Yugas, giants and a one-legged cow
Several of the most ancient cultures on our planet, in particular as Hinduism, explain that Earth and the human races go through a grand cycle. The Hindus call this cycle the Yugas. They believe that our world goes through a cycle of four Yugas, or ages, and during these ages, mankind diminishes. We start out as gentle, spiritual giants but as time passes, we shrink in size, then become divided and hostile to each other. Our life-spans diminish and our morality degrades. Finally, at the end of the fourth Yuga, known as the Kali Yuga (after the god Kali, a god of violence and war) catastrophe falls upon everyone on Earth. This catastrophe both destroys everything but also wipes the slate clean and allows for a new cycle to begin.
Hinduism often symbolically represents this decay as the suffering of Dharma, a goddess portrayed as an Indian cow. In Satya Yuga, the first stage of development, the cow has four legs, but in each age, as morality is reduced by one quarter, she loses a leg. By the age of Kali, morality is reduced to only a quarter of that of the golden age, so the bull of Dharma has only one leg.
I’ve encountered the Hindu belief in the Yugas before but I didn’t study it because of several views I had at that time:
1) In the West, we’re always told that our history is one of development from nothing and that it will simply go on forever in a positive direction. This is drilled into us in our school lessons, in media articles predicting the future, in our politicians and scientists’ speeches, in our science-fiction, etc. It’s a tempting and plausible viewpoint.
2) I could see no indication that there was anything on Earth or in the cosmos that would drive the cycle of destruction and rebirth described in the Yugas. Our human race will certainly go through cycles of self-inflicted boom and bust but these, I thought, most likely won’t be total destruction and they won’t follow a regular pattern. Natural disasters that devastate us also won’t follow a regular pattern but be random events. History tells us that this happened in our past, so our future should unroll in the same way.
3) The time spans described in the Yugas are huge. To quote Wikipedia, ‘Most interpreters of vedic scriptures, as Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami and his recent disciple Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada believe that Earth is currently in Kali Yuga and lasts 432,000 years.’ Nearly half a million years is a very long time, too long to feel that its changes are imminent or recent.
4) I could see no reason to believe that, from the ashes of a massive destruction, a new race of humans would emerge that were physically, mentally and spiritually superior to the humans living before that destruction. It would seem more likely that the survivors would be worse, not better.
The above four points, put together, seem to make a convincing case that the Yugas, a cycle of destruction and rebirth, of a slow disintegration of qualities in humanity that is only halted by a massive, global catastrophe, is a ludicrous idea.
But my more recent research has made me think again. The reason for this can be explained in the following steps:
1) Physics: Dr Paul LaViolette’s subquantum kinetics model of matter creation in our universe is, I think, a sound description. I think it solves many issues plaguing our official theories of Relativity and Quantum Physics. It removes the infinity and singularity problems, it dispenses with the need for a Big Bang, Inflation, dark matter and dark energy and solves the Baryon Asymmetry problem and Boltzmann’s Well-Ordered Universe Problem. It also explains that gravitation is both an attractive and repulsive force and that it’s linked to charge. Neutral matter exhibits a tiny attractive force, a phenomena that has puzzled civilian scientists for decades but according to sub-quantum kinetics, this only occurs because of the tiny difference in charge-gravitation strength between the proton and the electron.
2) Cosmic cycles: If LaViolette’s theory is correct, then there are cosmic consequences. According to his theories, all collections of matter ‘grow’ more matter over time; this is an inevitable effect of the way matter is created in the universe. Therefore, celestial bodies will increase in size over time. This means that stars start brown and cool and progressively enlarge until they are finally blue-white giants, the opposite of our current, cosmological model. It also means that the centre of our galaxy contains a mass of enormously powerful stars that are constantly growing in size. Periodically, they will exceed a critical threshold, overload and emit an enormous pulse of matter and energy, along with a gravitational wave. This repeated swelling and bursting logically would follow a periodic cycle governed by the physics. These bursts from the centre of our galaxy would be massive in scale and, as LaViolette explains in his book ‘Earth under Fire’, they will cause terrible devastation on Earth when they hit us.
3) Precession: The gravity wave emitted by a burst from the centre of our galaxy could entrain our planet’s rotation, like the regularly flicking a spinning top. Our planet does have a clear cyclic rotation of its axis, known as its celestial precession or Great Year, which completes a cycle every 26,000 years, approximately. This may seem a long time for an entrainment by periodic ‘flicking’ but, in terms of our solar system’s age, it is tiny. For example, if the age of our solar system was a year, it would be a 'flick' every three seconds. We therefore would have both a physics reason for our galaxy going through a cyclic period of growth and catastrophe, and a physical demonstration of its periodicity in the cyclic movement of our planet’s axis, our Earth’s celestial precession.
