Based on the Puranas (especially Srimad Bhagavata), Chaturmukha Brahma was born from the navel of Lord Vishnu. But some might argue, “Let’s remember that Theosophy is Esoteric Philosophy and often uses terms in differing ways than exoteric religious philosophies.” We have acknowledged above that this is indeed the case on many (but not all) occasions, yet the point of the present article is to explain that it is not however the case with regard to the terms or concepts of Parabrahm and Brahman. In the Index volume to “The Secret Doctrine” published in 1997 by Theosophical University Press, the compilers have recognised the terms “Parabrahm,” “Parabrahman,” “Brahman,” “Brahma” (without the accent) and “Brahma (neuter)” to be all identical and have listed the references to each of these terms under the one heading. It is not a question of whether Abraham’s spirituality was transferred to the Hindu or visa-versa, but rather of the spiritual value at work. Give gifts to the Brahman priest for fame that will never decay (RV1.40.4) and serve Brahmanaspati with gifts and sacrifices, the Father and Steer of all the Gods (RV4.50.6), much like Abraham gives a tithe to Melchizedek (Gen 14:20) and Melchizedek brings Abraham bread and wine (Gen 14:18). Likewise, Brahmins are also a community of priests. While Hindus see god and Brahman as separate, Christians believe in only one single deity, existing in three parts, who created the entire universe. See also my article The Atheistic approach to God… or how to bridge the gap between Atheists and Theists where I explain how Atheism, Pantheism, Hinduism, Animism and Shamanism are really just different perspectives on the same core concepts. First, Brahma is the first being created with every new cycle. Perhaps to highlight this relationship in comparison the son of King David, the Hebrew Bible later reads: Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of the children of the East. Have you ever noticed that Abraham and his wife Sarah of the monotheistic Judeo-Christian and Moslem religions are nearly identical in name to Brahma and his wife Saraswati of the Hindu religion? (SD 1:16). It can manifest itself as gods in the Hindu faith, but it is an energy that exists beyond any deity. pri], 1. of place: farther, than ; remoter, ulterior; opposite (shore); next (life); 2. of time: past, previous; future, subsequent; following (ab. The latter (the second and third) return into the former, so to speak, when manvantara passes to pralaya. Mind cannot grasp the Brahman the supreme soul. Brahma’s hidden offering (AV19.42.1-2), relates to Abraham’s offering of a ram caught in a bush. vi. with an accent) is the Logos. Unlike Brahman cattle, Angus are black hided and do not have the same sweating mechanism like Brahman cattle. Stack Exchange network consists of 176 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers. Brahman and Parabrahm (or Parabrahman) are synonymous terms belonging to Hindu philosophy and are used by HPB and the Masters in the same sense in which Hinduism uses them, which was apparently misunderstood or disagreed with by de Purucker. ), whereas today, the focus is much more on Sanskrit and Tibetan texts. He is said to live in a separate world called the Satyaloka. Gerhardt W. von Reutem, Abraham Sacrificing Isaac, Germany, 1849. And I would particularly draw your attention to the Discussion section of the Wikipedia article. An animal (a ram) cut and/or plant (a tree) pressed for the Soma drink is given as a replacement for the man by divine intervention. Therefore the grass offering and the sacred cow become signs of immortality, since the cow continuously provides milk and blood as food for humanity without itself dying. Now, in searching for the meaning of Sanskrit terms it is often helpful to look to the roots involved, and when one searches for “para” (पर ) one will certainly find the idea of “beyond” as an acceptable meaning. Hindus believe that different deities, which some believe to be manifestations of Brahman's energies, perform the task of creating and destroying the universe in an ongoing process. Suggestions for braking with severe osteoarthritis in both hands. It is an abstraction, on the verge of which human reason—however trained to metaphysical subtleties—trembles, threatening to collapse. All beings in a particular cycle are created by Brahma. Thus Atman = Brahman. Further Vedic Sources: RV2.30.8; RV2.41.16-21; RV10.184.1-3; RV2.32.6-8; RV7.97.8a; See Rig Veda Hymns to the River Sarasvati; RV1.40.3; RV7.97.5b; Sama Veda 2.2.5.4-5.; SV6.3.9.1; Atharva Veda 18.1.41-47, 60-61. VISIT THE ARTICLES PAGE FOR THE COMPLETE LIST OF OVER 300 ARTICLES RELATING TO ALL ASPECTS OF THEOSOPHY AND THE THEOSOPHICAL MOVEMENT. The tree was reversed, and its roots were generated in Heaven and grew out of the Rootless Root of all-being. ; RV3.26.4a. Brahma (neuter) is this first cause (or Logos), the Root (of all manifestation). How, therefore, can we express that which we can only conceive of by a series of negatives?” (Transactions, p. 17). Brahma is Creator of Universe (BG14.1-4, AV18.1.47, AV19.22.21), while Abraham’s descendants number as the stars of the sky. When declined in the nominative masculine, it is brahmā. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Service. @MoziburUllah Yes. The idea that “Parabrahm/Parabrahman = Beyond Brahman” is not the view of either Theosophy or Hinduism. He sees Brahman everywhere and gets liberated. Brahma increases priest with life, breath, children, cattle, fame, wealth and Brahman’s luster (AV19.71.1). iii. Christians believe he created the universe, as told in the Biblical story of the Book of Genesis; it did not come into existence as a byproduct of his energy, but he actively created it. 6.) Brahman is the supreme controller. Brahma and Vishnu argued as to who was the Creator, then Shiva appeared in a flaming Lingam and they decided to make it the sacrificial symbol of fertility, while Abraham’s covenant with God is signed by circumcision (Gen 17:10-11). HPB wrote in various places about how Western Orientalists of her era often confused and mixed up Brahman and Brahmā in their translations of Hindu scriptures and texts.