Hindu Gods Symbolism: Brahma & Saraswati

Brahma is the four faced god in the Hindu theology and is considered as the god of creation. Saraswati is the consort of Lord Brahma. The wonderful symbolism behind Brahma and Saraswati is highly interesting. Both Brahma and Saraswati are shown to be seated on white lotus. Brahma emanates from the lotus that stemmed out of the naval of Lord Vishnu, the sustainer of the universe. Lord Vishnu had emanated from the Hiranyagarbha, the primordial energy that gives out the universe during creation and absorbs it back into it during dissolution. This Hiranyagarbha is worshipped as Linga, the form of Lord Shiva, the god of destruction. Thus, Lord Shiva is the destroyer who destroys everything and exists even after the dissolution of the universe; Lord Vishnu who came out from Shiva is the god who sustains the universe after creation and Lord Brahma who emanated from Lord Vishnu is involved in creating living and non-living things of the universe after creation.

DSC_5372Brahma and Saraswati’s white lotus symbolize purity and creative energy. As white marks the amalgamation of all colours and gives out all the other colours when passed through a prism, Brahma and Saraswati are the repository of all wisdom, all creative energy and all resources necessary for the creative process. Brahma holds in his palm the scripts of all the Four Vedas, the ultimate source of the entire galaxy of wisdom. Mother Saraswati is the embodiment of knowledge, arts and all forms of creative activity. Thus, in essence and spirit, Lord Brahma signifies the latent creative energy and Mother Saraswati signifies the manifested creative energy. In other words, when Brahma creates the gross universe (matter), Saraswati embellishes it, perfects it and crafts it into myriad shapes, forms and colours. Thus, she is the goddess of arts, crafts and all forms of learning and performance.

Brahma has four faces signifying the four Vedas. These Vedas are Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharvana symbolizing wisdom, science, arts and superhuman capabilities respectively. All these aspects are inherent in the entire cosmos. They mark the different facets and dimensions of the created universe. These innate forces take myriad shapes and forms and manifest into the enjoyable universe in sounds, feelings, colours, tastes and smells with the touch of Mother Saraswati. Thus, this ideal couple of Lord Brahma and Mother Saraswati make this universe a wonderful place that is enjoyable and adorable.

There is no marriage for gods. What we regard as Lord Brahma and Saraswati are symbols that bring to understanding lofty concepts which are otherwise difficult to comprehend. The underlying idea behind the conception of Brahma and Saraswati is the manifestation of the universe into different shapes and properties. Brahma and Sraswati are worshipped as the repository of wisdom, skills and talents. Tongue is an important organ that performs two functions namely tasting and speaking. Goddess Saraswati is seated in the tongue of Lord Brahma stressing the importance of speech. Man is the only being on this earth who can articulate his tongue in several ways to produce complex sounds. Thus he is able to express his ideas differently through speech and music. Being the ruler of speech, Saraswati is also called as Vagdevata meaning the goddess of speech.

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