The Concept of Four Yugas or Epochs in Hinduism

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I am putting this on a page as I think it is very important information that DEEPA VENKITESH shared on Facebook... Many people will not believe it for it is an Eastern belief and so many Westerners are stuck in their own narrow outlook...so be it..but I have learned of this from other sources too...and in my Cosmic Creation
Epic I write of yugas...

The Four Yugas or Epochs

According to Hindu scriptures, all mortal beings are destined to pass through four great epochs in every cycle of creation and destruction. This divine cycle turns full-circle at the end of what is known as kalpa. A kalpa is a yuga cycle, which is a period of 10,000 divine years, and is divided into four ages or yugas (Sanskrit yuga = age/epoch). According to one calculation, one yuga cycle is estimated to be 4,320,000 years, and one kalpa 4,320,000,000 years.

About the 4 Yugas

The four great epochs in Hinduism are: Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dwapar Yuga and Kali Yuga. Satya Yug or the Age of Truth is said to last for four thousand divine years, Treta Yuga for three thousand, Dwapara Yug for two thousand and Kali Yuga will last for one thousand divine Years that equals to 432,000 earthly years.
It is also believed that three of these great ages have already passed away, and we are now living in the fourth one. What these ages exactly mean, and why this division, it's hard to explain, because they appear too unrealistic to be true for the rational mind.

Songs of Innocence & Experience!

The four ages symbolize the four phases of involution during which man gradually lost the awareness of his inner selves and subtle bodies. Hinduism believes that human beings have five kinds of bodies, called annamayakosa, pranamayakosa, manomayakosa vignanamayakosa and anandamayakosa, which represent the 'gross body', the 'breath body', the 'psychic body', the 'intelligence body' and the 'bliss body' respectively.

Another theory explains these epochs of time on the basis of the degree of loss of righteousness in the world. It says, during Satya Yuga only truth prevailed (Sanskrit Satya = truth), Treta lost ¼ truth, Dwapar lost ½ truth and Kali is left with only ¼ truth. Evil and dishonesty has replaced truth in the last three ages or yugs.

Dasavatara: The 10 Avatars

Throughout these four yugas, Lord Vishnu is said to incarnate ten times in ten different avatars. This is known as 'Dasavatara' (Sanskrit dasa = ten). During the Age of Truth, human beings were spiritually most advanced and had great psychic powers. In the Treta Yuga people still remained righteous and adhered to moral ways of life. Lord Rama of the fabled Ramayana lived in Treta Yuga. In the Dwapara Yuga, men had lost all knowledge of the intelligence and bliss bodies. Lord Krishna was born in this age. The present Kali Yuga is the most degenerated of the Hindu epochs.

It is predicted that at the end of the Kali Yuga, Lord Shiva shall destroy the universe and all the physical body would undergo a great transformation. After such dissolution, Lord Brahma would recreate the universe and mankind will become the 'Beings of Truth' once again. — with Sarin Pradeep Unnithan and Bharat Sharma.

According to Hindu scriptures, all mortal beings are destined to pass through four great epochs in every cycle of creation and destruction. This divine cycle turns full-circle at the end of what is known as kalpa. A kalpa is a yuga cycle, which is a period of 10,000 divine years, and is divided into four ages or yugas (Sanskrit yuga = age/epoch). According to one calculation, one yuga cycle is estimated to be 4,320,000 years, and one kalpa 4,320,000,000 years.

Living in the Kali Yuga!

We live in the Kali Yuga — in a world infested with impurities and vices. People possessing genial virtues are diminishing day by day. Floods and famine, war and crime, deceit and duplicity characterize this age. But, say the scriptures, final emancipation is possible only in this age.

The Signs of Kali Yuga!

Kali Yuga has two phases: In the first, humans — having lost the knowledge of the two higher selves — had knowledge of the 'breath body' apart from the physical self. During the second phase even this knowledge has deserted mankind, leaving us only with the awareness of the gross physical body. This explains why we are now more preoccupied with our physical self than anything else.

Due to our preoccupation with our physical bodies and our lower selves, and because of our emphasis on the pursuit of gross materialism, this age has been termed the 'Age of Darkness' — an age when we have lost touch with our inner selves, an age of profound ignorance!

(Carolina note: and yet there is much Light on the planet now as those who are Children of God, Children of Light are bringing this forth all across the planet anchoring Columns of Light to offset the darkness all around. )

What the Scriptures Say

Both the two great epics - The Ramayana & Mahabharata - have spoken about the Kali Yuga. In the Tulasi Ramayana, we find Kakbhushundi foretelling: "In the Kali Yuga, the hot-bed of sin, men and women are all steeped in unrighteousness and act contrary to the Vedas… every virtue had been engulfed by the sins of Kali Yuga; all good books had disappeared; impostors had promulgated a number of creeds, which they had invented out of their own wit. The people had all fallen prey to delusion and all pious acts had been swallowed by greed."

