hindu trinity

  When you look at religions, 90% of them have 3 main characters that are glorified.. or somewhat of a ‘Triune God or Trinity’. Egyptians had Isis, Horus, Osiris. Christians have Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Hindus have Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Judaism has Abrahm, Isaac, Jacob. Ancient Babylonians had Semiramis, Tammuz, Nimrod; and the list goes on and on and on. When you look back on these Trinities, each of these 3 deities(entities) served a particular purpose: CREATOR, PRESERVER, DESTROYER. For example in Hinduism, Brahma was the Creator - Vishnu was the Preserver - Shiva was the Destroyer. The universe operates in 3′s. Things start, persist, then stop.

  Another place that we see this factor of 3(Trinity), is in the Zodiac. We’ve got 12 zodiac signs and they are divided under 3 distinctions: Cardinal (creator), Fixed (preserver), Mutable (destroyer):
Cardinal signs are the initiators. They love to start NEW adventures, love to jump into things headfirst, they love taking the lead on things, and they’re usually the most outgoing. They are the CREATORS because they’re the first, the generators. {Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn}
Fixed signs are the stability. They often have a solid foundation, confident, they’re able to see things through, strong, often hard to change their minds, and they really know how to make things last. They are the PRESERVERS because they are determined and resolute. {Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius)
Mutable signs are the chameleons. They’re all about change. They may easily get bored with being in a certain situation for too long, and they want to experience all of what life has to offer…even if sacrifices have to be made. Change and growth is a necessity for them. They are the DESTROYERS because the old must go!..and it’s in with the new. {Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces}.
So as we see in the zodiac, the idea of a Trinity also exists.

  Some ancients also say that 3 is the first sacred number, and the first perfect number. 3 represents the Pagan Trinity. It is represented geo-metrically in the triangle, and spiritually as the Third Eye Of Hinduism. Number 3 points to the intellectual and spiritual order, the divine qualities in cosmos and people. The holy mantra “Om” includes three letters, AUM, signifying three different states of development. 3 is a very mystical and spiritual number featured in many folktales as well; (3 wishes, 3 guesses, 3 little pigs, 3 bears, 3 billy goats gruff, etc.)

Shiv Parivar. The Hindu Trinity. 1940s.

Shiv (Shiva) :: The third member of the Hindu trinity representing godhead in its aspect of annihilator, in charge of the “constructor–destructor” in the continuous process of creation, preservation, destruction and recreation or transformation. He is the god of austerity. He is clad in deer-skin, besmears his body with holy ash, has matted hair, and is adorned with snake around his neck and arms. It is said that he has consumed a cup of poison, which has made his neck blue in color giving him the appellation “Neel Kantha” the blue-necked god. He is said to be seated in deep meditation on the top most point of the world on Mount Kailash in the Himalayas.

He has a third eye in the center of his forehead, the eye of wisdom and annihilation. When the eye of wisdom opens, the universe of names and forms and duality must stand annihilated. Supreme knowledge cannot but be followed by austerity. The deer-skin, holy ash, matted hair are all symbols signifying supreme renunciation.

Uma (Parvati) :: This divine consort of Shiv, Uma or Parvati, the daughter of Himavan, is the Shakti or power that supplies the supreme energy to Shiv. She manifests herself in various forms such as Uma, Kali, and Durga. As Uma she did severe tapasya to obtain Shiv as her lord and husband. As Mrudani she mothers Ganesha, Kartikeya and Saasa though she never conceived any of them. It is significant that among the three “Shaktis” Saraswati, Lakshami and Uma, it is Uma who is known as Jagatmata, the mother of the universe, and as such represents the primal source of all.

Ganesh :: The Lord of the Ganas, the commander of the spiritual forces, also called Vighnaraja, the remover of all obstacles, is represented in a very peculiar form with a human trunk and elephant’s head, with a mouse for his vehicle. There is high symbology underlying this representation. 

-Hindu Jain temple dot org

Exploring Ixalan: The Religion of the Sun Empire

This week, Wizards of the Cost is doing previews for their new card set Ixalan. Its a world of Dinosaur Empires, Pirates and Vampire Conquistadors, themed around the age of exploration. There’s been a lot of picking over the lore by greats like @vorthosjay and @sarpadianempiresvol-viii but today I’m going to explore the roots of on the coolest groups, the Sun Empire.

The Sun Empire is an Aztec inspired faction on Ixalan, a “New World” continent Island on the world that has recently been contacted by Vampire invaders from the west. They once ruled their mighty empire from the Golden City of Orazca, from which they pushed out the other native faction, the Maya inspired Merfolk known as the River Heralds.

Orazca has been lost to time , and now the Empire searches for their city on the backs of their massive Dinosaur mounts, all while fighting the pirates of the Brazen Coalition and the blood thirsty Vampire Legion of Dusk, who want it and its sacred Immortal Sun for themselves.

