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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
A Late Vedic Hymn of Creation
Indian Literature
 
Translation of Edward Washburn Hopkins

THERE was then neither being nor not-being. There was no air, no sky. What hid it? Where was it and in whose protection was it? Was it water or deep darkness? There was neither death nor immortality. There was no difference between night and day. That One breathed. Other than the One, above the One, nothing existed. Darkness was concealed in darkness in the beginning. Undifferentiated water was all this universe. Through desire, the primal seed of mind, creation arose. After this came the gods.  1
 
 
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