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The Creation in Rig Veda 10:129
The Paradox of Origin
Few cultures are as impenetrably complex as that of India. This is 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.
The Paradox of OriginThe advanced abstract reasoning in the hymn has brought it a lot of attention, not only within indology, but from scholars of philosophy and the history of religion as well. Its line of thought relates splendidly to cosmological thinking of the philosophers of Ancient Greece, all through to present day astronomy.
And it ends with what seems like a punch line, a paradox taken to the extreme, almost as if the unknown poet of it was making a joke. Here are the last lines of it (in Max Müller's translation):
Much of what puzzled people three thousand years ago, still puzzles us today. This dilemma, too. Present-day scientists wrestle with the paradox, speculating about multiverses and such in an effort to explain the something out of nothing. Doing so, they might just move the problem to another location, not solving it at all.
So, we should be wary of taking for granted that our ancestors were intellectually inferior to us. We have more facts, but they knew what we still would not know today, nor tomorrow.
That's what this Creation hymn of Rig Veda points out.
The Creation in Rig Veda 10:129The Paradox of Origin