Devdutt Pattanaik: 7 Secrets of the Goddess



Uch so many names stories and references it did need a bit of concentration to keep up And in a country where the Goddess has so many names so many faces so many temples so many forms this book should be made mandatory reading And after this book I have the urge to watch some of those numerous Amman movies that were a thing in Tamil cinema some years ago This is an xcellent book to understand the art rituals and mythology associated with Hindu Goddesses Though I feel the chapter on Gaia is uite poorly written If anyone is interested in mythology associated with Greek goddesses I would recommend reading Goddesses in Everywomanby Jean Shinoda Bolen There is always a sense of fulfilment when you read a book by Devdutt Pattanaik He delivers what is promised Be it Jaya The Pregnant King or Sita for the most part there is a lot of research that has gone into getting the material for the book and it is presented in a way that is Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, easily consumed While the author s thoughts and comments on various social practices come as a part of what is presented it is mostly logical and not forcibly fit into the premiseDevdutt s latest book 7 Secrets of the Goddess is no differentither A wonderfully Not Without a Fight educative read as hisarlier books but from a different perspective Too shallow too not grounded in the scriptures Writer in a hurry to write too many books This book like others in the 7 Secrets Series is to be read with an open mind If not one doesn t get what the author conveys This isn t a retelling of mythology or a story from mythology but an interpretation of it Sometimes it makes sense sometimes it doesn t And that s okay Somewhere Devdutt makes the mistake of projecting an image of historian rather than an interpreter of Hinduism to the Garden Bouquets and Beyond english speaking audience While Injoyed reading his many books I find some of his work increasingly The Unseen Wonder eroticised boring and condescending This book is only a shade of what Dev once was This book was a decent read for me Injoyed the varied interpretations that the author presents which helped me relate to a lot of traditions and norms that are still in practice I also liked the way the whole book was concluded by giving out and The Management Bible egalitarian message The writing was repetitive and that was one thing that kept getting me annoyed Overall it is a good book to understand how the Hindu mythology hasvolved over time It s not a book for someone who is new to this genre 7 Secrets of Goddess is the fourth title by Devdutt Pattanaik of the 7 Secrets series In this book the author unravels some secrets locked within stories rituals and symbols by our ances. Iterally stories symbols and rituals of Hindu mythology have much to say about gender relationships Taken symbolically they reveal many things about humanity and nature Which is the correct readi.

So I ve been wondering for a long time why matriarchy and Goddess worship in India replaced itself with patriarchy and God worship This book answers a lot of uestions Most informative and accessible I learned a lot of things which Zu schnell even my parents and grandparents have forgotten I ve never had the opportunity to sit at a grandmother s feet and listen to stories stories that I would have listened to in wideyed wonder at the age of 5 stories that I would have listened to rolling my Sleepless (Bird of Stone, eyes in unbelief at the age of 10 and beyond Devdutt Pattanaik takes the place of that grandmother in my life I think he is the only person who can actually get me to sit through a whole book on gods and Gods goddesses and Goddesses without waking up that mocking non believing cynic in me His books always make me see things from the larger perspective Nothing is thrust in your face and it is upto you to interpret things the way you want to And while this book isn txactly a page turner it is an xtremely interesting read I wish I had this book in an format for asy reference because this is a book that I will revisit again and again maybe to pick up a tidbit to win an argument or just to reread a story so that I can look at some tradition through less judgmental yes The book starts off with Gaia but that section somehow felt obligatory It felt like it was just added to make this book inclusive But once we move on to our goddesses it is familiar territory again and the book picks up speed Again these are all familiar stories that we ve heard over the years but they are put into neat logical sections The wild Kali vs the domesticated Gauri The richposh Lakshmi vs the humble Saraswati The pure women gods vs Vitthal The book Invisible (The Curse of Avalon explores the playful side the sensual side the generous side the benevolent side and the angry side of those women who were created by the gods those women who married the gods those women who gave birth to the gods those women who are the actual gods The subtext of the whole book is that Goddesses rule They are the mothers the consorts the sisters They are the ones who keep the Man Gods under control the Man Gods who come running to them for help in times of trouble I somehow didn t like the huge font it made the book seem childish Also the pictures onvery single facing page seemed a bit distracting I had to read the text first and then revisit the whole book to study the pictures It wasn t possible to do both without breaking the flow Though very single one of those pictures had a whole story of their own to tell I somehow couldn t multitask And since there was so Lakshmi massages Vishnus feet Is this male domination Kali stands on Shivas chest Is this female domination Shiva is half a woman Is this gender uality Why then is Shakti never half a man Taken

Tors To begin with this is a fact book Facts from our past Facts of our present No inferences no biases No over adorning language Simple clear and interesting In 7 Secrets of Goddess the author dwells on topics that are highly misinterpreted today on uestions that are xtremely wrongly answered today I remember approaching a literature professor at my college who has done immense study in the field of feminism and gender ineuality I asked her if she has any idea why and when xactly did the first humans on the planet began differentiating men and women What germinated the idea that is so strongly conditioned in us todayThis book has an answer The book brings forth some facts that are just than astonishing For xample in the ancient time a virgin was a whore It is startling that whore is such a derogatory word today Before the idea of a woman as a property became a conditioned phenomena in human nature the word simply mean a woman who was free to go to any man She was like the Deep Listening earth that accepts seed from all plants freely she was no field where the farmer controls the sowing and claims the harvest The shift in the meaning reflects a shift from an older time when women were free to a later time when women were bound The author sees the idol of a kali than we do He answers the symbolism representation ofvery organ very jewel and very accessory very single observation and interpretation based on facts For instance We ve often come across image of Lord Vishnu resting on a coil of a serpent The author tells us how this representation indicates the impermanent nature of all the reality and struggle of the human mind to create at least notional stability The author answers the swarup of Gauri as culture swarup of Durga who is a mix of Kali and Gauri unbound hair revealing that she is as wild as Kali but a nose pin indicating she is as domesticated as Gauri Her restrained weapons xhibit that her affection cannot be taken for granted She shall not be xploited Very much a symbolism of nature With many such interesting interpretations the author turns the Goddess we worship into nothing but symbols Symbols that our ancestors left to us to understand and value with a little bit of personification to keep it asy to relate to and interesting Like any other book 7 Secrets of Goddess to comes with some shortcomings that depend on the individual studying the book After some interval the book becomes very bookish For someone looking for a piece of literature to savor this book will not be my suggestion The books is a store house of knowledge for someone intrigued by gender studies. Ng The fourth title in the bestselling 7 Secrets series focuses on the Goddess and respected mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik tries to unravel the secrets locked within her stories symbols and ritua.

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Dr Devdutt Pattanaik born December 11 1970 is an Indian physician turned leadership consultant mythologist and author whose works focus largely on the areas of myth mythology and also management He has written a number of books related to Hindu mythology including Myth Mithya A Handbook of Hindu Mythology a novel The Pregnant King and Jaya An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharat