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In his book The Holy Science, Swami Sri Yuktewar discusses about Yugas, the mathematical calculation of Yugas, how the present time is wrongly calculated as Kali Yuga and concludes that the present Yuga is Dwapara Yuga. Here is the summary of this discussion.
Originally posted by TupacShakur
I'm not sure about what the religions say, but on December 21, 2012, our Sun will line up with the galactic center which contains a supermassive black hole, most of the planets in our solar system will be lined up, it will be the winter solstice, and the Earth will end it's 26,000 year precession cycle.
A lot of things could happen, that's just from the astronomical viewpoint. Don't forget about all of the crazy things happening in the world, wars, the insane debt, the oil spill/corexit polluting the worlds oceans, the nuclear meltdown pollutin the worlds air/atmosphere, Palin/Trump/Obama for president in 2012. It's shaping up to be one of the worst years in history, I would not be shocked if something big happened on that day.
There have been hundreds of apocalypse theories over the years though, Starting all the way back in 4900BC
The sun orbits the galaxy like a sine wave.
Originally posted by satron
How does the sun "align" with the galactic center? You could draw a line to it at any time.
It is important to define what the Galactic Alignment is in precise astronomical terms. (See the Glossary below for terms.) The Galactic Alignment is the alignment of the December solstice sun with the Galactic equator. This alignment occurs as a result of the precession of the equinoxes. Precession is caused by the earth wobbling very slowly on its axis and shifts the position of the equinoxes and solstices one degree every 71.5 years. Because the sun is one-half of a degree wide, it will take the December solstice sun 36 years to precess through the Galactic equator (see diagram below). The precise alignment of the solstice point (the precise center-point of the body of the sun as viewed from earth) with the Galactic equator was calculated to occur in 1998 (Jean Meeus, Mathematical Astronomy Morsels, 1997). Thus, the Galactic Alignment "zone" is 1998 +/- 18 years = 1980 - 2016. This is "era-2012." This Galactic Alignment occurs only once every 26,000 years, and was what the ancient Maya were pointing to with the 2012 end-date of their Long Count calendar. These are the astronomical facts of the matter. From a larger perspective, we can visualize the 2012 Galactic Alignment in the following way: Position A is where the December solstice sun was in relation to the Milky Way some 3,000 years ago. Position B is 1,500 years ago. And position C is "era-2012", when the December solstice sun has converged, as a result of the precession of the equinoxes, with the exact center-line of the Milky Way (the Galactic equator). Notice that the place of alignment is where the 'nuclear bulge' of the Galactic Center is located. A long awaiting digital portrayal of precession and galactic alignments is now available on Nick Fiorenza's web site. Descriptions of the process are also there, but it should be noted that Nick describes what I refer to as "the solstice-galaxy alignment" with a preference for the equinox as the measuring reference. Thus, he speaks of the "Holy Cross" of the equinox axis and the Milky Way. The point is that "solstice-galaxy alignment" and "equinox-galaxy cross" refer to the same event.
Originally posted by sandesh
reply to post by el1jah
yes you are right satya means truth ,
The cycle goes like Satya --Treta--dwapara---kali ---back to stone-age Satya --Treta--dwapara---Kali
Originally posted by stereologist
reply to post by Dominikas
The ancient Mayans did not predict a time of enlightenment. That is a modern fairy tale claimed by New Age authors selling their hoaxes.