Origin of Sounds ||26||
1Suta said: O intelligent one, wonderful are the secrets which you have truthfully spoken for blessing the worlds.
2There I have a doubt regarding the incarnations of the trident-bearing lord. What is the reason that the great God (Mahadeva) avoids the previous Yugas and takes incarnation in the terrible Kali age (only)?
3I wish to know how the lord took up incarnation in this Vaivasvata Manvantara.
4There is nothing unknown to you in this or in the other world. O intelligent lord, if I deserve to hear that great account please tell me. I ask you humbly for the instruction of the devotees.
5Lomasa said: Thus asked, Lord Vayu of great brilliance honoured by the people and engaged in their welfare said:
6“O son of Gadhi, what you have asked me is a great secret in the world. I shall explain everything. Please listen as I narrate this to you.
7Formerly, when a thousand divine years had elapsed in the vast ocean of water, Brahma, desiring to create the subjects was distressed and he began to contemplate.
8While he was contemplating, a boy manifested himself. His body was emitting divine fragrance. He was reciting nectarlike divine Vedas.
9He was repeating the Vedic lore that had neither sound, nor touch, nor colour nor smell nor taste and which the fourfaced lord (Brahma) had secured.
10Then he became engrossed in meditation. After performing terrible penance, he thought within himself thrice, “Who is this?”
11While he was contemplating thus, an eternal (imperishable) syllable manifested itself. It was devoid of any sound, touch, form, taste or smell.
12Then he saw his own form, the most excellent one in the worlds. Meditating upon the lord, he saw it again.
13He saw that it was white, red, yellow and black. He looked into the colour. It was neither a woman nor a eunuch.
14After knowing it, he contemplated over the syllable for a pretty long time. While meditating thus, the syllable came out of his throat.
15It consisted of one single matra. Its sound was very loud. It was white in colour and very pure. That Omkara would be the Veda. The syllable was verily Mahesvara himself.
16While the self-born Brahma was contemplating, the red colour manifested itself. That is known as the first Veda [Deva in A].
17The Rgveda is the first Veda that begins with the (words) “agnimile purohitam” (RV1.1.1). On perceiving this Rik, Brahma the creator of worlds and of great splendour thought, “What is this?”
18While he was contemplating, the Lord, due to his power of Lordship, turned it into a syllable of two matras.
19Then he thought of the Aksara as consisting of two Matras, it manifested itself as red. The Yaiur-veda was born out of it.
20The Yajur mantra begins ‘isetva urjetva vayavastha devo vah sauita punahi’ (TS 1.1.1 and 1.1.15). The Rgveda is declared to be (consisting) of a single matra and the Yajurveda of two matras.
21On perceiving the Veda and the Aksara of two Matras, lord Brahma contemplated over the Aksara of two Matras.
22While he was contemplating Omkara appeared. Then Brahma thought over the Aksara Omkara.
23Then he observed the yellow Rik that rose up, beginning with the words “agna ay ahi vitaye gynano havya dat aye”, (RV VI. 16. 10, also Samaveda 1.1).
24-26He, the lord of great brilliance, saw the Vedas present. He contemplated over the Aksara thrice during the three junctions (dawn, mid-day, and dusk). The Aksara which is called Brahman the Omkara, assumes three colours during the three Savana periods. Due to the contact with the three, that Aksara had three colours. It was perceivable, imperceivable and manifest. It was triple, symbolizing the three heavens. It had three Matras, three worlds and three Yogas. It was eternal. Since Lord Brahma contemplated upon that Aksara, it was Brahma.
27It had the form of the self-born (deity). It saw the lord of fourteen faces of shining splendour. After creating Omkara at the outset, the self-born deity Brahma became visible.
28Then, out of the four mouths of the four-faced god came out fourteen letters—various letters and vowels. That is the refulgent initial letter. From it sixty-three letters have the letter A at the beginning.
29Hence for serving a common purpose for all letters, the self-born Brahma stood in the form of at the outset. It was the first vowel.
30Then from those vowels, fourteen Manus of big faces were born. They are the divine sounds in the Manvantara.
31The letter “A” which has fourteen faces and which is known as Brahma and which is equal to him is called Prajapati. It exists in all letters.
32From the first face, Svayambhuva Manu was born. He is known as the letter “A” of the self-born Brahma. Its colour is white.
33From his second face the letter “A” was born. He is known as the Svarocisa Manu. His colour is yellowish white.
34From his third face was born the letter “J” the most excellent of the Yajus. The sun consists of Yajus from which the Yajurveda manifested itself.
35That Manu is known as the letter “Z”. He is valorous and of red colour. The Ksattras (the warrior caste) function from it. Hence a Ksattriya is red.
36From his fourth face was born the vowel It is copper-coloured. It is known as Tamasa Manu.
37From his fifth face the letter “U” was born. It is yellow in colour. It is known as Carisnava Manu.
38Then from his sixth face, Omkara was born. It was tawny in colour. From the sixth was born the superior-most Vijaya (Victory) of great penance.
39From his seventh face was born the vowel It is known as Vaivasvata Manu. It is dark in colour.
40From his eighth face emerged the (long) “R”. Due to its dark blue colour and due to its being similar (in sibilant pronunciation?) in Syama, it is called Savarni.
41From his ninth face was born the ninth letter It has the colour of the smoke and (the Manu?) is known as “Dhumra”.
42From his tenth face was born the letter (long) “L”. It is similar to the lord and has a similar colour. Hence it is known as Savarnika Manu.
43From his eleventh face was born the letter “E”. It is called ‘Manu’. It is reddish brown in colour. It is known as Pisanga (reddish brown) Manu.
44From his twelfth face was born the letter “AI”. It is reddish brown with the lustre of Bhasma (ashes). It is also known as Pisanga Manu.
45The letter that was born from his thirteenth face was called the letter “O”, which consisting of five colours, excels all.
46The letter born from his fourteenth face was called the letter It is of variegated colours. It is known as Savarni Manu.
47Thus the Manus, letters and colours shall be known precisely in regard to Kalpa, accent and letters.
48The vowels are of similar colour. They are assigned to Varnas due to their similarity in colour. Their logical connection or natural sequence is stated.
49Since born in the same Kalpa, they are of the same colour, the junctions (combinations, transitions) of the Kalpas or letters occui in respect of similar entities.
50The groups of letters are formed by their places of utterance (sthanas) as the distributions of castes by their professional equity. This is the practice in regard to the junctions of vowels and the transition of Kalpas.