In The Beginning

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Beginning defined: a starting or commencing

Hinduism
In the beginning there was Existence alone—One only, without a second. He, the One, thought to himself: Let me be many, let me grow forth.  Thus out of himself he projected the universe, and having projected out of  himself the universe, he entered into every being.  All that is has its self in him alone.  Of all things He is the subtle essence.  He is the truth, He is the Self, And that…THAT ART THOU.” Chandogya Upanishad

Hinduism

Beginning from non-being when nothing existed, not even water nor death, that One breathless breathed by itself. At first this All was concealed by darkness and formless chaos, but by heat that One came into existence. Thus arose desire, the primal seed and  germ of Spirit. Sages searching
in their hearts discovered kinship with the non-existent. A ray of light extended across the darkness, but what was known above or below? Creative fertility was there with energy and action, but who really knows where this creation came from? For the gods came after the world’s creation. Who could know the source of this creation and how it was produced? The one seeing it in the highest heaven only knows, or maybe it does not. –
Rig Veda X:129

Christianity
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:1-5, New American Standard Bible)

Judaism In the beginning, God created heaven and earth. The earth was without form and empty,  with darkness on the face of the depths, but God’s spirit moved on the water’s surface. God said, ‘There shall be light, ‘and light came into existence;. God saw that the light was good, and God divided between the light and the darkness.

(Bereshit/Genesis 1:1-4. JPS)

Buddhism
There is an Unborn, Unoriginated, Uncreated, Unformed. If there were not this Unborn, this Unoriginated, this Uncreated, this Unformed, escape from the world of the born, the originated, the created, the formed, would not be possible. But since there is an Unborn, Unoriginated, Uncreated, Unformed, therefore is escape possible from the world of the born, the originated, the created, the formed. (Buddha, in THE IMMUTABLE‘ in  The Gospel of Buddha: Compiled from Ancient Records by Paul Carus [1909]

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