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Chi and DMT – Two Accessible Mysteries That Evade Scientific Validation

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by Dylan Charles

“Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.” –Max Planck,  ‘Where Is Science Going?’

There are some mysteries in life so common that nearly anyone can experience them, even though no one can fully explain them. The phenomenon of Chi, a universal life-force energy, and that of DMT, the psychedelic visionary compound produced within many plants, mammals and even humans, are integral parts of natural life that can greatly elevate mind, body, and spirit when experienced by an ordinary person.

Our society, primarily organized around labor, consumption, and the ethics of profiteering and exploitation, renders the spirit and our sense of natural wonder nonessential, for the most part. As a result, life too easily becomes unfulfilling and dull for people in our splendid, but meaningless material world, and too many of us come to find ourselves in a rut, one dull day after another, and life loses its significance.

Yet whatever toils we may face, we all do so together under the splendor of the cosmos, as individual sparks of consciousness amongst a shimmering collective, and we can choose to make ourselves available to mystery, wonder and curiosity, as not all of the riddles of this life have been solved. Inspiration is instrumental in the upkeep of morale and spirit, especially in these toxic times, and it has forever been a key motivator of human achievement. The ability to allow for mystery and to give respect to uncertainty is a source of boundless inspiration at a time when discouragement is the norm.

The personal discovery that a person has real-world access to the astounding mysteries of Chi and the life-changing effects of DMT can be a dramatic catalyst for personal transformation. It often forces a severe re-construction of one’s worldview, re-informing one of the deep connection we all have to the natural phenomenon of the earth and instigating a needed re-evaluation of priorities toward those more openly centered around beneficial and practical habits. These powerful natural phenomenon have the power, when directly experienced, to wake people up to their higher potential and to inspire a break from the ordinarily self-destructive patterns of normal life.

Chi – The Life-Force of Chinese Medicine

Chi is the common term used in Chinese medicine, martial arts and internal energy arts for the universal life force which permeates all things. It is a broad concept used to identify a wide range of meta-physical and spiritual concepts that play in the balance between life and death in our universe. Chi, as a philosophical concept, offers a complex and subjective cosmology which seeks to illuminate the inter-dependent relationships among all living systems, big and small.

For some, this concept presents an uncomfortable paradox in our logical world, and the experiential evidence of practicioners of these arts is incongruent with a scientific denial of the authenticity of the many phenomenon associated with Chi. Many millions of people regularly experience exceptional health and wellness, as well as mystical experiences, as a result from dedication to these arts, but only recently have these concepts begun to gain credibility in the Western mind.

Acupuncturists and studios offering training in Tai Chi, Qi Gong and meditation can now be found in most American cities, and there are growing enrollments in Western schools for the regulated professional medical science of Chinese medicine. As a healing modality for therapy of pain and recovery from injury, Chinese energy healing continues to gain credibility among Western medical disciplines. While it is difficult, however, for the concept of Chi to be immediately understood and appreciated by most Westerners, the effects of Chi training are numerous, beneficial and eye-opening. According to John Vervaeke, Ph.D., a cognitive scientist and student of Qi Gong, some of the phenomenological properties of the direct experience of a dedicated practice cultivating Chi may include:

  • Synesthetic properties – experiences which bridge the cognitive and the physical aspects of life.
  • The sensation of a magnetic force or some guiding or leading force moving within and without the body.
  • The accompaniment of a ‘liquid’ intelligence, a fluidity of thought and action, a feeling of being in the ‘zone’.
  • Projected and extended feelings of mentally and physically operating outside of the body.
  • Mystical experiences, often inducing ineffability, as they are difficult to articulate but generate happiness.
  • A feeling of resonating and of oneness.
  • A feeling of seeming to be dynamically connected to the environment.
  • The marked ability to see deeper into reality.
  • The interplay of polarity, such as the dynamic between intense concentration and absolute effortlessness.
  • Mystical experience leading to permanent changes in personality and a sense of openness.
  • Enhanced cognitive properties like insight, mind-sight, and foresight, such as picking up on people’s mental states.

