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Father responds, “In the depths of sea of eternity are the
dreaming eyes and sleeping seeds. Bring them up so that
we can create a world from them.”
The son turned himself into a golden duck and dove into the
sea. He surfaced with sand in his beak, and with the
dreaming eyes and sleeping seeds, which became living
beings. Hindu Cosmogony
Rig Veda and Purana cosmogonies both maintain
that Brahma is the creator of the universe.
The universe is a cosmic egg, cycling in infinite time
between expansion and contraction into total
The universe expands from a concentrated point
called a Bindu.
called Rig Veda Cosmogony
The universe consists of the Hindu Trinity:
Vishnu: The God of Preservation (maintains the
Shiva: The God of Destruction.
Brahma: The God of Creation (Golden Womb).
After the universe is destroyed by Shiva, Brahma
creates it again by the divine word, Vaak.
A cycle of creation and destruction is called a Yuga. Purana Cosmogony
Appeared later than the Rig Veda cosmogony.
The universe endures for one day of Brahma (= (4.32
Rather than being destroyed by Shiva, the universe is
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