I had a very difficult time when we tried to read the Rig Veda. It had little meaning for me because I didn’t know any of the background. All the characters were little more than names with no distinction for me that I could not help but flounder through the reading. So I was excited to jump into the Puranas instead. I was thinking of mythology as stories, and expecting a creation story. I suppose I got the creation of a god when the first line read “Brahmaji was born on the lotus that had arisen from the navel of eternal ommipresent Lord Narayan Vishnu.” (Purana 1.1.1)
From there the rest of the Purana was still confusing to me and I am still floundering, just outside my experience level. I think we’ve found what teachers would call my “zone of proximal development” the place where I can learn something new because the material is challenging, but not so challenging I can’t work it out.
I can’t wait to start!
The image is of Lord Brahma, described in this section as a four faced god judging the creatures, and deciding their next incarnation based on their deeds in this one. He hold the vedas to remind of the indestructibility of the truth, and the rosary to remind us to keep on saying the name of god. The bowl is coconut shell and holds water to symbolize a hassle free existence, and the lotus, rising from “the muck” is a reminder to be pure no matter where we come from. The image was acquired from I Love India.