Although the Chinese have been studying and developing a system of holistic medicine around the concept of Chi for thousands of years, the scientific evidence to support the existence of chi is still largely limited to the experiences of those who practice and work with Chi, meaning that, as an actual science, it has yet to even become a fully-developed hypothesis. Skeptics are keen to argue that personal, direct experience with Chi is most likely a response to expectation conditioning and a repeated anticipation of response, but this explanation is unacceptable given the vast numbers of people who experience practical results by following proper training guidelines. Who feels it, knows it.

Part of the confusion over Chi is the magical language traditionally involved in Chinese martial arts training. For example, the colorful metaphors and visualizations that are a part of the advanced integration of mind and body, which is a main focus of Chi training, are rather poetic and mystical, frequently drawing on nature and the characteristics of animals in order to explain relationship and form. For example, the simple movement of raising the hands above the head may be referred to as ‘pulling down heaven’, or the posture of lifting one leg and the opposing palm upward in a balanced stance may carry an elegant name such as ‘golden rooster stands on one leg’.

In Chinese medicinal philosophy, Chi travels throughout the body along meridians, which are looked at as vessels for energy that are not directly associated with cellular tissue. These meridians cannot be seen, but can be sensed with such certainty that a commonly-accepted map of the body’s meridian lines and acupressure points is widely utilized by acupuncturists and healers as a scientific expression of the body’s energetic system.

The closest Western scientific concept similar to this is bio-electricity, which involves viewing the passages of the nervous system and other body tissue as conduits for the low-voltage electricity that is produced within the human body. The study of bio-electricity is practical and is aimed at many of the same goals as the energy meditation practice of Qi Gong, such as maintaining optimal health and a swift recovery from injury. The US Army has even developed bandages that cover wounds with a material that creates pathways for bio-electricity to flow around the wound, greatly reducing the pain of severe injuries and shortening healing time.

Still, there is no repeatable experimentation that translates the concept of Chi into the measurable electro-magnetic spectrum of material science, and, therefore, it remains a mystery and food for skeptics.

In spite of this, there are many accessible methods of training for the cultivation of Chi and its employment in optimal health, wellness and longevity. There are competent schools and teachers of many forms of the Chinese energetic arts in most areas. Additionally, one can begin to develop a personal practice starting with the straightforward Taoist meditation techniques of Mantak Chia, or begin learning from the more elaborate instructional programs of medical and sports Qi Gong offered by Dr. Jwing-Ming Yang of the YMAA, author of The Root of Chinese Qi Gong.

DMT – The Spirit Molecule

DMT, or dimethyltryptamine, the visionary chemical compound found in abundance throughout the plant kingdom and in many mammals, is naturally produced inside the human body. It is most plentiful in the pineal gland, which is considered to be the potential biological locus of human consciousness and the seat of the soul. The pineal gland is known as the third eye, or the point source from which consciousness manifests itself in the human body. It is suspected that, when a persona falls asleep, DMT is released into the brain from the pineal gland to induce dream states of consciousness, and also that, when a person dies, a flood of this chemical is released, accounting for the consciousness-expanding effects of near-death experiences and for the movement of the psyche into realms beyond waking life.

The molecule itself is simple in structure and can be synthesized or extracted directly from plants. Dubbed the ‘spirit molecule’, by researcher Dr. Rick Strassman, this commonly-found compound baffles modern science because of the effects it has on human consciousness.

Although the substance is naturally occurring and apparently a necessary part of conscious life, at present it is listed by the United States Federal Government as a Schedule I controlled substance and is illegal to produce, distribute or possess. The suppression of DMT, a substance so commonly found in nature, is construed by many as a sign of an established ‘war on consciousness’. Speculation exists that visionary states reached under the effects of DMT are intentionally kept out of reach of the masses because the lasting psychological effects of the DMT experience can have a markedly culture-busting and paradigm-shifting result. Causing people to question primary cultural narratives and mainstream societal programming, psychedelic transformation with DMT is dangerous to the status quo; if too many people experience these effects, then our cultural bias towards exploitation and annihilation would be redressed.

