Are we Living in Kali Yuga?
By Kapil Kakar
Are we evolving? If we are then how is it possible because we are living in Kali yuga the Dark Age. How can anyone evolve in Dark Age? How is it that the standard of living is getting better and better of the people worldwide? How can the science advance so astronomically in last few hundred years? How can the rich and famous westerners get attracted to Spirituality, Kumbh Mela, Meditation and Vegetarianism to name few? Why is it that motivators of today also speak about Spirituality? Why do we see more and more people whether rich or poor approaching and following gurus? Does all these trend show that we are moving towards God? If that is so then how is it possible in Kali Yuga.
Needless to say Kali Yuga is supposed to be the worst of the four Yugas. The human intellect is only quarterly developed and he cannot grasp anything beyond the gross material creation. The best is Satya Yuga in which man can comprehend, even God the spirit beyond the invisible world. Satya Yuga is followed by Treta Yuga and then comes Dwapara Yuga and finally Kali Yuga. The general impression among Hindus world wide is that we are in Kali Yuga. But Sri Sri Swami Yukteswar maharaj ji (1855-1936) the guru of Parmahansa Yogananda ji (the author of Autobiography of a Yogi and the founder of Yogoda Satsang Society which mainly operates from Ranchi and America) had a different opinion. He Was a self-realized Swami who took Samadhi in 1936.
The general understanding is that Stya Yuga is for 17,28,000 years, Treta Yuga is for 12,96,000 years, Dwapara Yuga is for 8,64,000 years and Kali Yuga is for 4,32,000 years. Swami Sri Sri yukteswar maharaj had said there is a story behind the above mentioned figure and he has also described by mathematical calculation that where these figures went wrong.
The calculation mistake started during the reign of raja Parikshat, just after the completion of Dwarpa yuga. At that time Maharaja Yudhisthira, noticing the appearance of dark kali yuga, gave his thrown to his grandson raja Parikshat. Maharaj Yudhisthira together with his all wise men of his court went to Himalayas. Thus there was no one left in the court of Raja parikshat who could understand the principle of correctly calculating the ages of several yugas. Hence after the completion of Dwapara Yuga no body dared to make Introduction of kali yuga. Therefore the first year of kali yuga was numbered along the age of Dwapara Yuga. After many many years the wise men of that time realized that the period of kali yuga is 1200 years. But as their intellect was not suitably developed they came to a conclusion that these 1200 years of kali was not the ordinary years of our earth but were the years of gods Consisting of 12 months and 30 days in each month. And each god day was equal to one year on earth. Going by this-
360 days 360 years
360 years X 4800 Years 17,28,000 YEARS
360 years X 3600 Years=12,96,000 Years
360 Years X 2400 Years= 8,64,000 years
360 Years X 1200 Years=4,32,000 Years.
He further stated that out of 4800 years of satya yuga ( 400 +4000+ 400 ) the four hundred years before and after satya yuga are the cusp. Similarly 3600 ( 300 +3000+ 300 ), 2400( 200 +2000+ 200 ) and 1200( 100 +1000+ 100 ) before and after of Treta, Dvapara and Kali respectively are also cusp also. His calculations further indicate that in 1600 AD the kali yuga (the last 100 years of kali yuga were cusp as explained earlier) so the characteristics of Dwapara Yuga also started coming into force. And in 1600 ad William Gilbert discovered magnetic forces. In 1609 Kepler discovered the Law of astronomy and Galileo produced a telescope. About 1670 Newton discovered the Law of Gravitation. And in 1899 the cusp of 200 years of Dwapara Yuga was also completed and now we are in the Full Dwapara Yuga and that is the reason man has taken a big leap in last hundred years.
If you look at the human history of last two thousand Years man had only indulged in Wars, Captivity, Disrespect to fellow human beings specially women, working undemocratically etc. But definitely in last five hundred years, each day man seems to be evolving. He has started following democratic process world wide, the disrespect of fellow human's beings though has not vanished but are much less, men and women are looked up with parity. Emotions of others are respected more then ever. When he had revealed this calculation in AD 1894 he called it 26 th falgun, 194 Dwarpa.