Yugas Webinar Series I
Introduction to the Yugas
Sri Yukteswar, guru of Paramhansa Yogananda, presented a fascinating explanation of the rising and falling eras that our planet cycles through every 24,000 years – the cycle of the yugas.
We’ll explore the awareness, abilities and motivations of man in each of the four ages that make up the yuga cycle:
- Kali Yuga — The Material Age
- Dwapara Yuga — The Energy Age
- Treta Yuga — The Mental Age
- Satya Yuga — The Spiritual Age
Dwapara Yuga: The Energy Age
We live in an era of all-encompassing change. Our use of energy has transformed the way we live – to our benefit and our peril. Since 1900 knowledge has expanded in all directions bringing into question nearly everything we thought we knew about the physical world and human life. Nor are the changes only outward. We ourselves are changing. We have become more aware of our inner energy – our life force — which is profoundly changing the way we live our lives.
- The illusion of matter and overcoming the limits of space
- The rise of individual
- The surge in awareness and use of life force
- The new spiritual pattern for a new age
The Yugas and the Soul’s Journey
The ascending arc of the yugas, from the material awareness of Kali Yuga to the spiritual awareness of Satya Yuga parallels our soul’s own journey to self-realization. Understanding the arc of development presented by the yugas can help us understand our own spiritual destiny. As we grow in realization, we progress through different motivations, levels of awareness, abilities and challenges.
- From Shudra to Brahmin: the real purpose and meaning of the castes of India
- From Pranayama to Samadhi: the inner stages of spiritual development
- What the yugas tell us about our untapped powers of life force, mind and soul
The Great Pyramid: At the Crossroad of Treta and Dwapara Yuga
The Great Pyramid’s time of construction was around 3000 BC; near the cusp of descending Treta Yuga and descending Dwapara Yuga. Approximately 5000 years old, it remains one of the world’s great enigmas. Mainstream archeology maintains that it was built by a civilization barely out of the Stone Age, yet it remains to this day one of the most precisely built structures on earth, and it reveals knowledge of mathematics and building methods that, according to archeology, weren’t discovered until thousands of years later. Either this was a colossal case of beginners luck or there is more to the Great Pyramid than mainstream archeologists maintain: built higher knowledge inherited from Treta Yuga at the dawn of Dwapara Yuga.
- Mysteries of the Great Pyramid’s construction
- Advanced knowledge contained in its form
- Why it was built and how it was used: from passive energy collection to spiritual initiation
India’s Ancient Vedas and the Mental Age
Advanced scientific and mathematical knowledge is embedded in the ancient Vedas of India: the structure and behavior of the atom, a sun-centered solar system, the gaseous nature of the sun, and algebraic and geometric concepts and formulae, are just a few examples. Astronomical evidence contained within the Vedas themselves date the origins of the Vedas to as early as nine thousand years ago, over 8000 years before this knowledge is popularly believed have been discovered.
- The vast mental abilities of man in Treta Yuga
- The purpose and original use of the Vedas
- The ancient rishis that authored the Vedas and why they did so
- The long decline in use and understanding of the Vedas
Yugas Webinar Series II
Introduction to the Yugas
Sri Yukteswar, guru of Paramhansa Yogananda, presented a fascinating explanation of the rising and falling eras that our planet cycles through every 24,000 years – the cycle of the yugas. According to Sri Yukteswar, we have recently passed through the low point of the cycle and are now entering a higher age – an Energy Age that is even now revolutionizing the world. These higher ages also occurred in the past, explaining such anomalies as advanced knowledge of physics and math found in the ancient Indian Vedas, the precision construction of the Great Pyramid, and much more.
- The characteristics of the ascending and descending arcs of the yuga cycle
- The awareness, abilities and motivations of man in each of the four ages that make up the yuga cycle: Kali Yuga — The Material Age; Dwapara Yuga — The Energy Age; Treta Yuga — The Mental Age; Satya Yuga — The Spiritual Age
- A glimpse of our future in Dwapara Yuga
- Fascinating evidence of higher ages in the past
Recorded History – A Lie Agreed Upon!