There is growing popular interest in the psychoactive effects of this drug, especially after the work of Dr. Strassman, who clinically observed the mysterious similarities among the psychedelic visions of over 400 subjects during his legally-sanctioned exploration of this chemical in the 1990’s. Given the large number of subjects who vividly described having life-altering spiritual experiences that seemed to dissolve the ego and support the idea that all life forms are inter-connected at a common spiritual level, DMT has acquired the popular nickname ‘the spirit molecule’. Many of the individual experiences recorded in Dr. Strassman’s experiments exhibit unexplainable similarities to each other, leading to the question: Does DMT bring human consciousness into attunement with spiritual dimensions that exist in parallel to our commonly-shared material world?

The proper use of this substance has traditionally been the domain of Amazonian shaman who for thousands of years have been drinking the thick and unpleasant-tasting psychedelic brew Ayahuasca. This ancient concoction of at least two common Amazonian plants is widely accepted in South America as a tool in shamanic healing practices. It allows experienced healers to mitigate the individual suffrages of one’s psyche occurring between the physical and spiritual realms while also radically purging the body and psyche of latent negative energies.

 

The process of healing and cleansing through the use of Ayahuasca is legal in South America. It is also legally accessible to Americans domestically through commitment to the church of Santo Daime, which regularly serves this brew to its parishioners in ceremonies taking place in many major cities throughout the US, including New York and Washington, DC. There is also a growing popularity in tourism that brings Westerners to ceremonies with legitimate healers and shaman who are trained in the usage of Ayahuasca and where ordinary people can experience firsthand the potent and life-changing effects of this medicine.

The author and consciousness explorer Daniel Pinchbeck has helped to bring recognition of the transformational aspects of Ayahuasca and concentrated DMT, rationally advocating them as a means of reconfiguring one’s psyche so that a re-prioritization of values can occur, ultimately alleviating a dependence on cultural norms, which contribute to exacerbating world calamities. In his epic and thoughtful account of some of his harrowing journeys with psychedelics, Breaking Open the Head, Pinchbeck makes the rather compelling case that the powerful and paradigm-shifting effects of Ayahuasca have found a rightful place in our modern society as a tool for drastically recalibrating our relationship to the earth and for re-thinking our societal institutions and the purpose of our culture.

Jonathon Miller-Weisberg, enthno-botanist and conservationist, presents in his book, Rainforest Medicine, the fascinating cosmology of an Ayahuasca shaman from the Sequoia tribe in Ecuador. He makes the case that Ayahuasca is a celestial consciousness that is currently working to introduce itself to as many Westerners as possible as a means of self-preservation in the face of an overwhelming ecological assault on the Amazon, its indigenous people and traditions. In his book, Weisberger describes in colorful detail the cosmology and mythology woven into the mystique of Ayahuasca medicine, while also offering to Westerners practical and critical advice on respecting and honoring the sacred importance of this visionary experience.

The effects of DMT on human consciousness can be profound and permanent, and many vocal proponents of this experience, such as Terence McKenna or Graham Hancock, attribute profound psychological and philosophical awakenings to this experience. Perhaps the greatest benefit of experiencing DMT may be the reintroduction of the sacred into contemporary consciousness and into ordinary life. It also has the curious side-effect of inviting mystery and inspiration that can powerfully renew daily life.

Conclusion

In the world of interesting and unexplainable phenomenon, the curious examples of human Chi and the visionary effects of DMT stand out as two mysteries that have been influencing human health and well-being for thousands of years, but still defy logical explanation. The greatest barrier to the experience of these phenomenon is the preclusion that they don’t really exist, just because they are yet unexplained by science. These are mysteries that lie in wait of scientific explanation, not mysteries that owe an explanation to science.

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The End of Kali Yuga in 2025: The dark times, when goodness and virtue almost disappeared from the world

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A number of ancient cultures believed in the Cycle of World Ages, in which we gradually descend from a state of spiritual perfection and material abundance to a state of ignorance and lack.

