Brahma is one of the aspects of the Trimurti – which could be compared to the divine Trinity in Christianity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Brahma represents the principle of creation in Hindu belief. Alongside Vishnu, the preserver, and Shiva, the god of destruction, Brahma is regarded as the one who moves the universal One in the role of the unmoved. Brahma is time and at the same time he is subject to it.
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Who or what is Brahma?
What role does Brahma play in the Hindu pantheon?
The Hindu God has been named in many ways:
- Surajyestah (who existed before the other gods)
- Chaturmukha (four-headed one)
- Chaturana (four-faced one)
- Ashtakarna (eight-eared one)
- Pitamaha (father of men)
- Lokesha (god of the worlds)
- Kamalasana (sitting on the lotus)
- Abjayoni (Lotus-born)
- Nabhijanmah (born from the navel of Vishnu)
The Legend of Brahma
The representation of Brahma
- Vedas = the ancient scriptures stand for wisdom and the laws of nature and mark him as the god of science.
- Lotus flower = is the symbol for his creative power.
- Japa Mala = the rosary stands for mediation and marks him as a world teacher, guru and patron of mantra recitation, Veda recitation and meditation.
- Kamandalu = the begging bowl is considered a symbol for the fact that everyone comes into the world as a beggar and leaves it in the same way. Nothing can be taken away. Everything is transient.
Brahma’s mount – the mystical white goose or swan – Hamsa, presents Brahma’s infinite and pure freedom. With it, he travels spiritually to any place in the universe.