Saturday, August 20, 2011

Hymn to Speech

The concept of the logos is not a new one, and not even as newly ancient as most believe. Here is a hymn from the Rig Veda, originally in the Sanskrit:
When, O Lord of the Universe, the Wise established
Name-giving, the first principle of language,
That which was excellent in them, that which was pure,
Hidden deep within, through love was brought to light...

Many a man who sees does not see the Word,
And many a man who hears does not hear It.
Yet for another it reveals itself,
Like a radiant bride yielding to her husband.
Sometimes, there is an unlooked-for beauty in the earliest roots of things. Those who dig around in the Greek and Aramaic, the Latin and the Hebrew of the Book should also look elsewhere.

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