Vedic Creation Cycle-2

Creation Cycle of the Universe (Brahma).

   Only the  Vedic Time tradition has used huge mathematical figures for calculating the age, proving the point that it is a scientific tradition and not religious or theological traditions which calculate not more than 6,000 to 10,000 years.

The creation theory of the Puranas has been stated  in brief, under the section on the Upanishads (Swami Krishananda). While describing creation, they also give a scheme of time-calculation applicable in determining the major or longer events that take place in the Universe.

Days:Fifteen days and nights constitute one-half (Paksha) of the lunar month, thus, a month consisting of two halves - the bright and the dark - according to the phases of the Moon.

Months: Two months make a season (Ritu), and three seasons make one hemispherical motion (Ayana) of the Sun, there being two such motions - the Northern (Uttara) and the Southern (Dakshina). Two such consecutive motions of the Sun make one human year (Varsha).

Years: Three-hundred-and-sixty human years make one celestial year. Twelve thousand celestial years make one cycle of the four Ages (Chaturyuga). The four Ages are Krita, Treta, Dvapara and Kali, in the descending order of truth and righteousness, the span of life and general prosperity during their periods.

Yugas:The Krita-Yuga consists of 4,800 celestial years, the Treta 3,600 celestial years, the Dvapara 2,400 celestial years and the Kali 1,200 celestial years. The Kali-Yuga is said to have commenced in 3101 B.C., the year in which Krishna disappeared from the earth. Seventy-one cycles of these four Yugas make one Manvantara or a period for which a Manu rules the world. There are fourteen Manus, of whom the present one is the seventh. The period of these fourteen Manus (which, with the addition of twilight ages between periods of Manu, comes to one thousand four-age cycles) is a single day (Kalpa) of Brahma, the Creator. So much also is the length of the night of Brahma.

Braham's and Universe age: Three-hundred-and-sixty such days make one year of Brahma. And Brahma's life is for such one hundred years or 306,720,000 (3.11 trillion) human years. He is now said to be in his 51st year  and so about 155 trillion years have elapsed since he was born as Brahma.  At the end of the life of Brahma, there is dissolution of the cosmos (Prakrita-Pralaya). Brahma, then, with his creation, merges in the Supreme Being. In this condition of dissolution, the individuals (Jivas) remaining unliberated lie in a dormant state and get manifested again in the next creation.  

   So the Universe is symbolized as Brahma and his one day is divided into 14 periods called Manvantara.   Each manvantara is of duration 306,720,000 human years. We are currently in the Seventh Manvantara called Vaivasvata.

    More amazing information of Vedic time can be found by clicking this link on Brahma's time. and information on names of all 14 Manvantara can be read by clicking this link One day of Brahma.

   We are in the 7th manvantara (total 14). Each manvantara is divided into 71 maha-yugas. We are in the 28th maha-yuga of this manvantara. Each maha-yuga is divided into 4 yugas shown below for the current maha-yuga.

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What does this Yugas denote?. In the next few pages we will discuss about it and then see how creation occurs. Where did the starting material come from. Who created it. This is the mystery of mankind. Humans have this quest to know because humans has the highest power to transcend to the awareness state. But we are wasting this potential in sensorial world.