I have a Hindu friend and his name is Nwarl. I met him at a Stop Csg Meeting in Gloucester. I thought he was more than lovely. I was very excited to meet someone who follows and understands this very intricate delineation of the world, the universe and eternity.
I struggled for a long while to understand this area of religion or way of life of these people and lately its all coming clearer the more I study and the more and more comparative religion studies I undertake.
In Hinduism a "day of Brahma" or one thousand mahayugas is equal to 4.32 billion years, measuring the duration of the world.
..... (scientists estimate the age of the Earth at 4.54 billion years)
Each of these kalpas are further divided up into 14 manvantara
periods, each lasting 71 yuga cycles (306,720,000 years).
first and following each manvatara period is a juncture (sandhya) the
length of a Satya-yuga (1,728,000) years.
constitute a day and night of Brahma. A "month of Brahma" is supposed
to contain thirty such days (including nights), or 259.2 billion years.
According to the Mahabharata,
12 months of Brahma (=360 days) constitute his year, and 100 such years
the life cycle of the universe.
Fifty years of Brahma are supposed to
have elapsed, and we are now in the shvetavaraha-kalpa
of the fifty-first; at the end of a Kalpa the world is annihilated.
"The duration of the material universe is limited. It is manifested in
cycles of kalpas.
A kalpa is a day of Brahmā, and one day of Brahmā
consists of a thousand cycles of four yugas, or ages: Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dvapara Yuga and Kali Yuga.
The cycle of Satya is characterized by virtue, wisdom and religion,
there being practically no ignorance and vice, and the yuga lasts
In the Tretā-yuga vice is introduced, and this yuga
lasts 1,296,000 years.
In the Dvāpara-yuga there is an even greater
decline in virtue and religion, vice increasing, and this yuga lasts
And finally in Kali-yuga (the yuga we have now been
experiencing over the past 5,000 years) there is an abundance of strife,
ignorance, irreligion and vice, true virtue being practically
nonexistent, and this yuga lasts 432,000 years.
In Kali-yuga vice
increases to such a point that at the termination of the yuga the
Supreme Lord Himself appears as the Kalki
avatāra, vanquishes the demons, saves His devotees, and commences
Then the process is set rolling again. These four yugas, rotating a thousand times, comprise one day of Brahmā,
and the same number comprise one night. Brahmā lives one hundred of
such "years" and then dies.
These "hundred years" total 311 trillion 40
billion (311,040,000,000,000) earth years. By these calculations the
life of Brahmā seems fantastic and interminable, but from the viewpoint
of eternity it is as brief as a lightning flash.
In the Causal Ocean
there are innumerable Brahmās rising and disappearing like bubbles in
the Atlantic. Brahmā and his creation are all part of the material
universe, and therefore they are in constant flux."(Bhagavad-gītā As It
Is 8.17) Wikipedia
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