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Is It Possible For the History To Repeat Itself?
Is it possible for history to repeat itself in cycles? Is it possible that the cave man wasn't really primitive, but on the contrary, that the cave man was highly developed human and that we have devolved from that great form? Is it possible that we're evolving further to reach the peak of evolution, only to devolve again and complete another cycle?
The Yugas - a Hindu concept discuss such possibility, and this Hub is meant to explain the basic concept behind the Yugas to those, who are interested by alternative history of the mankind.
The Concept of the Yugas
The basic concept is simple - the evolution of mankind is a subject to forces from the outside of our solar system, perhaps from our Galaxy core. This evolution is cyclical, as subject to the celestial movement.
During each cycle, there are four periods:
- The Kali Yuga
- The Dwapara Yuga
- The Treta Yuga
- The Satha Yuga
These periods can be ascending or descending, which gives us total of 8 periods of each cycle. Each ascending period takes 12 thousand years, and each descending period takes another 12 thousand years. In total, each cycle takes 24 thousand years.
The concept of Dharma
Dharma is the level of evolution of the human mind, our potential. The greater the Dharma is, the greater our potential is. It is said, that during Kali Yuga the Dharma is the lowest, therefore our mind potential is the lowest. And when the Dharma is at it's peak, our mind capabilities are the greatest, and we can reach the peak of our evolution.
Because of the Dharma, we are able to think in specific way, and understand specific things. For example, when the Dharma is low, the man of Kali Yuga might have problems understanding many concepts, from human rights to the way Internet works. But for the man of the Satha Yuga, such concepts are very simple to understand.
The History Behind
In XIX century, a Hindu mystic Sri Yukteswar wrote a whole book about the concept of the Yugas, but it was not until XXI century for the knowledge to become widely spread thanks to The Yugas by Joseph Selbie and David Stenmetz. Because of the work of all these people, we have gained the theoretical understanding of the Yugas.
Over 12 thousand years ago, the mankind was at the peak of its evolution - so highly evolved, that they were nearly pure psychical beings, even with physical body, they lives were simple, they used simple tools, and their contact with the Mother Earth was strongest. But with the time passing by, and with the Satha Yuga descending, and with the celestial movement, the de-evolution has begun.
As it appears according to the Yugas, the cave man was in reality highly developed being, using powerful psychic powers, who lived in peace with the world around him, so he wasn't using brutal tools like we're using today. People lived without stress, illness, in ultimate happiness. This was the time of the Garden of Eden.
But it's possible for the man to live in advanced cities such as Atlantis, or to build the Great Pyramids. Yet the time is without mercy, none of the things that were created 12 thousand years ago would survive to our times - therefore, there are no proofs to prove that theory.
The Ancient Times and further
As the de-evolution progressed and the Earth was moving further and further from the source forcing our evolution, the Ancient Times came. People begun to build simpler cities, but some things remained - the art, the science, the medicine. But the progression of the de-evolution finally caused the Dark ages.
When the man was thinking about materialistic purposes, when there was brutality and aggression, and almost none higher values. That was the time of Kali Yuga, and the evolution of man was lowest.
And then, the Dwapara Yuga has begun, and our evolution cycle has started anew. Today, we live in the beginning of the Dwapara Yuga, and our consciousness and mind is evolving further and further. We understand more, we create more, we consider more, but there are still many thousands of years of our evolution during which we will evolve both physically and spiritually.
Read the Book!
About the Book
The whole concept of the Yugas has been nicely described in "The Yugas" by Joseph Selbie and David Stenmetz. The book is to be released in January 2011, and I had the pleasure to read the advanced reader copy.
It's definitely a book worth reading, so add it to your wishlist on Amazon and purchase it as soon as it will become available.
Can This Be Truth?
It's hard to say if the concept of Yugas is true, as there are no real proofs for the high development of mankind 12 thousand years ago. All we have is the Great Pyramid, the mysterious language of Sanscrit, and the legend of Atlantis, as well as few other mysterious places and artifacts from the ancient times, not to mention the mysterious Hindu Vedic heritage.
Perhaps we will never really know if the Yugas are real, or why they happen. But it's always worth of questioning the science today, because questioning the reality is the way of understanding it better and pushing our development further and further.
What are your thoughts about the Yugas?