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Hiranyagarbha

A Sanskrit compound meaning “the Golden Egg” or “the Egg of imperishable matter.” In Hindu cosmology, it refers to “the golden egg or womb” from which the universe was born. In the Vedas and Brahmanas, Brahma is not named, and Hiranyagarbha was the source of all things. In the Manu, Hiranyagarbha was Brahma, who divided the egg into two parts, the heavens and the earth. Helena P. BLAVATSKY also calls the Hiranyagarbha as the MUNDANE EGG, androgynous or non-dual, after which it was divided into Viraj and Vach, the male and female principles.

The Secret Doctrine’s Stanzas of DZYAN state that the Hiranyagarbha is in itself triple (Hiranyagarbha, Sakti, Sankara, or Brahma, Visnu and Siva). See Egg.

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