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Spiritual concepts

Trimurti

A useful concept to be found in Hindu cosmology and not related to the Trinity.

The Trimurti (English: ‘three forms’; Sanskrit: त्रिमूर्ति trimūrti) describes the three main functions of the Great Work -- creation, maintenance, and destruction.

They are personified by the forms of the Ultimate Intelligence - the creator,  the maintainer or preserver, and the destroyer or transformer. These three deities are also called the creator, preserver and destroyer respectively.

One type of depiction for the Trimurti shows three heads on one neck, and often even three faces on one head, each looking in a different direction.  There is room here therefore for confusion, as the same symbol can be used for Janus.

 

 

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