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Sriram

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Creation Hymn
« on: May 16, 2020, 06:37:51 AM »
Hi everyone,

As a diversion from the Coronavirus paranoia, I was reading parts of the Rig Veda (circa 1500 BCE) and happened upon the Creation Hymn. It never fails to fascinate me!  I immediately wanted to share it with all of you...even though I have posted it here before...but one more time will do no harm.

It is one of the many hymns in the Rig Veda, which is probably one of the oldest religious texts in the world....and yet the hymn is surprisingly modern. 

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CREATION HYMN

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, bottomlessly deep?

There was neither death nor immortality then.
There was no distinguishing sign of night nor of day.
The 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 fluid.
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 even He does not know.

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https://tsriramrao.wordpress.com/2016/05/02/creation-hymn/


Cheers.

Sriram

SweetPea

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Re: Creation Hymn
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2020, 03:52:10 PM »
Hello, Sriram

Hope all is well with you.

Yes, a lovely hymn. I'd add, I think 'He' does know....
In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.  George Orwell

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Eph 6:12

Sriram

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Re: Creation Hymn
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2020, 04:52:06 PM »
Hello, Sriram

Hope all is well with you.

Yes, a lovely hymn. I'd add, I think 'He' does know....



Hi SweetPea....hope you are fine. Its been a while....!  :)


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Re: Creation Hymn
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2020, 08:02:40 PM »
This is beautiful.  So poetic.  It's also interesting that the "One" is mentioned, especially given the Hindu pantheon of gods. 
I wonder now if the most intelligent being in this world is actually a virus.  Me

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Re: Creation Hymn
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2020, 09:55:05 PM »
It's lovely.
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