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Leaving with you one of my favourite hymns from the Rig Veda as I take a short sabbatical from the blog to deal with more pressing commitments and generally get a handle on my life :)
Be back soon with more.
The Song of Creation
Not even nothing existed then
No air yet, nor a heaven.
Who encased and kept it where?
Was water in the darkness there?
Neither deathlessness nor decay
No, nor the rhythm of night and day
The self-existent breathed without air
That, and that alone was there.
Darkness was in darkness found
Like light-less water all around.
One emerged, with nothing on
It was from heat that this was born.
Into it, Desire, its way did find:
The primordial seed born of mind.
Sages know deep in the heart:
What exists is kin to what does not.
Across the void the cord was thrown,
The place of every thing was known.
Seed-sowers and powers now came by,
Impulse below and force on high.
Who really knows, and who can swear,
How creation came, when or where!
Even gods came after creation’s day,
Who really knows, who can truly say
When and how did creation start?
Did He do it? Or did He not?
Only He, up there, knows, maybe;
Or perhaps, not even He.
(translated by V.V Raman, University of Rochester)
This extraordinarily beautiful hymn called Nasadiya Sukta is from the Rig Veda, the oldest of the Vedas dating back to at least 5000 years.
And yet how modern it is. I love the open ended-ness. The questioning of everything, even God ! And the acceptance of ‘not-knowing’. Why does religion have to have all the answers? Perhaps the joy is in contemplation.
I still remember the day I stumbled upon this, twenty years ago, in a deserted library in Connecticut, US. I read it over and over again, hardly believing this gem I had found. It was sublime!
I can safely say, it was this discovery that first made me sit up and take notice of Hinduism. Twenty years on I continue to be fascinated.
You may want to check the title song from Bharat Ek Khoj:) Funny your post reminded me of that one- sure enough it turned out to be the same creation song you refer to in your article!
Anjali, thank you so much. This is fab. I had no idea this was the title song. Wish I could find a box set of Bharat Ek Khoj :) It was so well made.
Smita Deodhar said:
“even Gods came after Creation’s day”
How profound! Thanks for this, Anu
Isn’t it just? It was that what struck me when I first read it .And the open ended-ness of the entire song. In fact I think I shall add that into the post.Thanks for reading !
Sobana Sundar said:
It’s amazing that the questions of today were asked thousands of years back! And in such a beautiful way too.
Yes, Sobana , I just love it. I like the courage it has to question everything. Nothing is sacrosanct . Not the gods nor the ‘Creator’ .
Song of Creation – Rig Veda explains some facts which I never knew. Heard the video song too. Thanks.
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This is so profound like some of the sacred Vedas in Hinduism. Purusha Suktam, Narayana Suktam, Etc… Were all heard by our ancient sages…the meanings conveyed by these chants convey the truth.
Yes, Janaki they are sublime ! In fact I have been planning to write about Purusha Suktam and Narayana Suktam . Will do it now !
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Dilip V. Phadke said:
This is amezing blog. Lots of information about Indian culture n stories of Vedict times. The song Bharat ek khoj- is excellant.
Please share such blogs n information.
Thank you! I am pleased you found it informative. That is what I am hoping to do here – share, inform and discuss in an unbiased way.