Brahma is the god of wisdom. It is said that the four Vedas were delivered from each of his four heads. Brahma is the first god in the Hindu trimurti. The trimurti is comprised of three gods who are responsible for the creation, preservation and destruction of the world. The other two gods that make up the trimurti are Vishnu and Shiva. One thing to note is that Brahma’s name should not be confused with Brahman, which is the supreme God force present within all things.
Brahma is the least worshiped god in Hinduism today. (I can find only a few temples in all of India devoted to him). In trying to comprehend why he is not worshipped as much these days, I came across one view that said that Brahma’s role as the creator is over. It is left to Vishnu to preserve the world and Shiva to continue its path of cosmic reincarnation. Brahma’s job was creation of the world and all creatures. In order to create the world and produce the human race, it is believed that Brahma made a goddess out of himself. One half was woman and the other half was man. Brahma called the woman Gayatri, but she is also known as Saraswati.
Brahma is given much more attention and is devoutly worshipped on the island of Bali, which has a significant Hindu population. The Indonesians practice a particular sect of Hinduism, called Agama Hinduism. Brahma, here too, is acknowledged as the creator.
The 19th century American Transcendentalist poet, philosopher and essayist, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote a beautiful poem called “Brahma” that was published in the Atlantic Monthly, in November, 1857. The overarching theme of the poem is about the divine relationship and about the continuity of life.
Interested in learning more about Brahma, here are a few great resources to check out:
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