The birth of the universeThe birth of the universe

By on August 18, 2017
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The birth of the universeThe birth of the universe

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is intricately connected to the creation of the universe

This month brings the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi, the worship of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, for 1½, three, five, seven, nine, 11 or 21 days. The concept of Ganapati and its origin is in a way related to the origin of the universe itself, with an intricate connection between Lord Ganesha and nature.

The universe had shrunk to a bindu, or a point, and its expansion is creation. In geometry, a point has position but no dimensions. The bindu remains beyond comprehension and is equal to nothing. This theory of creation, contraction, its dissolution and expansion is difficult for the mind to grasp unless one uses the brain’s 3D faculties. 

All these expansions are related to Prakriti, Brahman and Vikruti. This, in short, is the cosmology of Vedanta, the sound of the initial explosion. This bang was attained by the trumpeting of a cosmic elephant which had its own significance inasmuch as this elephant is the cause of all ganas called the Ganapati. 

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