Lord Brahma- In Mythology and Philosophy
Lord Brahma is the Hindu God of Creation.
Lord Brahma is the creator of the universe as per Hindu scriptures. Lord Brahma is part of the Holy Trinity, the other gods being Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Brahma undertakes the creation of the universe, Vishnu sustains the universe and Shiva annihilates it. This eternal recurring process is called creation.
Lord Brahma in Philosophy
God Brahma is called “Svayambhu” meaning that which is “self-manifested” or “self-born”. In Vedic philosophy, Lord Brahma reminds us that the one supreme consciousness adopts the illusion of diversity for the purpose of creation. Lord Brahma is the first differentiated reality from the one undifferentiated consciousness. It is for creation that the one supreme consciousness deludes itself and becomes many due to the illusion of differentiating between the seer and the seen, the body and the mind, I and them.
Lord Brahma in Mythology
In Puranas, Brahma, the first god among the trinity, is represented by “Hirayangarbha” or “The Golden womb” from which all the creation has originated. Hence Lord Brahma is called Prajapati since all creatures emerged from him and are his progeny. In another recitation, a golden coloured lotus grew from the navel of Lord Vishnu and that became Lord Brahma’s seat. The parts of the lotus represent the entire world.
The Holy Trinity
The wise know that Brahma represents the mind, Vishnu represents the Prana or life force that sustains and Shiva represents the wisdom that is beyond ego. Hence when one develops his mind or intellect, he is able to create a path to balance his life-force and finally attain the wisdom that will lead to Vairagya and Viveka.
The Symbolism of Brahma
Lord Brahma is traditionally represented with four heads and four arms. The four hands of Brahma hold a water-pot, a spoon, a rosary and the Vedas. The symbolism is explained below:
Four heads of Brahma: They represent the four Vedas (Rig, Yajur, Sama, Atharva) and the four yugas (Krita, Treta, Dwapara, Kali).
Four arms of Brahma: The four hands of Brahma denote the four directions showing the eternality of the cosmos. The objects in his hands thus represent their eternal purpose. The spoon is for pouring of Holy Ghee in the sacrificial fire, the water-pot denotes the all encompassing nature of the ocean, the rosary is for keeping track of the Universe time and the Vedas represent the truth of the creation.
God Brahma’s vehicle
Brahma’s vehicle is a divine swan. In mythology, the swan is bestowed with a virtue called Neera-Ksheera Viveka or the ability to separate milk from the water symbolising the ability to separate good from the evil.
Other Facts about God Brahma
The story in Shiv Puran accurately predicts decline in worship of Brahma and explains why Ketaki flower is not used as worship for Lord Shiva.
The most famous temple dedicated to Brahma is located at Jagatpita Brahma Mandir in Pushkar, Rajasthan