The Father | A Verse from the Rig Veda

The Rig Veda is the oldest known Vedic Sanskrit text that humanity still has in its possession. Its early layers are among the oldest extant texts in any Indo-European language.

Since the 2nd millennium BCE, the sounds and texts of the Rig Veda were orally transmitted. They are believed to have been first written down in tangible form around the 3rd-century BCE.

Our father, who created and set in order and knows all forms, all worlds, who all alone gave names to the gods, he is the one to whom all other creatures come to ask questions.

Rig Veda 10.82.3

We all have questions for which we seek answers. But it is not only answers that we seek, but also solutions.

The key concept, as illustrated in this verse of the Rig Veda, is that the Creator is the one to whom all other creatures come to ask questions. And why would they ask Him?

The verse explicitly tells us that it is ‘our Father’ who created and set in order, and it is He that knows all forms and all worlds. He is even above the gods as it is He who named them.

If you had the opportunity to ask the Creator anything; what would you ask? Would you ask questions regarding the metaphysical or the mundane?

If the Rig Veda is anything to go by, then it seems that we humans have asked for both. We have sought wealth. We have sought knowledge. We have sought to unravel the great mysteries of life and explain the origins of human existence. We have sought to become wealthy beyond our wildest imagination.

We have never sought one singular goal and nor have we ever had one singular purpose for our existence. As our needs changed, so did our prayers.

Regardless of whether it was wealth or knowledge that we sought, it seems the quest is eternal. For once we have either achieved or received what we sought, the quest changed once more.

Life, my dear, is an eternal quest.

Vishvakarma, The All-Maker

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