Originally Brahma, the ‘mighty pillar of fire’ (jyotirlingam)’ was the Vedic Purusha and Prajapati. Several generations after the encounters of priori-Mars with the Earth ceased, the Hindus created a new pantheon, the primary deities of which were Brahma, Vishnu and Siva (the trimurti), all of which were aspects of priori-Mars. But the actual physical events of cyclic catastrophism were no longer remembered and distortions of the deities and observed events accurately depicted in the Vedas became incorporated in the Hindu myths.
One such distortion arose from the description of Brahma creating a beautiful ‘child’ Sarasvati and subsequently falling in love with her and taking her as his wife. Possibly, this ‘beautiful creature’ was a large tornado that arose in the northern hemisphere of priori-Mars, near the hardened lava column, swirling and dancing around it. Since the Hindus no longer understood the physical nature of the event, they took the actions of Brahma as incestuous, and even declared, by a variety of creative myths, that the other two primary deities, Vishnu and Siva, had also condemned Brahma.
This resulted in the original characteristics and supposed actions of Brahma being attributed to Vishnu or Siva, while the propitiation of Brahma lessened with each stage of Hindu myths, the classics, Puranas, and Upanishads. Today there are relatively few temples devoted to Brahma. The column of smoke and fire, which was originally Purusha, Prajapati then Brahma, was at one time also described as a lotus that grew from the navel of Vishnu. Now it has been relegated to the status of Siva’s lingam (phallus). This characterization of the feature at the north pole of priori-Mars was perfectly natural in ancient times, as can be seen in the bas-releif of Akhenaten worshiping Aten in a previous post.
Siva’s lingam is commonly depicted as an unadorned stone column or upright, egg-shaped, polished stone, the latter being consistent with the fact that each manifestation of Brahma originated in the glowing ‘mundane egg’ in the northern ocean of priori-Mars. However, there are some very different depictions of Siva’s lingam, as shown in the Figure at the left, in which the feature originally known as Brahma, is depicted as Siva’s lingam. Truly religious Hindus are offended by attacks on their religion by the Muslim population, who only see the licentious implications of such art.
In spite of the apparent demotion of Brahma, it appears that the lingam has four protrusions at the end, which harken back to the ‘four heads of Brahma‘ – a very common attribute of the deity. In one Hindu myth, these four heads were even imagined to be discussing the four books of the Rig Veda with one another.