Hindu mythology is rich in symbolism. Today we’re going to have a look at how modern science helps us to understand the meaning of Hindu myth from the perspective of psychology. The Universal Mind in Hinduism is represented by Brahma and his consort, Saraswati.
In the early Vedas, Brahma, known as Prajapathi, was one of the most honored Gods. In later texts, he lost some of his importance although retained his position in the Hindu Trimurti. This is because Brahma represents the subconscious and the conscious mind. Carl Jung described the subconscious as the source of “evil and the highest good.”
Whilst the Narayana Upanishad identifies Vishnu as the ultimate law of existence, Brahma is described as the infinite source of space, time and causation. In essence, Brahma is the primordial stirring of consciousness and his consort, Saraswati is the evolution of consciousness that develops a thought or idea from divine wisdom into a conscious understanding.
In the Hindu creation story recited in the Padma Purana, Brahma is born from the navel of Vishnu. He is referred to in the Vedas as the “golden embryo” or the “cosmic egg” and ********** with creation. He is the manifestation of absolute consciousness on the physical plane.
As the author of creation, Brahma adopts some of the qualities provided by Vishnu, but essentially he is the “Supreme Seed” from which creation manifests. Brahma is also named as the “Universal Mind,” the source of all thoughts and ideas. In today’s terms, Brahma is the unconscious mind.
The subconscious serves two key functions; to thrive and survive. It is your friend and your foe. On the one hand, everything the subconscious does is in your best interests. The problem is, the genetic code is programmed with corrupted information that often produces results you don’t actually want.
Because the subconscious mind is in control of your thoughts and emotions around 90% of the time, it is important to be consciously aware of what you are thinking and feeling. Ultimately, it is your conscious mind that has to make decisions, but if you are not aware of thoughts coming from your lower consciousness, you submit yourself to self-destructive tendencies and continue to make the same mistakes.
Brahma represents the functional mind and its ability to create, organize and refine information through analytical thought, creativity and motivation. Each moment we experience, the subconscious recalls relevant facts from our memory bank and supplies the conscious mind with information for us to make a decision.
When we are connected with the higher self, we make better decisions and consciousness evolves. When we are vibrating at a lower frequency, we typically listen to our lower conscious self and repeat the same mistakes.
The information we connect with depends on the frequency you are vibrating. The higher you vibrate the better quality of information you resonate with. The law of vibration dictates that you attract energies to you that are vibrating at the same level of frequency in accordance with the mental (thoughts) and physical influences (actions) together with how you feel (emotions).
Recent scientific discoveries in heart harmonics suggest that when the heart vibrates it sends out signals similar to sound waves. Cymatics shows that sound creates geometric shapes that are the perfect patterns of nature. The law of vibration is symbolized through Saraswati in her *********** as the goddess of music. Instruments represent the law of vibration.
It’s common knowledge today that emotions give meaning to thoughts. How we feel is also the motivation behind our actions and decisions. Our thoughts also impact on our emotions. We generally feel sad or depressed when we don’t have or get what we want. But these feelings are only generated by the perception the conscious mind gives the subconscious mind.
Hindu myth depicts Saraswati as the daughter of Brahma. In one version of the story, she is born from Brahma’s head or mind. We find the same story in the Greco-Roman myths when Athena/Minerva is born from the minds of their respective father’s Zeus/Jupiter.
Therefore, given Saraswati represents emotional states, we can create how we feel simply by imagining it. During meditation, it is possible to train your brain to cultivate feelings of joy and happiness even when you feel depressed.
Because the subconscious mind has no concept of time or reality, you can instruct the subconscious to make you feel how you want to feel at any time. Although this may only be for the brief moments your concentration allows you to generate such feelings, practicing these exercises on a daily basis enables you to program your subconscious to feel this way automatically.
Saraswati’s arms represent her activities in the physical world and the inner world, her left side symbolizes the qualities of the heart whilst the right represents mind and intellect. She is sometimes pictured with a peacock denoting her connection with death and rebirth. Thus Saraswati tells us that we need to update our subconscious programming and show us how to do it.
Brahma is often pictured carrying a water pot representing the source of creation. In his other hands are the Vedas representing the Truth and prayer beads signify the ability, or need, to control the mind and withdraw from worldly distraction and temptations.
In the Brhadaranyaka Upanishad it is written:
“O Brahma, lead us from the unreal to the real.
O Brahma, lead us from the darkness to light.
O Brahma, lead us from death to immortality.”
Although the human mind is capable of greatness and you do have the capacity to attain enlightenment, it is also highly susceptible. And because the habitual mind typically chooses to act on information related to emotional survival, we often make the wrong decision and regenerate polluted energy that returns as negative experiences.
Once you are consciously aware of thoughts and emotions that arise from the lower conscious mind, you can reprogram your subconscious with your conscious mind. If you need help controlling your subconscious, meditate on Brahma and Saraswati.