I always like to consider the stories in Hinduism as a symbolism or an allegory. As such here is my opinion on the creationism and the origin of vedas. These are just some random thoughts based on my studies in Rigveda, Upanishads, Puranas, Mahabharatha and Bhagavatha . I myself may not hold on to this interpretation forever. So before judging/getting offended (if at all), think of this as an insignificant rant of an ignorant amateur in Hindu Philosophy. And please let me learn it in my own pace.
I present my thoughts in various chapters, as stories.
Vishnu was the richest man in all the surrounding regions.People say that the richness of Vishnu was because of Lakshmi, his wise wife who showed the importance of wealth. She was an excellent economist and knew what wealth and transaction really mean. She had suggested using Gold as a standard of exchange, for its purity, divisibility, durability and the inherent value associated with it. Gold is the standard of money till now. Because of Lakshmi being his wife and the source of Gold, Vishnu was also called Hiranyagarbha. Vishnu lived in an island in the midst of the ocean. The place was called Vaikunta.
Vishnu had a brilliant friend called “Brahma”. Because of their closeness and the patronage Vishnu gave to Brahma’s experiments, inventions and discoveries, people made an allegory of it and said Brahma was an adopted son of Vishnu, born out of a lotus from Vishnu’s naval. Brahma ran a university were he trained many people on creative thinking. His students started to call him the creator or Karta. Brahma married Saraswati, a scholar of music, grammar and knowledge. A perfect companion to him. Both of them lived in a lake filled with white lotuses and beautiful swans .
Shiva was another close friend of Vishnu, but he lived far away in Kailas of Himalayas. He had chosen the path of renunciation. He appreciated inner peace and started doing penance. Vishnu was a capitalist and appreciated people accumulating wealth and spending and donating it in a wise manner. Shiva on the other hand was an ascetic, like Thoreau he like to lead his life in nature, eating whatever he finds and not getting dejected by anything. He used to stay in a burial grounds while on travel indicating that nothing in the world is bad.He was a maverick and had a huge following as well.His followers called him Rudra, and anything terrifying came to be known as Roudra there after. Daksha, one of the heads of Brahma’s university had a daughter called Dakshayini who had married Shiva without her father’s approval.
Though Shiva and Vishnu had different ideologies they mutually respected each other, but Shiva used to contradict many ideas of Brahma and either stopped the inventions or destroyed those already invented. People started to say Vishnu is the maintainer (the controller of all, “sthithi”), Brahma is the creator (“srishti”) and Shiva is the destroyer (“laya”).
The beginning of creation
Once it so happened that Vishnu wanted to know about the nature of the universe, the earth, the living and non living organisms, and almost everything possible in imagination. He called to Brahma and asked if it were possible. Brahma said it was possible but it would take a lot of time.Vishnu agreed and asked him to get help of King Manu also in this regard. Manu was the king of mainlands, a great devotee of Vishnu. King Manu had seven scholars at his disposal who were also students of Brahma, they were Kashyapa, Atri, Vashista, Vishvamitra, Gautama Maharishi, Jamadagni and Bharadvaja. These saptarshis formed a lineage of scholars, and every King manu had a small variation in the list of Saptarshis they got.
Brahma called to his seven most trusted students, also called Manasa Putra’s of Brahma and asked them to help him in this task. Those manasa putras were Atri, Angiras, Pulastya, Marichi, Pulaha, Kratu, Bhrigu, Vashistha, Daksha and Narada.
Kashyapa, the foremost among the manasa putra’s agreed to classify all living organisms. Another son called Angirasa accepted to classify metals, rocks, earth and non metallic objects. He actually invented alchemy and metallurgy. He invented copper which was hence named after him as Angaara, even the planet Mars was named after him later because of its colour. He became the forefather of all chemists later on. Brahma similarly asked his other students to classify and analyze almost everything. They all came up with this new knowledge called Vedas. Vedas were taught to Brahma’s students in his university. There were strict entry criteria for admission to ensure that the knowledge does not reach unqualified people. The qualification included measures to check that the new knowledge is not used for destructive purposes.Subsequently these students also came to be known as Prajapatis, “Fathers of the People”.
After Brahma’s classification, people came to know about the world. They started to say that Brahma only created them all. But the subtleness in the statement was that until the classification it was as if the things were non existent. After classification, people gave names to things, understood things. That was the creation.
With that new knowledge, Vishnu hired a set of people skilled in flying on Birds, the head of whose community was Garuda. Garuda was atually son of Kashyapa by Vinata, hence called Vainateya. Vishnu also hired Adishesha another son of Kashyapa by Kadru. Adishesha led a community of people skilled in digging the earth, underwater swimming etc. They were called snake-people.
The mansion of Vishnu was subsequently was protected by Garuda and his team. Garuda’s team patrolled the island on air using bird chariots. Adishesha’s team protected the island from underground and in the water. Internally the mansion was protected by Vayu, the personal bodyguard of Vishnu. There were other support groups also, Sudarshana was the arsenal team, he manufactured weapons for Vishnu.There were daily thousands of visitors to this island seeking Vishnu’s help for their problems and he used to help them. Hiranyagarbha thought of improving this process and called a urgent meeting.