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    Part 1: The Hindu Trinity & Lord Brahma



    In the Hindu tradition, the whole creation is the dynamic game of three fundamental forces symbolized by the three gods: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. This triad is made up of the creator (Brahma), the sustainer (Vishnu) and the destroyer or transcendent (Shiva). The correspondence of these three principles (creation, sustenance and destruction) in our daily existence is to be found in birth, life, and death. These correspondences occur not only at a physical level, but at psychic level as well. They represent the very basis of the universe, in its continuous becoming.

    Here, we talk about Lord Brahma or the Creator of the Universe, as depicted in the Hindu cosmology.

    The Force of Spiritual Becoming

    The path of the human being to spiritual perfection has to be trod with a creative, positive inner attitude. This attitude, named "cosmic optimism", expresses the dynamism of life and derives from a sublime ideal. It means the recognition and identification of each of us with the fundamental divine energy that created everything. The creative inner attitude offers us the possibility of discovering our true, profound nature, accelerating our spiritual progress. This creative inner attitude is a part of the evolutionary process itself. It may be awakened and amplified through the process of resonance with Brahma's specific energy.

    Brahma's World of Splendors


    The Hindu tradition perceives the cosmic activity of the Supreme Being (God) as threefold: the creation, the sustenance and the destruction and associate these three activities with the main deities: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. As we already mentioned, Brahma represents the creator aspect of the divine. Vishnu sustains the creation and represents the eternal principle of preservation, and Shiva represents the principle of dissolution, of the destruction of evil, of transcendence.


    We have to understand that basically, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are not three distinct deities, independent from each other, but they represent in fact the same Supreme Force, in its three different aspects. Brahma is the creator of the universe and of all beings. His world is Brahmaloka, containing all the splendors of the earth and all other worlds.

    In the Hindu tradition, Brahma's most common representation is four-headed, four arms, and red skin. He holds a cup, a bow (or in other representations a book of prayers), a spoon and the Vedas, created and spread by him. He sits in the lotus pose. When he moves around, he has as vehicle a white swan, endowed with magic powers: she may separate soma (divine nectar) and milk from water, as well as good from evil. Unlike all the other gods, Brahma carries no weapon. Although Brahma is the equal of Vishnu and Shiva, his popularity is no longer at its peak.

    Part 2: The Many Faces of Brahma


    According to "Shatapatha Brahman" writing, the creator - Brahma was born from "Brahman" or God. Wishing to create the universe, Brahman first created the water, in which he placed his seed. This seed transformed into a golden egg, from which Brahma appeared. According to the Puranas, Brahma is the son of God and the feminine energy or Maya. Nonetheless, there are other sources sustaining that Maya is Brahma's daughter or wife.

    What is Maya?
    Maya is the symbol of the cosmic illusion, whose veil does not allow mortals to perceive God. Maya has two aspects: Avidya Maya, the ignorance that estranges mortals from God, and enslaves him more and more into the universe of the senses, and Vidya Maya, the liberating knowledge that gradually leads mortals to the ineffable and intoxicating communion with God.

    Saraswati: Brahma's Feminine Facet
    "Saraswati, Brahma's feminine counterpart radiates more than the light of ten billion moons. Her ornaments are purified in the heavenly fire. She is the mother of the Vedas, the embodiment of nature and the patron of the arts and sciences. Saraswati is always smiling and her beauty surpasses all imagination. Her body is covered in jewels and pearls. When the identification with Saraswati is perfect, all the 64 arts become known." (Saraswati Stotra)


    Saraswathy is the worship governing wisdom and sciences. The Sanskrit term "sara" means "essence" and "swa" means "self", consequently the translation for Saraswati is the essence of the self. Saraswati symbolizes Brahma's creative force. All those seeking knowledge, mainly teachers, professors, scientists, students, worship the goddess Saraswati. She is very beautiful, gracious and young. Saraswati is also the master of the 64 arts, of which the art of love is the first and most important. Her representation is that of a woman with four arms, dressed in a white sari, sitting on a white lotus flower. The swan that accompanies her is also white, the color of peace. As the patron of arts, she sings at the instrument called vina. In her right hands she holds a book made of palm leaves, and a lotus, symbol of using the knowledge with love and kindness in order to ensure the prosperity of mankind. In her left hands she wears a necklace of pearls, symbolizing meditation and contemplation, as well as the path leading to samadhi, the total experience of God. Her four arms stand for her omnipresence and omnipotence. The front arms reflect her presence and action in the physical world, and her back arms her active presence in the spiritual world.

    Part 3: Brahma, Cosmos, Time...


