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The Hymn of Creation – Nasadya Sukta

Nasadiya Sukta

Nasadya Sukta – The Hymn of Creation

There was neither non-existence nor existence then.
There was neither the realm of space nor the sky which is beyond. 
What stirred? Where? In whose protection?
Was there water, bottom-lessly deep?

There was neither death nor immortality then. 
There was no distinguishing sign of night nor of day.
That One breathed, windless, by its own impulse. 
Other than that there was nothing beyond.

Darkness was hidden by darkness in the beginning, 
with no distinguishing sign, all this was water. 
The life force that was covered with emptiness, 
that One arose through the power of heat.

Desire came upon that One in the beginning, 
that was the first seed of mind.
Poets seeking in their heart with wisdom
 found the bond of existence and non-existence.

Their cord was extended across.
Was there below? Was there above?
There were seed-placers, there were powers.
There was impulse beneath, there was giving forth above.

Who really knows? Who will here proclaim it? 
Whence was it produced? Whence is this creation?
The gods came afterwards, with the creation of this universe. 
Who then knows whence it has arisen?

Whence this creation has arisen
– perhaps it formed itself, or perhaps it did not – 
the One who looks down on it,
in the highest heaven, only He knows
or perhaps He does not know.

The Origin Of The Universe

The Indian Vedic scripture state that in the beginning, there was no existence nor non-existence. There was no time, no space, no-nothing. In this absolute void, an entity emerged through an inexplicable intent by means of energy and fire. Awareness and consciousness emerged, and everything arose from it. The desire and intention of this consciousness led to vibration, existence and matter.

This is called Brahman. It is truth, knowledge and infinity. Brahman is overflowing beauty, bliss and love. It is everywhere in the material and non-material realm. It permeates all of reality as the essence that provides everything with structure, meaning and existence. Brahman is the transcendent origin of all things. It is the ultimate cause and the ultimate goal of existence. Brahman is the sole reality that exists, the source of all. Everything else is a transformation and an attribute of Brahman called Maya, the illusory nature.

The Vedas

The Indian holy scriptures, the Vedas are the oldest books on spirituality, wisdom, science, and religion known today. They are a collection of Sanskrit hymns composed by Apaurusey – not human compositions and were received/heard by Rishis during their meditation. Rishis were half-divine beings or sages that lived on earth thousands of years ago. Westerns believe date the scriptures back to around 3000 to 4000 years old, although opinions vary. The oral tradition coming down through generations is probably much older. It is said that the Vedas are beyond this world, beyond this Universe, beyond Space and Time itself, and is changeless. The hymns are written in rhymes and must be chanted with properly pronunciation because of its power and high spiritual significance.

They are divided into 4 books, Rigveda, (praise wisdom), Yajurveda (sacred formula wisdom), Samaveda (chant wisdom), and Atharvaveda (the science of life and magical charm wisdom).

The Rigveda is composed of poems describing rituals, and offerings, and the mythology of ancient Vedic practice. The description of the Creation of the Universe could not be more accurate than our knowledge today.

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17 thoughts on “The Hymn of Creation – Nasadya Sukta”

    As always deep thoughts combined with high knowledge!

    I can’t claim that I do understand the Vedas. I can’t look at them in a scholar manner, I didn’t learn Sanskrit. I speak a bit Hindi, therefore, I understand a few words. I can only look at them as an admirer for this old society, for the Indian culture, its inheritance, and those people today, who emerge themself in learning Sanskrit, learning to understand these complicating writings and aspects of GOD. The Vedas are of such great knowledge. They leave me baffled not only by their multi-understanding, intertwined knowledge but merely that they exist. Who wrote them, who had access to this kind of knowledge, thousands of years ago? What kind of society produced such knowledge? Maybe, you can pour some light on this?


  2. Very glad to find this comment of yours.

    “Vedas are not books” – as far as I identify, utterances that form the very machinery of creation; sounds mystical, but there’s more to this, as you have artfully introduced with the names.

    Thank you so much for summarizing, and also for the LINK to article – long but necessarily detailed.

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  3. I am just wonderstruck at the first two paraghs. You apparently summarised that which can not be summarised (being Nirguṇa or No quality). I see you have enough grip to go further with dedicated meditative reads. I was just re-readingt these two paraghs “The Indian Vedic scripture ….. illusory nature” and enjoying the import.

    Coming to later part of the article:

    1) Whose translation did you use for the Nāsadīya – english version? Translating from Vēdic Sanskrit to Engligh needs competence (in terms of spiritual awakening than language) so just curious.

