Srishti: Hiranya Garbha
The waters desired, “how can we be repro-duced?” They toiled and perormed erviddevotions [or, and became heated]; when theywere becoming heated, a golden egg wasproduced. The year, indeed, was not then inexistence; this golden egg oated about or aslong as the space o a year. In a year’s time aman, this Prajapati, was produced thererom.He broke open this golden egg. There was then,indeed, noresting place, only this golden egg.At the end o a year he tried to speak. He said“bhuh”; this [word] became this earth-bhuvah:this became the air-svah: this becameyonder sky. Prajapati, according to this text,then continues to create throughsel-impregnation.
According to Hinduism there are 5 subtle ele-ments which are responsibleor lie. They are called the Panchamahabhutas:Earth or Prithvi; Water or Jal; Fire or Agni; Air or Vayu and then Ether or Akasha. It was not thatthey were created in random order. All the ele-ments were created rom the subtle energy called‘Tanmatra’. Another meaning o tan is mother, andmatra also means matter- the mother o matter.The mother o this whole world is the tanmatras.The tanmatras are in the womb o the CosmicMother, Prakruti. It is this energy that gives rise tothe objective ve elements.
The Asuras- demons and the Gods decided tochurn the primordial waters to nd nectar or elixir.Meru parvat was used as a pivot and the serpentVsuki was used as a churning rope- with Gods andDemons on either side they began churning. Onewas one o the many precious entities that cameout and perhaps that explains the relationshipbetween tides and the moon.
Rituals and Iconography
The Rig Veda hymns praise the water, whichcleanses at both-spiritual and physical planes.The jar stands as a divine womb sometimes inthe Vedas; the water-lled jar is a symbol o themother goddess in present times. The jar is alsoconsidered to be symbol o Parvati’s organ,which when holds the organ o Shiva (linga)orms the source o maniestation, the union,along with an arrow, which symbolises thegenerative organ.
- the lotus ower, representsthe whole universe.
One petal o the ower represents theearth. A lotus is also the symbol o the womb,spreading ertility to each and every direction.It stands at the base o all cosmos.
An earthern pot lled withwater symbolises prosperity.
Shankha or conch was born duringSamudra Manthan in primordial waters romwhich the creative word OM emerges. It isSacred to vishnu.
Revive the reverence.