According to popular scripture views,
Brahmā ( ब्रह्मा ) is a post, much like the Manu, Indra, Sapta-Rishis, etc., although with a huge difference in terms of their lifetime span.
Again, by some popular accounts, Lord Hanumān is scheduled to be the next Brahmā and thus, the current Brahmā will get Moksha as per this QnA.
So, some questions in this context I got:
- Similar to the case of Brahmā, in some 'cheap' calendars and magazines, I long ago read, this kind of analogy for even Vishnu and Shiva., i.e.,
When 100 years of Brahmā completes and he merges into Vishnu and a new Brahmā is manifested, and thus, one day of Vishnu is over. In similar way, Vishnu too completes his 100 such years and then merges into Shiva, and thus completing one day of Shiva(or Rudra), when 100 years of Shiva finishes, the creation is involuted back (vilaya or dissolved) into a singularity void, which is projected back (srishti) into creation, again and again, in an eternal cycle. A brief allusion to this proposition is kind of made in this QnA maybe
So, what is the scriptural (any kind) source & validity of this proposition?
- If Lord Hanumān is supposed to be the next Brahmā, then Brahmā being the post ( pada ), his name will be Hanumān only, much like the name of our current Indra is Purandara. So does any other scripture mention any list of names of the Brahmās, of the past, the present and the future?
Also, if the proposition in question no. 1 is scripturally valid, what about the, any kind of mention of the names of Vishnu and Shiva for the past, present and future, is that found too?
Which scriptures portray Brahmā (ब्रह्मा) on a par level (or maybe even greater than) with Vishnu and Shiva, (at least in terms of lifespan) ? Like Shiva and Vishnu are centrally glorified as the Para-Brahman in the Shiva Purana and the Vishnu Purana, respectively.
Are there any mention of units bigger than the Mahakalpa (100 years of Brahmā ) also called, para (पर) i.e., Two Para-ardhas ?