Shiva's Own Story: An SOS for Your Soul

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The 'Brihakatha', or Lord Shiva's narrative to his wife Parvati, is featured in Gunadhya's epic composition 'Katha Sarita Sagara' in Sanskrit. Somadeva's adaptation retains the storyline, with Lord Shiva substituting for Lord Kubera, the God of Wealth.

C H Tawney, blending pure Hindu mythology with Buddhist and tantric beliefs, translated the story into English as The Ocean of a Story, which runs 12 volumes ...

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Overview

The 'Brihakatha', or Lord Shiva's narrative to his wife Parvati, is featured in Gunadhya's epic composition 'Katha Sarita Sagara' in Sanskrit. Somadeva's adaptation retains the storyline, with Lord Shiva substituting for Lord Kubera, the God of Wealth.

C H Tawney, blending pure Hindu mythology with Buddhist and tantric beliefs, translated the story into English as The Ocean of a Story, which runs 12 volumes and includes footnotes.

Shiva's Own Story is a condensed version of Tawney's work.

The setting of the stories is India in the 10th and 11th centuries, when the country was composed of many small kingdoms and fiefdoms. There was no dearth of monarchs with dynastic ambitions. The king was usually advised by an intelligent and devoted Brahman minister. The heir apparent, the crown prince, had a circle of friends, mostly sons of the king's ministers, who became part of the cabinet when the prince became king. Intrigue was rife and matrimonial alliances were often a strategy to expand the kingdom.

In a country where illiteracy is still formidable, storytelling is a means of promoting and propagating religious and moral culture.

About the Author: Named after Lord Shiva, Dr. K. Chandra Sekhar was born on a full moon in the city of the dancing Nataraja, Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu, South India. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, and presently a consultant anesthesiologist at Visakhapatnam, a port city along the east coast of India. He served in the Indian Navy from 1974 to 1996 and is currently writing his next book.

Publisher's website: http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/ShivasOwnStory.html

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609764258
  • Publisher: Strategic Book Group, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/16/2011
  • Pages: 802
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.77 (d)

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