In The Holy Science, Sri Yukteswar describes a recurring cycle of human development called the cycle of the yugas (or ages), caused by influences from outside our solar system that affect the consciousness of all humanity. He explains that as the yugas advance, humanity increasingly manifests its higher potentials and expresses divine virtue more and more completely. The world is now in the ascending half of the cycle, in the second age or Dwapara Yuga, which began in 1900 A.D.

The following article places the construction of the Great Pyramid in the descending half of the cycle of the yugas, in the early centuries of the descending Dwapara Yuga, which began in 3100 B.C.  (See right sidebar for chart.)

The Great Pyramid has fascinated people for thousands of years, but the more it is studied, the more questions arise. The standard theory, that it was built as a tomb for Pharaoh Khufu around 2360 B.C., using only copper tools, wood, rope and sweat, is still around, but it is less and less able to answer the questions new evidence gives rise to.

The new evidence has given rise to numerous new theories of how the Great Pyramid was built, but one theme informs almost all them—that it could not have been built by primitive people just out of the Stone Age. It is simply too precisely built to have been constructed with copper and stone chisels, and its design is simply too sophisticated to have been conceived from the knowledge ascribed to the people of that era.

A uniquely exquisite structure

Clearly, the Great Pyramid is no ordinary structure. It is composed of more than 2.3 million limestone and granite blocks, some weighing as much as 100,000 pounds and transported to the site from as far away as 500 miles. Its base covers an area of over 13 acres. It is 455 feet tall, over half the height of the Empire State Building, and remains, 5000 years later, the heaviest structure on earth.

After carefully studying the Great Pyramid with the eyes of a professional machinist, Christopher Dunn, author of The Giza Power Plant, concludes that “the Great Pyramid—by any standard old or new—is the largest and most accurately constructed building in the world.” Using modern tools of a machinist’s trade, Dunn found surfaces that were flat to within 2/10,000ths of an inch.

Mathematically, materially and aesthetically, nothing like it has been built in the five millennia since its construction. Perhaps our ascending Dwapara Yuga culture will eventually build something matching its pure and exquisite form – but it hasn’t happened yet.

New questions on how it was built

Any discussion of the Great Pyramid eventually comes around to the subject of how it was built. The standard theory—that 100,000 men labored for three months a year for twenty years, using wooden rollers and levers, plaited flax rope, hardened copper chisels, and stone tools—has many flaws.

One is simply scale. In his book, The Hall of Records: Hidden Secrets of the Pyramid and Sphinx, David Joachmans questions whether there would have been enough wood in Egypt and the Levant to provide the millions of wooden rollers and levers needed. The crushing weight of the limestone blocks would have splintered the rollers rather quickly. If, on average, ten rollers were destroyed in the process of transporting one 20,000-pound stone block, 23 million rollers would have been needed. That’s a lot of trees.

Even if the problems of scale and lack of raw materials could be explained by foreign trade, no one has provided a convincing argument for how hardened copper tools could have created the precision surfaces found all over the Great Pyramid. Even using the best tools available today, achieving a surface flatness measured in 10,000ths of an inch is difficult. Using hand tools, it is simply impossible.

There is also the problem of the mathematical precision of the Great Pyramid, whose dimensions allow one to accurately calculate pi and phi to four decimal places. Such exactness suggests that the ancient Egyptians, far from the conventional Stone Age image, had mathematical knowledge believed discovered more than a thousand years later.

And finally, there is the issue of organization: how could a supposedly primitive society be capable of the organization, planning, and building skills required to sustain such an effort for decades?

New evidence on when it was built

The date of completion of the Great Pyramid, according to the standard theory, is approximately 2560 B.C. But based on carbon dating by scientists in the 1980s of mortar between unexposed stone blocks, the completion date is now estimated as 2900 B.C.—roughly at the beginning of descending Dwapara Yuga. There is also new evidence suggesting that the site was in use for other purposes for many millennia prior to 2900 B.C.

