In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
And the Earth was without form and void,
and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters,
and God said Let There be Light, and there was light…
And God divided the light from the darkness…
and divided the waters…and it was so…
And God said let there be lights in the firmament
of the heaven to divide the day from the night,
and let them be for signs and for seasons
and for days and for years... and it was so…
And God said let us make man in our image, after our likeness,
… So God created man in his own image…male and
And God blessed them and said unto them be fruitful
and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it: and have
dominion over…every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
…And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold
it was very good.
From: The Book of Exodus, I, 1-31 (excerpted).
Author :Attributed to God as transmitted to Moses.
First transcribed in Hebrew, c.1,600 BC
In the beginning was neither existence nor non-existence,
No realm of air, nor sky beyond it. What contained that, and how?
Was it like water, unfathomably deep?
Before death or the transcendence of death,
before a way to discern day and night, consciousness,
breathed from within itself, and apart from it was nothing.
This consciousness, this everything,
was concealed in darkness, void and without form.
Heated by the great power
of the concentration of consciousness
turned inward upon itself, life was born.
From life rose Desire, the primal germ and seed of Spirit.
Later, ancient seers who would search from the heart
discovered the existent’s kinship in the non-existent,
and tried to discern one from the other.
Who truly knows, and who can say where creation
The Gods came after the creation of the world.
But Spirit, it’s origin, whether it formed everything or
yet somehow controls this world, It truly knows.
Or perhaps It doesn’t.
From: The Hymns of the Rg Veda, Book X,129-1-28
Author: unknown. Transmitted in memorized Sanskrit
beginning c.2,200 BC.