    2) To sharpen your wordings and understanding on the Vēda, I may want to state the following. You are free to explore later. Take help of my blog article if needed (https://ardentdisciple.wordpress.com/2018/08/28/vedas/)

    — Vēda = Wisdom. Knowledge is information whereas wisdom is assimilated knowledge- an experience.
    —- So, Vēdas are not books, but wisdom contained in the books. The books are part of Vēda not whole. True Vēda is the “I AM” in us — or as moses was asked to say “I AM THAT I AM”.
    —- This wisdom expresses in this nature in 4-fold.
    —- 1) By way of Vocal Sound, which testements call it THE WORD. A vocal utterance produced by trill of vocal cords when meditated upon reveals wisdom contained in RIg Vēda. RIK = Trill or RRRRRRR sound or LIGHT ray (that is ourself)
    —–2) By way of periodic occurance – Music/Melody of LIFE. Vocal utterance uccurs due to periodic breathing and rumbling of cords. This period when meditated reveals wisdom of Sāma Vēda. That is why it is sung than recited.
    —- 3) By way of KARMA/ACTION. An action when meditated upon reveals the wisdom of Yajur Vēda. Yajus = Sacrifical act i.e., a KARMA without expecting any result (detached).
    —– 4) By intermixing of all the above in practical life – Atharvaṇa.

    With these key hints, you should polish the way you look at Vēda. Scholarly approach to Vēda leaves us at scholarly world of differences and opinions. A seerly approach to Vēda leaves us in the world of seers who enjoyed the fruits of LIGHT of self-realisation.

    Thanks for the first two paraghs again. They were written through you than by you, it seems!! 🙂 All the best.

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  4. No, but I speak Telugu which has many Sanskrit words and grammar structure akin to Sanskrit. I learnt Sanskrit in the past but not enough for self study. So I take guidance from some sources (which I pointed in one of my articles). Hindi too has many borrowings from Sanskrit.

    Oh you lived on Varanasi, one of the holiest cities! Blessed!

    Haha not at all!..your articles are perfect (in terms of presentation). But It’s all relative, isn’t it!
    Thanks and same to you!

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  5. Do you speak Sanskrit? I just understand a little from what is similar to Hindi which I learned Hindi living in Varanasi. About present Gen quickies – I already think my article goes way too far for normal readers. It is just old ‘dry ‘traditional facts without the modern adaption, which is so popular today. I will add the references more carefully. Have a nice day

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  6. Namaste! Haha yea some of my blog readers too stated my articles are long. I can’t help given the subject matter. Being physicist by career I intend to give detailed structure and base before I arrive at conclusion. Take your time, no hurry. That is why I said your blog is most suitable for present Gen quickies 🙂 Mine is suitable for dedicated truth seekers (who may be very very few, but my goal is aimed at them).

    Indeed Veda is 7fold in its depths. Btw, can you write an article on sources (books, discussions, gurus, lectures, self analysis, etc) and inspiration of your wisdom? It’s helps me/others to understand the line of thought of your blog and gauge the path it treads.

    Thanks and keep writing !! All d best

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  7. Hi
    I am excited about finding your blog. I started reading it, but honestly, your articles are long. I will read it fully later. I am happy I stumbled upon your site. I also flipped around a bit in your vast blog and surely will return for more reading.
    The Vedas are fascinating, full of truth and wisdom.
    I look forward to an interesting and amazing exchange. You are a book of wisdom.

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  8. A very curious blog that is yours! Thanks for dropping by mine. I see a great wealth of knowledge inside you shaping into the form of these articles. Though I feel you could elaborate, but given present Gen’s summary views, your blog hits the core of interest gently.

    Nice to have known this. I will surely try to read other articles of yours. Hope you will do the same of mine. Let us exchange what we know and learn of the unknown to expand the horizons.

    All the best! (Will comeback to this article again. Just wanted to appreciate first. Btw, I also wrote two articles explaining first two verses. You can read in free time.)

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  9. Thank you Awhe
    I am looking forward to an interesting exchange and wish you and your boyfriend all the best. Enjoy this time for reflection, learning, reading and most of all, having time for yourself and your relationship.

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  10. No need to apologise at all. You can call me Awhi which is a version of my real name but I like to remain anonymous on here as I delve into topics sometimes that may annoy people in my real life world. I think we have a lot of common interests and ideas about what is important in life for sure. Ancient wisdom, ancient philosophy and old ways of doing things like cooking, creating art, music etc are all the best things in the world and these things will help us to cope with these tough times. Myself and my boyfriend we are safe and sound in our apartment in New Zealand, things are going OK for us, for now, I wish the same for you, lots of love, positive vibes and peace during this time, take care x

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  11. Dear Catnip
    Sorry I don’t know your name, therefore I just call you Catnip. I am just like you. I am totally fascinated by all the old wisdom and how much we can learn from it. How did the people in the past access this knowledge? What kind of life did they have, what kind of society? I wish we as a society, as a government, as a school would put much more importance to the wisdom and myth of the past to finally understand who we are.
    I hope you cope well in this difficult time and send you lots of love, positive energy and peace

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