It has long puzzled Egyptologists that the Great Pyramid is built over a mound approximately one hundred feet above the level of the Giza Plateau. Robert Bauval, author of The Orion Mystery and The Egypt Code—noting the slightly different building style used for the pyramid’s lower level—concludes that the mound may have served as an observatory before the Great Pyramid was built.

Bauval’s conclusions are supported by evidence gathered by Dr. Robert Schoch, Professor of Geology at Boston University, suggesting that the Giza Plateau was used for astronomical and sacred purposes as long as 4000 years before the Great Pyramid was built—back in descending Treta Yuga.

It was probably never a tomb

Ask most people and they will tell you that the Great Pyramid was a tomb for a pharaoh. While tombs have been found from this same period, the Great Pyramid was probably never actually used in that way.

Caliph Al-Ma’mum, who led the first exploration of the Great Pyramid in the 9th Century A.D., had to tunnel and blast his way into the upper chambers. He and his workers found no soot on the ceilings as one would expect had torches been used before. He reported that he and his men thoroughly searched all the chambers and found absolutely nothing other than the stone coffer in the King’s Chamber—no mummies or riches.

The Great Pyramid also has numerous features that would be unnecessary if it were only a tomb. Perhaps most telling is the presence of airshafts to bring fresh air into the King’s Chamber. Not only would the deceased Pharaoh not need any air, the fresh air would speed decomposition, a rather counter-productive effect if the goal of the chamber was to preserve the Pharaoh for eternity.

Furthermore, the King’s Chamber is very plain while the Grand Gallery, which provides access to the King’s Chamber, is very large with a complicated ceiling and wall design. If the goal were merely to create a passage to the King’s Chamber, the Grand Gallery could have been made much more simply. Hidden above the King’s Chamber is an extremely complex “roof,” involving six levels of ceiling made from the heaviest blocks of stone in the pyramid. Conventional wisdom is that these extra ceilings relieve the immense weight of the stone above the King’s Chamber. However, the Queen’s Chamber, which bears even more weight, has only a simple peaked ceiling.

Other theories of why it was built

Such features as the Grand Gallery and the ceiling of the King’s Chamber, as well as the mathematical precision of the Great Pyramid, have led people to search for other theories of why it was built.

Robert Bauval, in his ground-breaking book The Orion Mystery, makes the case that the Great Pyramid is part observatory and also part of a star map laid out on the ground in grand scale. The Great Pyramid and the two other pyramids on the Giza Plateau, when seen from above, mirror the alignment of the three stars that make up Orion’s belt. Currently, the alignment is very close, but their alignment may have been even closer in 11,500 B.C., when, Sri Yukteswar tells us, mankind’s development was at its peak.

A recent theory, described in Christopher Dunn’s Giza Power Plant, makes a well-reasoned and well-researched case that the Great Pyramid is the correct size to vibrate in harmony with the earth’s pulse, just as a shorter piano string vibrates in harmony with a longer string even if the longer string is octaves lower. The millions of tiny shifts in the earth’s crust, mantle, and core are believed by some scientists to result in a constant pulse, with a measurable wavelength. Dunn meticulously argues that the Grand Gallery and the King’s Chamber could have been equipped to “step up” the low frequencies of the earth’s pulse into higher and more energetic frequencies.

The Great Pyramid’s placement within the cycle of yugas suggests that the ancient Egyptians of this time understood the laws of energy. Thus, they might well have harnessed the earth’s seismic power in the profoundly simple and ecologically harmonious manner explained by Christopher Dunn.

Achieving higher states of consciousness

Many personal accounts strongly suggest that the Great Pyramid affects people’s conscious experience while they are inside its various chambers. Perhaps the best known is that of Paul Brunton, mystic and author of several books, including A Search in Secret Egypt. In the 1930s, Brunton arranged to spend a night in the King’s Chamber, during which he had a profound and life-changing out-of-body experience. He recounts that his guide told him profound truths and showed him many undiscovered chambers.

