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Lord Brahma - about the God of Creater

God Brahma
God Brahma - in Hindu mythology the supreme god of the main triad of gods along with Vishnu and Shiva . Revered as the creator of the universe, in contrast to Vishnu, the Preserver of her, and Shiva the destroyer.

According to legend, Brahma is born from an egg floating in the primordial ocean. He divides the egg into two halves, of which there are heaven and earth, and then the whole visible world and living beings: gods, humans, animals and plants. Days and nights of Brahma's life determine the rhythm of life throughout the universe.

Sons of Brahma (notably the Angirasa, Daksa Bhrigu) become ancestors of gods and men. Delighted with the beauty created from his body goddess Savitri (Gayatri), Brahma acquires four faces, to see her constantly. In the form of fish Brahma Manu makes the first man from the flood, and Brahma is born from the thigh of the famous sage Narada.

Appearance and Attributes
>> Describes what skin color is reddish Brahma and he is dressed in red clothes. Brahma has four heads, four faces and four arms. It is said that each of his four goals continuously recites one of the four Vedas. Brahma is often depicted with a white beard (especially in North India), which symbolizes the eternal nature of virtually its existence.

>> Unlike most other Hindu deities, Brahma does not hold in their hands a weapon. In one of his hands he holds a scepter in the form of a scoop or a large spoon, which is associated with the shedding of ghee on the sacred fire of Vedic sacrifices and symbolizes that Brahma is the lord of yajnas. In another of his hands he holds kamandalu - a vessel with water, made of metal or even coconut shell. Water in the vessel symbolizes origin, all absorbing the ether, from which emerged the first elements of creation. In another of his hands holding prayer beads Brahma called akshamala that it uses to calculate the universal time. In his fourth hand Brahma usually holds books of the Vedas, but sometimes - flower lotosa.Chetyre hand - four hands of Brahma represent the four cardinal directions: east, south, west and north. Rear right hand represents mind, the back left hand represents intellect, the front right hand - the ego, and the front left hand - self-confidence. Rosary - symbolize different material substances used during the creation of the universe.

>> The book - the book of the Vedas in one of the arms of Brahma symbolizes knowledge. Gold - associated with activities; golden face of Brahma indicates that he was actively involved in the creation of the universe. Swan - symbolizes grace and the ability to distinguish good from bad. Brahma uses Hamsa swan as its vehicle, Vahan. Corona - Brahma crown symbolizes his supreme power in the universe. Lotus - lotus flower symbolizes the nature and essence of all things and beings in the universe. Beard - black or gray beard Brahma indicates wisdom and represents eternal process of creation. four faces - four faces, heads and hands represent the four Vedas: Rig, Samu, Yajur and Atharva. Means of transportation, or Vakhania Brahma is the divine swan. Swan is respected in Indian culture due to its special quality called Nir-ksira-Viveka, or the ability to separate milk from a mixture of milk and water. Swan epitomizes what all living beings in the universe deserve justice, in whatever situation they find themselves. Also, this ability swan indicates that the individual must be able to separate the good from the bad, taking something that has spiritual value and rejecting what does not.

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Hinduism perceives the whole creation and its cosmic activity as the work of three
LORD BRAHMA
fundamental forces symbolized by three gods, which constitutes the Hindu Trinity or ‘Trimurti’: Brahma - the creator, Vishnu - the sustainer, and Shiva - the destroyer.

Brahma, the Creator:
Brahma is the creator of the universe and of all beings, as depicted in the Hindu cosmology. The Vedas, the oldest and the holiest of Hindu scriptures, are attributed to Brahma, and thus Brahma is regarded as the father of dharma. He is not to be confused with Brahman which is a general term for the Supreme Being or Almighty God. Although Brahma is one of the Trinity, his popularity is no match to that of Vishnu and Shiva. Brahma is to be found to exist more in scriptures than in homes and temples. In fact it is hard to find a temple dedicated to Brahma. One such temple is located in Pushkar in Rajasthan.

Birth of Brahma :
According to the Puranas, Brahma is the son of God, and often referred to as Prajapati. The Shatapatha Brahman says that Brahma was born of the Supreme Being Brahman and the female energy known as Maya. 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. For this reason Brahma is also known as ‘Hiranyagarbha’. According to another legend, Brahma is self-born out of a lotus flower which grew from the navel of Vishnu.

In order to help him create the universe, Brahma gave birth to the 11 forefathers of the human race called ‘Prajapatis’ and the seven great sages or the ‘Saptarishi’. These children or mind-sons of Brahma, who were born out of his mind rather than body, are called the ‘Manasputras’.

The Symbolism of Brahma:
In the Hindu pantheon, Brahma is commonly represented as having four heads, four arms, and red skin. Unlike all the other Hindu gods, Brahma carries no weapon in his hands. He holds a water-pot, a spoon, a book of prayers or the Vedas, a rosary and sometimes a lotus. He sits on a lotus in the lotus pose and moves around on a white swan, possessing the magical ability to separate milk from a mixture of water and milk. Brahma is often depicted as having long white beard, with each of his heads reciting the four Vedas.

Brahma, Cosmos, Time & Epoch:
Brahma presides over 'Brahmaloka,' a universe that contains all the splendors of the earth and all other worlds. In Hindu cosmology the universe exists for a single day called the ‘Brahmakalpa’. This day is equivalent to four billion earth years, at the end of which the whole universe gets dissolved. This process is called ‘pralaya’, which repeats for such 100 years, a 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.
Linga Purana, which delineates the clear calculations of the different cycles, indicates that Brahma's life is divided in one thousand cycles or ‘Maha Yugas’.

Brahma in American Literature:

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) wrote a poem called "Brahma" that was published in the Atlantic in 1857, which shows many ideas from Emerson's reading of Hindu scriptures and philosophy. He interpreted Brahma as "unchanging reality" in contrast to Maya, "the changing, illusory world of appearance." Brahma is infinite, serene, invisible, imperishable, immutable, formless, one and eternal, said Arthur Christy (1899 – 1946), the American author and critic.

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