Vedas give us account of human history since the moment of material creation and also forecast the future until the time of universal dissolution. Being a detached observer they are not judgmental but outline and warn us about periods and phases in the cosmic cycles. The Vedic system of the four yugas presents the lengths of the ages as 4/3/2 and 1 times an interval of 432,000 years.
Where we are now in the timescale of the Universal clock? If the duration of the Universe would be compared to a 24-hour clock, we would be in about high noon.
Kali Yuga started midnight of 18 February 3102 B.C., when all seven planets were invisible, and is predicted to last for another 427,000 years. At the end of Kali yuga there will be a short reset and then another Satya, or Golden Age will manifest. Thousand rotations of 4 yugas, or 4.32 billion years, constitute one day in the life of the Brahma, the first living entity within the universe and forefather of all living entities. Brahma lives for a 100 years thus making the lifespan of the universe
311.04 trillion years.
Seen from the Vedic perspective, current age of Kali is the most perverse, the diametric opposite of the Golden Age of Truth – Satya Yuga. Srimad-Bhagavatam, the authoritative Vedic scripture states that, whereas in previous ages, either transcendentalists, religious intellectuals, or noble statesmen predominated, in the Iron Age, the norms are set by the crude mentality of laborers and barbarians: “Religion, truthfulness, cleanliness, tolerance, mercy, duration of life, physical strength and memory will all diminish day by day because of the powerful influence of the age of Kali.”
Easy to get lost in this calculations? Vedas fine-tune the forecast and give us a detailed description of the current Kali-yuga, which is remarkable because of the advent of Golden Avatar Sri Krishna Caitanya (1486–1534). Appearing in the land of India this divine messenger of love was destined to deliver to the world the combination of the most sublime monotheistic philosophy of bhakti-yoga and the very simple process of attaining spiritual perfection. As predicted, the Avatar would be “hidden” from the eyes of the world, and its glories would be revealed centuries later. If we compare the dates, we will see how the advent of Sri Krishna Caitanya caused a ripple effect on uprising of global spirituality that corresponded to the Renaissance movement in Europe.
Current shift of millenniums is special in many ways; what was given 500 years ago by Sri Caitanya will get reinforced and distributed to world. For so many years the self-illuminating Truth was hidden from the public eyes by the will of politicians and academia, but contemporary world cannot be suppressed by individuals anymore. We are going through a time where within the dark age of Kali enters the Golden age of global Renaissance. Many cultures state that in their time calculations and the Vedas explain how for a period of time there will be a “breather” within dominating darkness. Humanity is at the phase where the ones who choose to be liberated have ability to create community with the will for enlightenment and access to the undiluted knowledge.
The same way as the Italians of the Renaissance were looking at the ancient culture of the Greeks and draw their inspiration for the new culture from the ancients, in a similar way contemporary man is looking at the treasures of the Vedic culture and uses its content to change the world for better.
From where we are in our journey we are always trying to decide where to go next, material nature will force us to move. As explained in the Vedic scriptures, spirit soul is eternal by nature, but by coming down into the world of matter it becomes conditioned. It does not lose its immortality, but becomes illusioned. Ancient called it the Wheel of Samsara. It does feel that the modern world got a little dizzy with excessive materialism, maybe because of the constant rotation of that wheel. Let’s hope we can all take part in this Vedic Renaissance movement and reconnect with the Universe within while getting ready for changes awaiting.