(Last Updated on : 30-03-2010)
In the Rig Veda the Supreme Spirit is represented as producing an egg, and from the egg evolved a world. At a later period, Brahma is set forth as depositing in the primordial waters an egg shining like gold. The Puranas all contain accounts of the first aggregation of the elements in the form of an egg.
The Vishnu Purana states that this vast egg, compounded of the elements, and resting on the waters, was the excellent natural abode of Vishnu in the form of Brahma. There Vishnu, the lord of the universe, assumed a perceptible form, and even he himself abided in it in the character of Brahma. This egg was externally invested by seven natural envelopes like water, air, fire, ether, and Ahankara the origin of the elements. Each element tenfold the extent of that which it invested. Next came the principle of intelligence and finally, the whole was surrounded by the indiscreet principle resembling the coconut, filled interiorly with pulp, and exteriorly covered by husk and rind.
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