PARAMAHAMSA SRI NITHYANANDA on Who created the Universe? FROM the earliest days of humanity there has been intense curiosity about how it all came about; how man and woman were created and how the Universe was created. Each religion, each culture developed its own answers, its mythology. Christianity and Islam adopted the Judaic version of creation, as laid out in the Book of Genesis. God made the Universe in six days and rested on the seventh. He created man and from the man’s rib made the woman. Hindu mythology had a different version. So do other cultures and religions. Was God then independent of the Universe? Where was He before the Universe came into being? Where would He go after the Universe is destroyed? Buddha said: Universe was never created. Universe will never die. Universe has been in existence always, and will be in existence always. Sanatana Dharma, the philosophy of Hinduism, supports Buddha. The Brahman always was, is and will be. Brahman is Existence. Existence is the universe. There never was a time it did not exist, and there never will be a time it would not exist. Different parts of the Universe will die and new ones will be created. The Big Bangs and Black Holes will occur at different spaces and different times in the Universe randomly and in a chaotic manner. But the Universe will exist forever and ever. While modern science talks about the Big Bang theory, no scientist has an answer to what was there before to cause the Big Bang, if it is considered to be the seminal act of creation. Science has as of today no answer even to how living matter was created. A-biogenesis, the emergence of living matter from non-living material is still a mystery, though there may be hundreds of unproven theories. How the first particle of the chain of life, the amino acid or its constituents, came into existence is still a question mark. Hindu scriptures say that living matter came out of the energy of the elements of the Universe. Taittreya Upanishad explains how from the energy of cosmos arose all other energies such as space, air, fire, water and earth, finally resulting in plants and humans. Science has a long way to go before it has an alternative explanation. After reading the Upanishad, Einstein remarked: Spirituality starts where science ends. Unlike most other scientists, Einstein understood that there was never a time that the Universe and Life did not exist.