The Birth of the World-Egg
(Manava Dharma Shastra I.)
Oriental Department, July, 1894
The universe was wrapped in darkness, unseen, unnamed, unthinkable, unknowable, in dreamless sleep.
Then the Self-being, the unmanifested Master, manifested this universe and its powers; the Light appeared, breaking through the darkness.
Thinking and longing to put forth varied beings from himself, he put forth first the Waters, and in them put forth his power.
This power became a Golden Egg, thousand-parted, equal- formed in this the evolver himself was born, the great father of all the worlds.
And the Master, dwelling in the egg for a season, through himself, through thought, divided the egg in two.
And from the two parts moulded Heaven and Earth, and in the midst, the expanse, the spaces, the perpetual place of the Waters.