[ Reading ] ➸ Rudra Author Nilima Chitgopekar – Rvtrek.info

Rudra 3.5 Smart, sensitive I would ve liked a little depth into the philosophy bits from a Shiva POV but that s okay I enjoyed this book Na Punyam Na Papam, Na Saukhyam Na Duhkham Na Mantro Na Tirtham, Na Vedam Na Yajna Aham Bhojanam Naiva Bhojyam Na Bhokta Chidananda Rupah Shivoham Shivo Ham Beyond Sin And Virtue, Beyond Joy And Sorrow, Beyond Scripture, Ritual And Pilgrimage, And Beyond Familiar Experience This Is Shiva, In Essence Once Feared As The Capricious And Terrifying Rudra, Shiva, The Most Un Brahmanic Of Gods, Has Traditionally Been Shunned By Orthodox Vedic Religion Although The Shiva We Recognize Today Retains Much Of His Original Contrarian Nature, He Is Firmly Ensconced In Popular Imagination As The Awe Inspiring Mahadeva, Supreme Lord Of The Universe In A Unique Attempt To Explore The Varied Planes Of Thought And Belief That Shiva Has Represented Over Millennia, Nilima Chitgopekar Imaginatively Recreates The Defining Moments Of The Great God S Life Through The Eyes Of His Most Intimate Mythological Companions Vishnu, Sati, Daksha, Parvati And Ganesha Take Turns To Praise, Criticize, Explain, Complain, Sermonize And Rationalize And Through The Prism Of What They Choose To Reveal Of The Shiva They Know, There Emerges The Vision Of A God Who Assimilates In His Person The Most Extreme Contradictions For Shiva Is As Reclusive As He Is Accessible, As Loved As He Is Feared, And As Fallible As He Is Divine As The Author Traces The Diverse Threads Of History, Philosophy, Anthropology And Faith That Have Coalesced To Create This Intriguing Deity, She Uncovers The Deeper Truth About Shiva S Unmatched Appeal A Credo Of Simple Devotion To A Unified Godhead, One That Reflects The Eclecticism And Humanity That Form The Very Core Of Hindu Thought Excellent scholarly interpretation of the myths and rituals in philosophical as well as scientific terms.The book the dated than Amish s shiva trilogy still connects with the same line of thought Must read for the Jigyaasi Highly interesting to see the evolution of the thought process of the Idea of Rudra from the Vedic to the Puranic times. The mythology of Shiva brings to a conscious level the fundamental cultural quandary of choosing between living in the social world, which includes certain commitments and the performance of familial duty and enjoyment of sensual pleasure, and the path of renunciation, which rejects the world and denies sexuality and procreation in order to attain spiritual salvation P.153 Furnished by Nandalal Bose s incredible painiting serving as the book cover, Rudra is an incredibly well researched and well summarised prose aiming to educate its audience on the various attributes of Rudra aka Shiva, both as a human and God, with a strong emphasis on the theme of duality, which the author implores, is the true nature of Shiva the renouncer and enjoyer.Even though the author speaks of Shiva through the eyes of five of his closest companions, the take away message for me was to interpret the existence of Shiva, not as a God or a mortal, but as a concept, both spiritual and animalistic in nature and one that reconciles the two.

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