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Time: Part 3 – The Manvantara, Para and Paraardha

April 22, 2010

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The concept of Manvantara, while not mentioned in Mahabharata, is discussed by all 18 Puranas. Each daytime of Brahma (1 Kalpa) is divided into 14 Manvantaras. Each Manvantara has it’s own Manu, whose life spans the duration of the Manvantara. Thus 1 Kalpa = 14 Manvantaras = 1000 Chatur Yugas So, 1 MANVANTARA = ~71.4  […]

Time: Part 2 – The Kalpa

April 20, 2010

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One thousand Chatur Yugas constitute a daytime for Brahma, and this duration is also called a KALPA. (Mbh 12.302) 1 KALPA = 1 Daytime for Brahma = 1000 Chatur Yugas = 4,320,000,000 human years When the Kalpa ends and Brahma’s night sets in, dissolution or pralaya happens. This dissolution spans the entire nighttime of Brahma […]

Time: Part 1 – The Chatur Yuga

April 17, 2010

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The scriptures, including Ithihasas and Puranas, quote that Time is without beginning or end; and that the cycle of creation and destruction is perpetual. One can find analytical as well as descriptive details on the subject spread across various chapters in Mahabharata. For example, Markhandeya rishi (Vana Parva: when Yudhishtira meets with him) and Bhishma […]

Profile: Sathyaki

April 14, 2010

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Sathyaki, also known as Yuyudhana, was the son of Satyaka and grandson of Sini. He – was a partial incarnation of Maruts (Mbh 1.67) – was present in the svyamvara of Draupadi (Mbh 1.187) – participated in the grand festival of Vrishnis and Andakas in the Raivataka mountain. (Arjuna first saw Shubadhra in this festival) […]

The story of Adisesha

April 10, 2010

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Sesha was born to sage Kashyapa and his wife Kadru. Kadru gave birth to a thousand snakes, of which Sesha was the eldest. After Sesha were born Vasuki, Airavata and Takshaka, in order. A lot of Sesha’s brothers were cruel in nature and were bent upon inflicting harm on others. They were even unkind to […]

Adisesha

April 5, 2010

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Balarama was Sesha‘s incarnation, and so was Lakshmana. Sesha, earlier in his life was vexed by the evil acts of his brothers. Because of this distanced himself from them and his mother. What did his brothers do to bother him? How did Sesha end up supporting the earth on his hood?

Profile: Kritavarma

April 5, 2010

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Kritavarma, the son of Hridika, was from the clan of Yadavas. He – was a partial incarnation of the Maruts (Mbh 1.67) – was present in the svyamvara of Draupadi (Mbh 1.187) – visited Indraprastha with nuptial presents for Arjuna & Shubhadra (Mbh 1. 222) – was a member in the court of Yudhishtira in […]