Trilogy of Shiva –

The story is built around one of the popular Hindu Gods Shiva. Lord Shiva is one of the three Gods among Creator, Nurturer and Destroyer. Shiva is the God of annihilation, whose role is destroying evil at appropriate time. Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is the nurturer and Shiva is the destroyer. The three together controls the smooth functioning of the universe.

Shiva is also called as Mahadev, the God of Gods is a charismatic leader and destroyer of Evil. In this book, Amish expresses the story of Lord Shiva as a living man who existed many centuries ago in 1900 BC and how his story later became a legend and people gave him the status of God. He has also captured the ancient Harappa and Indus civilization as the background for this story. The various kingdoms along with infrastructure is captured vividly in this book. In fact some part of history of India is explained with all details as the background for this story

Some of the philosophical excerpts:

  1. There is nothing random in the universe. Everything exists for a reason. If anything appears random, it only means we haven’t discovered its purpose as yet.
  2. Nature is not concerned about fairness, it only interested in efficiency.
  3. Evil does rise and will keep rising again and again. Because even Evil serves a purpose. And the institution of Mahadev is to act the balance, the control for that purpose. To take Evil out of equation at correct time. The same evil may serve the purpose of Good in another time. “
  4. It’s our greed to extract more and more from good that turns it into evil.
  5. The key question isn’t ‘What is Evil?’ The key question is ‘When does the Good become Evil?
  6. If the universe is trying to maintain balance, we must aid this by ensuring that Good is not enjoyed excessively. Or else the universe will re-balance itself by creating Evil to counteract Good. That is the purpose of Evil: it balances the Good.
  7. Excess of anything is bad. Some of us are attracted to Good. The universe tries to maintain balance. What is good for some may end up being bad for others. Agriculture is good for us humans as it gives us an assured supply of food, but it is bad for the animals that lose their forest and grazing land.
  8. When evil reaches epic proportions, when all seems lost, when it appears that your enemies have triumphed, a hero will emerge.
  9. If the entire society was conscious of its duties, nobody would need to fight for their individual rights. Since everybody’s rights would be automatically taken care of through someone else’s duties.
  10. There is your truth and there is my truth. As for the universal truth, it does not exist.
  11. There are many realities. There are many versions of what may appear obvious. Whatever appears as the unshakeable truth, its exact opposite may also be true in another context. After all, one’s reality is but perception, viewed through various prisms of context.
  12. Creation and destruction are the two ends of the same moment. And everything between the creation and the next destruction is the journey of life.
  13. Rather than the destination it is the journey that lends meaning to our lives.
  14. People do what their society rewards them to do. If the society rewards trust, people will be trusting
  15. Truth doesn’t have to be liked. It only has to be spoken. Speak it out. The truth may hurt you, but it will set you free.
  16. It is only in bad times that a person shows how steadfast he is to his dharma.
  17. Whether a man is a legend or not is decided by history, not fortune tellers.
  18. If you want to know the strength of a cloth, you inspect the quality of its weave. If you want to understand a person’s character, look closely at their interpersonal behaviour or their transactions.
  19. When the gardeners are good, the flower will bloom.
  20. Weak people never admit that they are responsible for their own state. They always blame either circumstances or others.
  21. Nobody is good or bad. They are either strong or weak. Strong people stick to their morals, no matter what the trials and tribulations. Weak people, many a times, do not even realise how low they have fallen.
  22. Fate controls only the weak, The strong mould the providence the want
  23. The opposite of love is not hate. Hate is just love gone bad. The actual opposite of love is apathy. When you don’t care a damn as to what happens to the other person.
  24. Standing by and doing nothing while a sin is committed is as bad as committing the sin itself
  25. It is your karma to fight evil. It doesn’t matter if the people that evil is being committed against don’t fight back. It doesn’t matter if the entire world chooses to look the other way. Always remember this. You don’t live with the consequences of other people’s karma. You live with the consequences of your own
  26. God exists all around us. In the flow of the river, in the rustle of the trees, in the whisper of the winds. He speaks to us all the time. all we need to do is listen.
  27. Often, our immediate reaction to a sudden crisis help us save ourselves. Our response to gradual crises that creep up upon us, on the other hand may be so adaptive as to ultimately lead to self-destruction.
  28. Truth is one, though the sages know it as many . God is one, though different religions approach Him differently. Call Him Shiva, Vishnu, Allah, Jesus or any other form of God. Our paths may be different but destination is the same.
  29. The distance between Evil and Good is a vast expanse in which many can exist without being either.
  30. It is attachment that makes people forget not only their moral duties but even who they really are.
  31. Even honourable men sometimes prove to be terrible leaders. Conversely, men of questionable character can occasionally be exactly what an organisation may require.
  32. Do not rush to the “right answer”,’, ‘The key, always, is to ask the “right question”.
  33. Strong people stick to their morals, no matter what the trials and tribulations, Weak people, many a times, do not even realize how low they have sunk.
  34. Desire is the root cause of all suffering, all destruction. The purpose of desire is for creation and destruction. It is the beginning and the end of a journey. Without desire, there is nothing.
  35. Desire creates attachment. Attachment to this world. And, when you don’t get what you want or get what you don’t want, it leads to suffering. And that to violence and wars. Which finally results in destruction. So, if you want to avoid destruction and suffering, you should control your desire right? Give up maya, the illusion of this world?”
  36. People do what their society rewards them to do. If the society rewards trust, people will be trusting.
  37. Lord Ram had himself said that any philosophy, no matter how perfect, works only for a finite period.
  38. Flexibility in a society allows change, so that all its members have the space to discover their true selves and grow to their potential. And if every person in a society achieves his true potential, society as a whole also achieves its true potential.
  39. People can pursue their dreams only when they are living in a society where survival is not a daily threat. In a society without security and stability, there are no intellectuals or businessmen or artists or geniuses. Man is constantly in fight or flight mode. Nothing better than an animal. Stability allows a person the freedom of choice,”  “society must remain stable so that it is not pushed into a situation of having to fight for survival.
  1. Science provides a solution and a rationale for everything. And if there is anything that appears like a miracle, the only explanation is that a scientific reason for it has not been discovered as yet.
  2. All knowledge has its context. Unless you know the context, you may not understand the point.