In "An Apology for Apologetics: A Study in the Logic of Interreligious Dialogue" by Paul J. Griffiths, Paul writes the following:

The Rigveda, India's oldest collection of sacred texts, contains the famous line: "Reality is one, though wise men speak of it variously."

Does anyone know the Book, Hymn and Verse this is from in the Rig Veda? I am assuming he either reworded another translation or translated this into English himself; as I am unable to find it in the translations I've looked at.

All search results I've found for that line all reference his book as the source and he does not cite the book, hymn and verse of it in his book. Is anyone familiar with where this is in the Rig Veda?

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This is from Rig Veda 1.164.46.

ekaṁ sad viprā bahudhā vadanti

ekam: one

sat: Reality

vipra: wise

bahuda: various ways

vadanti: speak

There is one reality, the wise speak of it in various ways.

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