In the beginning, before time, all was wrapped in primordial undifferentiated
gloom. There was no thing that could be defined, no thing that could be
expressed, and no thing that could be known. All was shrouded in an infinite
gloom of deep sleep. The cosmos was not dead before the beginning of time,
rather, it was burgeoning with the primordial potential for all forms both
heavenly and earthly and all living things. Where had this potential for all
things come from? These potentials were carried over from the previous
aeon and now awaited a new manifestation, for when God awakens from out
of his primordial slumber, all the universes come into being and when his day
ends and he falls asleep once again, all universes go out of being only to be
recreated again with his next awakening. One day of God encompasses a
span of time that the human mind cannot comprehend.
The self-born Supreme Being became manifest in subtle forms unseen---as intelligence and as sense of self or "I-ness"; as mind and sense. Finally he manifested in myriad forms that can be perceived.
Brahman, the Supreme Being, having desired to manifest the world of
beings by a mere act of will or by whim, created the waters of existence that
covered and contained all things. Into the primal waters he cast a seed, which
emerged from the depths transformed into glowing golden egg, resplendent
like the light of the sun. Dwelling within this egg was Brahma the Creator who
remained there for one celestial yearâ€¹a span of time incomprehensible to the
human mind. Then Brahma, from within the egg, split it into two halves and
made the sky and heavens out of one half, and the earth out of the other half.
Then, beginning from the most subtle to most dense, Brahma created all that
exists upon the earth. First he created the host of spiritual beings, and the
demi-gods, then the fire, air, the sun, stars, planets, and these set the
course of time in motion; then rivers, seas, mountains, and the hilly and level
ground. He created also the faculties of the human being: speech, desires,
passions and pleasures, and all the beings that dwell upon the earth. Brahma
used names and functions for the different created objects that one would find in the sacred scriptures known as the Vedas. For in the beginning, all that is
contained in the Vedas is contained in the Supreme Self. This wisdom lies
dormant until the universe is manifested.
Brahma saw the world of human beings before it began and sought to order
the social working of humanity by means of his own form. From his mouth and
head sprang the priestly caste known as the Brahmans, for the function of the
mouth is to bear the holy word of god and inquire with knowledge and
discrimination into the workings of the universe both visible and invisible.
From his mighty arms came the warrior and ruler caste known as the
Kshatriyas, for the function of the arms is to protect and build. From his
middle parts came the merchant and agricultural caste, the Vaisyas. For their
function is to provide sustenance as do the middle parts of the body. Finally
from his legs sprang the Sudras or the servant caste, for the legs serve to
carry and uphold the entire body.
All that was to come into being was conceived in the great being of
Brahma. Then he split himself into two beings, becoming male in one half and
female in the other half. The male and female together begat a son known as
Viraj. Viraj is the father of Manu, he who dwelt upon the earth at the time of
the Great Flood.
Also from the first divine couple that was made from Brahma's being came the ten lords of Being. These creative beings sprung forth from Brahma, created all the things of heaven and earth: all heavenly hosts, demi-gods, demons, men, Nagas, (snake deities), serpents, the forefathers existing in other worlds, clouds, thunderbolts, lightning, rainbows, meteors, birds, worms, beasts, insects, and the plants which burst out of the earth. Thus are all forms of life from the heights of heaven to the blades of grass upon the earth, subject to ever changing, transmigration of birth and death.
The great Brahman, the Supreme Being, who is beyond all creation, who
dwells before time and before universes is also known as Vishnu. The universe
eventually dissolves into his sleep, and then all that remains is the universal
ocean of non-existence. This is the gloom of undifferentiated darkness and