The Shiva trilogy books are written by Amish Tripathi who introduces himself as an “educated boring banker turned happy author” well he may certainly be happy writing books which are a huge commercial success acquiring the status of the most rapidly sold books in Indian history, well I was certainly not happy reading his books also a huge following is in no way related to the authenticity of the subject this is evident when we see today’s new age Gurus and God men being followed by millions
Shiv is without form and is a divine energy /cosmic force/ Holy Spirit, his form as Shiv Shanker is an allegory and so are his stories in Shiv Puran which convey the moral teachings and guide the people to live a righteous life
Amish Tripathi has considered Shiv as a mere mortal, no issues with that when we refer to various folklore and the teachings of religious heads they too have done the same and have distorted the truth so much that sometimes the Gods are projected as sex starved, sometimes full of jealousy and so on
The concept of his book is based on the idea that Zoroastrian’s are asura’s. I quote the lines from his interview with Preetika Rana
“WSJ: What inspired you to pen ‘The Immortals of Meluha,’ the first novel in the ‘Shiva Trilogy?’
Mr. Tripathi: Believe it or not, a television program.
It all started nine years ago when my family and I were watching this televised historical series. In India, we typically call our gods ‘devas,’ and demons ‘asuras,’ a fact any Hindi-speaking native would be well aware of. What we discovered during the course of the program was that the Zoroastrian Persians refer to their gods as ‘ahuras’ and demons as ‘daevas,’ the opposite of the Indian pantheon.
That triggered an interesting debate in the family: ‘What if the ancient Indians and the ancient Persians had met? Perhaps they would be calling one another evil because one civilization’s god would be the other’s demon, and vice-versa. Who would be right?’
The answer, we concluded, was neither. They’re just two different ways of life. That philosophy is at the very heart of the Shiva trilogy: one’s perception of evil.”
Mr Amish you should have done some research on the word “Daeva” before writing your books (the meaning of Daeva is written at the end of the blog)
The author Amish Tripathi has borrowed from Ilm E Khshnoom (The Zoroastrian occult knowledge) which are mystical teachings of Behramshah Nowroji Shroff (1858-1927) a Zoroastrian gentleman who was drawn to the abode of the hidden Zoroastrian Saints (Abed Sahebs) of mount Demavand, in Iran. He stayed there with them for over three years and was transformed to a spiritual Adept. He had claimed to have seen this highly elevated people throwing seeds which grow instantaneously into plants to cover up their path and many more things which Amish Tripathi has copied and written in his books.
Now the meaning of the word “Daeva”, I quote directly from the website
“Ustad Saheb explained that the roots of the similar words in both languages are different. In Sanskrit, Daeva is derived from the root div – to shine, hence Daeva in Sanskrit means the ‘shining ones, celestial beings’. However, in Avesta, the word Daeva is derived from root dab – to deceive. The word Daeva in Avesta means one who is deceived – that is, one who does not understand the end aim of creation. Daeva implies one who is rooted only in the present. He sees the various aspects of God’s creations and does not understand their end aim – of Frashogard. He therefore tries to acquire everything he sees for himself – paying no thought or regard to whether the possession rightfully belongs to him or not. Thus one who wantonly loots the good creations of Ahura Mazda for his narrow, selfish and immediate consumption is called Daeva – the misguided one.”
Note: The Avesta is the primary collection of religious texts of Zoroastrianism, composed in the Avestan language
So when the Zoroastrian’s say they are against the Daevas it does not mean righteous Gods but the misguided ones, so the Zoroastrian’s are not asura’s
I am not a big fan of the Zoroastrian’s, the Parsees also spelt Parsis; they are a small race who falsely view themselves as superior to all other religious groups and races. They have projected a clean image but me being a half parsee know the true colours of these people.
This article is not to criticize Amish Tripathi, he has written a work of fiction which does not have to be taken seriously
I just want to convey my feeling that works of fiction, that to based on a false understanding become huge success and all are so very interested to read them where as how many people try to read and understand our scriptures and encourage their children to do the same.
Sant kabir said:
Saanche koi na ptiyayi jhoote jag patipaaye
gali gali go raas phire madira baith bikaye
meaning no one wants to go towards the truth, all flock towards and accept untruth; like the milkman has to go from street to street but the person selling alcohol does not have to go anywhere people flock to the wine shop
You may also like to read my articles on Shiv (please click)