Another example for this obsession for sound is from the Classical Musics of India: both Carnatic and Hindustani.For a very long time, the great musicians and music teachers, resisted the attempt to put their music on paper, despite a well evolved writing system at hand, not just one, but dozens of well evolved languages and their sophisticated writing systems.
Creation, Ex Nihilo, Out of Chaos, by Emergence, thanks to a World Parent, by Divine Word, by Division of a Primordial Unity, from Imperfection to Perfection and so on. But in all these cases, they are all hundred percent sure about how things happened exactly in the beginning executed by their favorite deities.
But the best cosmogony one could find in the entire world is in the Rg Veda, the oldest among all four Vedas.
The early sages perceived, through their mind’s eye, that the pulse, the heartbeat, the neuron-firing of the sacred Cosmos is this Nāda, the droning sacred sound stretching across the vastness of the Cosmos.
I don’t want to equate it with String Theory toying with vibrating strings and branes. That’s why in Hinduism, the supreme deity, well, the fact is, it is neither a deity nor an entity, but a principle called the is based on Nāda, the sacred sound. This Nādabrahmam is considered as “The Creation”, not related to the creation happened thanks to a Creator, nor as an event, nor an action, nor an entity, but as a principle.
It’s about the quest for truth and skeptical questioning and that’s it.
It’s the 129th hymn, a set of seven hymns, of the 10th Mandala (Book) of the Rg Veda (9:1-7). The Nāsadīya Sukta, starts with “Not the non-existent existed, nor did the existent exist then“. The “then” is supposed to mean “at that time“, “in the beginning“, most importantly “at that primordial time“.
So, when we say, “in the beginning“, what does that mean? This Earth, as a planet, or the Galaxy, or the Universe?
No, it’s neither of them, but the Ākāsha, the divine Cosmos.
Deriving from the root word “Vid“, meaning “to know”, “to understand”, “to acquire”, “to see through mind’s eye”, Veda simply means knowledge and wisdom.