Mysteries of the South Timeline

In ancient India this was called the Cycles of the South. The doctrine of such Cycles, called “Yugas”, tells us that we are now living in Kali Yuga – the age of darkness, when moral virtue and mental faculties reach their lowest point in the Cycle. 

Indian epic“Mahabharata”describes Kali Yuga as a period when the “World Soul” is black; only one fourth of the virtue remains, which slowly diminishes to zero at the end of Kali Yuga. People turn to evil. Their lives are dominated by illness, apathy, anger, natural disasters, anguish and fear of poverty. Penalties, sacrifices and religious rites are almost never performed. All creatures degrade. Everything changes, without exception.

The Kali Yuga (Iron Age) was preceded by three other Yugas: Satya or Krita Yuga (Golden Age), Treta Yuga (Silver Age) and Dvapara Yuga (Bronze Age). In the Mahabharata Hanuman gives Bhima, the prince of the Pandavas, the following description of the Yuga Cycles:

“Krita Yuga was so named because there was only one faith and all people were perfect: therefore they did not have to perform religious rites … Men did not buy or sell; there were neither poor nor rich; there was no need to work, because everything that people needed was achieved by the power of intention … Krita Yuga was disease-free; there has been no aging over the years; there was no hatred, vanity, evil, sorrow, fear. All humanity could attain supreme bliss. The Universal Soul was White … Identification of oneself with the Universal Soul was the only faith of the perfect age. In the Treta-yuga sacrifices began and the World Soul became Red; virtue has decreased by a quarter. Humanity sought the truth, and carried out religious rites; people got what they wanted through making sacrifices. In Dvapara Yuga, the aspect of the World Soul was Yellow: righteousness was halved. The Veda was divided into four parts, and although some had knowledge of the four Vedas, others knew only three or one. The mental faculties have decreased. Truthfulness diminished, and desires, sickness and distress appeared; because of which people had to repent. It was an age of decadence due to the prevalence of sin.”.

And now we live in the dark times of Kali-yuga, when goodness and virtue have almost disappeared from the world. But when did Kali Yuga begin? And when will it end?

Kali Yuga start date

Despite the complex theological structure that describes the characteristics of this age, the dates of the beginning and end of Kali Yuga remain a secret. The generally accepted date for the beginning of Kali Yuga is 3102 BC, thirty-five years after the completion of the great battle of the Mahabharata. This is surprisingly close to the proposed start of the current Mayan Great Cycle of 3114 BC.

In general, the date of the beginning of Kali Yuga is considered to be February 17/18, 3102 BC. – was calculated based on information from the Sanskrit astronomical treatise “Surya Siddhanta”. According to this treatise, at the beginning of Kali Yuga, five “geocentric planets” (that is, planets visible to the naked eye) – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – were in 0 ° of the constellation Aries (near the star zeta Piscium ).

However, modern calculations performed by Richard Thompson show that on February 17/18, 3102 BC, five geocentric planets were in the sky in an arc of about 42 °, and were scattered across the three zodiacal signs – Aries, Pisces and Aquarius. This should in no way be considered a connection. A much more correct “alignment” of the planets took place in the previous and subsequent centuries.

And the most important thing is that Surya Siddhanta does not indicate anywhere that such an alignment of the planets took place at the beginning of Kali-yuga. On the contrary, Surya Siddhanta explicitly states that this conjunction of the planets at 0 ° Aries occurs at the end of the Golden Age (Satya / Krita Yuga). The text says:

“Now, at the end of the Golden Age (Krita Yuga), all the planets, due to their unfavorable movement, except for their nodes and apses, are joined together in the first sign of Aries.” . 

Unfortunately, this simple statement has been misrepresented by some early commentators. In an effort to find an astronomical justification for the date 3102 BC, it was subsequently made public as the fact of the beginning of the Kali Yuga.

In ancient Indian astronomy, it was generally accepted that at the beginning of the present order of things, all the planets begin to move from 0 ° Aries and return to the same position in the heavens at regular intervals. This leads to their universal connection. According to Surya Siddhanta, such a union occurs at the end of the Golden Age.

