I previously told you about the Hindu god Shiva, today I want to introduce you to the Hindu God Brahma.
Brahma is considered the first god of the Hindu Trinity, the others being Vishnu and Shiva. Lord Brahma is regarded as the Supreme Being, the god of gods. Lord Brahma is the originator and the generator or mankind.
In order to create the world and the human race as well, Brahma created a Goddess out of himself. Brahma called the Goddess Gayatri, but she was also known as Saraswati. There are several more names, but too many to list.
There are many, many different myths about Lord Brahma so today I will share with you the one that I like the best.
Brahma is traditionally depicted with four heads, four faces, and four arms. The heads were created as he loved Gayatri, but he was suspicious of her and kept turning his head to watch her everywhere that she went, and who she was with. Gayatri was very embarrassed by Brahma's continually watching her so she would try to sneak away, but to only be seen once again by one of Brahma's four heads and caught once again. Another myth about the heads is that the four heads of Brahma symbolize that he holds all the knowledge to create the world.
Brahma also in shown with four hands. Again, there are different images showing different items, but the four that seemed to connect with me were – In one hand he held the “Vedas”, these will be explained for you. In another hand he held an hour-glass drum. This is a symbol of creation “beating the pulse of the universe. “In the third hand he holds a lotus flower, which symbolises purity; and in the fourth hand he holds prayer beads to assist with meditation.
The four Vedas are very important to the Hindu culture. They are an extremely large and comprehensive scripture that form the core of Hinduism. Many Hindus believe that the Vedas were not written by anyone including Ishwar (the term used for God among the Hindus), but are eternally existing. While many historians regard the Vedas some of the oldest surviving texts in the world, they estimate them to have been written down between 2500 and 500 BCE.
The Vedas are the most ancient books in the World, and they are the Foundation of Hinduism. Veda means knowledge. Any form of Knowledge acquired is considered as a Veda whereby it has no beginning or end. While it might surprise people how a book can have no beginning or end, the ancient Rishis who wrote these accepted that the complete knowledge of the Universe could never fit in any book, and so there would always be new things to discover. This philosophy makes Hinduism a very tolerant religion, always ready to accept new ideas from other cultures.