Keep reading and I’ll break down the real world inspirations behind this unique fantasy culture.

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All are right.
None are wrong.
— 

Christianity- Son of God One God as a Trinity. 

Hindu- One Supreme within many Gods and Goddesses. 

Islam- One God for all.

Buddhism- Cycles of Rebirth

Mormon- 13 Articles of Faith

Chinese Religion- Yin and Yang, Cho Ku Rei

Christian Science- Mind and Body, Healing

New Age- Ascension, vibration, Karma

Sikhism- Balance with God

Taoism- Inner harmony, Opposites make up Harmony

Serer- Tree of life

Pagan- Elements, Spirits in all 

Shamanism- Everything is connected. 

-Crazyfeather

Important Hindu Deities

Since Hinduism is often not really talked about in terms of pantheon (”all the rage” is with Greek/Roman/Egyptian, MAYBE Norse, depending on the circle you’re talking to), I wanna take the time to discuss some important deities within the Hinduism pantheon. There are other important ‘mythical’ type figures in Hinduism, so this list does NOT include everyone.

My information for this list was taken from the amazing book The Little Book of Hindu Deities by the great author, Sanjay Patel.

  • Ganesha: Best known for ‘good luck’, Ganesh/Ganesha is often spoken to when someone is asking for good luck. He is the son of Shiva and Parvati. He loves sweets! He is the brother of Karttikeya, and is the son of Shiva and Parvati

The Hindu Trinity (trimurti)

  • Brahma: Creator of the world and all living things, he designed the goddess Sarasvati. She was very shy and when she tried to avoid his gaze, he sprouted another head (coming to four heads in total). He can commonly be seen riding a goose or swan. He is the keeper of the Holy Vedas (the story of how the world was created according to Hinduism)
  • Vishnu: He is known as the ‘invisible protector’. He preserves justice and has 10 avatars. He is very popular in Hinduism
  • Shiva: He is known as a meditator, yogi (someone who acts as an inspiration for all is the simplest way to describe this; the Bhagavad Gita, which is a famous holy piece of text in Hinduism, describes it as: fearlessness, purity of heart, strives for wisdom, studies Hindu scripture, is self disciplined, straight forward, is truthful, does not hold grudges against someone, promotes peace, shows compassion for all creatures, does not exhibit greed, is gentle and modest, is not restless, is forgiving and patient and does not hold onto hatred and is not conceited). Shiva is the god of destruction, transformation, and regeneration. Deer and snakes are often associated with him. He is the dad of Ganesha and Karttikeya and husband to Parvati. He can often be seen with a trident next to him, the trident symbolizing creation, protection, and destruction of the universe

Mahadevi (mother goddess)

  • Sarasvati: Goddess of knowledge and arts, she was the first goddess ever to be worshipped in Hinduism. She is the sister of Lakshmi and Parvati. She is a symbol of being a great thinker, a gifted creator, and an independent woman. It is believed that mortal musicians, artists, writers, and students are part of her family. Her companion is a white swan. She is also NOT interested in romance with others.
  • Durga: Shiva suggested to create a new god, and thus Durga was made. She is known to be pretty, fierce, and a great warrior. Hindus celebrate her with Durga Puja, which is a 10 day celebration. She fights suffering and injustice and brings harmony and kindness. She is known to feed animals and people and is a fearless goddess. She can commonly be found riding on lions or tigers. 
  • Lakshi: She is the goddess of wealth and happiness. The Hindu gods fell in love with her when she emerged from the ocean. Shiva claimed her as his wife, but she was only interested in Vishnu. Shiva also already had a wife, so Lakshi became his consort (life partner). She is known for good luck, but she does NOT have tolerance for those who wish to use her for money (such as luck with gambling). Lakshi is known to gift prosperity and often carries an ancient symbol of well being. 
  • Parvati: Parvati has numerous names: Uma, Guari, and Shakti. She was born into royalty. She fell in love with Shiva and visited him often, gifting him with flowers and fruit. Shiva, however, was deep into meditation and never noticed her. Parvati grew extremely frustrated and threw herself into seclusion, going into her own meditation. She wanted to create enough energy from the meditation to force Shiva to noticed her. It worked and he accepted her as his wife. Parvati is the mother of Ganesha and Karttikeya. Parvati is the goddess of fertility, love, divine strength, and devotion.
  • Sita: Sita is said to be made from the earth and be the child of an earth deity because of that. She is an avatar of the goddess Lakshmi. Sita was kidnapped from her beloved. When she was returned to her husband, Rama, people questioned her “purity”. To prove it, she walked through fire, and remarkably, she went unscathed! 
  • Kali: Known as the “black one”, Kali is known to encompass paradoxes. She is not the goddess death (this is a common misconception with her). However, she is the goddess of time, liberation, and is considered to be a loving mother goddess to her devotees. An extremely fierce fighter, Kali defeated a supposedly ”unbeatable” enemy that was causing the other Hindu gods trouble!

