Quite a few people have been speaking of a dawning new age, an Age of Enlightenment or Golden Age.
We find the world in a curious place right now. On the one hand, unprecedented numbers of people awakening. On the other, problems of global proportions that could be disastrous.
Some teachers speak of the issues arising now as a way for consciousness to clear. A larger scale purification. Also for us to be more conscious of how our attitudes and actions have been affecting the earth.
But why now?
There are a number of models of the movement of time and consciousness out there. The Mayan calendar speaks of cycles building to a climax. The actual climax date is open for debate. But all point to sometime in the next couple of years. It’s already well underway.
The Vedas describe a long cycle of 4 yugas, rising and falling periods of consciousness. In that model, we’re about 5,000 years into a much longer dark age.
There is also the Great Year, the cycle of the precession of the equinoxes. What gives us our ages – The Age of Aquarius, for example. But that’s not technically due for a number of years yet. And the actual start points are widely debated. The time cycle of the Great Year does align with Yukteswar’s sub-Yuga cycle. Some suggest we’re approaching a key position in the zodiac relative to the galaxy.
There turns out to be some other interesting alignments as well.
The start point of the dark age, Kali Yuga, is said to be in 3102 B.C. The start point of the 5th or National cycle of the Mayan Calendar began in the similar 3115 B.C. The Jewish calendar starts a little before this in 3761 BC. This period is historically described as the end of the Goddess. And it is a period described experientially as the time of a precipitous fall in consciousness.
It should be noted that old calendars have a different system than our own and historical time measurement does not exactly match actual earth years. Thus, calculating the exact dates is tricky. As well, all of these see time in a different way. But the correspondences are interesting.
What is next interesting is how this relates to now. Krishna is a well known Avatar whose life story is described in the Mahabharata. He said a number of interesting things, especially for spiritual aspirants. But there are also some predictions.
In the fourth part of the Brahma-vaivarta Purana called Krsna-janma-khanda, Krishna has a conversation with Ganga Devi (the river goddess) where he describes a golden age of 10,000 years that will take place within Kali Yuga. He said it will start 5,000 years after the start of Kali Yuga.
5,000 years after is at about 1898. So we’re now into the period he predicted. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi announced the dawn of the Age of Enlightenment in 1978, then welcomed Sat Yuga in July of 2005. It was right after that that people I knew started waking up.
Here is a link to the translated section of the Brahma-vaivarta Purana where this golden age period is described.
You may find the description of Kali Yuga under the translations notable when considering a recent daily newspaper.
This web site discusses the Vedic – Mayan correspondences.
The alignments are still rough. But in the end, it all comes down to what is happening now. What are people experiencing? The rest is just pointers, markers on the curious field of time.