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"At the end of the millennium, ignorance personified assumed the form of a demon, stole all the Vedas and took them down to the planet of Rasatala. The Supreme Lord, however, in His form of Hayagriva [the horse-headed] retrieved the Vedas and returned them to Lord Brahma when he begged for them. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Lord, whose determination never fails." (Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.18.6)

Although Vedic knowledge is imperishable, within this material world it is sometimes manifest and sometimes not. When the people of this material world become too absorbed in ignorance, it disappears. Lord Hayagriva or Lord Matsya, however, always protects the Vedic knowledge, and in due course of time it is again distributed through the medium of Lord Brahma.

[Lord Hayagriva returning the Vedas to Lord Brahma]


[Lord Vamanadeva at His sacred thread ceremony] "When the great sages saw the Lord as the brahmacari-dwarf Vamana, they were very pleased. Thus they placed before them Kasyapa Muni and performed all the ritualistic ceremonies. At the sacred thread ceremony Brhaspati offered the sacred thread and Kasyapa Muni offered a straw belt. Mother earth gave Him a deerskin, and the demigod of the moon gave Him the rod of a brahmacari. His mother gave Him cloth for underwear, and the deity of the heavenly kingdom offered Him an umbrella. Lord Brahma offered a waterpot, the seven sages offered Him kusa grass, and mother Sarasvati gave Him Rudraksa beads. When Vamanadeva had thus been given the sacred thread, Kuvera gave Him a pot for begging alms, and mother Bhagavati gave Him His first alms." (Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.18.13-17)

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