Discuss your own understanding of the Song of Creation from the Rig Veda.Discuss your own understanding of the Song of Creation from the Rig Veda.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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My favorite line of the hymn is this one:

Gloom hid in gloom existed first – one sea, eluding view.
That One, a void in chaos wrapt, by inward fervour grew.

To me personally, I see something coming from nothing, and good coming from gloom.  It is a beautiful idea that from chaos came beauty.  It speaks to me because it is simple and beautiful too.

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iklan100 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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I agree with akannan about the level of 'negative capability' in the Song (or should we call it 'hymn' properly, the Rig Veda being a set of hymns chiefly?). As I see it, it is a 'creation myth' or story in a sense-- and I guess all, or most, world religions/belief systems, have a Creation Myth/Story to tell: their version of how things came into being.

Interestingly, the Rig Veda, the Bible (and earlier Hebraic texts/Genesis etc as part of it) and the Quran, all seem to agree that Creation was an 'out of nothing' act, or phenomenon or process! Quite a common belief, really.