5023A: The Hindu Trinity (trimurti), is defined in the Hindu scriptures, the Puranas, as consisting of Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Preserver), and Shiva (the Destroyer). All three are manifestations of BrahmanGod in the Beginning with the Word.
The ascended masters teach that the Hindu Trinity is parallel to the Christian Trinity.
Brahma, as Creator, is parallel to God the Father. He is the Divine Lawgiver, the source of all knowledge.
Vishnu, as Preserver, is parallel to the principle of the Son in the Western Trinity. As the Son, Vishnu embodies Cosmic Christ wisdom. He is also the Mediator, or bridge, between the human consciousness and Brahman, Absolute Reality.
Shiva, as Destroyer, represents the stripping action of the Holy Spirit, whose love consumes the forces of ignorance and anti-Love. Shiva is not only the destroyer of the universe: he is the destroyer of evil, hatred, disease, worldliness, evildoers and demons. Shiva is also known as the Regenerator, and in this aspect he is a nourisher; he bestows long life but he will not give that nourishment until he has cleansed the vessel.