Matsya & Manu Summarized

Hayagriva succeeded in stealing Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda (books of scripture) from Brahmaloka (the abode of God). 

Brahma (Father) knew that the people on earth would not be able to make use of the Vedas (scriptures) until they were purified. He knew that social values had degenerated, and hence, the need for reestablishing humanity had risen. Therefore, he sought help from Shiva (leader of evil spirits) to destroy humanity only to produce a conducive atmosphere for a revival of the human race.

Vishnu knew about Shiva’s plan to cause massive floods. Therefore, he incarnated in the form of Matsya (a fish). Moreover, he had to save Manu and his wife Shatarupa, the couple that would be instrumental in conceiving humans once again.

Hence, after killing Hayagriva and retrieving the Vedas (scripture), the Matsya avatar of Vishnu saved Manu, Shartarupa (Manu’s wife), the Saptarishis (who represented knowledge) and one set of each of the other living being.  In the end, he handed over the Vedas to Manu so that he could use them for the welfare of humankind.

Excerpts from KalaiSelvi Ramesh

More On This Topic

Deucalion’s Flood

Deucalion’s Flood was caused by Zeus’s anger against the impious sons of Lycaon, the son of Pelasgus. Lycaon himself first civilized Arcadia and instituted the worship of Zeus.  Lycaeus angered Zeus by sacrificing a boy

Read More »

The Muskrat

Is it possible that these things from different sources are teaching the same principle from the same teacher? Both speak of themes of being born of spirit and of water. Both potentially lead the mind

Read More »

Explore Other Themes