In Rig Veda, written around 1500 to 800 BC, the one of the writers contemplates a question if something can be first, if there can have been a creation at all. According to the text, the universe began with desire which was a primal seed and germ of Spirit.

"Desire" derives from the Latin desiderare - to long or wish for, which itself derives from de sidere - from the stars, suggesting that the original sense of a word desire is to await what the stars will bring.

Mainly, Rig Veda 10:129 presents a paradox in which the human mind of the past as well as the present easily gets trapped. How can the universe have sprung into existence, how can something come out of nothing? How can there be a beginning after nothing?

Fast forward to the present time...

The quantum mechanics works extremely well to describe the behavior of tiny objects, such as atoms or particles of light (photons). And what that found is very odd. 

According to one of theory in quantum physics, a particle’s behavior changes depending on whether there is an observer or not. It basically suggests that universe is a kind of illusion and exists only when we are looking at it.

In many cases, this quantum theory doesn't give definite answers to questions such as "where is the particle right now?" Instead, it only provides probabilities for where the particle might be found when it is observed.

For Niels Bohr, one of the founders of the theory, that's not because we lack information, but because physical properties like "position" don't actually exist until they are observed (or measured). And what's more, because some properties of a particle can NOT be observed simultaneously — such as position and velocity.

The great masters from the East are teaching us that all appearance is illusion and only the witness of it is Reality.

They say the seen is false because it is visible. The individual seer remains only as long as the objects are taken to truly exist. There is nothing apart from the seer and the seen in the world. Whatever is seen is an illusion created by the eyes. In a mirror a face is seen, but the fact is that there is only one "you".

According to great seers the source of universe is individual self in the form of knowledge, which has no head or tail. On one side the world is created and the other side everything vanishes. If you know yourself, the universe disappears.

We (as Absolute) are steady by nature and we are always. The steady admits of no change but the personality admits change. The personality is based on desire and desires constantly arise from within us, just to be replaced by more desires. Without this continuous stream of desiring, there would be no life, the life would stop. Lack of desire corresponds to boredom, and depression.

What is left are just what we remember, what we desire, and hope for.