7 Secrets of Vishnu

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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.

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 srtuggles with his humanity.

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

Cover Art work of ‘Murlidharan’, Krishna who plays the flute: Kerala Mural by Sasi Edavarad of ‘Dhyanasankalpam’- the open studio for murals, Calicut

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  • paras

    i have read all of your books and the best of them is the 7 secrets of vishnu . and one element which i love in your books is the illustration of indian folk paintings . amazing . bravo !!1

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  • Deepankar Sinha

    Hi Devdutt,

    Finished reading this book after reading 7 Secrets of Shiva. I have to say both books should have been one book rather than two as both of them compliment each other. Ascetic Shiva and wordly Vishnu are conveying the same things to us.

    Also, I believe that after realizing Purusha, we will have Prakriti at our bidding but there will no desire left as we would have already achieved the highest possilbe for a human being. Only people who do not see themselves as Pususha want to dominate or chase Prakriti.

    I am giving it 5/5. Worth every penny spent on it.

    Deepankar Sinha.

  • Nakul

    Dear Sir,

    I recently read your book 7 Secrets of Vishnu, and was floored by it. The book has changed my outlook and the way I perceive this aspect of the Brahman.However, I do have a question that i would like to ask you regarding something I read in your book. In your book you mention that Saraswati is Vishnu’s wife, whom he keeps in his tongue, while he keeps Lakshmi in his feet. I do realize that they are both forms of Purusha & Prakriti, but from a strictly mythological point of view, I have always believed that Saraswati is Brahma’s companion/consort. I would really appreciate it if you could kindly clear this confusion I have.


  • I recently started reading this book and also started translating the pages verbally to my mother. She liked it very much and would like to read it in Hindi since she doesn’t understand English that well. Do you have any translations done in Hindi?

  • Radha

    Hi Devdutt!
    Can you do a book/article on the 10 avatars of Lord Vishnu.

  • Page 99 Last Para “Bhu-devi is the tangible form of Lakshmi. Lakshmi has another form called Sri-devi, which indicates intangible wealth.”…

    Page 100 First Picture, comment for Bhu-devi says “Bhu-devi represents intangible wealth”. Comment for Sri-devi says” Sri-devi represents tangible wealth”

    Pls fix this typo…

  • Debjani Banerji

    The book took me back to my roots. So many words that we’ve grown up with, whose meanings and history were not clear, became crystal clear after reading this book. Like Alakhi, Lakhi, why Saraswati and Lakshmi never stay together, why Lakshmi is so restless, why did Krishnaleave the flute, Why Brahma is never worshipped, etc, etc A wonderful read, taking you back to your roots. A must for all those interested in mythology and history.

  • Swati Bajaj

    Dear Sir,

    I have just completed reading 7 secrets of Vishnu.

    There is a typo error on page 207…3rd para, 9th line. The last word should read as “Kali” instead of “Treta”

  • Bharat Rane

    finished reading the book today. Quite unfortunate that there appear to be a large number of errors of interpretation, such as [1] Draupadi is the incarnation of Laxmi [it is absolutely clear that Laxmi’s incarnation alongwith Krushna was Rukmini], [2] Kalpataru is the same as Parijatak, Shiv is perpetually in a resting stage and pralaya takes place only when he awakens, to name a few. All such errors appear to be your interpretations rather than what is contained in the scriptures as we have always known them. Hope someone else also has similar observations to make.

  • Anu-Purna Saripella

    Dear Mr. Devadutt,

    At the very beginning, I want to express my delight in sending you this email.
    I read your book Myth = Mithya and was enraptured reading it. The facts, legends
    and the metaphorical interpretations were so enlightening. My religious beliefs
    began making so much sense. If I can say it.

    Recently, I bought 7 Secrets of Shiva and 7 Secrets of Vishnu. Another enthralling read. I understand that your books are an introduction to the topics you
    talk about, without delving into too many facts, characters and events. However, some characters have made their mark in mythology, while some others have changed the course of events even if they just made a brief appearance.

    1. While talking about Ayyappa- the secret and reason of His birth, how Hindus worship Him, the book said ” No women are allowed to this shrine.”
    However, I was told (and have personally seen ) that only menstruating women are prohibited. Pre-puberty girls and post-menopausal women can take the 40 day deeksha and can visit the
    holy shrine.

    2. Talking about Vinata and Kadrua, wives of Kashyapa and their boons. Vinata asks for two valiant
    and good sons ( satsantanam). However, in a moment of desperation she breaks one open prematurely and out comes a half-formed being who curses her to slavery to Kadrua as a lesson and he flies skywards to be the charioteer to the Sun God. His name is Arun.

    I was wondering why he wasn’t mentioned. Because Arun is no less in fame and valour to his brother Garuda. Who can dare stand before the Sun god much less offer to be His charioteer. He’s the first one to be seen on the morning horizon.

    3. Talking about Bhishma’s death in the Kurukshetra war. Why wasn’t Shikhandi mentioned as the catalyst for
    Bhishma’s downfall. If not for Shikhandi, Bhishma was insurmountable and the Pandavas would never have gone as far as they did in the war.

    4. When the book talks about Krishna encouraging Arjuna to kill Karna who was trying to pull his wheels out of the sand. While reminding Arjuna about the unspeakable deeds that Karna did that justified him to die without having a chance to defend himself. Wasn’t one of the reasons Krishna reminds Arjuna that Karna was one among those villains who had killed the young and unarmed Abhimanyu in an unfair and unjust manner?

    Thanks for your time and patience.

  • Sudhiir Krishnan

    This book is very significant from the point of hinduism. I read this book in one go.But this book is not a novel and not something to be read in a go. I like the book for its academic perspective.I had never before known so much about Lord Vishnu until I read this book. I wrote really good things about this book in the reviews section in an online store (flipkart).Things often not told to us are there in this book.Literally this book contains all the secrets one must know about lord Vishnu. I like the way especially the book has been presented that it will generate enough curiosity even amongst youngsters.Thanks.
    But it is also surprising to know about your political views .
    Sudhiir Krishnan

  • Namrata Mitra

    I finished the book. I have found the divinity of Lord Vishnu by your words. Simply more than overwhelming, very informative It gave me a reason to believe in divinity. thank you so much sir for enlightening all time.