|BRAHMA - SARAWATI
BRAHMA - the creator
SARASWATI - the consort of Brahma
Brahma was born of the golden egg, HIRANYAGARBHA. When the egg divided into two
parts, heaven and earth were formed. Between these was the sky. He is also said
to have sprung from Vishnu's navel, on a lotus, symbolizing rebirth from the
seeds of the past manifestations. A day of Brahma is called
as KALPA and is equivalent to 4320 million years. His perch is on Mount MERU and is called as BRAHMAPURA
He is the uncreated creator - SVAYAMBHU - the self-born first person and his
consort Saraswati manifested out of him and all creatures of the world resulted
from their union. Thus he is THE CREATOR.
He is the lord of scholarship and the four Vedas came from
his mouth. His consort
Saraswati is the goddess of higher learning and arts. Both are thus connected
with the art of sculpture, architecture, painting, writing, drama, dance and
music and are worshipped by those seeking spiritual and intellectual advancement.
From Brahma's body came the four castes of the Hindus: the BRAHMANS or priests
from his mouth; the KSHATRIYAS or soldiers from his arms; the VAISHYAS or traders
from his thigh and the SUDRA or menial workers from his feet.