Universe: Cyclical

April 21, 2009, 8:42 pm
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8th Century Indian Samhyka Philosophers

The universe expands and contracts with each breath of Brahmin. All things perish after each cycle. Atoms dissolve into the primeval pure waters of eternity, and are re-born with the next cycle. Indian Samhyka philosophers of the 8th century BC describe space condensing out of the void, followed by air condensing from space.  The Hindu Rig-Veda (Hymn of Creation, Book X,  v. 129) describes how the gods were created after the universe itself came into existence, indeed, even the gods seem not to know of their own existence,

 "He, the very origin of this creation, whether he formed it all or did not form it....He knows it, or perhaps He knows it not..."

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Odenwald, Sten, Ph.D. (Contributing Author); Bernard Haisch (Topic Editor). 2009. "Universe: Cyclical." In: Encyclopedia of the Cosmos. Eds. Bernard Haisch and Joakim F. Lindblom (Redwood City, CA: Digital Universe Foundation). [First published February 14, 2008].
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(2009). Universe: Cyclical. Retrieved from http://www.cosmosportal.org/view/article/138896

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