I n the beginning agre arose the golden seed 1 ; born, he was the sole lord of every creature 2. He upheld this earth and Heaven 3. Which deva except him shall we worship with offering 4? I t is he who bestow the soul-force atmada and vigor 1 ; upon his call; all, even Gods, approach him 2. His shadow is immortality; death is also his shadow 3. I n this Universe he by his greatness become 2,4 , the sole eka king of the breathing and seeing 1,3.
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Before joining the conversation, please read and accept this Invitation to a Conversation. In the table in the first mentioned article we see that Hiranyagarbha may be analogous to the SMN information process itself, which is the simulation program, that manages all information flows, which underlie all interactions within the virtual reality.
So what is Hiranyagarbha in the Vedic tradition? Below is some information on Hiranyagarbha, collected from the internet. Hiranyagarbha, meaning the "golden fetus" or "golden womb", in one hymn of the Rigveda RV The hymn is known as hiranyagarbha sukta and presents an important glimpse of the emerging monism, or even monotheism, in the later Vedic period, along with the Nasadiya sukta suggesting a single creator deity predating all other gods "He is the God of gods, and none beside him.
The Upanishads elaborate that Hiranyagarbha floated around in water in the emptiness and the darkness of the non-existence for about a year, and then broke into two halves which formed the Swarga and the Prithvi.
In classical Puranic Hinduism, Hiranyagarbha is a name of Brahma, so called because he was born from a golden egg Manusmrti 1. In the beginning was the Divinity in his splendour, manifested as the sole Lord of land, skies, water, space and that beneath and he upheld the earth and the heavens. It is he who bestows soul-force and vigour,whose guidance all men invoke, the Devas invoke whose shadow is immortal life-and death. It is he who by his greatness became the one King of the breathing and the seeing, who is the Lord of man and bird and beast.
It is he through whose glory the snow-clad mountains rose, and the ocean spread with the river, they say. It is he to whom heaven and earth, placed in the lightby his grace, look up, radiant with the mind while over them the sun, rising, brightly shines.
When the mighty waters came, carrying the universal germ, producing the flame of life, then dwelt there in harmony the One Spirit of the Devas. It is he who in his might surveyed the waters, conferring skill and creating worship-he, the God of Gods, the One and only One. Father of the world - may he not destroy us who with Truth as his Law made the heavens and produced waters, vast and beautiful.
Hiranyagarbha: He is the World Soul Mahan Atma , the Cosmic Egg, that arises out of cosmic waters and engages Himself in the creation of forms and beings. He is the First Born prathamaja , who manifests forms that are already contained in Him. He is the Sutratman the soul of a necklace the thread on which all beings and all the worlds the world of the devas, of the ancestors, of the humans, of the demons etc are strung like beads in a necklace. While Iswara is the causative principle karanabhutam , Hiranyagarbha is the dynamic or the active principle kriyabhutam or karyabhutam.
He is also called Brahma who as the creative and dynamic principle uses the forms existing in Him and brings forth the Beings. Brahma is therefore he who brings forth many 'ahms' or egos or beings into this world using his divine power and matter and pouring life breath into them.
Hiranyagarbha is not an eternal being, but comes into existence at the beginning of creation and becomes dissolved in Iswara at the end of creation. The shining being in whom the whole universe lives in its dormant state.
Hiranyagarbha is also known as Brahma, the creator. The trimurti can thus be considered a personification of hiranyagarbha as the active principle behind the phenomena of the universe. Into a blind darkness they enter who worship only the unmanifested prakriti; but into a greater darkness they enter who worship the manifested Hiranyagarbha.
One thing, they say, is obtained from the worship of the manifested; another, they say, from the worship of the unmanifested. Thus we have heard from the wise who taught us this. He who knows that both the unmanifested prakriti and the manifested Hiranyagarbha should be worshipped together, overcomes death by the worship of Hiranyagarbha and obtains immortality through devotion to prakriti.
He, the omniscient Rudra, the creator of the gods and the bestower of their powers, the support of the universe, He who, in the beginning, gave birth to Hiranyagarbha-may He endow us with clear intellect! The Supreme Lord is higher than Virat, beyond Hiranyagarbha.
He is vast and is hidden in the bodies of all living beings. By knowing Him who alone pervades the universe, men become immortal. He, the non-dual Brahman, who rules over every position; who controls all forms and all sources; who, in the beginning, filled with knowledge the omniscient Hiranyagarbha, His own creation, whom He beheld when He Hiranyagarbha was produced-He is other than both knowledge and ignorance. He, the creator of the gods and the bestower of their powers, the Support of the universe, Rudra the omniscient, who at the beginning gave birth to Hiranyagarbha-may He endow us with clear intellect!
Water, verily, is arka. What was then like froth on the water became solidified; that was earth. After the earth was created, Hiranyagarbha was tired. From Him, thus fatigued and heated, came forth His essence as brightness.
That was Fire. Whatever objects this chanter, endowed with such knowledge, desires for himself or for the sacrificer, he obtains by his chanting.
This [meditation] by itself wins the world Hiranyagarbha. He who thus knows the saman the prana, or vital breath -for him there is no fear of not being admitted into that world. The divine vital breath from water and the moon permeates him. And, verily, that is the divine vital breath which, whether moving or not moving, neither feels pain nor is injured. He who knows this becomes the self of all beings.
