Mukhyasarga, Mukhya-sarga: 2 definitions


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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mukhyasarga (मुख्यसर्ग) refers to the “chief creation” (creation of insentient objects) and represents the first of the nine classes of cosmic creation (sarga), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.15:—“[...] even as I [viz., Brahmā] stood desirous of creation, the Evil creation, viz. the set of five Illusions appeared before me. It was of the nature of darkness (tamas) endowed with knowledge. Then I created the chief creation (mukhyasarga) consisting of immobile beings with a delightful mind. At the bidding of Śiva, I continued my meditation in a detached spirit. While creating it I had thought it would be an aspirant (sādhaka) after the Ātman. But the creation Tiryaksrotas turned out to be full of misery. And it was not an aspirant. [...] I cannot adequately describe the divisions and sub-divisions of all these types of creation (e.g., Mukhyasarga). [...]”.

Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Mukhyasarga (मुख्यसर्ग) refers to the “creation of the world of vegetation”, according to the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—When Brahmā meditates there is creation of five types of avidyā known as creation predominated by tamas (prādurbhūtaḥ tamomoyaḥ). This avidyā is spoken of as fivefold—tamas, moha, mahāmoha, tāmisra and andhatāmisra. After the creation of this five fold avidyā Brahmā again meditates as, a result of which the world of vegetation is produced. This is termed as mukhyasarga. It is the fourth in order (“mukhyā nagā iti proktā mukhya sargastu sa smṛtaḥ”). Brahmā is not satisfied and he further meditates as a result of which there is the animal creation known as ‘tiryaksrotas’.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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