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Most Hindus who have been educated in the anti Hindu education system devised by Max Mueller and Macaulay, consider it their privilege to blindly ape the western customs. The sore lack of Dharmashikshan (lack of education on Dharma) is the reason for the present pitiable state of Hindus. As a result, not only do most Hindus ignore the fact that the Hindu new year begins on Gudipadwa (also known as Yugadi), they deride those who advise them to observe this day.
In this article, we will see the immense timescales that have been familiar to Hindus since time immemorial. Also we will be able to appreciate the expansive nature of time. Seekers will be able to introspect on the infinitesimally tiny part that we occupy in the wheel of time; which helps to reduce ego.
1. Time is infinite.
It is divided as Kalpa, Manvantara, Mahayuga, and Yuga.
A. The Four Yugas:
Satya Yuga = 1,728,000 years
Treta Yuga = 1,296,000 years
Dwapara Yuga = 864,000 years
Kali Yuga = 432,000 years
B. The Mahayuga:
Mahayuga (also called as Chaturyuga or Divyayuga) = sum of all four Yugas; 4,320,000 years
C. The Manvantara:
Manvantara: 71 Mahayugas make one Manvantara
D. The Kalpa
Kalpa = 14 Manvantaras (or 1,000 Mahayugas, after including the yuga sandhyas)
14 Manvantars or 1,000 Mahayugas = 4,320,000,000 years
2. A Kalpa is one day or one night cycle in the life of Lord Brahma
Such 360 Days + 360 Nights = One Year of Lord Brahma’s life
One Parardha = 50 Years of Lord Brahma’s Life
Lord Brahma’s lifespan = 100 years (calculated as shown above)
100 years of Brahma’s life = One breath of Maha Vishnu
When Maha Vishnu breaths in, the entire collection of countless universes are annihilated and enter into the body of Maha Vishnu.
When Maha Vishnu again breaths out, all of the countless universes are again manifested and recreated.
3. As of now, 50 years from Brahma’s life have been completed
15,55,20,00,00,00,000 years have passed.
A. Right now, the first day of the 51st year (Shwetavaraha Kalpa) is going on.
B. Six Manvantaras of this Kalpa have been completed while the 7th (Vaivasvata) is taking place.
C. The Vaivasvata Manvantara comprises of 71 mahayugas of which 27 have been completed. The Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga and Dwapara Yuga of the 28th Mahayuga have been completed, and we are in the Kaliyuga.
D. The first part of Kali yuga comprising 5115 years has passed and this Gudipadwa / Yugadi will signal the start of the 5,116th year.
E. To specifically calculate the year that starts on this Gudipadwa / Yugadi. First Parardha + [6 Manvantars x 71 Mayugas] + [27 mahayugas x 4,320,000 years] + 3 yugas [Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, and Dwapara Yuga] + 5,116 years of the present Kali Yuga.
F. That would be, 155,520,000,000,000 + 1,840,320,000 + 116,640,000 + 3,888,000 + 5,116 = 155,521,960,853,116 years.
So celebrate the 155,521,960,853,116th new year on 31st of March, 2014! This is the vastness of the Hindu calendar. Compare that to the western world, which begins their calendar just 2,014 years ago.
Happy 155,521,960,853,116th new year!
… but remember this has been just half a breath of the Maha Vishnu.