Brahma, one third of the Hindu Trinity, is represented as the quintessential essence of spirit, shown as a four-headed being, having originally had five, but one having been burned off by the third eye of Shiva, for having spoken disrespectfully. He bears in one hand a copy of the Vedas, in another a spoon for pouring out the lustral water contained in a vessel which he holds in his third hand, while the fourth hand holds a rosary. Brahma's sacti, or wife, is Saraswati, goddess of poetry, wisdom, eloquence and fine art. The vehicle on which he rode, is a goose. Brahma was born from the navel of Vishnu, on a lotus flower, and with his own daughter, Vak, created the race of men.