Brahma is the name for the principle which creates all of the manifest realms.
Brahma is a metaphor for all of creation: its laws, its inherent intelligence, and its consciously manifested potencies which operate as sages, saints, Rishis, Devas, celestials, and divine beings of all kinds of nature, temperament and description.
Brahma creates, operates in the form of this universe for trillions of years, then dissolves back into Narayana. Later, another Brahma appears to begin the process again.
Atma - Soul
- Stems from the Sanskrit word Brih which means to grow or to expand.
- Associated with Kalpa - The cycle of time.
- It became synonymous with Hiranyagharba (The Golden Egg of Creation).
- Saraswati is the "spouse" of Brahma.
Brahma is depicted as growing from the navel lotus of Narayana.
Brahma was endowed with his "spouse" (Saraswati) and consciousness at the time of creation.
Brahma made certain "beings" solely by the power of his mind and thought.
One Kalpa or cycle of time from creation to dissolution (day of Brahma), lasts 4.3 million years. These cycles continue on for the life of Brahma (100 years of 360 Brahma days and nights). The process then, with variations, repeats itself.
The term "Brahma" does not appear in the Vedas.
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