4) Yuga eras: The four Yugas of the Great Cycle were regarded by some scholars as spanning 432,000 years each, but not all scholars. Others, such as Rene Guenon, concluded that they each lasted much less time. For example, in 1921, Guenon calculated that they each lasted 6480 years. This would produce a Yuga Great Cycle length of 25920 years. By comparison, a Great Year or celestial precession cycle is 25772 years long. If we accept some overlap or simplifying in the Yuga duration calculation, they are effectively the same length of time. The Yugas therefore seem to correspond to our precessional Great Year and, what's more, both seem to end with a catastrophe.
5) Ancient giants: Oddly enough, there is a lot of evidence that giants or large, human-like people did live on Earth in our ancient past. Fossil remains in Peru, Egypt, Malta, New Zealand, Russia, the United States and other locations indicate that Earth was inhabited by people who were nine to twelve feet tall. Our ancient scriptures, including the Old Testament, back up this idea. Unfortunately, there seems to be a concerted effort by people in power in the West to remove or hide this evidence from the general public, possibly on religious grounds.
6) Great-Year-ending events: LaViolette explains in his book ‘Earth Under Fire’ that the last major eruption from the centre of our galaxy occurred in 10,800 BC, the time of the Younger Dryas Impact Event, which seems to have started a chain-reaction that finally caused the catastrophic end of our last ice age, roughly a thousand years later. There is good evidence that our planet was pummelled by a shower of meteorites at that time, which seems to indicate that it was the Great-Year-ending event… but it might instead have been a half-cycle event. The reason I suggest this is because if a Great-Year-ending gravity wave did hit our Earth, it would, most likely, cause an enormous volcanic eruption. The last VE8 eruption (the largest category on the Volcanic Explosivity index) that has occurred on our Earth took place around 26,000 years ago (or 1 Great Year), at Taupo in New Zealand. The last VE8 eruption before that was around 75,000 years ago (or 3 Great Years ago), at Toba. These eruptions I think may mark out the Great-Year-ending gravity waves. If this is correct, then our current century seems to be the time for the next Great-Year-ending gravity wave event.
7) Current Yuga start-date: Our current era on Earth could be said to have started in around 4,440 BC. This date is significant for two reasons. Firstly, it is a reasonable start date for human civilisation, when the city-states of Sumer began. Secondly, it is the start date of Creation, according to the dating information in Genesis. This era, from 4,440 BC to today, can be called the Era of Civilisation and it has a clear flavour, but unfortunately it's a negative one. The diet of Civilisation - grains and herded livestock - is nutritionally inferior to that of hunter gatherers, who draw from a wide range of food. Diseases have worsened with Civilisation, as most of them arise from human contact with herded livestock, who live less healthy lives than wild animals and exist in close proximity to each other. Writing diminishes people’s efforts to memorise information, causing them to be less mentally focussed. Top-down hierarchies, wars, cramped conditions, oppressive regimes, class-separations and materialist cultures have left most humans scared, stressed, ignorant and ill, while around us, the natural world is collapsing due to our negative influence. Civilisation may have increased our numbers but it has, in most cases, diminished us as individuals. We are told a different story by our establishment, but that is run by callous, self-serving people who benefit from this unhealthy setup.
8) Kali Yuga: Our current era is now entering a dark period of accelerating climate change, a palpable symptom of our selfishness and callousness towards the ecosystem of the planet on which we live. Nuclear arsenals, biological arsenals, totalitarian states, an entertainment industry focussed on violent murders, all seem to indicate that there’s something seriously wrong with the human psyche. Psychology experiments, such as Milgram’s Experiment and the Stanford Prison Experiment reinforce this view, suggesting to us that for many of us, our morality is, in truth, little more than obeying the rules and looking respectable; it would crumble into rabid immorality under the first degree of pressure. It is dark idea and one on which most of us would prefer not to focus. It’s therefore reasonable to conclude that our current era, the Era of Civilisation, that runs from 4,440BC to 2040AD, is the 6480 year-long Kali Yuga, the time when Dharma, the goddess of truth, personified by a cow, is at her weakest, ‘on one leg’. This current period, or Yuga, which corresponds to the three zodiac eras of Taurus (the Bull of Sumer), Aries (the Ram god of War) and Pisces (the Christian era of the fishes swimming together) is the dark era, the Aries or Kali era.
