On the yugas, and how to create your own Golden Age

Good post from Tim Miller this week, following up his last one that teased an end to the Kali Yuga. A few excerpts:

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.

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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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We’re off to Shasta! The conversation is yours

As if we haven’t made it apparent enough, we are on our way to Mt. Shasta for a week’s retreat with Tim Miller.

Mt. Shasta. Doesn't do it justice--go see for yourself.

We’re excited. It will be a chance to see some good friends (from last year) as well as meet new people in a warm, friendly and cool environment.

Oh, and then there’s the whole “spending a week with Tim” part to it. (Plus, the water in Shasta is incredible. We’ll be bringing some home this time.)

But… it also means we won’t be posting until our return on Sunday, Aug. 7. We’ll officially be off the grid, which is part of the joy of this trip. But don’t fret, we plan to return with stories and insights from Shasta and new ideas for this blog.

In the meantime, though, you don’t have to sit idle. Feel free to keep the conversation going by posting below — give us suggestions, tell us your stories of encounters with the Confluence teachers, or whatever else. Just know, we’ll be back soon, jazzed from the teacher shakti and ready to carry on The Confluence Countdown.

Thanks to all who have been coming these past weeks. We’ll see you on the other side of Shasta!

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