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For Hindus, Vishnu is God, who inspires man to discover humanity by engaging with the world. Artists have visualized him with as curlyhaired, dark complexioned man with a smile on his lips and a sparkle in his eyes. Draped in yellow silk, garlanded with forest flowers, bedecked with dolphin-shaped earrings, anointed with sandal paste, he reclines on a thousand hooded serpent that floats on an ocean of milk and rides a golden hawk bearing in his arms a conchshell, a wheel, a mace and a lotus. Poets say that when he is awake, the world takes shape; when he is asleep, the world ceases to be. Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, follows him wherever he goes. To him is made offerings of rich creamy butter. Sometimes, as the upright Ram, he is worshipped across India as Balaji, Shreenathji, Jagannath, Ranganath and Badrinath. Locked in the stories, symbols and rituals of Vishnu is the wisdom of the ancestors, transmitted over hundreds of years. This book attempts to unlock seven secrets that are relevant even in modern times.

©2011 Devdutt Pattanaik (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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great explanation of the various myths of vishnu

Loved this. Great explanation of the meaning behind the myths of vishnu and his avatars (including ram and krishna).

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7 Secrets Of Vishnu

I enjoyed this audiobook for it's lighter Philosophical nature than most books on Hinduism. Unlike Buddhism, Hinduism doesn't have a hundred and one books for beginners and a whole retinue of authors who make a living interpreting ancient scripture for you. I've spent the majority of my Spiritual journey reading 3,000-4,000 year old Vedic texts. And though I absolutely love reading the Vedas, Upanishads, Āgamas, Tantras, Puranas, Samhitas, and on and on and on seemingly for eternity. And like I said, I enjoy reading the actual scripture and learning Sanskrit here or there. But sometimes you just need something a little lighter once in a while, and the two 7-Secrets Books, Vishnu and Shiva, that I've read to date are truly excellent. Short, light and concise, but still deeply meaningful, thoughtful and Philosophical in nature. It truly was an enjoyable listen.

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this scholar can be compared to Joseph Campbell

this scholar can be compared to Joseph Campbell: his works are very good and recommended

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Good quick overview...

For someone who knows little of Hinduism this was a good quick introductory learner. While there are tons of names and new Gods and concepts, the book was pretty easy to follow and not overly complicated which was great. Good read with accent by Arya.

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Can never get enough Pattanaik

The man's a genius. Plain and simple. I've read many of his works at this point and I've never been disappointed. If you like Hinduism, look no further.

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loved it!

the authors structured with spatial references were very helpful. a lot to remember but indian mythology will blow your mind away... amazing!

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listen with an open mind

You need to be able to understand the meaning of each part of the story and how it relates to us. well written