Before we begin it is important to note that in this reality, everything moves in cycles. The Sun and Moon bring us visual proof of the cycles of day and night. The four seasons provide us the cycle of a full years time through Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. As human beings we are born into this world and when it is our time to go, we eventually pass on. These are cycles every human being is aware of and lives through regardless of their age. Today I would like to discuss another cycle that you may not be aware of. The Great Cycle of Yugas!
“The Tapas and the other hard Yogas that were practiced in other Yugas do not work now. What is needed in this Yuga is giving, helping others.” Swami Vivekananda
What is the Great Cycle of Yugas
According to the Hindu religion there are many different ages going back all the way to the beginning of time, both large and small. The smallest of these cycles is called a Maha Yuga which is approximately 4,320,000 years. A single Kala consists of 4 Yugas or an epoch in time. The first Yuga is the Satya Yuga. Second is the Treta Yuga. Third is the Dvapara YugaSatya Yuga. Second is the Treta Yuga. Third is the Dvapara Yuga. And the fourth is the Kali Yuga. One complete cycle of the four yugas is approximately 4.32 million years. Each maha yuga is subdivided into four ages lengths with ratios of 4:3:2:1
Satya Yuga (Golden Age) approx. 4,800 years [Great Year Cycle] / 1,780,000 years [Cycle of Yugas] – Also known as “The Age of Truth” or “The Age of Unity” the Satya Yuga is a time where the absolute best ideals of humanity reign supreme. The highest of all the ages, this age represents divine consciousness. Space and time is seen for the illusion it is and human beings strive to be their best, living up to our maximum potential. There is no need for fighting or wars as we are all living at peace with one another. No one has to work or struggle to survive as thoughts are easily manifest. Living in complete harmony with nature, it is believed that death during this age only comes when one so desires. The Satya Yuga is 100% Light and 0% Dark.
Treta Yuga (Silver Age) approx. 3,600 years [GYC] / 1,296,000 years [COY] – Also known as “The Mental Age” is a period that consists of much more light than it does dark. We live in service to others as telepathy, intuition, clairvoyance and empathy are present and available to all that are willing to access it. During this period we become a bit more materialistic and slightly less spiritual than we were in the previous age. With an life expectancy of 10,000 years, the Tetra Yuga is 75% Light and 25% Dark.
Dvapara Yuga (Bronze Age) approx. 2,400 years [GYC] / 864,000 years [COY] – Also known as the “Age of Energy” or the “Electrical Age” is an age where spirituality and physicality are split between the two. With the loss of our higher facilities, machines are used to manipulate matter to our desires. Divine intellect is much more difficult to obtain, and we become pleasure seeking creatures. Because our connection is more severed during this age than previous ages, illness and disease come into play within our lives much more than before. With an life expectancy of 1,000 years, the Dvapara Yuga is equally 50% Light and 50% Dark.
Kali Yuga (Iron Age) approx. 1,200 years [GYC] / 432,000 years [COY] – Also known as the “Material Age” or the “Dark Age” the Kali Yuga is the lowest of all the ages as we become even more separate from our divine nature. During this period humanity sinks to the nethermost form of itself, allowing wickedness to be expressed in many ways previously unseen. The Immoral Age of Iron is the shortest and and darkest time of the Yugas. With a life expectancy of 100 to 120 years, the Kali Yuga is 25% Light and 75% Dark.
“Kali yuga is so much saturated with vicious habits that there is a great fight at the slightest of misunderstanding.” Radhanath Swami
Once this cycle is complete it begins again, however this time instead of going form top to bottom we now go from bottom to top. So rather than a decent into increased darkness from the Satya Yuga down to the Kali Yuga, we now move from the Kali Yuga up to the Satya Yuga in stages of increasing consciousness. Down from light to dark and then up from darkness to the light. Similar to a sine wave, going from highest to lowest energy then back from lowest energy to the highest. This coincides with the original point that everything moves in complete cycles. Always repeating itself, The Great Cycle of Yugas is no different.
What can we expect from The Great Cycle of Yugas?
You may notice the negative aspect of the yugas only consists of one third of the time within The Great Cycle of Yugas while the positive aspect consists of two thirds of the time. I believe the idea behind this is that darkness always loses eventually, but is never completely defeated. Winning a few battles along the way, but ultimately losing the war in due time.
The Great Cycle of Yugas is a continuous cycle descending from light into the darkness and then ascending up again from the darkness into the light. Polarity is one of the key factors in this reality we find ourselves engrossed in. It is our job live to the best of our abilities regardless of which age of polarity we may reside in. Like any belief system it is up to you to come to your own conclusions on The Cycle of Ages and how this knowledge will affect you personally. Wishing you all the best to you and yours on this journey of life family. Peace.
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