    The Hindu tradition sustains that the universe exists for one day of Brahma (kalpa). At the end of this day (lasting, by human measurements for four billions years) the whole universe is dissolved.

    At his point, Brahma rests for one night, just as long as the day. This process, named pralaya, repeats for such 100 years, period that represents Brahma's lifespan. After Brahma's "death", it is necessary that another 100 of his years pass until he is reborn and the whole creation begins anew.

    As Linga Purana (the text in which we find clear calculations of the different cycles) indicates, "Brahma's life is divided in one thousand cycles (Maha Yuga, or the Great Year). Maha Yuga, during which the human race appears and then disappears, has 71 divisions, each made of 14 Manvantara (1000) years."

    Manvantara is Manu's cycle, the one who gives birth and govern human race. Each Manvantara has four divisions, four eras or Yugas, each presenting a gradual decline of the spiritual values, in favor of a material progress. A time of "sunrise" precedes each of these Yugas, and they end in a period of twilight.


    Behind the Trinity is One In India, there is a legend about Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Each of them was boasting about their miraculous powers. All of a sudden, a young boy came forth, asking Brahma: "What do you create?" Brahma's answer was quick and proud:"Everything". Asking the other two gods, the boy got the answers: "We sustain and then dissolve everything". The young visitor was holding a small straw in his hand. Showing it to Brahma, the boy asked: "Can you create a straw just like this?" after an extraordinary effort, Brahma admitted that he cannot create such a straw. The child turned to Vishnu and asked him to preserve the form of the straw. To his amazement, Vishnu was looking helpless to the dissolving form of the straw. Finally, the child asked Shiva to destroy the straw. Despite all his efforts, the straw was still there. Then the boy turned again towards Brahma and asked him: "Are you my creator?" Brahma thought thoroughly, but he could not remember creating the amazing boy. The child suddenly disappeared from their bewildered eyes, and the three gods remembered that behind their amazing powers there is always God.[/color]

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    Re: Brahma - God of creation

    Quote Originally Posted by madhurijntu View Post
    Part 1: The Hindu Trinity & Lord Brahma
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    Behind the Trinity is One In India, there is a legend about Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Each of them was boasting about their miraculous powers. All of a sudden, a young boy came forth, asking Brahma: "What do you create?" Brahma's answer was quick and proud:"Everything". Asking the other two gods, the boy got the answers: "We sustain and then dissolve everything". The young visitor was holding a small straw in his hand. Showing it to Brahma, the boy asked: "Can you create a straw just like this?" after an extraordinary effort, Brahma admitted that he cannot create such a straw. The child turned to Vishnu and asked him to preserve the form of the straw. To his amazement, Vishnu was looking helpless to the dissolving form of the straw. Finally, the child asked Shiva to destroy the straw. Despite all his efforts, the straw was still there. Then the boy turned again towards Brahma and asked him: "Are you my creator?" Brahma thought thoroughly, but he could not remember creating the amazing boy. The child suddenly disappeared from their bewildered eyes, and the three gods remembered that behind their amazing powers there is always God.[/color]
    Namaskar madhurijntu,

    Where is story from?

    Om
    That which is without letters (parts) is the Fourth, beyond apprehension through ordinary means, the cessation of the phenomenal world, the auspicious and the non-dual. Thus Om is certainly the Self. He who knows thus enters the Self by the Self.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atanu View Post
    Namaskar madhurijntu,

    Where is story from?

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    If my memory serves me correctly, I remember reading this as a kid in one of Swami Yogananda's books.

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    Re: Brahma - God of creation

    Quote Originally Posted by suresh View Post
    If my memory serves me correctly, I remember reading this as a kid in one of Swami Yogananda's books.
    Namaste Suresh,

    Is there any further reference to Shruti? As far as I know the story appears in Keno Upanishad, where a Yaksha appears to Indra, Agni and Vayu and then taking the form of Durga teaches Indra about Brahman.

    Om
    That which is without letters (parts) is the Fourth, beyond apprehension through ordinary means, the cessation of the phenomenal world, the auspicious and the non-dual. Thus Om is certainly the Self. He who knows thus enters the Self by the Self.

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    Namo Mahabrahma Devaraja

    OM. VAJRA. VISHNUYA. SVAHA
    OM. VAJRA. GARUDA. CALE CALE. HUM PHAT


    OM. AMOGHA VAIROCANA. MAHA-MUDRA. MANI PADMA JVALA PRAVARTTAYA. HUM

    Om Saha Nau-Avatu |
    Saha Nau Bhunaktu |
    Saha Viiryam Karava-Avahai |
    Tejasvi Nau-Adhii-Tam-Astu Maa Vidviss-Aavahai |
    Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||


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