Saturday, April 11, 2015

Carpe Diem #704, Wheel of Creation

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Let us go on with our journey and exploration of the Bhagavad Gita to find (maybe) Peace of Mind, as is the theme for this month. Today our prompt is Wheel of Creation and it's very clear that this prompt is about Creation as it is thought in Hinduism.
In the middle between the two armies Arjuna and Krishna are having a conversation and Krishna explains to Arjuna how the world was created and how it will be created again like an everlasting movement.

The Hindu tradition perceives the existence of cyclical nature of the universe and everything within it. The cosmos follows one cycle within a framework of cycles. It may have been created and reach an end, but it represents only one turn in the perpetual "wheel of time", which revolves infinitely through successive cycles of creation and destruction. Within this cycle of creation and destruction of the universe, the soul (atman) also undergoes its own version of cycle called samsara, the cycle of rebirth in which individual souls are repeatedly reincarnated.

In the beginning there was neither existence nor non- existence; there was no atmosphere, no sky, and no realm beyond the sky. What power was there? Where was that power? Who was that power? Was it finite or infinite?

There was neither death nor immortality. There was nothing to distinguish night from day. There was no wind or breath. God alone breathed by his own energy. Other than God there was nothing.

In the beginning darkness was swathed in darkness. All was liquid and formless. God was clothed in emptiness.

Then fire arose within God; and in the fire arose love. This was the seed of the soul. Sages have found this seed within their hearts; they have discovered that it is the bond between existence and non-existence.

Who really knows what happened? Who can describe it? How were things produced? Where was creation born? When the universe was created, the one became many. Who knows how this occurred?

Did creation happen at God's command, or did it happen without his command? He looks down upon creation from the highest heaven. Only he knows the answer -or perhaps he does not know.

(Rig Veda 10:129.1-7)

Credits: Wheel of Creation (Samsara)

As I read these verses from the Rig Veda I immediately saw the Christian idea of Creation in front of me. It's almost the same. Could it be, as we stated earlier, that Christianity has derived from Hinduism, the oldest known religion? That would be a stunning revelation ... because I have learned that Christianity derived from Judaism? If Christianity really derived from Hinduism, than Hinduism is the Mother of all religions ... is that real?

I don't know that of course, it's hypothetical ... but it can ....

cherry blossom petals fall
without sound

without sound
cherry blossom petals ride
on gusts of wind

on gusts of wind
cherry blossom petals, full circle,
the taste of cherries

the taste of cherries
helping me through the cold winter
Sakura blooms again

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I hope you did like this episode and I hope it will inspire you all to write/compose an all new haiku.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until April 14th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, debonding (or detaching), later on.


  1. I keep looking at that first haiku of yours. It is exceptional. Great flow and almost an ''important'' post in haiku-writing

  2. I hope you don't mind, Kristjaan, but I used your series on cherries as inspiration for my own haiku. Thank you.