An illustration of Varaha avatar based on the Bhagavata Purana

Puranas Traditional Hindu scripture the Puranas describe a number of cycles within cycles with each age having it’s own particular qualities and virtues. The cycles are measured in different types of units each often described as a Deva year each of which equals to 360 human years.

The philosophy of the Epics and Puranas is essentially the pre-scholastic Vedanta in which the higher aspects of the Sankhya and Yoga get amplified. We have already noticed the teachings of the Mahabharata as embodied in the Bhagavad-Gita and Anu-Gita.

The metaphysical side of the Mahabharata is a popular exposition of the wisdom of the Upanishads, in which Brahman is identified with Narayana as the Supreme Being, and the Prakriti and Purusha of the Sankhya are accepted as the material and the essence, respectively, of the Universe (Jagat) and the individual (Jiva). In the Vedanta of the Mahabharata, however, Prakriti and Purusha are dependent on God and form His body, so that their existence is inseparable from His being.

Satya Yuga this first age is 1,728,000 human years also known as the Golden Age or age of Truth,  the qualities of this age where virtue reigns supreme and human stature is 21 cubits its lifespan is in thousands of years, and death occurs only when one wills it to be.

Treta Yuga this second age is 1,296,000 human years also known as the Silver Age the qualities of this age is the climate is at three quarters virtue and one quarter sin and human stature is 14 cubits with a lifespan is 10,000 years.

Dvapara Yuga this third age is 864,000 human years also known as the Bronze Age the qualities of this age are the climate is at one half virtue and one half sin and life span is 1,000 years.

Kali Yuga the fourth and last age is 432,000 human years. Also known as the Iron Age. This is the age in which we are presently living the qualities of this age are the climate is at one quarter virtue and three quarters sin and human stature is 3.5 cubits and lifespan is 100 or 120 years.

Record of giants walking the earth in antiquity is recorded in many forms of literature across many cultures and the Puranas are just one example of this extraordinary record keeping. Our ancestors are not describing fairy tales these are real recorded events. 

1 Cubit

  • 1.5 feet
  • .46 meters

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2 Responses

  1. pandora says:

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  2. Jyoti says:

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