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Karl
Finland

Question

According to Sri Yukteswar, time is cyclic, in two 12000 year arcs, one ascending, one descending. This means that 24000 years ago on the date the humanity would have had to be if not identical then at least in a very similar condition than we are now. Right? A question arises: If people had similar infrastructure, technology brought about by the mind and it's abilities, then there should be some kind of relics of that time findable even now. Right?

Nayaswami Byasa

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Dear Karl,


This is an important and often asked question, but one for which there is little basis for a factual answer, and very little to draw on from the teachings of Yogananda. Swami Kriyananda tells us that Paramhansa Yogananda did endorse the existence of Atlantis, but left us no details. Scientific paleo-climate studies show that more than four precessional cycles have passed since the earth as a whole was as warm as it has been since the close of the last ice age, an event that occurred during the most recent Satya Yuga. What this means is that great expanses of land that may have been home to lost civilizations such as Lemuria and Mu are now under water from the melted ice. The yuga traditions themselves worldwide speak of great destruction at the changes of ages, so remains may be hard to find.

Also the civilizations of prior cycles may have developed along lines so very different from our own that we might not even recognize their artifacts for what they are even if the establishment paradigm of linear development did not blind archaeologists to the possibility of technologically advanced cultures in ancient times. We may be looking for the wrong things: We might expect material artifacts from the Kali ages, energy or space-related artifacts from the Dwapara yugas (think machines or magic), time and mind-related artifacts from the Treta ages (think original astrology or the Rig Veda) etc. Artifacts from the descending Dwapara yuga cultures (e.g. dynastic Egypt) are very different from artifacts from our own Dwapara time and there might be even greater difference from one cycle to the next.

Blessings,
Byasa

Nethra
India

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Sir, we are in year 2012 and everywhere there are talks of apocalypse and possible end of the world on 26 Dec 2012. I had read one of the chapters in "The Divine Love" where Yoganadaji had given a speech on end of the world and going by the contents I dont think anything catestrophic will happen in 2012. Year everyone is apprehensive of the same. What do you think would possible happen oon 26th Dec 2012

Thanks

Nethra

Nayaswami Byasa

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Dear Nethra,

I don't expect anything catastrophic to happen when the Mayan calendar turns over and starts the next 144,000 day baktun cycle, the 13th of a possible 20 on December 21, 2012 any more than it did when our calendar turned over a new millennium a few years ago.

While some are expecting the end of the world, many others regard it as a time of a glorious new beginning. My hope is that people who are ready to make bold positive changes will feel that the time has come to act.


My studies of the yugas according to Sri Yukteswar confirm that we are already in the midst of a time of great change. The conflicts in the world today are at their essence the battle between the positive forces moving us toward the Dwapara Yuga and those forces that would try to keep the world in the lower consciousness of Kali Yuga. The energy of Dwapara together with the darkness of Kali is a volatile mixture and may well reach a violent ignition point. I liken it to the way an incandescent light bulb sometimes burns out with a brilliant flash.


Sri Yukteswar placed the shift between the twilight of Kali and the dawn of Dwapara at 1700 AD and entrance into the full influence of Dwapara in 1900. Now we are some 300 years into a Dwapara Yuga that will last a total of 2400 years.

Sri Yukteswar writes that when most people are in the Dwapara consciousness then the world is in Dwapara Yuga. I take that to imply that we each have a responsibility to raise our consciousness and, by attuning ourselves to Dwapara, help bring the world truly into the new age.

For more info see http://theyugas.com

Blessings,
Byasa Steinmetz

Prehistoric Yugas
November 28, 2010

A
Canada

Question

Swami Sri Yukteshwar mentions in his book that all the yugas occur within a 24000 yr period and that we are currently in the dwapara yuga. Based on this theory it believed that perhaps the human civilization has already seen several such complete 24000yr yugas and we refer to them as ' Days of Brahman' . I was wondering as to where prehistoric animals such as dinosaurs etc fit into the yuga cycle? Furthermore how does the yugas account for the prehistoric ape man? where does he fit it?

Nayaswami Byasa

Answer

Dear A,

We know from Sri Yukteswar that the yugas pertain to the human level of consciousness and the process of soul evolution leading to liberation. What they mean to animal consciousness in prehistoric times is an open question.

