[Advaita-l] Saraswati is Shiva's sister?
sujal.u at gmail.com
Thu Feb 13 01:25:11 CST 2014
Namaste Subramaniam ji,
As told by Srirudra, it is said by Kanchi Paramacharya in his book The guru
Guru Tradition, last part, where Paramacharya (KP) explains the need of
Brahma in trinity.
KP says that if the trinity has just one function of preservation, etc,
then even they are not the supreme. So to make them complete, they are
married to shakti. If it was just Vishnu and Shiva, then it would be mere
exchange, but in case of trinity there is no exchange.
KP cites from Devi bhagavat and Markendeya purana.
Shiva represents Jnana. He has white complexion, so is Sarasvati. both are
Vishnu and Kali are both black complexioned
Brahma and Laxmi are golden complexioned and both reside on Lotus.
KP says that Jnana cannot be split, but the preserver can split himself.
The creative work goes Brahma and protecting people by fulfilling their
wishes (like giving prosperity, grace), is also the work of preserver of
universe, which he has passed on to Laxmi. So both Laxmi and Brahma are
expansions of Vishnu.
Can't remember more details. Just quoting from my memory.
On Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM, Srirudra <srirudra at gmail.com> wrote:
> Yes.It is told so by Sri Mahaperiaval.R.Krishnamoorthy.
> Sent from my iPad
> > On 13-Feb-2014, at 12:19 pm, V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>
> > Though this question is not directly related to Advaita, yet the saguNa
> > forms as various deities require some clarity in understanding.
> > Here is a verse from the mAdhavIya shankara digvijayaH': sarga 10. verse
> > jAnAmi tvAm devi devasya dhAtuH bhAryAm iShTAm aShTamUrteH sagarbhyAm .
> > vAchAm AdyAm devatAm vishvaguptyai cinmAtrAmapi AttalakShmyAdirUpAm.
> > After ubhaya bhArati, verily Saraswati, decides to depart to her abode,
> > satya loka (for mandanamishra and ubhayabhArati are brahmA and saraswati
> > who have come down to aid the avatAra kArya of Shiva as shankaracharya),
> > Shankara addresses her thus:
> > O devi, I know that you are the consort of brahmA and the sister of
> > Paramashiva, deity of learning and speech, that for the protection of the
> > world you take incarnation such as Lakshmi etc. and that you are of the
> > form of Consciousness.
> > The questions that arise are: If brahmA is the 'son' of Vishnu as per
> > popular belief, how is Saraswati the source for Lakshmi who is the
> > of Vishnu? And how is Saraswati the sister of Shiva? There is a belief
> > that Parvati is the sister of Vishnu. There is also a vaishnava belief
> > Shiva is the son of brahmA. If Saraswati is Shiva's sister, she has to
> > brahmA's daughter too. There is also a belief that Lakshmi is Shiva's
> > sister. And a brother-sister relationship will make both of them
> > of some other entity. Then, Vishnu and Shiva will have to be sons of
> > someone.
> > Any answers that clarify the above 'riddles' are welcome.
> > regards
> > subrahmanian.v
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