Man’s development during recorded history doesn’t go in a straight line as historians would have you believe – it curves! If we view the era of recorded history with unbiased eyes – from the time of the ancient Greeks to the present – we clearly see an arc of downward development followed by an arc of upward development – rather than the straight line of “Darwinian” progress we were taught in school. During descending Kali Yuga (700 BC to 500 AD) mankind fell from the high promise of cultures such as the Golden Age of Greece and ended in the ruin of ancient civilizations around the world. In the ascending Kali Yuga (500 AD to 1700 AD) mankind rose once again from the dark ages to a worldwide renaissance of science and human values.
- The worldwide pattern of falling and rising civilizations during recorded history
- World civilization’s cycle of political disintegration and consolidation during Kali Yuga
- Amazing parallels between ancient Greece and the Renaissance
- The fall, and then rise of philosophy, mathematics, physics and mechanical knowledge during recorded history
Magic and Descending Dwapara Yuga
Magic, now in disrepute worldwide, was once the dominant “technology” of descending Dwapara Yuga. For thousands of years, magic was in widespread use in civilizations from China to India and Egypt to Peru. Magic is based on the awareness of inner energy, while our modern technology is based on the awareness of outer energy. One approach uses spells, paraphernalia, and arcane powers; the other uses measurement, machines and physical forces – but both make use of energy – the keynote of Dwapara Yuga.
- The Treta Yuga roots of magic
- The “technology” and uses of magic
- “Magical” healing: the Edmund Smith Papyrus, Ayurveda, and traditional Chinese medicine
- Magic and man’s relationship with the gods; from co-creation to coercion
- The end of magic and the fall of civilization at the end of descending Dwapara Yuga
Is There Evidence of Previous Yuga Cycles?
Most of the evidence of civilized man is fairly recent – dating from approximately 3000 BC and the rise of the Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Indus Valley, Norte Chico, Yellow River, and Yangtze River trading empires. Some evidence dates back as far as 10,000 BC. – including Catul Hayuk and Gobekli Tepe. But is there even older evidence: 20,000 years old?, 50,000 years old?, or more? The answer is yes! There is a surprising amount of truly ancient evidence indicating that man lived in a civilized state even millions of years ago. The evidence is scant, and, not surprisingly, controversial. Mainstream archeologists won’t even consider the evidence since it falls so far out of the expected pattern and they dismiss it as mistaken evidence or fraud. Yet the best of the ancient evidence is not so easily dismissed.
- The intriguing: From the 35,000 year old paintings in Chavaux Cave to the 90,000 year old sculpture of a snake in Africa
- The fascinating: From a 200,000 year old dressed stone floor discovered in Oklahoma City to 275,000 year old tools found in Ethiopia.
- The amazing: From a 200,000 year old minted coin to a 400,000 year old ocher mine
- The astonishing: From a 25 million year old piece of woven fabric encased in amber to a 50 million year old human skeleton
Is Satya Yuga the “Garden of Eden”?
Every ancient culture has carefully preserved rich and detailed stories of paradise. From the Christian Eden, to Middle Eastern Dilmun, to India’s Krita Yuga, to the Australian Aboriginals’ Dream Time, to the Hopi’s 4th World, paradise is the most common “myth” found in all ancient lore. The ancient lore regarding paradise is often found together with the second most common “myth” in all ancient lore – the “myth” of higher ages existing in the past! The two ideas, paradise and higher ages, are clearly bound together.
- Commonalities of the descriptions of paradise found in all ancient cultures
- Commonalities of the descriptions of higher ages found in all ancient cultures
- The meaning and importance of the “axis mundi” and the “tree of life”
- The “footprint” left behind by the people who lived in paradise
- Misconceptions about the ice age
- Mistaken interpretations of the evidence for “primitive man”