Sep 07, 2022

Book Review

by Arpit

Book:7 Secrets of Vishnu
Author:Devdutt Pattanaik
Publisher:Westland Books

I always love to read books that contain some valuable lessons on spirituality. So when I first saw "7 Secrets of Vishnu", I ordered the book immediately. I had never gotten in touch with any book related to Lord Vishnu. So I was really very excited to grasp the knowledge contained in this book.

A lot about the Hindu Trinity has been presented in the book. The Hindu trinity consists of Brahma(the creator), Vishnu(the preserver) and Shiva(the destroyer). They represent distinct levels of consciousness and perform different duties.

“Neither Sita nor Ram let the forest erode their values. Wherever they go, they hold on to the principles of dharma. They may have left Ayodhya, but Ayodhya never leaves them.” ― Devdutt Pattanaik, Seven secrets of Vishnu

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Brahma is a spiritual reality who tries to find himself through the material realm. Vishnu's way is called pravritti marga(outward-looking). Shiva's way is called nivritti marga(inward-looking path).

“Thus, metaphysically, Kalki will destroy everything, even death. He will destroy all structures so that none exist. In other words, he will herald Pralaya.” ― Devdutt Pattanaik, Seven secrets of Vishnu

"7 Secrets of Vishnu" tries to tell the secrets behind the stories and rituals associated with Lord Vishnu. Divided into seven chapters, the book takes us through several avatars of Lord Vishnu on earth. Each chapter helps us to understand the plays of Load Vishnu.

There is a relationship between spiritual growth and material growth. There is a beautiful description of how Lord Vishnu celebrates both material and spiritual growth.

radha krishna

I also learnt about the Devas and Asuras. Both of them are unhappy. Devas struggle with insecurities and Asuras struggle with Ambition. I was amazed to learn that Asuras are not evil(negative). In fact, both Devas and Asuras are grandchildren of Brahma and children of Kashyapa.

The idea of evil makes no sense in Hinduism. For Hindus, the whole world is a manifestation of the Divine. It means everything contains God.

“Lakshmi is Vishnu’s bhoga-patni, connecting him with the earthly needs of man. Saraswati is Vishnu’s moksha-patni, connecting him with the spiritual needs of man.” ― Devdutt Pattanaik, Seven secrets of Vishnu

It was interesting to read about Lakshmi and Saraswati. Lakshmi is driven towards places where Saraswati resides. Soon the focus shifts towards Lakshmi instead of Saraswati, and Alakshmi comes in place of Saraswati to end the peace. It always happens with Devas. Lord Vishnu balances both Lakshmi and Saraswati at the same time.

The best thing I liked about the book was the incredible artwork and photos on every page, with a beautiful description of symbols related to Lord Vishnu. It was a great read, and I recommend the book to people interested in Hinduism and Lord Vishnu.


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