As is this deity Hiranyagarbha , so is he. And as all beings honour this deity, so do they honour him. Howsoever creatures may grieve, that grief of theirs remains with them but only merit goes to him. No demerit ever goes to the gods. Sanaga from Parameshthin Viraj. Parameshthin from Brahma Hiranyagarbha. Brahman is self-born eternal. Salutation to Brahman. Then Gargi, the daughter of Vachaknu, questioned him.
You are questioning too much about a deity about whom we should not ask too much. Do not ask too much, O Gargi. Yajnavalkya said: "Concerning this some say: 'Since the air blows as one substance, how can it be one and a half adhyardha? He who is versed in the Vedas, sinless and free from desire. The bliss in the World of Prajapati, multiplied a hundred times, makes one measure of bliss in the World of Brahma Hiranyagarbha , as also O one who is versed in the Vedas, sinless and free from desire.
This, indeed, is the supreme bliss. This is the state of Brahman, O Emperor," said Yajnavalkya. Then a being created from the mind of Hiranyagarbha comes and leads them to the worlds of Brahmin. In those worlds of Brahma they become exalted and live for many years. They no more return to this world.
Tura, the son of Kavashi, from Prajapati Hiranyagarbha. Prajapati received this knowledge from his relationship to Brahman the Vedas. Brahman is self-existent. But those wise men of tranquil minds who lives in the forest on alms, practising penances appropriate to their stations of life and contemplating such deities as Hiranyagarbha, depart, freed from impurities, by the Path of the Sun, to the place where that immortal Person dwells whose nature is imperishable.
The manifested cosmos was correlated with the bodily self; the soul of the world, or Hiranyagarbha, with the vital self; and Isvara, or God as a self-conscious being, with the thinking self. Hiranyagarbha Sanskrit [from hiranya imperishable substance, golden garbha womb, embryo, fetus, also the interior of anything, hence a temple] Golden egg or womb; the matrix of imperishable substance.
Having continued a year in the egg, Brahma divided it into two parts by his mere thought, and with these two he formed the heavens and the earth; and in the middle he placed the sky, the eight regions, and the eternal abode of the waters.
According to the Bhagavad gita, the Purusha enters the Prakriti and manifests the entire creation. At the human level, the purusha is compared symbolically with a man and the Prakriti with a woman.
At the microcosmic level a union between the two indeed leads to the creation of a new being, which can be compared to the Hiranyagarbha the golden embryo at the microcosmic level. Garbha means 'womb'. Some people call it the golden egg, but the literal translation is the golden womb. The womb is an attribute of the feminine body. So even the vedic tradition speaks of hiranyagarbha as the original God, as the original guru, as the original deity. The first person to come forth from the hiranyagarbha was Narayana.
Narayana is life. When a baby comes out of the womb there is life. The aspect of Narayana is the life force that takes birth from the golden womb. From Narayana came creation — Brahma. Brahma became prominent.
From Nara-yana came the power of sustenance — Vishnu. Vishnu became prominent. From Narayana came the power of transmutation and transformation — Shiva. Shiva became prominent. They formed the trinity. But that trinity is of the manifest nature only, not the seed nature. The seed nature is hiranyagarbha. There is no image of hiranyagarbha. Narayana has name, form and quality. Brahma has name, form and quality. Vishnu has name, form and quality. Hiranyagarbha has no name, form or quality.
The only symbol that is used to describe hiranya-garbha is a golden egg, and even that is wrong because garbha means womb not egg.
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Before joining the conversation, please read and accept this Invitation to a Conversation. In the table in the first mentioned article we see that Hiranyagarbha may be analogous to the SMN information process itself, which is the simulation program, that manages all information flows, which underlie all interactions within the virtual reality. So what is Hiranyagarbha in the Vedic tradition? Below is some information on Hiranyagarbha, collected from the internet. Hiranyagarbha, meaning the "golden fetus" or "golden womb", in one hymn of the Rigveda RV
This ancient Indian text provides a lyrical, powerfully visual version of the start of Things and non-Things in our universe. Who can say how deeply this version of events goes into our own culture, our psyche and the foundation of the world we all know today? If nothing else it provides a powerful insight into the ways in which our ancestors worked to understand the universe, at the same time demonstrating core ideas which show thinking Jedi recognise — the falsehood of polarities in both directions, the non-separation of all being at a fundamental level. Jedi have been with humanity for a long, long time. The following is the translation by Prof. Raimundo Panikkar, and my favourite version of this beautiful hymn:. At first was neither Being nor Nonbeing.
Hiranyagarbha Sukta – The Cosmology Hymn
For example, the name Ajaha is used for Sri Brahma, but primarily Ajaha name suggest to paramatma, who is beyond birth ad death. Just like Lord Krishna exhibited Vishwarupa in the presence of Arjuna with unlimited faces, unlimited Shoulders, if he does the same with us, how will we and through which face are we suppose to recognize Him? How are we suppose to address him? This is the question of one of the Vedasukta, which is the subject of this chapter. Whether Hiranyagarbha was human or a deity is not established, but the name first appears prominently as a form of the sun god. Hiranyagarbha is mentioned in ancient literature and verse.