7 Secrets of the Goddess

7 Secrets of the Goddess 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 Quality Why Then Is Shakti Never Half A Man Taken Literally, 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 Reading The Fourth Title In The Bestselling Secrets Series Focuses On The Goddess And Respected Mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik Tries To Unravel The Secrets Locked Within Her Stories, Symbols And Rituals

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

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  • Paperback
  • 270 pages
  • 7 Secrets of the Goddess
  • Devdutt Pattanaik
  • English
  • 25 May 2019
  • 9789384030582

10 thoughts on “7 Secrets of the Goddess

  1. says:

    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 ancestors 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 questions that are extremely wrongly answered today I remember approaching a literature professor at my college, who has done immense study in the field of feminism and gender inequality I asked her if she has any idea why and when exactly did the first humans on the planet began differentiating men and women What germinated the idea that is so strongly conditioned in us today.This book has an answer The book brings forth some facts that are just than astonishing For example, 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 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 of every organ, every jewel and every accessory, every 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 exhibit that her affection cannot be taken for granted She shall not be exploited 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 easy 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.

  2. says:

    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.

  3. says:

    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 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 premise.Devdutt s latest book 7 Secrets of the Goddess is no different either A wonderfully educative read as his earlier books, but from a different perspective.

  4. says:

    This is an excellent book to understand the art, rituals and mythology associated with Hindu Goddesses Though, I feel the chapter on Gaia is quite poorly written If anyone is interested in mythology associated with Greek goddesses, I would recommend reading Goddesses in Everywomanby Jean Shinoda Bolen.

  5. says:

    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 wide eyed wonder at the age of 5, stories that I would have listened to rolling my 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 t exactly a page turner, it is an extremely interesting read I wish I had this book in an e format for easy 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 eyes 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 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 on every 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 every single one of those pictures had a whole story of their own to tell, I somehow couldn t multitask And since there was so much, 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.

  6. says:

    Whenever Devdutt Pattanaik writes a book, it is to be marveled on Not because of anything else, but because of the way he makes mythology readable In fact, according to me he is perhaps one of the first mythological writers who made readers, go out and pick up books on The Mahabharata or The Ramayana And this time he is back with his latest book, 7 Secrets of the Goddess This follows in line with his earlier books, 7 Secrets of Shiva and 7 Secrets of Vishnu This time it is about the Goddess It is about all of the Goddesses and this is what led me to read the book I loved the concept of it not being restricted to one Goddess, after all each of them is a manifestation of the other, so there cannot be one without the other anyway Devdutt explores mythology and religion differently than how his counterparts do While the book is heavy on the names and incidents, the reading is lightened by the fact that not at one single moment, you feel that the writing is pedantic What the book also manages to do is reveal the sides of humanity and nature There is always a balance there or perhaps it should be there and that is what is hinted at throughout 7 Secrets of the Goddess has all the nuances of Devdutt s writing From his illustrations to easy to understand narrative, the chapters break up in fact help the reader comprehend the book better, without it seeming to be an academic read The book speaks of male and female domination It explores gender quality and rituals of Hindu Mythology like never before To a very large extent, this read will not only open your mind to mythology and its various aspects, but perhaps will also make you see humanity in a different light.

  7. says:

    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 questions

  8. says:

    Ever wondered when our society went from being equality driven to patriarchal Ever wondered whether what you ve learned about your God Goddess is even true Well, this book has the answers.If you are anything like me, You might wonder how and when did the society which portrays Goddess in form of Shakti Power , Knowledge, Justice, Food, Wealth, Prosperity, Love, etc start to treat women as the inferior sex This book tells you exactly when it started to happen and how How the tales got twisted and when the symbolism started being ignored.Hinduism is all about metaphors All it s stories contain strong metaphorical language I am a curious person Since childhood, My mother has explained a lot of metaphors in the Mahabharata and Ramayana I used to bring those up in conversations with my friends or colleagues and was surprised to see how they never knew about them or how they didn t care I used to ask my religious friends as to why they used to perform a particular ritual or celebrate a particular festival some of them I knew answers to, thanks to my mom and I found it quite preposterous when they used to reply with I don t know My parents family priest told me to do this so I am doing it I never understood why somebody would not want to know the reason behind something they have to do.Thank God Devdutt Pattnaik is here to rescue me This book is quite engaging I was hooked to it, wanting It s the first book by Devdutt Pattnaik that I ve read and I m a big fan now The words are so freely flowing, the transition from one story to another is so subtle, you d realize the change halfway through the next one.There were moments when I would stop reading just to remember how I had read or heard a certain story but either it was twisted or I had missed the symbolism.I would highly recommend it to people seeking answers This book has all the answers A great read for all the true feminists out there as well.

  9. says:

    What starts as a tool to create equality invariably becomes a tool to create new hierarchies, the Goddess has seen this before and she will see it again Seven secrets of the Goddess is a window into the Hindu thought on feminism Changes in society have influenced the view of women and of Goddess worship From the wild Kali of the forests, She transforms into the battle ready Durga and finally to Gauri, the mother Skandamata and nourisher Annapurna The advent of monotheistic religions like Islam and Christianity relegate Her to an inferior position much like Mary, who though important is not really a divine entity From there arises the confusion about the position of women which exists today The book reveals the Vedic ideology which considers the mind to be masculine and nature to be feminine The mind can be bound into rules of culture and discipline but nature is untamed and unbound much like the spirit of Kali and the hair of Durga The female form being nature makes Her presence indispensable Devi lends half her self to Shiva to construct the Ardhanarishwara or exists as Mohini the female form of Vishnu, but Devi exists as a singular entity with no male half This reinforces that nature will always exist and outlive the mind.This is not only a good book on puranic lore but also on Hindu philosophy We bind ourselves with rules of culture and morality which are man made, nature or the Goddess may choose to follow them or not She is the primal one Adya, the one who exists when consciousness sleeps Yoganidra and the one whom we perceive when we awaken Yogamaya She exists within each one as Shakti and needs to be awakened not in temples but within oneself Each one of her hundred faces Shatamukhi represents the multiple faces of femininity laced with emotion, empathy and free from dry pragmatism.

  10. says:

    Creator of humanity,Creation of humanity,She is wealth, power, language.Lakshmi, Durga, SaraswatiShe is Devi Devdutt Pattanaik in The 7 Secrets of the Goddess.No words are enough to convey the wisdom this book brings Where most of the world is fighting for gender equality today, Devdutt Pattanaik beautifully takes you back to the times of female dominated society Answering the questions of how it got turned into a male dominated one, the book is also wonderfully related with the day to day beliefs we carry in our households, the reasons behind those beliefs and everything else that a curious person like me needs to know There are castes and sects in this world where the Goddess holds equal or importance than the God even today But regardless of however one may consider women and Goddesses today as, the world tends to forget that Devi is a complement, rather than a supplement The nature needs her, but she doesn t need nature The Goddess who is the calm and domesticated Gauri, can turn into the untamed Durga Our aham is the root cause of the problems around us Confronting the truth about us is not easy It needs Shakti And that Shakti is none other than the Goddess.A must read for all.

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