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Who knows from whence this great

The Creation in Rig creation sprang?

He from whom all this great creation
Veda 10:129 came.
Whether his will created or was mute,
The Paradox of Origine The Most High seer that is in highest
Few cultures are as impenetrably He knows it - or perchance even He
complex as that of India. This is knows not.
evident also in its ancient sources to
ideas of the creation of the world.
In Rig Veda, the collection of hymns
from around 1500 to 800 BCE, the poet
of one of them contemplates the very
question if something can be first, i.e.
if there can have been a creation at all.
Rig Veda 10:129 is in a famous hymn Mainly, Rig Veda 10:129 reveals an
of the tenth mandala. It is generally insoluble paradox in which the human
regarded as one of the later hymns, mind of the past as well as the present
probably composed in the 9th century easily gets trapped: How can the
BCE. It has the Indian name Nasadiya universe have sprung into existence, i.e.
Sukta, "Not the Non-existen", and is often how can something come out of
given the English title Creation, because nothing? How can there be a beginning,
of its subject. before which there was nothing?
Much of what puzzled people three
The Paradox of Origin thousand years ago, still puzzles us
today. This dilemma, too. Present-day
The advanced abstract reasoning scientists wrestle with the paradox,
in the hymn has brought it a lot of speculating about multiverses and such
attention, not only within indology, but in an effort to explain the something out
from scholars of philosophy and the of nothing. Doing so, they might just
history of religion as well. Its line of move the problem to another location,
thought relates splendidly to not solving it at all.
cosmological thinking of the philosophers So, we should be wary of taking for
of Ancient Greece, all through to present granted that our ancestors were
day astronomy. intellectually inferior to us. We have
And it ends with what seems like a more facts, but they knew what we still
punch line, a paradox taken to the would not know today, nor tomorrow.
extreme, almost as if the unknown poet That's what this Creation hymn of
of it was making a joke. Here are the last Rig Veda points out.
lines of it (in Max Müller's translation):