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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 […]