In the Mahabharata (Santi Parva) Yudhishthir says: "… The ordinances of the Vedas disappear gradually in every successive age… the duties in the Kali age are entirely of another kind. It seems, therefore, that duties have been laid down for the respective age according to the powers of human beings in the respective ages." The sage Vyasa later on clarifies: "In the Kali Yuga, the duties of the respective order disappear and men become afflicted by inequity."

What Happens Next?

It is predicted that at the end of the Kali Yuga, Lord Shiva shall destroy the universe and all the physical body would undergo a great transformation. After such dissolution, Lord Brahma would recreate the universe and mankind will become the 'Beings of Truth' once again. — with Sarin Pradeep Unnithan and Bharat Sharma.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
9th Nov 2013 (#)

and you bitter and unpleasant people please do not rant on my pages...I do not read them just delete them...

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
9th Nov 2013 (#)

Excellent guide for a better understanding.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
9th Nov 2013 (#)

thank you Mark..it is important I think for people to expand their awareness of other and great cultural Knowledge....

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author avatar Williamsji
10th Nov 2013 (#)

A very useful info and important for all, Congrats and thanks for sharing, Regards WILLIAMS G. MAVELI

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Nov 2013 (#)

thank you..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Carolina for spreading this realm of knowledge and belief. Also to Deepa Venkitesh, one of our occasional contributors. We need to get of out of the vicious circle of greed and selfishness.

Let us widen our horizon and accept that wisdom is not the prerogative of any one faith. It is how we practice the essence of religions that matter than get lost in rituals. I feel sad when some people believe in only what they want to as the gospel truth and disregard the variety in knowledge that we have accumulated. If we have a deep feel for a belief then it means it has some relevance. Let us not be thin-skinned and close our own minds. There is after all only one Creator. The best way to create trouble in this world is to belittle other beliefs. All beliefs point towards peace and coexistence but, sad to say, the more ardent the believers the less they see this writing on the wall - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Nov 2013 (#)

thank you so very much siva for all the wisdoms and caring you offer us here on wikinut...such a blessing you truly are...namaste

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
10th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks dear, you made this share into a wonderful and excellent masterpiece of enlightenment. I ma honored to have been a reason for this by sharing a picture (not my work) through fb. God bless you always.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Nov 2013 (#)

it is I who thank you deepa for giving me the opportunity to be able to share these pearls of wisdom...blessings, light and loving to you....

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
10th Nov 2013 (#)

Nice post and educating as well, thank you for shairng it with the forum my dear Caro, You rock and nice investigation!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Nov 2013 (#)

thank you so much Fern for all your loving support too...

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author avatar Williamsji
10th Nov 2013 (#)

May God bless you always and in All ways, Regards and love from WILLIAMSJI MAVELI

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Nov 2013 (#)

thank you.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
10th Nov 2013 (#)

Very interesting concept of the four Yugas.There's many ways of explaning the cycles that hindus believe but this I must say is a very orderly and simple method making it easy for the readers to understand.Imagine this,last week hindu's celebrated diwali/deepawali which is roughly one million year old celebration.Kalyug also have positive aspect even though its the shortage of all ages.Kalyug also belongs the Goddess Kali.The rise of women power.A age when women are much more liberated and have much more exposure and control to activities of the world.Only about 5000 yrs of kalyug have pass and already much is happening around world,both positive and negative.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Nov 2013 (#)

thank you Randhir...I always love information/knowing on The Beginnings and Continuation of our "Age...

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author avatar Williamsji
10th Nov 2013 (#)

Dear All,
Unlike all other religions in the world, Hinduism is a culture and heritage for human. Being an Indian I am proud of that. Good article from Carolina, I feel like reading it many times. Regards & Love from Williamsji Maveli

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Nov 2013 (#)

thank you ...

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
10th Nov 2013 (#)

Good morning, Carolina. Thank you for this informative article. I know that when all of us take the time to better understand another persons beliefs, customs and practices, we gain further evidence of our innate similarities. I used some of this same type of information when comparing Kali Yuga to our state of mind in our addictions. Again, thanks for a valuable contribution to the site. ~Marilyn

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Nov 2013 (#)

my pleasure as always dear Marilyn...thank you for all yours...

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author avatar M G Singh
10th Nov 2013 (#)

What a lovely post Carolina. Thanks for sharing it.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Nov 2013 (#)

such a wonderful pleasure for me to do so Madan...

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author avatar Delicia Powers
12th Nov 2013 (#)

Fascinating article...I enjoyed learning and will read more ...many thanks Carolina...

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Nov 2013 (#)

and thank you Delicia...it is important I think to share such so we realize that we are all One....

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
14th Nov 2013 (#)

Hinduism is fascinating -- well, all the world religions are in their own ways. Namaste, and a nice share!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
14th Nov 2013 (#)

yes Phyl...wise comment indeed...thank you...

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