Animal Gods

  • Nagas: they were semi-divine beings and were commonly depicted as half-cobra and half-human (and handsome!). Nagas held a dual identity - semidivine and semidemonic. They were known to protect the Earth’s treasures. They were commonly seen as symbols of creation, life, and fertility. They were known to help the Hindu gods on different quests and sheltered Buddha from a terrible storm.
  • Garuda: Known of the kind of birds, he moved at the speed of light! Garuda was known as the messenger to rely messages between gods and humans. He is also known to have a huge appetite. So much so, that Vishnu asked him if he wanted to peck at his arm and eat his flesh. Garuda attempted to peck him, but saw that the god’s skin was impenetrable, and realized he was asked a question by a god! Since this incident, Garuda promised to serve Vishnu
  • Hanuman: He is the son of Vayu and is known as the Monkey King. He can greatly expand his size or shrink to a very small size. He is known to be strong, clever, loyal, and a very faithful friend. He was good friends with Rama (an incarnation of Vishnu). Rama had a younger brother, named Lakshmana, who was injured in battle. Hanuman went to find herbs to help him heal, but was unsure of what to grab. To rectify this situation, he brought the whole mountain of what the herbs were on! 
  • Surabi: She is the mother of all cows. She is a symbol of abundance, nonviolence, respect, prosperity, generosity, help purifies bodies, and blesses people with good health. According to Indian law (India), cows can NOT be harmed. 

I have left off the 10 avatars of Vishnu, demigods, the nine planets, and summaries of some important holy texts in Hinduism. I felt like this list served as a good general introduction to the Hinduism pantheon. This list was NOT supposed to be an ‘in depth’ review of the Hindu pantheon! Again, much thanks to The Little Book of Hindu Deities by the great author, Sanjay Patel.

Shiva - Third Eye

Shiva’s third eye represents the rejection of desire. It is the eye that killed Kama, the principle that makes the world go round. And why does Shiva reject desire? Because he realized what desire can do – when the object of desire (Sati) goes away, there is immense sorrow and rage. Desire not only evokes positive emotions (love, affection, contentment, compassion), it also evokes negative emotions (anger, dissatisfaction, sorrow). Shiva therefore shies away from it, preferring the cold still mountains which represent the state of transcendence or ananda – where there is no tumult of emotions, just stillness, silence and bliss.

One day, in a spirit of play, Parvati shut Shiva’s two normal eyes. The world was plunged in darkness as Shiva’s eyes energized the world. Shiva therefore opened his third eye and helped the sun shine once again. The heat of the third eye caused Parvati’s hands that covered Shiva’s left and right eyes to perspire. That perspiration filled with the power of Shiva (heat) and Shakti (water) transformed into a child called Andhaka.

This story dramatically presents the dark side of the third eye. When desire is destroyed, then all divisions crumble – there is no right side or left side, nothing good or nothing bad, nothing right or nothing wrong, nothing auspicious and nothing inauspicious, nothing mine and nothing yours. One transcends all worldly divisions and discriminations and hierarchies. But according to this story, this transcendental state blinds one to worldly realities. Andhaka means the `blind one’, so blind that he does not even distinguish between mother and wife. The third eye destroys all sense of ownership – one loses sense of what is mine and what is not mine. So no woman can ever be wife or mother. Or rather all women become wife and mothers. This creates chaos as in the story of Andhaka. Hence while hermits celebrate the third eye of Shiva which rejects all worldly desires, the householders prefer the left and right eye of Shiva which accepts the need for worldly desires and worldly rules of appropriate conduct, rules that, in the beginning of Shiva’s lore, Daksha demanded of his sons-in-law.

To destroy the worlds during Pralaya he uses his third eye, and this process happens eternally.

We can only recall some instances from Mythology.

1. When the goddess Durga wanted to marry, she went to the Trimurthis (Trinity of Hindu major gods); Among them, Vishnu and Brahma were afraid of marrying Durga and believed they were inadequate for such a great goddess. But Shiva said that he will marry her if she gives him her third eye and trident. She gives them to him but tells him that he can only use it once on her…

Shiva uses the third eye to turn her into ash. Brahma divides the ash into three parts and creates Kali, Lakshmi and Saraswati out of them and the Sudarshana Chakra (The discus of Vishnu). So goes one story.

2. After Sati-devi ends her life by entering the sacrificial fire, Shiva destroys the Daksha-Yagna . He later goes into a forest and sits immersed inSamadhi.(the highest transcendental state)

To bring him down from that state to kill the demon Tarakasura (the son of Shiva is prophesied to kill him, who was not born yet), the Devas (the minor Hindu gods) send Kamadeva (the Indian cupid). After being hit with 17 arrows!(a ordinary man loses his balance even as Kamadeva takes out an arrow from his quiver), Lord Shiva wakes up. In his anger, he burns Kamadeva with the third eye.

