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Shiva, 'the destroyer' among the Hindu trinity (of gods), is depicted in many contradictory manners. He is an ascetic who wears animal skin, his body smeared with ashes. Contradictory to his wild nature, he is also depicted as having a family, with a beautiful wife and two children. There are many more such varied representations of Shiva, the most prominent of these being the Linga and the Nataraja. The author, Devdutt Pattanaik, introduces the readers to these varied aspects and representations, and then sets about interpreting them. He explains the different anomalies and conflicts in beliefs, things that might puzzle people who are not familiar with Hindu culture and religious symbolism.

The author has taken up seven aspects of Shiva worship from Hinduism, which are nothing but seven different forms of Shiva worship. Shiva is worshipped in many forms, as the Lingeshwara, Kala Bhairava, Sundareshwara, Shankara, and Nataraja, and the author goes into each form and analyzes what it represents. He also discusses Shivas two sons, Ganesha and Karthikeya. He goes into the symbolism behind these forms and provides his interpretation. This book serves as a nice introduction to Shaivite concepts and explains many stories, both known and unknown, the symbolism, and rituals and the reasons behind Hindu worship.

©2011 Devdutt Pattanaik (P)2012 Devdutt Pattanaik/ booksTALK audiobooks & Westland

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If you are into yoga, meditation or are seeking to grow spiritually you need to listen to this book. I spend a lot of time reading and listening to eastern spirituality books and a lot of it is the same thing said different ways. This is actually different, it goes into depth about some ideas that were touched on in my yoga teacher training. So glad I found this!!!

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An excellent introduction and explanation of shiva

Where does Seven Secrets of Shiva rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was a great listen, and taught me a lot about Shiva and Hinduism

What other book might you compare Seven Secrets of Shiva to and why?

Compared to other audiobooks on Hinduism and Eastern philosophy, this one focuses on the symbolism and the meaning behind Shiva and Shaivism, as opposed to somebody giving their personal interpretations.

What about Sanjay Iyer’s performance did you like?

The narration was clear

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would say the benefit of this book is that you can listen to it in several sittings without feeling like you lost what is being said.

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I just really enjoyed this, after finishing this I had a lot better understanding of shiva.

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Om Shivaya ❤

Loved it! Would recommend it to anyone who has chosen to understand more about cosmic consciousness.

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Fascinating AND informative! So full of wisdom from Hindu spirituality, that I will keep it in my Library to experience it again and again. Though my primary spirituality is Wicca, I also incorporate the wisdom and practices of many other belief systems into my own spiritual studies and practices...and Hinduism is one of those beliefs that I have honored for decades. The narrator's lovely voice is the icing on the cake of a narrative I found to be both informative and fascinating...two valuable qualities that do not always go hand-in-hand. This is one text that raptly keeps my attention and that will not put me to sleep...no matter how many times I repeat.

Namaste... Jade Dragon

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Very informative with rational details.

Would you consider the audio edition of Seven Secrets of Shiva to be better than the print version?

Growing up in India in a typical Hindu family I thought I knew enough about Shiva. I was wring, this book provides a lot of details with a very catchy stories. Stories that you can share with kids to teach them more about Shiva. I end up listening this twice, first to just get the stories and second time to understand the meaning and reasoning described for rituals/traditions.

Highly recommend it.

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even though I did not participate in grade inflati

even though I did not participate in grade inflation and give it all fives, this is a very good book. I've been attending yoga classes not just for the physical exercise but for the mental spiritual and mythological basis since 2003 and this book added a lot to my understanding perspective and context of the nature of the mind-body-spirit interface, as manifested by the mythology of Shiva. In fact it was so good that I'm planning on listening to it again in the not-too-distant future. I highly recommend it for those who want perspective. The most interesting thing was that I had always been of the understanding that she was named was the destroyer. And that Maya was the veils of Illusion. It turns out it's not that simple, or maybe it is simple but you have to look at it from the perspective of the Indian belief and life view of rebirth, the antithesis of the European / Western view of one single life. This is a better way to live.

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overall informative

the audio is very tinny, the story lines and explanations are interesting. overall I would reccomend it.

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  • 09-29-18

super cool😃

this book was more than what I expected. the narrator tells you these interesting and beautiful stories of Shiva all the while explaining the metaphoric gems so that the meaning behind these stories resonates into your mind and spirit!

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amazing book

its wonderful book narrating siva story one side and strong theosophical preaching of vedanta describing human life and illusions of fear and how nature and lord siva are saving all living species

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  • Tara
  • Redmond, WA
  • 09-23-18

Explains, in rich detail, the imagery of Shiva

Easy to listen to, well organized and captivating content. The author covers Shiva, as well as his relationship to Brahma, Vishna and Prakriti in all her forms such as Parvathi, Lalitha, and Durga, their mythological children and followers. Each perspective that is showcased in art, poetry and dance is explained in prose to describe the story, with the relevant mythological story to bring the concepts alive.

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  • A. Arora
  • 01-15-15

Provides an Excellent understanding of Hinduism

After a lot of hunting, I found this audio book, which provides a very good understanding of the metaphors in Hinduism. What Hinduism is and why it is the way it is.
Well pleased that I bought and heard it. I will probably have to hear it a number of times tidily grasp all the concepts explained.

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  • Dipak
  • 05-12-16

Well presented

This was a wonderfully presented book. Comprehensive with depth. Really helped me to understand aspect of Hinduism I never had an idea of.