The Secret of Thrimurthi and its Application in Daily Life


“Can you explain the science behind the Hindu concept of Thrimurthi (“three forms” of God)?” asked a reader, Pavithra Nambiar.

Before answering this question, let’s bust the popular misconception of Thrimurthi – the triad of gods consisting of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. I asked her: “Please explain about Thrimurthi.

“Trinity is a manifestation of the supreme God (Brahmam) in three forms – consisting of Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Destroyer – and is the oldest concept in Hinduism,” she said. This is being taught all over the world.

“This is totally baseless,” I replied, “Vedic literature does not mention such trinity. Such a concept of triple deity is not present in Vedic literature, the foundation of Sanatan Dharma. Thrimurthi concept comes into existence recently along with later Puranas. There are very few places in Indian literature where the Thrimurthi is mentioned.”

– There is only one Purana, to the best of my knowledge that says Brahmam is worshipped as Thrimurthi and they are identified as Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. It is Kūrma Purāṇa.

– Among these three, only Vishnu is mentioned in Vedas – that too as a minor deity. Vedas predominantly worship nature in its most sublime aspects. Shiva is not mentioned in Vedas. There is another minor god – Rudra. And only a few hymns are assigned to him. Some Sages later believed that Rudra is Shiva. Brahmanaspati is the lord of hymns. Later, puranic Hinduism names it Brahma.
Probably, the pre -Vedic Pashupathi became the Vedic Rudra and Kala and seamlessly mutated into Shiva of the Puranas.

“Uday, do you know, even the word ‘GOD’ stands for Generator, Operator, and Destroyer. It comes from the Hindu concept of Thrimurthi – Brahma the Generator, Vishnu the Operator, and Shiva the Destroyer. It all has immense cosmic energy,” a friend, who is a retired professor, told me once.
“Sir, it cannot even qualify to be called a bedtime story. It is just an idiotic concept. It is just a superstitious Semitic belief. Brahma is not the creator. He is our ancestor. The cosmos was in place before he was born. And Shiva is not a destroyer – what did he destroy? Even the number of Asuras (demons) killed by him is much less than that by Vishnu. The conservation of energy is an absolute law – Energy can neither be created nor destroyed; rather, it transforms from one. So, this concept is totally baseless in terms of literature as well as science.”… From my book: “The Secret of Krishna’s Birth: Deciphering The Krishna Code”
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2 Responses

  1. A.S. hariprasad says:

    Udai Sir, you said it. Thank you.

  2. Vijay says:

    What a way to explain our universe as trimurthi… The best clear explanation I have ever read… Long live Uday sir….

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