7 Secrets Of Siva
The author Devdutt Pattanaik analyses the Hindu Mythology and attempts to dissociate the Lord Shiva's symbolic form from his physical form. The book covers a large area of myths and religious aspects of Hinduism. It's a treat for readers of this genre as the author has succeeded in developing the facts and fantasy, reality and imaginations and bringing them altogether. Author tries a new narration style in which the facts are presented as it is rather than conveying it through fiction and story based narrations. The book was published by Westland and was released in the year 2011.
'7 Secrets of Shiva' deals with the complete study of Lord Shiva's symbolic representations and its detailed explanations. The book starts with mentioning the conflicts that existed between Hindu devotees and western methodology. The western scholars when examined the Hindu Mythological symbols like Shiva Linga, there were more concerned about the objective representation and not much bothered about what actually the symbols represent according to the mythology.
While the Hindu devotees considered the Shiva Linga as the representation of happiness and minds that are unstirred, western scholars considered it to be a symbolic representation of phallus. The author explores the deviations of facts and imaginations from history and tries to decipher the seven forms of Lord Shiva.
The first chapter deals with the Shiva Lingas in which the author goes beyond phallic symbol and tries to convey that it is the representation of happiness, a focussed mind and mental simulation. Second chapter tells us to get rid of fear and predation. Conquer the fear within ourselves and it will lead our mind to the path of happiness. Similarly the author unlocks different symbolic representation of Lord Shiva that is exists in Hindu Mythology. The book received a warm welcome and was critically acclaimed. You can get your book through online portals or other retail shops. it costs Rs 237 and varies according to different online sites.
About the author:
Devdutt Pattanaik is a doctor by his profession and later on he chooses his writing profession as mythologist and focused mainly on wide areas of religious theories and Hindu Mythology. His famous work includes Shiva: An introduction, Vishnu: An introduction Devi, the Mother-Goddess: an introduction, Hanumans's Ramayan and lots more.
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