3. In another story, the sage Pippalada is angered at the Deva Indra for killing his father. The sage wished to kill all the Devas as revenge. He performs a penance for Lord Shiva and asks him to burn away all the gods. Shiva tells him to control his anger but when Pippalada insists, he opens his third eye a bit. To the sage’s surprise his own body starts burning. Shiva then tells him that his body itself is made up of gods. Because it is the gods that give power to our organs. Understanding his mistake, he relents.

[Muslims] have difficulty understanding Christians when the Christians talk of the Holy Trinity. ‘How can God be the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit? How can he one be three?’ It doesn’t correspond with Semitic theology at all. But it was fine among Europeans. They could understand the Holy Trinity. And Hindus, when they’re first introduced to Christianity, have no issues with it at all because this is quite common in Indo-European, for one god to be many things, for a god to be another god at the same time, for different gods to combine to be a new god. And for a god to be a man. A man-god is very Indo-European. That might be why Christ was so quickly adopted by Europeans in certain parts of Europe because the man-god is an archetype that they’re familiar with.

Friends, I’m well aware that Ixalan is mesoamerican and not Hindu. I was just noting the irony that this set is shaping up to be what I wanted Kaladesh to be pretty hard, and that the sun empire’s language of the divine is literally the Hindu trinity.


At its heart, this is a grail quest and not a story of colonization. Each race has a different impetus to hunt down the macguffin, and they interact with each other in different ways based on how their faction interests clash. I think it’s a phenomenal structure to deal with the problem of power imbalance and cultural imbalance that is inherent in colonialism.


Yes there are cards like unclaimed territory which have am uncomfortable tone, but realistically speaking in ancient times unclaimed territory actually was a thing. Nations didn’t have clear borders and there often was swathes of space between societies and groups uninhabited by humans.


Now when it comes to the specifics of this world as opposed to the general outline, well, I’m gonna need to read further into wotc plans first.

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Hindu Mytho Meme [1/10:Gods and Goddesses]

Shiva

Shiva, the third of the Hindu trinity, has many different facets and many names to go with them. Known as the supreme Lord, Mahadev ; Bholenath, the kind, naive granter of boons; Hara, remover of sins; Natraja, Lord of dance; Pashupati, master of all living beings; Umapati, consort of Devi Parvati. He is known as Rudra when he is fierce and Bhairav, the terrible one. He is Omkara, originator of Om, and Shankara, the one who provides happiness.

In his right hand he carries a trishul (trident) to represent his supremecy over the three principles of nature: sattva, rajas and tamas. Tied to the trishul is a damru (drum) which produced the first sound of creation. His garlands of serpants represent his wisdom and his tiger skin indicates that he has mastered lust.

Shiva’s mount is the bull Nandi, known as his greatest devotee. He is said to be as fair as camphor and the embodiment of compassion. He has matted hair and a hidden third eye on his forehead which, once opened, has the power to destroy all of creation. Shiva lives on the peaks of Mount Kailash, in the Himalayas. He is shown undertaking the transition of asectic to householder, after encountering Shakti.

Shiva is celebrated during the festival of Mahashivratri (literally the night of Shiva) marking the night when Shiva remarries Shakti in the form of Parvati, after having lost her as Sati.

Sonamhelps’ Beginners Guide to Hinduism and the Hindu Gods

Hinduism is a polytheistic religion, meaning its followers believe in and worship a number of gods and goddesses rather than just one. BUT, the majority of Hindus believe that there is ultimately one God who is the Supreme - ideas on how this works vary. 

‘Hinduism’ is really just an umbrella term under which many varied religious traditions and practices fall. In this guide I will give an introduction to the main gods and goddesses and summarize some general beliefs and terminology. 

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Frequency/Mind is Thought (Straight Lines and Angles)

Vibration/Body is Action (Circles and Curves)

Together creates Mass

High Frequency/ High Vibration (Mind)

  • Crown
  • Brow
  • Throat

Low Frequency/ Low Vibration (Body)

  • Core
  • Sacral
  • Root

Together/United 

  • Heart

This is the Transformation from Body to Mind.

May the Light be with You.

-Crazyfeather

Ekapada-Trimurti
Ekapada refers to a one-footed aspect of the Hindu god Shiva.
In the Ekapada-Trimurti (“one-footed Trinity”) form, he is depicted with the torsos of the deities Vishnu and Brahma, which together with Shiva form the Hindu Trinity (Trimurti) emanating from his sides, waist upwards and with one leg; however, sometimes, besides the central one leg of Shiva, two smaller legs of Vishnu and Brahma emerge from the sides. (via wikipedia)