Recently I had a debate with some overtly religious people about creation stories and the Creator God. The ardent Hindu followers will instantly put across the trinity theory which has Brahma as the creator, Vishnu as the saviour and Mahesh as the destroyer. The Judeo-Christian belief system has it easier with one-God-does-all theory. The stories in both these philosophies go into very intricate details like how Brahma appeared on a lotus and began the creation of the universe and how God created the universe in 6 days and on the 7th day he rested.
In spite of these stories being fascinating in their own accord, they have never found their place with science. Quantum physicists would disagree with most of these theories and rubbish them. The scientists are completely correct in my opinion. Personally I have never understood the Creator God theory, because after solving one problem, it just creates another. Where did God come from? What is its plane of existence? Is He/She/It beyond the fabric of our space and time? If so then where? At some point logic breaks down. So I am not too convinced by either the Trinity of Hinduism or the One-God-Does-All theory. The only religion that has appealed to me in this respect is Buddhism which makes it very clear in the very beginning that it has no place for a creation theory. Very reasonably, because it doesn’t matter!
But then recently in an effort to understand creation theory in my own religion I turned to one of the oldest surviving literature in the world – the Rig Veda. The creation hymn CXXIX is a total stunner! Something which I hadn’t expected it to be.
1. THEN was not non-existent nor existent: there was no realm of air, no sky beyond it.
What covered in, and where? and what gave shelter? Was water there, unfathomed depth of water?
2 Death was not then, nor was there aught immortal: no sign was there, the day’s and night’s divider.
That One Thing, breathless, breathed by its own nature: apart from it was nothing whatsoever.
3 Darkness there was: at first concealed in darkness this All was indiscriminated chaos.
All that existed then was void and form less: by the great power of Warmth was born that Unit.
4 Thereafter rose Desire in the beginning, Desire, the primal seed and germ of Spirit.
Sages who searched with their heart’s thought discovered the existent’s kinship in the non-existent.
5 Transversely was their severing line extended: what was above it then, and what below it?
There were begetters, there were mighty forces, free action here and energy up yonder
6 Who verily knows and who can here declare it, whence it was born and whence comes this creation?
The Gods are later than this world’s production. Who knows then whence it first came into being?
7 He, the first origin of this creation, whether he formed it all or did not form it,
Whose eye controls this world in highest heaven, he verily knows it, or perhaps he knows not.
The Rig Veda clearly leaves the entire matter to questions with the exception of a few statements. What intrigues me the most is the fact that it states that Gods came after the universe was created. Most would challenge that, saying God has always existed etc. etc. But think about it, if whatever your religious texts says about what God wants, wouldn’t he be able to
The second statement it makes is that the first thing to appear was Desire, the primal seed and germ of Spirit. If it hasn’t struck you yet, its exactly in tandem with Buddhist teachings. So clearly Buddha was trying to bring the people of India back to Dharma as it should have been.
Besides the uncertain language of the entire text oscillates in uncertainty just as Quantum Physics does now…