A Kalpa or Day in the mind of God is made up of four Yugs (Cosmic Cycles, Epochs or Ages, much like the Seasons of the year) known as:
.) The Age of Wisdom - Krita Yuga (Spring)
.) The Age of Ritual - Treta Yuga (Summer)
.) The Age of Doubt - Dvapara Yuga (Fall)
.) The Age of Conflict - Kali Yuga (Winter)
See The Four Yugas or Epochs.
It is the latter Age, Kali Yuga, in which we now live, and which we account for in our histories. The Kali Yuga is ending and we are now in a transition period called the 'Twilight of the Kali Yuga'. In this Twilight of the Kali Yuga, the Creator makes way for the next cycle, the New Age.
There are those who teach that human life occurs in a Kalpa or Cycle, a dance that lasts for 4,320,000 years. A Kalpa equals four Ages or Yugas: Krita, Treta, Dwapara, and Kali. The Krita Yuga lasts for 1,728,000 years (4800 divine years); the Treta Yuga lasts for 1,296,000 (3600 divine years); the Dwapara Yuga lasts for 864,000 (2400 divine years); and the Kali Yuga lasts for only 432,000 (1200 divine years) in which
the power of evil and destruction takes over. (NOTE: Do not take these
figures literally for their purpose is just to give an idea of vastness.)
At the end, your eternal
Self takes the form of renewal through death. And then, another Krita Yuga begins. Krita or Satya Yuga (Golden Age) is the Age of Purity. It is sinless. Dharma, or The Path of Righteousness, is perfect during Krita Yuga. But during Treta Yuga (the Silver Age), Adharma or evil enters the world and the very fabric of time begins to decay. Then comes Dwapara Yuga (the Bronze Age) in which the dissolution continues. Finally, Kali Yuga, the fourth Age (the Iron Age), is almost entirely corrupt, where Maya dominates human existence and Dharma barely survives.
Each Kalpa or Cycle of Four Ages equals 12,000 divine years, i.e., 365 times 12,000 human years long. (NOTE: The objective of all spiritual paths is to see God, the One Creator, even in the midst of Maya. See YouAreTheEssence.com. SeeMore.)
"Money (maya) is the answer. What is the question?"
"The Age of Aquarius has so many differences from the religion you have
practiced for the last five thousand years. The past won't work;
philosophies, assurances, men, institutions will not deliver.
You will learn the science to deliver yourself to you first
and come out and serve others." Yogi
"Do not spend your spiritual energy on fear. We are at the turning point,
the end of Kali Yuga, so all insanity will prevail. Wisdom shall arise
from this insanity. Light shall arise from this darkness. Divinity will
arise from this chaos. Compassion shall arise from this madness." Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist
The Signs of Spiritual Awakening
Charlie Chaplin's 'The greatest speech ever made.'