Book Review: 7 Secrets of Shiva -by Devdutt Pattanaik

Before starting the review, I would like to confess; I always wanted to read Devdutt because he wrote about mythology (that, I absolutely love to uncover) but always found something else to read. I must say, we all have that list of movies, books or places to visit; that we never complete but here I finally read his book.

I, for the first time listened to Devdutt in “Unlikely Pairings Episode 1: Biswa Kalyan Rath and Devdutt Pattanaik” on the YouTube channel – Books on Toast (Confession time again: I love Books on Toast, but watched this particular episode coz I simply love the comic style of Biswa). His (Devdutt’s) genius mastery on Hindu Mythology, blew me away and I made my mind to read his books.

Recently, got a chance to get a free copy of ‘7 Secrets of Shiva’ through Amazon Prime’s monthly offer and I knew, I had to grab it. Somehow, everything fell into place; I had been wanting to read Devdutt and on top of that my curiosity towards Shiva is unparalleled.

Bhairava rides the dog to remind us of our animal instincts and our amplified fears that have constructed the notion of property. Like dogs we cling to ‘me’ and ‘mine’ and are wary of what is ‘not mine’. We call this love, but it is in fact attachment as they give us identity and meaning.

So, here are the 7 reasons, why you must read ‘7 Secrets of Shiva’:

  1. It brings Shiva into a totally new light which is refreshing and true to its core.
  2. This book explores all the versions of stories of Shiva and try to find a point of convergence.
  3. It’s not only just ‘Gyan’ (knowledge); it gives you a perspective on Shiva and other gods.
  4. The author hasn’t shied away from the relatively so called Taboo side of Shiva and his bhakts.
  5. It not only is about Shiva, it is about every God or Demi God that comes in the ambit of Shiva.
  6. It is divided in 7 chapters that specifically deal with an in and out of a particular topic like Lingeshwara, Bhairava, Ganesha etc.
  7. It’s indigenous and I say it with pride. We have a bipolar situation where either the Mythology is seen from the perspective of people, not native to India or people who are native but preach too much. This book is an insight of the vast Hindu Mythological universe which is a perfect blend.

So, here it is. I am done with it. Finally. How much I loved this book? Too much. I’ll certainly go and buy his other books to feel the rush (the rush when I read a good book and on top of it, if it has mythology in it; hallelujah).

Shiva mocks Brahma’s delusion by always appearing in a state of intoxication. He is always shown drinking or smoking narcotic hemp. In intoxication, one refuses to accept reality and assumes oneself to be the master of the world. When the reference point is aham, not atma, when the world is only Brahmanda not Prakriti, one is as deluded as one who is intoxicated.

P.S. I love Dogs 😉

Book Information

Pages: 234

Language: English

Genre: Mythology

My Rating: 4.5/5

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