An Indian Civilizational Perspective

The first cause

What is the cause of the cosmos? Is it Brahman?
From where do we come? By what live?
Where shall we find peace at last?

What power governs the duality
Of pleasure and pain by which we are driven?

Time, nature, necessity, accident,
Elements, energy, intelligence–
None of these can be the First Cause.
They are effects, whose only purpose is
To help the self rise above pleasure and pain.

-Shvetashvatara Upanishad

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