This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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The Triple Manifestation of Ishwara

Proceeding from the undetermined further into the determined, from Non-Being into Being, the Universal to the less-so, we come to the Triple Manifestation of Ishwara, which is called the Trimurti. The first of these three is called Brahmā, distinguished from the undetermined Brahma by the accent. Brahmā is so named because He is the productive principle of all manifested beings, and is in this way the direct reflection in this lower order of Brahma, the Supreme Principle. It should be noted that the term Brahma is neuter, further reflecting its indetermination, while the accented Brahmā is masculine, hence the legitimacy of the pronoun ‘He’ at this point. Such distinctions are why it is preferable to use these two terms instead of a single Brahman, since the latter is common to both genders and so obscures a necessary point. We could also, however, recover the distinction by adopting the terms Para-Brahma and Apara-Brahma, which mean ‘Supreme Brahma’ and ‘non-supreme Brahma,’ respectively. The remaining to aspects of the Trimurta are complementary: Vishnu and Shiva. Whereas Brahmā is Ishwara as productive principle, Vishnu is Ishwara as animating and preserving principle, leaving Shiva as the transforming principle. Each of these, therefore, could be considered as universal functions of Ishwara.

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