|As the spider
draws its thread out of itself and is lord over the web it produces, as shrubs and plants
grow from the earth, as hair grows on the bodies of living beings, so has all this
universe come out of the first imperishable cause. -Mundakopanishad I-i-7
This is true; as from the flaming fire issue forth, by thousands,
sparks of the same form, so from the immortal proceed diverse jivas and they find their
way back into it.
Using nature, which is Mine own, I create again and again
all this multitude of beings, keeping them wholly dependent on nature. Under My
sovereignty, nature brings forth the moving and the unmoving and keeps the world going.
-Gita IX--8, 10
"How can this vast universe with its multitudinous
variety be produced in this simple way?" asked Svetaketu whom his father Uddaalaka
was instructing about the Sat and the evolution of the world.