nAsadeeya sUktam (on creation)
R’gvEda 10.129 (also a part of the yajurvEda and the udakashAnti)
At first was neither Being nor Nonbeing.
Therewas not air nor yet sky beyond.
What was its wrapping?Where?In whose protection?
Was Water there,unfathomable and deep?
There was no death then, nor yet deathlessness;
of night or day therewas not any sign.
The One breathed without breath,by its own impulse.
Other than that was nothing else at all.
Darkness was there,all wrapped around by darkness,
and all was Water indiscriminate.
Then that which was hidden by theVoid,
that One,emerging,stirring, through power of Ardor (Tapas),came to be.
In the beginning Love arose,which was
the primal germ cell of the mind.
The Seers,searching in their hearts with wisdom,
discovered the connection of Being in Nonbeing.
A crosswise line cut Being from Nonbeing.
What was described above it,what below?
Bearers of seed there were and mighty forces,
thrust from below and forward move above.
Who reallyknows?Who can presume to tell it?
Whence was it born?Whence issued this creation?
Even the Gods came after its emergence.
Then who can tell from whence it came to be?
That out of which creation has arisen,
whether it held it firm or it did not,
He who surveys it in the highest heaven,
He surely knows or may be He does not!
Photographer : self :-)
Painting at Vivekanandar Illam, Marina , Chennai