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I am a God of Creation child, not of Destruction. In case you don't understand, being destructive is the opposite of what I usually do.
Brahma.

Brahma is the deity that creates the universe in Hinduism and is part of the trinity of Devas called the Trimurti, alongside Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer.

Overview

His vahana (animal mount) is the divine goose Hamsa, and he is responsible for granting many boons to devas, humans, and Asuras alike and for creating many things, even demons being created from his body parts. For instance, the Rakshasa race was created from Brahma's foot.

Appearance

Brahma is traditionally depicted with four faces and four arms. Each face of his points to a cardinal direction. His hands hold no weapons, rather symbols of knowledge and creation. In one hand he holds the sacred texts of Vedas, in second he holds mala (rosary beads) symbolizing time, in third he holds a ladle symbolizing means to feed sacrificial fire, and in fourth a utensil with water symbolizing the means where all creation emanates from. His four mouths are credited with creating the four Vedas. He is often depicted with a white beard, implying his sage like experience.

Personality

Being one of the Second-Generation Primordial Deities, Brahma is a firm believer and enforcer of divine law, justice, order, and balance. He, along with Shiva and Vishnu maintain the cosmic order, along with the other gods. Brahma is considered the mature one, he is a benevolent creator deity, as he creates things out of the blue for the well being of others, mainly the lives of the mortals and his worshippers. Like Shiva, Brahma holds a high contempt and hates evil, senseless wars, chaos, and disorder, he doesn't tolerate it nor does he abide by it. He also claims that promises are made to determine an individual's personality and soul, so it makes sense why he also hates oath-breakers.

Brahma is divinely wise, showing great insights to people, and knowledgeable when it comes to mythological things and events like the War in Heaven. He is well respected for his compassion and merciful natures,but can be a strict adherent towards the celestial laws, decreed by God. He values life in general, and being the Creator, he makes sure that his creations are not flawed. Being an elderly deity, Brahma is not as arrogant or as proud as other Deva Deities can be. As he appear to be respectful, humble, and a heart warming god, but when disrespected or angered enough, his anger and voice is considered more thunderous and terrifying than Indra the king of the gods himself.

Like Shiva and Vishnu, they hold God and Brahman in high regard and respect, as they always mentioned their names with great reverence.

Powers and Abilities

Brahma is one of the Second-Generation Primordial Deities of the Primordials, and a member of the Trimurti (Three Pillar Gods of Hindu Pantheon). Where he, along with Shiva (the Destroyer), and Vishnu (the Preserver) maintain the cosmic wheel and balance of the universe between creation, destruction, and preservation. He is among the strongest beings (and even among the gods) in the world, and also widely revered by his position. Although not a chief deity, like Indra, Brahma is one of the pillar gods that hold the foundation of the Hindu pantheon. Due to his stoic and benevolent patience, he is more of a passive and pacifist deity, where the only things that are important to him is his creation and things that he will create.

  • Primordial Creator Deity Physiology: As a second-generation Primordial Creator Deity, Brahma create anything on a divine level, such as planets, solar systems, cosmos, universes, and/or even various planets, containing life; though, it should not be confused with a Monotheistic Deity, which is the Supreme Being of all of Creation.
    • Creation Embodiment: Though not as supreme and all powerful as God or Brahma (the ultimate reality), Brahma is also the embodiment of creation, and that his power comes from creation itself.
  • Creation: Being the creator deity, he can create organic or inorganic matter from nothing, either as finished objects or simply unfinished elements. On the highest level Brahma can create anything he can think of, whether conceptual or sentient. This includes the creation of energy, souls and life of any complexity, dimensions or realities, stars, etc
    • Materio-Ergokinesis: Being the supreme creator Deity of the Hindu pantheon, Brahma can create, shape and manipulate creative energy, capable of creating/materializing anything (objects, elements, lifeforms, etc.). His ability to create something, from out of the blue or nothingness is so great that he earn the respect of many gods, even from the gods of other foreign pantheons.
  • Chronokinesis: As one of the Trimurti, Brahma has the power to manipulate time to a greater extent. He, along with Shiva and Vishnu manipulate time, using the forces of creation, destruction, and preservation, where they will time the exact time of certain things or individuals creation, destruction, or protection.

History

Myths and Legends

Strangely, even though he is the creator god and one of the Trimurti, few Hindus actually worship him and there are very few temples dedicated to him today as opposed to the countless temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva, along with their Shakti (consorts).

While Brahma is often credited as one of the creators of the prime universe and various beings in it that are associated with him, several scriptures describe him being born from a lotus emerging from the navel of the god Vishnu. Other scriptures suggest that he is born from Shiva or his aspects, or he is a supreme god in diverse versions of Hindu mythology. Brahma, along with all deities, is sometimes viewed as a form (saguna) of the otherwise formless (nirguna) Brahman, the ultimate metaphysical reality and cosmic soul in Advaita philosophy.

Quotes

I am Brahma... I am thou... Thou art I... Know that the macrocosm and the microcosm are one and the same...
Brahma to his Vessel.

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