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The Creation

Hirayagarbha Sukta

Hiranyagarbha or The Hiranyagarbha translates literally as the ‘golden womb’ or ‘golden egg’, (poetically the ‘universal germ’) and is said to be the source of the creation of the universe or the manifested cosmos in Vedic philosophy. It is often mentioned that Hiranyagarbha was the creator of yoga.

The Hirayagarbha Sukta is a hymn or chant from the Rig-Veda {RV 10:121}. It praises the Creator, his Creations and his treasures. It contains 10 verses.

Translation of Hiranyagarbha Sukta in English:

{1} In the beginning was the Divinity in his splendour, manifested as the sole Lord of land, skies, water, space and that beneath and He upheld the earth and the heavens. Who is the deity we shall worship with our offerings?

{2} It is He who bestows soul-force and vigor, whose guidance all men invoke, the Devas invoke whose shadow is immortal life and death. Who is the deity we shall worship with our offerings?

{3} It is He who by His greatness became the One King of the breathing and the seeing, who is the Lord of man and bird and beast. Who is the deity we shall worship with our offerings?

{4} It is He through whose glory the snow-clad mountains rose, and the ocean spread with the river, they say. His arms are the quarters of the sky. Who is the deity we shall worship with our offerings ?

{5} It is He through whom the heaven is strong and the earth firm, who has steadied the light and the sky’s vault, and measured out the sphere of clouds in the mid-region. Who is the deity we shall worship with our offering?

{6} It is He to whom heaven and earth, placed in the light by his grace, look up, radiant with the mind while over them the sun, rising, brightly shines. Who is the deity we shall worship with our offerings?

{7} When the mighty waters came, carrying the universal germ, producing the flame of life, then dwelt there in harmony the One Spirit of the Devas. Who is the deity we shall worship with our offerings?

{8} It is He who in his might surveyed the waters, conferring skill and creating worship – He, the God of gods, the One and only One. Who is the deity we shall worship with our offerings?

{9} Father of the world – may He not destroy us who with Truth as his Law made the heavens and produced waters, vast and beautiful. Who is the deity we shall worship with our offerings?

{10} Lord of creation! No one other than thee pervades all these that have come into being. May that be ours, for which our prayers rise, may we be masters of many treasures!
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FUN FACT: Verse 10 refers to PRAJAPATI (Sanskrit: “Lord of Creatures”) the great creator deity of the Vedic period of ancient India. In the post-Vedic age he came to be identified with the Hindu god Brahma.

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