Napoleon Bonaparte also visited the Great Pyramid and requested that he be left alone in the King’s Chamber. His aides reported that he emerged some time later white and shaken. When asked what had happened, he answered evasively, implying that no one would believe him.

Elizabeth Haich, in her book Initiation, recounts a former life as an initiate in ancient Egypt. She maintains that the Great Pyramid was methodically used to help people break through into higher consciousness—people who were very close to achieving that state, but not able to achieve it on their own.

Haich recounts that the initiates prepared carefully for the experience, and that they needed to have refined their bodies, especially their nervous systems, to handle the much higher frequencies of subtle energy. They especially needed to prepare their minds, through mental disciplines of concentration and meditation, so that they would not to be overwhelmed by the experience.

Haich describes the entire Giza Plateau as a home both for those in training to receive initiation and for those who had received it. The picture Haich presents is that the initiates were Egypt’s most precious achievement, insuring that only those who were truly wise guided their government and culture.


We will perhaps never know which, if any, of the various theories about the Great Pyramid are correct. As one can imagine, mainstream archeologists roll their eyes when they hear many of these theories. As rational empiricists, they can only accept what can be measured and therefore, in their eyes, proven. We are confident, however, that as Dwapara Yuga progresses, the growing knowledge of the Great Pyramid will play a significant role in revolutionizing archeological thought.

To Order: The Yugas: Keys to Understanding Man’s Hidden Past, Emerging Present, and Future Enlightenment, go to Crystal Clarity Publishers.

Author and lecturer, Joseph Selbie, studied ancient Western cultures at the University of Colorado and ancient Eastern cultures at UC Berkeley. He has had a keen interest in ancient history since grade school. He has taught and lectured on the principles of Eastern philosophy for over thirty years. He lives with his wife at Ananda Village, a spiritual community in Northern California. Joseph, also known as Puru, is a founding member of Ananda Sangha and has served in many leadership and teaching roles. Joseph is also the founder and CEO of Tristream, a web development, marketing and application design firm. Co-author David Steinmetz's background includes forty years of scientific work, including astronomy at the University of Arizona and optics at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. Currently, he teaches about the yugas, ancient world cultures, astronomy, and physics at the Ananda College of Living Wisdom. He has been writing and lecturing on the topic of the yugas for more than a decade. He lives with his wife at Ananda Village, a spiritual community in Northern California.


  1. Thanks for a great article. I’ve been mesmerized by the Great Pyramid for decades…maybe the most amazing aspect for me being the “air shafts,” and how they could have been chisseled out. I mean think about it. They had to mesh, from one huge stone to the next, keeping a straight–diagonal–line cut through these solid stones…one on top of another…describing an opening that is not that big, each upper stone needing to be perfectly placed on top of the one below it. All of course, with their “primitive” tools. Thanks again for a great article. Look forward to reading the book.
    Bill Grady, Portland Ananda community

  2. Thank you for this excellent article, well written, informative, and intriguing. Can’t wait to get the book!

  3. I completly agree with this article. Having spent some time with the Rosicrucians and Edgar Cayce’s group, this all falls in line with ancient teaghings.

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    An excellent article on a fascinating subject. Swami Kriyananda said that when he meditated in the Great Pyramid, he felt a spiritual power that continued to build the longer he meditated. I felt something similar while meditating at Stonehenge. I wish we could know what Master himself would say about this subject.

  5. I read Elizabeth Haich’s Initiation in the early 80’s while a Rosicrucian. Then when I read Yogananda’s Autobiography,and my understanding further broadened. In the mid-90’s, I joined Ananda, and learned about the Yuga’s. All of these teachings speak to the same true; that our earth has gone through continuous cycles of light and darkness, and places like the Great Pyramids are signs of higher intelligence being resident here long ago. To know in our hearts that the unseen is far more powerful then the seen, heartens me to the fact that Ananda and other mystical organizations are way ahead of contemporary science, thinking and culture. It’s good to be part of the evolving Consciousness of humanity.

