Another conception of the yugas comes from Sri Yukteswar, the guru of Paramahansa Yogananda. In his book, The Holy Science, Sri Yukteswar explains the yugas in a way that makes more sense to me. He begins by suggesting that within our galaxy there is a central point that our solar system orbits around in a 26,000-year cycle.
Following Yukteswar’s reasoning, the next Golden Age will begin around 7,700 AD. That’s a long time to wait, but not nearly as long as 427,000 years. The good news, according to Yukteswar, is that the Kali Yuga is over, and the bad news is that the next Golden Age will not happen in our lifetime.
The real takeaway is this, though:
Little things like spontaneous acts of kindness and generosity, spending quality time with our family, and endeavoring to take the high road in all of our actions are ways of ending our personal Kali Yuga and giving birth to our own Golden Age.
Click the above link to find out which spontaneous acts he was talking about.
In the spirit of his good news/bad news comparison, a piece of good news is that Bobbie and I are, after a few weeks, feeling settled back into life in Los Angeles. We’re still processing the Yatra — if I manage to write something more sustained for Namarupa, another bit of good news is I have what I think is a smashing title — and will continue to do so. The bad news is that, as Tim mentions in his post, his two weeks at Mt. Shasta begin this weekend and we again won’t be there. (That’s the bad news, not that Shasta is happening.) We are planning to either go to Tulum or Shasta next year, though. My guess is it’ll be Shasta — avoiding airplanes for slightly longer.
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