Sunday, 23 December 2012

The Planet: will it be extinct by 2012 Dec?

The Mayan calendar ends by 21st December 2012. Is the world going to be extinct after 21st Dec 2012? The Hindu scriptures say otherwise. Here is a version of Hindu time scale & calendar.

Q:- Is the planet due for extinction in this yuga?
A:- The evolution of our world has been described in our scriptures. Who said the world is going to come to an end now? That is a myth; there is still a long way to go. Lord Bramha’s day and night determines the state of our universe. Day and night for Bramha consists of one thousand chaturyugas each.

When it is Bramha’s night there is no activity in the universe, while when it is Bramha’s day, (called as one “Kalpa”) the universe is active.

One kalpa consisting of a thousand chaturyugas are further divided into 14 Manvantras. Hence one Manvantra represents 71 chaturyugas (1000 divided by 14). We are now in the seventh Manvantra and in the 28th chaturyuga of the 71 chaturyugas of this Manvantra. Therefore planet has balance life left as under –
Balance of 7 Manvataras viz., (7 x 71) 497 Chaturyugas plus balance in this current running Manvantara viz., (71-28) 43 Chaturyugas. Thus we have 540 (497+43) Chaturyugas left. Our planet has still a long way to go.

Q: 540 Chaturyugas is fine but how long is one chaturyuga?
A:- “To answer you quickly, one chaturyuga has 4,320,000 earth years. But it is called chaturyuga or four yugas for a reason. Each chaturyuga is further divided into four yugas namely, Satya, Treta, Dwapara and Kali. In the same order of listing, these yugas follow a time line of total years in the ratio of 4:3:2:1.

Satya Yuga had 1,728,000 years, Treta Yuga had 1,296,000 years, present Dwapara Yuga had 864,000 and the future Kali Yuga has 432,000 years. Even the number of avatars of Vishnu follow the timeline of the yugas i.e. 4,3,2,1 avatar in each yuga.

The cycles are repeated like the seasons, waxing and waning within a greater time-cycle of creation and distraction of the universe.

All the planets will finally be absorbed by the Lord, from whom they initially emerged, at the end of 1000 chathur yugas. We still have 540 more chaturyugas to go, at which point we will face a “Maha Pralaya” or a universal disaster.

You and I should not worry about the end of earth any time soon.

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