“In the beginning was Atman, the Self, God. Verily, only the one was in existence. No other causative reality whatsoever existed then. He thought within himself, “I will manifest myself into many.
“Inspired by the law of supreme divinity, while living in the relative world of sensory perception, there arose in man the desire to realize the reality of the absolute perfection. Awakened by this spiritual hope, through devotion he came to cognize that the whole created universe is the manifested form of God, the divine reality.” (Aitareya Upanishad)