Mar 09, Vivek rated it really liked it This book, talks about various things related to Vishnu. As a series, I feel like reading the "7 Secrets of Shiva" as well because depictions of Vishnu cannot be fully understood without understanding those of Shiva. By explaining the difference between the two major deities who have been worshipped throughout India, albeit in different fashions and at different occasions, a more complete picture of the cultural-spiritual-social-scientific amalgamation which is known as just a religion today is This book, talks about various things related to Vishnu. By explaining the difference between the two major deities who have been worshipped throughout India, albeit in different fashions and at different occasions, a more complete picture of the cultural-spiritual-social-scientific amalgamation which is known as just a religion today is attempted to be exposed by the author. I would recommend this book to people interested in Hindu Mythology, be it Hindus or not.
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Mythology Buy at It is significant that the stories of Vishnu rose to prominence after the rise of Buddhism. Prior to that, Hinduism was the religion of the elite-based complex rituals known as yagna and esoteric speculations captured in texts known as the Aranyakas and the Upanishads. These seemed very distant to the common man who focused on fertility rituals, worship of plants and animals and nature.
To help readers unravel the secrets of Vishnu, the chapters have been arranged as below : The first chapter focuses on how gender is used to explain fundamental metaphysical concepts integral to Hinduism. The second chapter discusses the difference between man and animal. The third and fourth chapters focus on the Devas and the Asuras, both of whom are unhappy, as one struggles with insecurity and the other with ambition.
The fifth and sixth chapters revolve around the Ramayana and Mahabharata, as man srtuggles with his humanity. The seventh chapter is about the wisdom of letting go,with faith in renewal. The journey from Brahma to Brahman, Prakriti to Purusha, Material reality to Spiritual reality is the crux of the book. It tries to justify the difference in function of Vishnu and Shiva and their interdependence.
It is a well researched work and a must read for people wanting an insight into the meaning of life. It feels like Puranic kathas have also evolved with time and though, intially it reflected deeper sense and meaning, later parts were added to which scholars have tried to add meaning I am not subject matter expert and may be completely wrong in my inference But overall a very good read
7 Secrets Of Vishnu
7 Secrets of Vishnu: By Devdutt