses on Shiva the philosophy. the symbol
I particularly loved the section where Devdutt Pattanaik explains the difference between Shiv and Shankar, Sati and Parvati.
I would recommend not reading it as a novel. instead read and think over, the ideas. try and apply it in real life to real situations and people, that's when you will love this book
After reading this book infact I understood that I don't need to do stupid things like fasting for 16 mondays to please Shiva... infact Shiva is within each one of us... and he...
I love this book. For it doesn't talk about Shiva the god. instead it focuses on Shiva the philosophy. the symbol
I particularly loved the section where Devdutt Pattanaik explains the difference between Shiv and Shankar, Sati and Parvati.
I would recommend not reading it as a novel. instead read and think over, the ideas. try and apply it in real life to real situations and people, that's when you will love this book
After reading this book infact I understood that I don't need to do stupid things like fasting for 16 mondays to please Shiva... infact Shiva is within each one of us... and he is nothing but the universe...

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Shraavya Sirpa
27 Dec 2012
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The unknown

Was looking for a more serious and a book full of facts :|. Not for a serious or deep reading. Was looking for a more SHIVA centered book . I felt the book does not do justice to the title given and the photos included could have been that of pre-historic. NOM.
Nevertheless, Got to know a lot many things!! .
I Would say its a book which is meant for lite reading.

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Abhay Vijaykumar
05 Sep 2012
Amazing book by Devdutt !

An amazing book by Devdutt. After watching videos of devdutt on the net,was curious on his literature.This was my first book and he has impressed me a lot.Am a fan of devdutt.

The simplicity,language,To The Point description,the depth,Meanings inferred and the authenticity of the content is just marvellous.This book takes you pretty deep into spirituality and lot more things that you didnt know but were following, become clear highlighting it's purpose.

Having read 6 books of his(at the moment), i must say he's the one who has made mythology/Spirituality simple to understand.

Hats off t...
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An amazing book by Devdutt. After watching videos of devdutt on the net,was curious on his literature.This was my first book and he has impressed me a lot.Am a fan of devdutt.

The simplicity,language,To The Point description,the depth,Meanings inferred and the authenticity of the content is just marvellous.This book takes you pretty deep into spirituality and lot more things that you didnt know but were following, become clear highlighting it's purpose.

Having read 6 books of his(at the moment), i must say he's the one who has made mythology/Spirituality simple to understand.

Hats off t...
An amazing book by Devdutt. After watching videos of devdutt on the net,was curious on his literature.This was my first book and he has impressed me a lot.Am a fan of devdutt.

The simplicity,language,To The Point description,the depth,Meanings inferred and the authenticity of the content is just marvellous.This book takes you pretty deep into spirituality and lot more things that you didnt know but were following, become clear highlighting it's purpose.

Having read 6 books of his(at the moment), i must say he's the one who has made mythology/Spirituality simple to understand.

Hats off to him and his work !!

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san
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VERY NICE..!!

THIS IS A MUST READ BOOK FOR EVERYONE..!! THIS BOOK FOCUS ON LORD SHIVAS PHILOSOPHY. I LOVED READING IT. (View complete review)

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Bijayendra Tiwari
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Good for beginners

A good read for beginners. A good take at shiva's story. The perspective is good and covers the basic information.
Though not for advance readers and one who good knowledge of Shiva. But as we dont have much in english and this book will help some people to start.
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Writer has tried to take as good as possible.

Writer has tried to take as good as possible from stories and symbols, which looks unrealistic. I think history and reality might be different than so called good good things (View complete review)

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Sudhiir Krishnan
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Most Informative book on Lord Shiva

Unlike Books of Shiva which you are most likely to find in regional Indian Languages,this one is in English.I found the book to b extremely informative on some fronts though some of these facts are well known.
Great pictures and art works that have been borrowed for the book.
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Abhishek
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Ok

I would say this book is more on the lines of the content you find from D Patnaik. Good effort! Not an exquisite collection (View complete review)

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