The creation in Hinduism

As per Hindu Philosophy creation happened with Omkara. Omkara is the premordial sound. It is written as ॐ, and  is the creator of all sounds, languages and everything else.  It is the root of creation and hence the original Veda. It also called as Pranava Veda.

However, when I read Bhagavadgeetha, I came upon the following verses.

मम योनिर्महद्ब्रह्म तस्मिन् गर्भम् दधाम्यहं 
संभव: सर्वभूतानां ततो भवति भारत (14.3)

सर्वयोनिषु कौन्तेय मूर्तय:सम्भवन्ति या:
तासां ब्रह्म महत्योनि: अहं बीजप्रद: पिता (14.4)

सत्वं रजस्तम इति गुणा: प्रकृति संभवा:
निबध्नन्ति महाभाहो देहे देहिनमव्ययं (14.5)

In 14.3 Krishna tells that creation happens by him as father and with brahma as his mate. Now it is normal to wonder how two males can generate offspring. Remember sex is immaterial when talking about metaphysics and here Brahma means Prakriti.

In 14.4 Krishna further tells that for all the offsprings that get born out of all the females in the world, the mothers represent Prakriti and fathers represent the Paramatma.

In 14.5 Krishna tells that the attributes that give the diverse quality to body of souls is from “Prakriti” not from him (Purusha). The attributes are Satva,Raja and Tama.

So creation as per Bhagavadgeetha has no concept of Omkara, but has Prakriti and Purusha. Why is this so? I thought there is conflicting literature in the hinduism. Conflicts are fine among distinct darshanas but not in the same Vedanta darshana. Then I came upon this idea of going behind the origin of Omkara.

Lets go to the question of who created Omkara:

As a proof of anti plagiarism, and respecting copyright in ancient India, before reciting any prayer or sookta, we will pay our respect to the poet (lyricist), the composer(one who gives the prosody) and the owner (the producer of the poem :-)). Like wise before reciting Omkara also we acknowledge the stake holders.  Before reciting Omkara, especially during Pranayama, people say this — प्रणवस्य परब्रह्मा ऋषि:  परमात्मा देवता देवी गायत्रि छन्द: प्राणायामे विनियोग:. The creators of Omkara are thus Paramatma, Parabrahma and Gayatri.

So there is one more source of creation: Gayatri. Who is this Gayatri other than Paramatma and Parabrahma? This secret solved recently when I read the Vyakhyana of Bannanje Govindcharya.

In Rigveda we have the following shloka

हिरण्यगर्भ: समवर्तताग्रे भूतस्य जात: पतिरेक आसीत्।
स दाधार पृथिवीं द्यामुतेमां कस्मै देवाय हविषा विधेम॥

Here Vishnu is said to be Hiranyagarbha, or the one who holds the entire universe in his womb as hiranya or Lakshmi.

and in Atharva Veda

अहं सुवे पितरम् अस्य मूर्धन् मम योनिर् अप्स्व् अन्तः समुद्रे |
ततो वि तिष्ठे भुवनानि विश्वोतामूं द्यां वर्ष्मणोप स्पृशामि ||7||

here Lakshmi says, that Parabrahma is born out of her head

तमिद गर्भं परथमं दध्र आपो यत्र देवाःसमगछन्त विश्वे |
अजस्य नाभावध्येकमर्पितंयस्मिन विश्वानि भुवनानि तस्थुः ||

and this Shloka in Rigveda again, tells that Brahma comes out of Vishnu’s Navel .

So we have the trio, Vishnu as Paramatma,  Lakshmi as Gayatri in his womb, and Parabrahma raising out of the Navel of Vishnu. Parabrahma creates the Omkara which is responsible for the creation of the universe. So “bhagavadgeeta creation” and “Rigveda creation” are in sync now.

I wanted to put this analysis as the first post in religiontalks, as we may need to refer this back in our further discussions.

On a side note:
One of the theories to unify all the fundamental forces, superstring theory, says that every particle has its source as a vibration of a super string..

Superstring theory is an attempt to explain all of the particles and fundamental forces of nature in one theory by modelling them as vibrations of tiny supersymmetric strings.

According to the theory, the fundamental constituents of reality are strings of the Planck length (about 10−33 cm) which vibrate atresonant frequencies. Every string, in theory, has a unique resonance, or harmonic. Different harmonics determine different fundamental particles.

I neither endorse atheism or any religion to others. I just present my thoughts. Human beings are generally social beings and I too am one of them.The points I express here are because of my curiosity to extract meaning out of Gods, Religion, and Customs. Essentially my thought process is that people are not fools to start any custom without a reason, but the reason gets faded as time passes by. 


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