What is Yuga?
The term "Yuga"
relates to the concept that the Earth and its people,
according to most Hindu
scripture are living in the Kali-Yuga*,
the most negative of 4 ages in the life
cycle of the universe.
A Yuga is described as the out-breath of God where the
universe is expanding and growing
followed by an in-breath where the entire
universe folds back into its center.
Due to the increased challenge of the
Kali-Yuga also called the Iron or Dark Age,
being the most negative and energy
certain Tantra practices of non-dualistic living evolved to help
Hinduís poetically described how man would decline in this way:
They compared morality to the legs of a bull. In the first of the Yugas, The
the Satya Yuga the bull had four legs, and in each age,
reduced by a quarter. Next came the Silver Age and then the Bronze Age.
age of Kali**, morality is reduced to only a quarter of the golden age.
the bull, the morality of men will only have one leg and be severely
The most common interpretation is that the Kali Yuga began at midnight on
February 18 3102 BCE in the proleptic Gregorian calendar.
Many Hinduís consider
that this is the time Krishna left his physical body. It is a Hindu belief that
avatars donít die.
Yuga should not be confused with the goddess
Kali. The "kali" of Kali Yuga means "terible,"
whereas the goddess "Kali" is the feminine
form of "Kala," which means "time."
it is believed that Kali is the one that
governs this age.