Date: Aug 20, 2015
The following question was posted to our “Contact” page by Valery Kishlaly:
Why did Shiva cut off the fifth head of Brahma?
Dear Valery Kishlaly,
You have been given some wrong information. The Brahma of our universe appeared with four heads, not five.
There are many nonsense books and ideas. We reject them. We accept the authority of books like those referred to below, Srimad Bhagavatam and Chaitanya-charitamrta.
tasya nābheḥ samabhavat
tasmiñ jajñe mahārāja
Word for word:
tasya — of Him (the Supreme Personality of Godhead); nābheḥ — from the navel; samabhavat — generated; padma-koṣaḥ — a lotus; hiraṇmayaḥ — known as Hiraṇmaya, or golden; tasmin — on that golden lotus; jajñe — appeared; mahārāja — O King; svayambhūḥ — one who is self-manifested, who takes birth without a mother; catuḥ-ānanaḥ — with four heads.
O King Parīkṣit, from the navel of the Supreme Personality of Godhead was generated a golden lotus, on which the four-faced Lord Brahmā took his birth.
CC Madhya 21.81
dekhi’ caturmukha brahmāra haila camatkāra
kṛṣṇera caraṇe āsi’ kailā namaskāra
Word for word:
dekhi’ — seeing; catur-mukha brahmāra — of the four-headed Brahmā of this universe; haila — there was; camatkāra — astonishment; kṛṣṇera caraṇe āsi’ — coming to the lotus feet of Lord Kṛṣṇa; kailā namaskāra — offered his respects.
“After observing all these opulences, the four-headed Brahmā of this universe was astonished. He again came before the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa and offered Him obeisances.
Swami B.K. Giri