Mercury

From Encyclopedia of Vedic Science
Jump to: navigation, search
Mercury
Budha

Mercury Symbol.jpg Mercury


«
I worship Mercury, dark like the priyangu flower, who has an unequalled form, the intelligent son of the Moon, endowed with a gentle nature.
Hymn to the Planet by Vyasa
»


Deity

Dressed in green, with a green body, who has four arms, the incarnation of Vishnu, who is a yogi, whose vehicle is a lion with an elephant’s trunk, who carries a sword, shield and book in his hands, the son of the Moon, with an emerald crest jewel on his head, making the gesture that grants boons — may Divine Mercury ever grant us his grace.


Budha is the Vedic name for Mercury reflecting divine intelligence (buddhi). Beyond the mind is intellect (buddhi). According to Parashara, Vishnu is the main male deity associated with Mercury. He is the god of cosmic intelligence, the preserver and pervader of the universe.

Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom and learning is the female deity reflecting mercurial powers. Saraswati means “the flowing one”. She is the goddess of creative intelligence, a flowing stream of inspiration like the ancient Sarasvati River which she takes her name from. Saraswati is identified with thought and intellect. “May the Goddess Saraswati, with all power, full of power, further us, as the guide of our minds.” Rig Veda Vol. I. 61.


Further reading