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This Blog is a collection of excerpts from talks given by Sri Swami Vishwananda. Please note that this Blog does not focus on dates, background and the exact original way of how Swamiji delivered the speech. We edit the talks slightly, presenting them in a kind of “poetic” format. This means we choose certain paragraphs from a talk which reflect a particular theme.
Read them as pieces of Divine Wisdom, meditate upon the words and just feel how Swamiji is addressing you with His words.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

How Gayatri Devi was created

Sri Swami Vishwananda tells a story about Brahma and Saraswati and explains how Gayatri Devi was created: Of course there are many stories, that relate her to Goddess Saraswati.
One of the stories is that the first being that Brahma, not Brahman, but Brahma created was Saraswati. Saraswati is the creativity power of Brahma, the Creator.
Brahma was so much in love with Saraswati that he created four heads to look at Saraswati.
Then He made His proposal to Saraswati, but Saraswati said ‘No’. Even when He called her ‘Brahma-Patni’, She was never married to Brahma. It’s not a marriage, that they got married, but it was a spiritual marriage.
After Brahma had created everything He had the great desire, wanting Her so much, that He created another head, a fifth head, so that all His eyes can be on Saraswati.
Wherever Saraswati will go, Brahma will be there. All the form that Saraswati appeared or transformed herself, would also be transformed and manifested by Brahma. Finally Saraswati was really, really, really angry. (laughter)(Swami laughing) But She controlled Herself and went to Shiva. As She was passing by Shiva, Shiva was as usual in meditation. Such a great ascetic. But Brahma also was following. His mind was so much on Saraswati and also on this deep desire inside of Him, that Shiva came out of His meditation. When He came out of the meditation, seeing how Brahma is, He got very furious. At that moment, He threw His trident and chopped one of His head. This is one story of course. He chopped one of Brahma’s head. When this was done Saraswati said to Brahma “You are the Creator, why all this?” Then She said “Wait for me. I will come.” Brahma waited one day, two days, three days. Saraswati was in a cave inside and didn’t come out. Years passed. He still was waiting. Hundreds and thousands of years passed. He got really tired. And thereby the lake was Savitri. So Brahma fell in love with Savitri. Then when He was with Savitri, Saraswati came. (laughter) When Saraswati saw that Brahma is with Savitri, She became furious and cursed Brahma, that Brahma will never have temple. There are only two places in India, one in Tamil Nadu and one in the North, in Pushkar, that have temples of Brahma. So out of Her anger Gayatri was created.

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