Ma was asked which the three languages were and she replied, "Try and understand; first of all there were three, then they became many; like sattvas, rajas and tamas; Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva. From vasana arises creation (sristi), in vasana is maintenance (shtiti) and from karma arises destruction (laya). The exhaustion of vasanas is laya. As you first take one letter, then break up one to form three; from three you get many. Then again to get back to one you break the many and get to three, break three and reach one.
Sri Sri Ma Anandamayi, by Sri Gurupriya Devi, tr. by Tara Kini, volume 3, page 222