    Thank you for this wonderful article.

  6. Great synthesis of the latest information on the Great Pyramid.
    When will we be able to buy the book — I tried to order it immediately?

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      The book should be out by the end of the year.

      Joy to you,
      Nayaswami Nakin

  7. Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!

  8. An excellent article on a fascinating subject. Swami Kriyananda said that when he meditated in the Great Pyramid, he felt a spiritual power that continued to build the longer he meditated. I felt something similar while meditating at Stonehenge. I wish we could know what Master himself would say about this subject. Thanks

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      This might be helpful.

      Modern scholars, blithely believing that 10,000 years ago all men were sunk in a barbarous Stone Age, summarily dismiss as “myths” all records and traditions of very ancient civilizations in India, China, Egypt, and other lands.

      Autobiography of a Yogi, 1946 First Edition by Paramhansa Yogananda

  9. I was lucky to find your blog. I don’t have much to add to the conversation, but I’m right there with you. Your post said exactly what I have been thinking. Good to see you posting.

  10. Pyramids are being used to solve human life problems. The idea is to create and manage the flow of energies around us.

  11. this is a very interesting article.i am new to ananda and been following it avidly in india.meanwhile i happen to come across a spiritual movement called the pyramid service society in india.they teach the same principle that the pyramid structure allows the maximum cosmic energy to channelise and those who meditate under this pyramid structure will tend to rise to a higher consciousness 3 times faster.the founder of this society Patriji
    had built a huge pyramid structure (although not as big as the egyptian pyramid) in banglore,india.i myself had gone there and felt uplifted while meditating inside the i was glad to see this article describing the nature of pyramids.thanku

  12. You can certainly see your skills in the work you write.
    The world hopes for more passionate writers like
    you who are not afraid to say how they believe. Always follow your heart.

  13. Very good article,informative
    Thanks, Anand-Bangalore

  14. A book I recently read that complements the ones mentioned above is “Fingerprints of the Gods” by Graham Hancock. A very good read!

  15. An excellent article. I became interested in the subject of the pyriamids after reading the book “Fingerprints of the the Gods”, by Graham Hancock. Looking forward to reading your book.

  16. Do pyramids other than the one at Giza Dunn studied have similar internal structures for generating power? What about the pyramids next to them? Has this been investigated?

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  18. I take this opportunity to thank you for posting this wonderful article. We may also consider vastu tips by a vastu consultant when building our dream home.

  19. I’ve been interested in the mystery of life for many years and at times the mystery of the pyramids has caught my attention.
    When I heard of the yugas, I felt the excitement that comes when you hear the truth. Yes, the creation called time is not only linear, but it’s also cyclical. Why not, when many things such as the seasons are cyclical. So it makes sense that the pyramids were created in a yuga when there was a more open, higher intelligence than that of today. And mysteries such as the pyramids cannot be solved from a limited mind perspective! So we benefit from letting go of limiting beliefs and opening to free flowing possibilities. The other day I read something in Major Chadwick’s book about an ancient text saying that a combination of metals defies or changes gravity. I told my husband this and he thinks that maybe this is how the pyramids were built. Wow! What an interesting theory. And then I was thinking more about the pyramids, why are they triangular and come to a point. Well, maybe the placement of the points mirror an important star formation. And now I see that theory in this article! Synchronicity is not only fun, but a part of the timeless flow.
    Now I am interested to not only learn more about pyramids and the yugas, but to tune in more. We have access to so much just by practicing being quiet and still…the key is stilling thoughts.

  20. Thank you for this informative article. Ill also try to share some post on this topic in my blog. Pyramids are such energized instruments which have their own powers and are not charged by some tricks but pyramids are organically /naturally charged. They keep the negative energies aside from a place by absorbing it all and detoxify the place. There is certain practice of design the architecture of a pyramid aligning with the universe. In Kolkata, is such kind of platform who embraces the ancient technologies of Indian vastu shastra.

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