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 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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