The consciousness of early humans is not recorded in bones. The influence of Darwin and the notion of linear, rather than cyclic, development have strongly colored conventional thinking. The peoples of the Satya Yuga are characterized by paleoanthropologists as "hunter-gatherers", yet at Göbekli Tepe in Southern Turkey there are elaborate megalithic structures built about 9000 BC, in the middle of the Satya Yuga, with no sign of a permanent settlement nearby contemporary with those structures. The popular image of a hunter-gatherer's life style of that time period doesn't fit with these discoveries of coordinated work at a fixed location over a 1500 year time period. If you strip away the thick layer of biased guess work and just look at the data, what is known about the period of the higher yugas is not inconsistent with Sri Yukteswar's description.

It has been very roughly 100,000 years since the earth has experienced an extended period of climate like today's. In between there was ice in the north and oceans were lower. Whatever evidence peoples of the intervening four full cycles of yugas left behind is probably under the sea. Would we even recognize and understand artifacts of earlier cycles? The finest cave art comes from two periods: the Satya yuga of our current cycle and the Satya Yuga of the previous cycle. Why? Nobody knows. The uncertainty of the dates and of the meaning of prehistoric archaeological artifacts leaves us with little to say about earlier cycles. Our present understanding of the yugas is far too limited to apply to early hominids, let alone the dinosaurs.

These issues are addressed in our forthcoming (early 2011) book The Yugas by J. Selbie and D. Steinmetz

Nayaswami Byasa Steinmetz

Nandini
India

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I have a doubt regarding the current Yuga (planetary age). I read in The Essence of Bhagavad Gita that we are in Dwapara Yuga (age of energy). But since my childhood I have heard that we are in Kali Yuga (material age), which ends with the coming of Kalki Avatar. I believe in Yogananda's words. But, what about Kali Yuga?

Nayaswami Byasa

Answer

I have not studied the extensive traditions that surround the Kalki Avatar, but I do understand that Krishna and Kalki are both listed in the Puranas as avatars of Vishnu, and that the Kalki avatar is thought to be the last such incarnation of Vishnu in this cycle of ages. The following points may be relevant:

  1. Confusion arises because of the long-held belief that when the Kali age completes a cycle it is followed immediately by the Satya yuga of a new cycle. Sri Yukteswar corrected this idea and showed that the return to Satya proceeds in the reverse succession of ages order of increasing dharma: i.e. Kali > Dwapara > Treta > Satya. He also corrected an error that crept in when the specific durations of the yugas as given in the Manu Samhita and the Mahabharata were erroneously increased by a factor of 360 times on the basis of a perhaps unrelated statement by Manu that a year of the gods is 360 human years. The Puranas describing the Kali Avatar may have been compiled or revised after the introduction of these errors.
  2. The descending Kali Yuga began at the moment that Krishna left his body. (Bhagavata-Purana Skandha 12, ch 2, vs. 36, and Mahabharata Mahaprasthanika parva [book 17], I, 2 & 7 among other sources.)
  1. Krishna, at the end of his life, stated that he would return at the end of the Kali Yuga that was just then beginning. (I can't put my finger on the source of this statement just now, but I clearly recall reading it.)
  1. Yogananda tells us that Babaji is an incarnation of Krishna and that "Babaji has been chosen by God to remain in his body for the duration of this particular world cycle. Ages shall come and go - still the deathless master, beholding the drama of the centuries, shall be present on this stage terrestrial." (Autobiography of a Yogi 1st ed. Ch. 33)
  1. Sri Yukteswar tells us that the descending Kali Yuga (which had started soon after the Mahabharata war) came to an end in 499 AD concluding that Daiba Yuga cycle. The new ascending Kali Yuga then began. This ascending Kali yuga was the first of the four ages that constitute the present Daiba Yuga (Holy Science introduction)
  2. Babaji was the guru of Adi Shankaracharya. (Kriyananda, Conversations with Yogananda: Entry 215) It is tempting to try to use the date of Shankaracharya to get a clue as to when Babaji might have first appeared. Unfortunately there is no agreement as to the time of Shankaracharya's life. Most scholars assign Shankaracharya to the 8th or 9th century AD, but some place him much earlier. Swami Kriyananda once related in a talk that Bharati Krishna Tirtha, who was at the time the primary representative of Shankaracharya, told him that according to records that list all the representatives of Shankaracharya through the centuries, Shankaracharya lived before Christ.

There you have it. We can't expect to find definitive answers to such puzzles as these.

Byasa