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7 Secrets of Vishnu

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Item Code: NAD037
Author: Devdutt Pattanaik
Publisher: Westland Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2011
ISBN: 9789380658681
Pages: 230 (Throughout B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 9.0 Inch X 7.0 Inch
Weight 410 gm
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Author’s Note

It is significant that the stories of Vishnu rose to prominence after the rise of Buddhism. Prior to that Hinduism was the religion of the elite based complex rituals known as yagna and esoteric speculations captured in texts known as the Aranyakas and the Upanishads. These seemed very distant to the common man who focused on fertility rituals worship of plants and animals and nature.

Buddhism spoke directly to the common man in the language of the people and addressed every day concerns. It naturally became very popular. But the Buddhist worldview leaned towards Monasticism. By contrast the Hindu worldview made room for both the hermit and the householder. To fire the imagination of the people moving towards monasticism this had to be communicated using a tool that the masses relished stories.

Stories of Vishnu communicate the hindu worldview from the point of view of the householder. This is complemented by stories of Shiva that communicate an equally valid but alternate viewpoint that of the hermit. Since both Vishnu and shiva were forms of God both worldviews that of the Householder and that of the hermit were held in equal regard.

To ensure that these stories were not reduced to entertainment they were deemed sacred and anchored with symbols and rituals. The symbols and rituals of Vishnu are different from the symbols and rituals of Shiva. For example Vishnu is visualized bedecked in gold while Shiva is worshipped smeared in ash Vishnu is offered sprigs of the Tulsi that is grown inside the house while shiva is offered leaves of the bilva that is grown outside the house Vishnu dances with his eyes open while Shiva dances with his eyes shut. Through these differences different ideas were communicated.

Wisdom that was once restricted to a few now reached everyone who chose to hear the stories look at the symbols and perform the rituals. Vishnu represents a key figure in the new story based Hinduism. He is a critical piece of what can be called the grand Hindu Jigsaw Puzzle.

To help readers unravel the secrets of Vishnu the chapters have been arranged as below:
• The first chapter focuses on how gender is used to explain fundamental metaphysical concepts integral to Hinduism

• The Second Chapter discusses the difference between man and animal.

• The third and fourth chapters focus on the Devas and the Asuras both of whom are unhappy as one struggles with insecurity and the other with ambition.

• The fifth and Sixth Chapters revolve around the Ramayana and Mahabharata as man struggles with his humanity.

• The seventh chapter is about the wisdom of letting go with faith in renewal.

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