Similar information about the conjunction of the planets is also present in ancient Greek texts. In the Timaeus, Plato mentions the “Perfect Year”, which ends at the moment when the Sun, Moon and all the planets return to their original position, despite all their movements. 

This idea was supported in the 3rd century by the Roman writer Censorinus. He argued that the orbits of the Sun, the Moon and the five planets pass through one complete “Great Year of Heraclitus”, returning simultaneously to the same sign where they once were . This “Great Year” was known by various names – “Perfect Year”, “Platonic Year”, “Highest Year of Aristotle”, etc. It was variously calculated as 12 954 years (Cicero) or 10 800 years (Heraclitus).

Aryabhata

Aryabhata

There is no doubt that the date of the beginning of the Kali Yuga is 3102 BC. not based on information from Surya Siddhanta or other astronomical text. The date almost flies out of nowhere. It is sometimes argued that the date was obtained from the calculations of the famous astronomer Aryabhata in the Sanskrit text Aryabhatia, where he writes:

“When sixty times sixty years (ie 3600 years) or three quarters of the Yuga have passed, twenty-three years have passed since the moment of birth.”.

This means that Aryabhata wrote the text when he was 23 years old, and 3600 years have passed for the yuga in which he lived. The problem here is that we do not know when Aryabhata was born or when he composed Aryabhatia. He does not even mention Kali-yuga, but simply states that 3600 yuga years have passed. 

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The chronology of the Yuga cycle is based on the saptarshi calendar. 

Scholars usually assume that the Kali Yuga began in 3102 BC and then use this phrase to confirm the creation of Aryabhatia in 499 AD. However, we cannot use reverse logic. That is, we cannot say that the Kali Yuga probably began in 3102 BC, since Aryabhatia was compiled in 499 AD, since we do not know when Aryabhata lived or finished his work.

Another source is the inscription in Aikhol from Pulakshin II of Badami, which was carved 3735 years after the battle of the descendants of Bharata or 556 years of the reign of the Saka kings. If we take the beginning of the Saki era as 78 AD, then the Bharat war took place in 3102 BC, and 35 years after the war, the Kali Yuga began in 3067 BC. 

It should be remembered that there is also an old Saka era, the beginning of which is disputed. Various dates have been proposed by scholars ranging from 83 to 383. BC. If the inscription in Aihole refers to the era of Old Saka, then the era of Kali begins several hundred years before 3102 BC.

The truth is that there are no texts or inscriptions that give an unambiguous date for the beginning of Kali Yuga. There is no astronomical basis for it, and we have no evidence that Aryabhata or any other astronomer calculated this date. Until the 6th century AD the date does not appear in any Sanskrit text or inscription. 

It could have been invented or taken from another calendar by later astronomers. The uncertainty surrounding the origin of this very important chronological milestone makes its authenticity highly questionable.

Yuga Cycle Duration

However, the task of finding out this date on the basis of ancient Sanskrit texts is fraught with difficulties. The reason is that the information about Cycles South contains a number of inaccuracies. In many Sanskrit texts, the Cycle of 12,000 years was artificially overstated. An abnormally high value of 4,320,000 years was obtained due to the introduction of a multiplication factor of “360”. 

The coefficient denoted the number of “human years” making up one “divine year”. The famous Sanskrit scholar and national leader of India B.G. Tilak mentioned in his book The Arctic House in the Vedas (1903):

“The authors of most of the Puranas written in the first centuries of the Christian era naturally did not believe that Kali Yuga was over … Therefore, an attempt was made to extend the duration of Kali Yuga by converting 1000 (or 1200) ordinary human years into the same number of divine years. One divine year or the year of the gods is equal to 360 human years …

This solution to the problem was accepted everywhere. With this original technique, the age of Kali turned from 1200 ordinary years into a majestic Cycle of the same divine years or 360 × 1200 = 432,000 Earth years”.

However, some important Sanskrit texts such as the Mahabharata and the Laws of Manu, compiled, according to scientists, earlier than the Puranas, still retain the original duration of the Cycle of the Yuga as 12,000 years. 

