Saturday, May 14, 2011

"The Oceans That Fill Our Universe" #1 Coincidence

Today, I went through the Hindu units of time for comparison with modern cosmology:

It's impressive that modern science starts counting time from 10^-43 seconds and this time cycle started at 10^-7 (one-tenth millionth of a second), a truthi. According to the Vedas, our universe is cyclic, and we're now in the  51st year of Brahma, where 1 year of Brahma = 3 trillion years as we know it. Going further back, this also means that the cycles of our current universe started 155 trillion years ago (yes, that's 155,000,000,000,000 years ago). The time since the big bang so far is calculated as 14 billion years, making our current universe a little infant. But wait, who gave birth to Brahma?

According to legend, Brahma is the creator of the universe and is born from the navel of Vishnu as he is lying on the great serpent, Ananta in the milky ocean.

When I was a child, I always heard the elders talk about 'Kal Yuga', which also features in the Hindu cosmological timeline. Surya Siddhanta, a descriptive foundation of Hindu calendars and much much more, tells us that the infamous Kal Yuga began in 3102 BC as per the Julian calendar. Indian literature represents Kal Yug as a time of turmoil or dark conflict (5000 down, 400,000 more to go!). The beginning of Kal Yug rather conveniently coincides with the birth (or death) of a number of civilizations (source: random internet article). Historians have documented this period as the Early Dynastic period.

I'm going to look for more coincidences in these time scales.

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