PADMA PURANA

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Bhagavaaneka Eva Janardana! - The Unique and the Timeless Unknown

At the foremost, Brahma got materialised from a Golden Egg which was full of water; outside the water was ‘Tejas’ or Extraordinary Radiance; ‘Vayu’ the Source of Life, which in turn was enveloped by ‘Akash’ (the Sky). The resultant interaction was ‘Ahamkar’ (the Great Ego or the Temperament or the Natural Dispostion or the Image).

The ‘Maha Tatva’ led to the Creation of Three Kinds of mind-based ‘Ahamkaras’viz.  Vaikarik (Satvik), Taijasika (Rajasika) and Bhutaadi Rupa (Tamasika). The Tri Gunas created Five ‘Karmendriyas’ and Five ‘Jnanendriyas’; Five Elements of Prithvi, Jala, Tejas, Vayu, and Akash are also taken into count by the Maha Tatva. Tanmatras of Shabda, Sparsha, Rupa, Rasa and Gandha are the Jnanedriyas and the corresponding Karmendriyas viz. ears, skin, eyes, tongue and nose. Bhagavan Vishnu in the form Brahma assumed ‘Rajo Guna’ and made the latter take up the task of Creation in theoretical and concrete forms alike ranging from Moving Objects like Devas to Danavas, human beings, animals, birds and reptiles to Immoveables like mountains, oceans, rivers, flora and fauna; the Lord Narayana embodied Satya Guna to preserve what all was created and Rudra symbolized Tamo Guna assumed the spirit of ‘Samhara’. At each of the termination points of Kalpas, Maha Vishnu rests on water over a self-generated Sesha Nag’s bed and after his ‘Yoga Nidra’ (Meditative Slumber) reassumes the forms of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara once again. Thus, Bhagavan Janardana carries on with the Eternal Tasks of ‘Srishti’, ‘Paalan’ and ‘Samhar’.He is the ‘Avinashi’ (Indestructible) Paramatma: Srishtisthithaynta Kaaranaad Brahma Vishnu Shivaatmakah, sa sanjnaam yaati Bhagavaaneka yeva Janardanah!

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