The Mahabharata explicitly mentions that the duration of the Yuga Cycle is based on people’s days and nights. 

The Zoroastrians also believed in a Cycle of times of 12,000 years. The Great Year or Perfect Year of the Greeks was variously represented as 12 954 years (Cicero) or 10 800 years (Heraclitus). Of course, the Cycle South cannot be of different lengths for different cultures.

In the book Holy Science (1894), Sri Yukteswar explained that the complete Yuga Cycle lasts 24,000 years, and consists of an upward Cycle of 12,000 years, when virtue gradually increases, and a downward Cycle of another 12,000 years, when virtue gradually decreases.

Therefore, after we complete the 12,000-year descending Cycle of Satya-yuga -> Kali-yuga, the sequence changes itself, the ascending Cycle of 12,000 years Kali-yuga -> Satya-yuga begins. Yukteswar states that “Each of the periods of 12,000 years produces radical changes both in the outer, gross material, world, and in the inner, intellectual, or electrical world. This period is called Daiva-Yuga (electric pair)”.

The 24,000 year duration of a complete Yuga Cycle is approximately equal to the Precessional Year of 25,765 years. The Precession Year is the time required for the Sun to “precess”, i.e. backward movement through the 12 zodiacal constellations.

 Interestingly, Surya Sidhanta indicates 54 arc seconds per year for precession, as opposed to the current value of 50.29 arc seconds per year. This translates into a precessional year of 24,000 years! Thus, there is a high probability that the current precession value may simply be a temporary deviation from the mean.

The concept of the upward and downward Cycle South was not taken out of thin air by Yukteswar. This idea is still prevalent among the Jains of India, who are one of the country’s oldest religious sects. Jains believe that the complete Cycle of Time (Kalachakra) has progressive and regressive halves. 

During the progressive half of the Cycle (Utsarpini), there is a gradual increase in knowledge, happiness, health, ethics and spirituality, while during the regressive half (Avasarpini) there is a gradual decrease in these qualities. 

Each half cycle consists of six smaller periods, and together the two halves of the Cycle make up a complete circle of time. These two half-Cycles eternally follow each other in a continuous sequence, like the Cycles of day and night, or the rising and falling moon.

The ancient Greeks also seem to have believed in the ascending and descending Cycles of the ages. In the poem Works and Days, the Greek poet Hesiod (c. 750 – 650 BC) speaks of the World Ages and introduces a fifth century between the Bronze and Iron Ages, called the Age of Heroes. In The Cosmos of Hesiod, Jenny Strauss Clay writes:

“Based on the myth in Plato’s The Politician, the Hellenist Vernant also argued that the temporal structure of the Hesiodic myth, that is, the sequence of races, is not linear, but Cyclical. At the end of the Iron Age, which he divides into two, the Race Cycle begins again with a new Golden Age or, more likely, the Age of Heroes, as the sequence changes itself … Vernant himself offers a solution, noting that “in fact there is no one Iron Age, except for two typeshuman existence”.

It is very interesting. Jean-Pierre Vernant, a recognized expert on ancient Greek culture, believes that the sequence of the Cycle of the Ages is reversed, according to Hesiod’s calculations. 

Moreover, he claims that the Iron Age consists of two parts, which exactly corresponds to the interpretation of Yukteswar, in which the descending Kali-yuga is replaced by the ascending Kali-yuga. In this context, it can be assumed that the “Age of Heroes”, which immediately followed the Bronze Age in Hesiod’s calculations, corresponds to the descending Kali Yuga.

Testimonies from various sources prove that the duration of a complete Yuga Cycle is 24,000 years. A complete Cycle consists of ascending and descending Cycles of 12,000 years each. This brings us to the question of the relative duration of the various Yugas in a Complete Cycle. There are also transitional periods at the beginning and end of each Yuga called Sandhya (dawn) and Sandhyansa (dusk). The Sanskrit texts provide the following meanings for the duration of the Yugas with their dawns and dusk.