9) The idea that we are currently at the end of a Great Year, and a Yuga cycle, also fits well with Mayan beliefs: To quote from Wikipedia, "According to the Popol Vuh, a compilation of the creation accounts of the K'iche' Maya of the Colonial-era highlands, we are living in the fourth world. The Popol Vuh describes the gods first creating three failed worlds, followed by a successful fourth world in which humanity was placed." This fits with the Yuga cycle, if we believe that the Gods of Sumer created a new form of mankind, as described in the Garden of Eden story, which was heavily based on Sumerian lore. Continuing the Wikipedia article, "In the Maya Long Count, the previous world ended after 13 b'ak'tuns, or roughly 5,125 years. The Long Count's zero date was set at a point in the past marking the end of the third world and the beginning of the current one, which corresponds to 11 August 3114 BC in the proleptic Gregorian calendar. This means that the fourth world reached the end of its 13th b'ak'tun, or Maya date 184.108.40.206.0, on 21 December 2012." Although 5,125 is significantly different from 6,480, the message is almost the same. In 1957, Mayanist and astronomer Maud Worcester Makemson wrote that "the completion of a Great Period of 13 b'ak'tuns would have been of the utmost significance to the Maya." In 1966, Michael D. Coe wrote in The Maya that "there is a suggestion ... that Armageddon would overtake the degenerate peoples of the world and all creation on the final day of the 13th [b'ak'tun]. Thus ... our present universe [would] be annihilated ... when the Great Cycle of the Long Count reaches completion." It was these interpretations of the Mayan records that have given rise to the belief that 2012 would be the 'end of the world'. Modern scholars always refuted the popular belief that 2012 signified the end of the world and explained that it was also regarded as a time for celebration. Interestingly, a natural catastrophe followed by a new, spiritual golden age would fit both a 'world-ending' belief and 'a cause for celebration', so 2012 can be both; it's simply that the date is a little off, which is understandable if the processes that underly these era-changes are the physics of matter-creation at the centre of our galaxy.
10) We are spirits that choose to live physical lives: In the West, we are told from day one by our scientific establishment that reality is a mechanical system that our mind cannot influence. This is a materialist viewpoint that is, in fact, scientifically impossible. For free will to exist, reality must be a collaborative mental creation, otherwise we would be perceiving a universe that made no sense and was one we couldn’t influence at all; we’d have no free will. Quantum physics supports the idea that reality is a collaborative mental creation, which also is required for the causal aspect of sub-quantum kinetics. With our intent, collectively, we make the world. Therefore, if reality is a collective mental creation, then the idea that a physical catastrophe might bring with it a mental or spiritual change isn’t so crazy. Since we collaboratively create this reality with our mental intent, we must originate from outside of reality. Reality is therefore a self-contained construction, a vast, electro-magnetic pattern that is altered by and in tune with our mental states. We inhabit bodies and live lives in order to face challenges and improve ourselves as a result, like taking on an obstacle course.
11) There'll be a lot less of us soon: At the moment, seven billion of us are experiencing life through our physical bodies. This is soon going to change. A VE8 eruption would, mostly likely, reduce us to a global, sustainable population of around seventy-million but if that doesn't occur, then climate change will do it instead, as an average global increase of six degrees centigrade is going to happen to us; it's our most likely prediction now, especially considering the current leaders of the Western World. That means that our planet, in a century's time, will be only able to sustain approximately seventy-million people and that situation won't change for at least another millennia.
12) The people that survive and endure will be our spiritual top one-percent: If our world will soon only contain seventy-million people, who will inhabit the bodies of that 1% fraction of our current global population? I think that the seventy-million spirits that will inhabit the post-catastrophe generations of humanity will be the ones who are most advanced, spiritually, from amongst our current seven billion. They will be our top, spiritual one-percent and the rest will have to wait for a while before beginning a new reincarnation, a new life. The intent and attitudes of those 'one percenters' may then rapidly transform their physical bodies, either through technology or cumulative, direct mental influence. In such a way, a new Satya Yuga would begin, where ‘every manifestation or work is close to the purest ideal and humanity will allow intrinsic goodness to rule supreme’. This future Earth would be inhabited by the cream of spiritual humanity, the ones that are giants, spiritually but possibly also physically too. They will create a new era of environmental stewardship, peace and harmony, a new Satya Yuga, in the zodiac eras of Aquarius, the water-carrier, Capricorn, the wise half-goat, half-fish and Sagittarius, the wise and knowledgeable centaur. Or at least, that's my guess.
I hope the above steps makes sense and explain how the idea of us all living at the end of a Kali Yuga era isn’t such a crazy idea, after all. As the Seventies musical 'Hair' happily stated, ‘this is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius’, and it will, seemingly, bring about a new era of love and compassion but it won’t be a peaceful transition. If all the points mentioned in this article are correct, then we are at the end of a Great Year when we are hit by a fresh matter-energy wave from the centre of our galaxy. Its gravity wave will possibly cause a VE8 eruption on our planet, along with other major disasters, and fill our skies with black interstellar dust for years. It will be just like passages described in Revelations (although hopefully with less trumpets, weird animals and lamb obsessions), the Popol Vuh, as well as the grand legends of Ragnarok and related Norse myths. After that cataclysm subsides, the human survivors will enter a new era of non-violent, Earth stewardship and their children and grand-children will be compassionate, nurturing and peaceful.
Unfortunately, the vivid dream(s) I had in 2017 seem to mark June 2019 as the critical date for this coming gravity-wave and corresponding eruption. Fingers crossed, it won’t come about. Nevertheless, climate change will have a similar effect and that seems to be beyond stopping now. By 2120, even without such an eruption, our planet will be as just as devastated as if we did have a VE8 event. We will, inevitably, enter the Age of Aquarius, the Water Carrier, on a hostile Earth supporting only seventy-million people, gravity-wave or not. Here’s hoping it’s all worth it.