reply to post by auraelium
Yet you deliberately did not reply to the meat and sustenance of the point. Instead, you dismiss the books of people who were capable of astronomical
feats to the extent of ourselves, and possibly even greater. They may be fairy tales to you, but the concept of the Earth experiencing "Yuga's" or
Ages, not so dissimilar from our current four seasons, was a very hard rooted tenet of their beliefs and culture.
This is fact and science, as outlined by the Hindu's in their epics, which you have apparently sworn yourself to uphold. However, Mr. Scientist and
Archaeologist, would you mind laying your credentials before us which authorizes you to determine what is factual and what is not? I don't believe I
have seen it anywhere here...Just a lot of poor grammar skills, definitely not deserving of one who is to be so educated by the sciences.
The Cycle of Ages, or Yuga's, is a metaphorical aphorism for the illustration of Man's resemblance to the properties or symbolism of the four metals,
during each age.
A discourse by Markandeya in the Mahabharata identifies some of the attributes of Kali Yuga. In relation to rulers, it lists:
Rulers will become unreasonable: they will levy taxes unfairly.
Rulers will no longer see it as their duty to promote spirituality, or to protect their subjects: they will become a danger to the world.
People will start migrating, seeking countries where wheat and barley form the staple food source.
"At the end of Kali-yuga, when there exist no topics on the subject of God, even at the residences of so-called saints and respectable gentlemen of
the three higher varnas [guna or temperament] and when nothing is known of the techniques of sacrifice, even by word, at that time the Lord will
appear as the supreme chastiser." (Srimad-Bhagavatam (2.7) With regard to human relationships, Markandeya's discourse says:
Avarice and wrath will be common. Humans will openly display animosity towards each other. Ignorance of dharma will occur.
People will have thoughts of murder with no justification and will see nothing wrong in that.
Lust will be viewed as socially acceptable and sexual intercourse will be seen as the central requirement of life.
Sin will increase exponentially, whilst virtue will fade and cease to flourish.
People will take vows and break them soon after.
People will become addicted to intoxicating drinks and drugs.
Gurus will no longer be respected and their students will attempt to injure them. Their teachings will be insulted, and followers of Kama will wrest
control of the mind from all human beings.
Brahmans will not be learned or honored, Kshatriyas will not be brave, Vaishyas will not be just in their dealings.
This describes the Kali Yuga, or Iron Age.
If you can not seem to understand this symbolism or the use of a metaphor, then it would seem that our discourse should go no further. I will not
attempt to open the eyes of one who claims himself to be a man of action, yet require his hand to be held through the simplest teaching as to what a
The metallic ages you keep referring to as part of history are SEPARATE from the Yuga's of Hinduism... Please for all that is holy to you, even if it
be your Science, go study the "Science" of English and discover what a homograph is. The definition alone should let you know how silly you are on
insisting that these words only have one meaning or use...They do not...
I would also like to point out to you, that the people who wrote these epics, were real flesh and blood people; not fairy tales. The concept of Yuga's
is in no way a fairy tale, and was laid out in the Epics of the Hindu's before the Modern Academia you swear yourself to even existed. To be fair;
their claim to the definition of "Ages" far exceeds yours. The concept of a Yuga in no way involves witches riding on broomsticks, alleged nuclear
weapons in ancient times, magic or any other 'nonsense' you may consider to be fairy tales...It is simply that...An 'effing concept.....Get it?
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