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Yugas Webinar Series I

Available through Ananda Online Classes

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:

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Yugas Webinar Series II

Available through Ananda Online Classes

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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