Creation Mythology

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Creation Mythology

Postby K. David » 14 Aug 2010, 03:06

Belief systems around the world used metaphor to describe existence. We must use metaphor, this is the only way, because metaphor is the way we explain the inexplicable to ourselves. Theologian Joseph Campbell pointed out that mythologies all over the world and across time have told the same story about a "Hero With a Thousand Faces." Indian Philosophy is cited here as an example of how energies have been seen because it is rich in metaphor and resembles so many beliefs. We give many names to a rose.

Shiva is both the progenitor and the destroyer. His symbol as progenitor is the linga, the organ of procreation. Other religions have replaced the symbol of the progenitor with the notion of "God the Father." As destroyer, science knows him as entropy, inertia, and centrifugal force. He may be the force behind the expanding universe that theoretically burst from the "big bang" of creation. Ancient mystics knew this energy as tamas, the force of dispersion.

Vishnu is the protector and preserver of the universe. As protector he descends to Earth as a divine incarnation, or avatar. He is like the Son in this manner, stories of one of Vishnu’s greater incarnations, Krishna, are similar to stories of Buddha and the Christ. As preserver, science knows him as gravity, electromagnetism, and centripetal force. Ancient mystics knew this energy as sattva, the force of cohesion.

Brahma is the Immense Being and creator of relative time, space, and action. He allows the space-time continuum to bring equilibrium between opposites. Thus, between the dispersion of Shiva, tamas, and the concentration of Vishnu, sattva, lies a third aspect, which is movement between the two. In this manner he is like the Holy Ghost that links Father and Son. Science knows him as rotation, revolution, and oscillation. Ancient mystics knew this energy as rajas, the revolving tendency.

This triad of deities; Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma, is the Trimurti of Indian philosophy. They contain a triad of energies; tamas, sattva, and rajas, which are known as the qualities, or the gunas. With the dispersion of tamas, the cohesion of sattva, and the revolving tendency of rajas, the gunas suggest that "the" big bang of creation may not have been the first. If we ask, "What was there before there was nothing?," the answer may be, all of this, again.

An eclectic merger of metaphors might yield a progression. Brahma sits on a lotus that grows out of the naval of Vishnu. Brahma opens his eyes creates a universe. Shiva (as Bhairava) bursts forth, then progenerates as the universe expands. Vishnu pervades throughout creation and holds it together. Brahma blinks his eyes, and Shiva destroys the universe. The memory of Vishnu preserves part of the previous universe as he rests on Naga, the serpent who sleeps on the primordial waters. Brahma opens his eyes again and creates another universe and the Cycle continues. Each time life springs forth from the "Golden Embryo of Creation(1)" as in a notion embraced in myths around the world. This great Cycle recapitulates on smaller scales in all forms of life. That is where other deities come in.

Prajapati, the lord-of-progeny recapitulates the Cycle by dividing into manifestations of Brahma(2). Prajapati is also a main aspect of Shiva and one of the names for Vishnu, for he is a trimurtic deity. Manifestations from Prajapati rule over creation(3) and reproduce universal Rhythms(4). Prajapati, also known as Pasupati and is the Driver or the Herdsman in Shaivite philosophy who reproduces a triad. Everything has a Soul which is life force, a Body which is substance, and the Rhythms which are energy. These are known as the "Herdsman," the "Animal," and the "Reins," respectively. Since nothing is independent of life Rhythms that link body and soul, the Herdsman, the Animal and the Reins are inseparable. The reins of Prajapati are regulatory forces that may well be the "Superstrings" throughout the Unified Field of the Immense Being. They are the Rhythms of life.

Ganapati, (or Ganesha), is also a trimurtic deity(5) who is perceived as the remover of obstacles. He may be what allows Prajapati to go forth and multiply triads and Rhythms of the universe(6). Ganapati is also the lord-of-categories(7) who brings the relation between the different orders in all things. As lord of the macrocosm and microcosm, he is symbolized with the head of an elephant and the body of a man. Thus Ganapati is the remover of obstacles between categories in the macrocosm and the microcosm which allows us to see transcending patterns and fractals. Everything is in anything. The sacred formula of Ganapati is, tat tvam asi, which means "Thou art That." Every living being is a reflection of the supreme essence(8). The mantra or sound image of Ganapati is Aum, the eternal syllable, which is all pervasive. In an interconnected universe, lords work together; Prajapati multiplies aspects from the Divine Trinity and his reins give them Rhythm, Ganapati is the interconnecting force through the categories that makes them one with everything. Hence the grace and the being of the divine trinity comes through all things with Fractal Prisms of energy, including us. This we can find in the cycles of time.

1. Markandey Purana 46.21.[449]: 'As the Golden Embryo, Brahma is first among the gods. He has no beginning; he dwells in the center of the earth's lotus.'
2. Brhad-aranyaka Upanishad 5.5.1: 'In the beginning this [world] was just water. That water emitted the Real (satya) and the Real is the Immense-Being (Brahma). From the Immense Being came forth the lord-of-progeny (Praja-pati), and from the lord of progeny the gods. Those gods worships the Real (i.e., Brahma).'
3. Chandogya Upanishad 4.17.1-3.[117]: 'The lord of progeny, for the sake of the world, entered into meditation (dhyana). From the heat [born of his thought] the essence of the three worlds sprang forth. From Earth came Fire, from Space Wind, from the Sky came the Sun.'
4. Woodroffe, "Sadadhva," Kalyana, Shakti anka, 1938, p.585; 'Pajapati is also the symbol of the year..., the cycle of life, the cycle of seasons on which life depends. He is the light which guides the evolution of life.'
5. Ganapati Upanishad: 'By you was this universe manifested; for you are earth, water, fire, air, and ether. You are Brahma, Vishnu, and Rudra [Shiva].'
6. Torah, Genesis 1:28: 'And God blessed them: and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth.'
7. Ibid.: 'Ganapati, the ruler of all categories.'
8. Mahabharata 5.70.10.: 'the beings born of the [universal] Man are known to the sages as men.'

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