The Nasadiya Hymn – The Song of Creation

Categories : Spirituality

The Sukta expresses wonder about the creation of the universe. It speculates on the power that must have monitored the process of creation. In this verse, we find a sign of monism (the concept of only one God in the form of Brahma) which came in full bloom in the Upanishads.

Rig Veda (10.129)

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 by 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 hearts with wisdom found the bond of existence in 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 have proclaimed it? When was it produced? Whence in 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 did not – the one who looks down on it, in the highest heaven, only he knows – or perhaps he does not know.