The creation of universe according to Vedas
Author: Shanker Adawal
The creation of universe according to Vedas
The vedic knowledge was not based on any speculation, the later discoveries has not been able to disprove the same.
The science of Vedic Astrology has great antiquity behind it. Vedas which are said to be the oldest religious literature available has reference to this science. In the Hindu astrological parlance it has first name a Vedanga Jyothisha, that means- Jyothisha or Astrology is one of the limbs of Vedas- 1500 BC.
Hindus were the ordinal masters who had the through knowledge of astronomy, with out its knowledge, it was very difficult for them to do many religious obligation. The earliest Astronomical works such as Surya siddanta, Vedanga Jyotisha are more than 5000 years old, long before Kepler, Copernious, Bohr, Galilio, and other galaxy of astronomers were born. The Hindu sages had already gained much knowledge on the steller and planetary universe. There are several verses devoted to explain the astronomical knowledge in Rig veda and Athar veda. The early siddanthas are Hindu astronomical works, which gives us the description and detail about the universe.
Origin of the Sun
Hindu literature describes the solar mysteries in three ways. It gives mythological allegories about the origin of the Sun; it describes the lineage of the planet.
There are one hundred and eight names given to the Sun. Some are superficial in meaning while others are very abstruse. Each name indicates a significant feature of the planet. A common feature of them is the association of the Sun with a ray of light. But light itself refers to the essential nature, the essence or soul of all that exists. In the absence of light, there is death. When the radiance of the Sun, its life giving energy is withdrawn, there is the dissolution of the universe.
One of his most interesting and mysterious names is Martanda or son of the dead egg. In some myths we are told the genesis of this name. The Puranas tell us that Aditi, the mother of the gods, bore eight Adityas, but she retained only seven and discarded the eighth believing it to be dead.
As our Sun was born of this supposedly lifeless egg, he is called Martanda. The rest of the Adityas became his attendant deities.
Aditi, the mother of the gods, who bore the various Adityas, is a word which essentially means “the beginning and the end.” As time arose through placing limitations on timelessness without any beginning or end, it is the offspring of eternal. The Secret Doctrine teaches that there is “the universal perpetual motion which never ceases, never slackens nor increases its speed not even during the interludes between the pralayas, or “nights of Brahma” but goes on like a mill set in motion, whether it has anything to grind or not.” This is the eternal and uncreated Deity. Aditi corresponds to the timeless Deity whose nature and characteristics are beyond description. But from this transcendant state of perpetual motion cosmic evolution begins. The inability of the first seven sons of Aditi to create the world shows that they represent these higher forces which held back from the process of material creation.
The eighth effort from which the Sun was born appeared at first as “a dead egg.” The word Mrityu or death refers to Yama, the god of death, Vishnu who preserves the universe, Maya which is creative illusion as well as ignorance, and to Kamadeva, the god of love. These references point to the mystic nature of the cosmic womb. Seen from the standpoint of the eternal and uncreated deity, Aditi, this manifestation with its expression of life’s movement could not be considered to be dead. Since the wheel of creation can rotate only when both life nad death equally participate in the process, the Univeersal Mother Aditi approached Martanda, the Sun, to undertake the function of cosmic ideation and in deference to the will of his mother he created day and night as symbols of life and death. It is believed that on dissolution, when the role of the visible Sun is over, all the immortal suns will once again shine in their radiance.
The Sun as the creator of life and death is necessarily the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega. That the Sun came out of the egg also shows that it contains within itself all the potentials of growth and development. The world that we perceive around us is merely an externalization of the Sun’s inner powers.
The geometrical symbol of the Sun as the circle with a central point shows this idea of externalization with the central point swelling and expanding outward as the periphery of the circle. The central point gradually expands in the evolutionary process until the limit imposed by the circumference is reached which becomes the death of the evolving spirit. In this sense the central point represents origin and birth and the circumference is the end or death.
The Sun is eternal as well as transient, both unity and multiplicity. He is the cause of the creation but also part of it and one with it. The solar deity is the Primordial Essence, the Atman of the universe. During the course of the evolutionary process it assumes different forms at different levels, but also pervades the universe with its radiant energy and remains in wholeness by itself.
The visible Sun can be considered the heart of the solar system while its brain is the solar deity behind it. From it sensation is radiated into every nerve centre of the great body and waves of the life-essence flow into each artery and vein of the solar system. The planets are the limbs and pulsations of the Sun.
Describing the lineage of the Sun, Surya is said to be the son of Kashyapa and Aditi. Kashyapa is a designation used to refer to several degrees of creative energies. In the Vedas he figures in an important way. As a Prajapati or Creator he fathered gods, demons, mens, beasts, birds and reptiles.
According to the Mahabharata and other accounts, he married Aditi and twelve other daughters of Daksha. He begot the twelve Adityas through Aditi, and from Diti (which means splitting or division) he fathered the Daityas or demons. Surya, our Sun, was the eighth Aditya born to Aditi and Kashyapa. The Sun belongs to a large family with many brothers and sisters.