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Nasadiya sukta : The Creation Myth 2020

Being from nothingness became 2

there was neither non-existence nor existence then there was neither the realm of space nor this sky beyond when what stirred? where? in whose protection? was there water bottomless, depthless deep?

there was neither death nor immortality then there was not sign of night nor day
the One breathed, windless, by its own being, and there was nothing else beyond
darkness was shrouded by darkness in the beginning and all this was water
the life force that was covered, layered with emptiness that overcame with the power of heat
when desire came upon the One in the beginning that was the first seed of mind
poets seeking within their core 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 and seed-receivers
there was an impulse below; there was giving forth above

who really knows? who will here declare it
whence was it produced? whence is this creation?

the gods came afterwards, with the creation of this universe who then knows whence this has arisen?
perhaps it formed itself, or perhaps it did not
the Arranger, the One, who gazes upon it
may know, or perhaps know not

Rig Veda Book X Chant 129