  • Satya Yuga (Golden Age): 4000 years + 400 years of dawn + 400 years of twilight = 4800 years
  • Treta Yuga (Silver Age): 3000 years + 300 years of dawn + 300 years of twilight = 3600 years
  • Dvapara Yuga (Bronze Age): 2000 years + 200 years of dawn + 200 years of twilight = 2400 years
  • Kali Yuga (Iron Age): 1000 years + 100 years of dawn + 100 years of twilight = 1200 years

Yukteswar and Tilak point to many inaccuracies in the doctrine of the South Cycle. Therefore, the question should also be raised about the accuracy of the relative duration of the Yugas mentioned in the Sanskrit texts.

Yugi of equal length

About thirty ancient cultures mention the Cycle of the South in mythical tales, as reported by Giorgio de Santillana, professor of the history of science at MIT, in Hamlet’s Mill (1969). However, we have very little information about the duration of the different Ages in this Cycle. 

It’s pretty amazing. Almost all stories tell us that virtue and righteousness diminish as we move from the Golden Age to the succeeding Ages. Some of them mention that Virtue is reduced by a quarter in each Age. However, there is little information about the duration of the centuries themselves. If the duration of each subsequent Yuga decreases in relation to the previous Yuga, shouldn’t this important point be noted in the legends?

In those few sources where the duration of the Yugas is indicated, we find that all the Ages of the Cycle have the same duration. For example, Zoroastrians believe that the world lasts 12,000 years, which are divided into four equal Eras of 3,000 years each. 

A Mexican source known as Codex Rios (also called Codex 3738 and Vatican Codex A) states that each Era is 4008, 4010, 4801, and 5042 respectively, for a total of 17,861 years. We see that in this case the duration of each Age is almost the same.

Therefore, the duration of the four Yugas in Sanskrit texts (i.e. 4800, 3600, 2400 and 1200 years) deviates from the norm. The duration of each Yuga in this sequence is reduced by 1200 years compared to the previous one. It is an arithmetic progression that is rarely seen in Natural Cycles. 

The unnaturalness of this sequence raises the question of whether the duration of the Yugas was changed at some point in the past. Perhaps in order to create the impression that the duration of each Yuga decreases in tandem with a decrease in virtue from one Yuga to the next.

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Brahmagupta

Here is the most startling fact: two of the most famous astronomers of ancient India, Aryabhata and Paulis, both believed that the South Cycle was composed of the South of the same duration! In the 11th century, the medieval scholar Al-Biruni traveled throughout India for 13 years, interviewing and interviewing scholars, reading Sanskrit texts, observing religious rites and customs. 

He has compiled a comprehensive commentary on Indian philosophy, science and culture. In his work “India” Al-Biruni mentions that the doctrine of the Cycle of the South was based on the findings of the Indian astronomer Brahmagupta, who, in turn, received knowledge from the Sanskrit texts of the smriti. He makes an interesting statement in this regard:

“Further, Brahmagupta says that“ Aryabhata regards the four Yugas as four equal parts of the Yuga Cycle. Thus, he presents a doctrine different from the one mentioned in the smrti books. And the one who is different from us is the enemy “.

Aryabhata believed that the four Yugas are of the same duration. The fact is extremely pertinent! Al-Biruni unambiguously confirms this: “Therefore, according to Aryabhata, the Kali Yuga lasts 3,000 years …

Saptarishi Calendar

The original doctrine of the Yuga Cycle appears to be very simple: the duration of the Yuga Cycle is 12,000 years, with each Yuga lasting 3,000 years. This Cycle is encoded in the Saptarishi Calendar that has been used in India for thousands of years. The calendar was widely used during the Mauryan period (4th century BC), and is still used in parts of India today. 

The term “Saptarishi” refers to the “Seven Rishis” or “Seven Sages” representing the seven stars of the Big Dipper. They are revered as enlightened rishis who appear at the beginning of each Yuga to spread the laws for civilization.

 In the Saptarishi calendar, the Cycle is 2700 years. The Big Dipper is said to have been in each of the 27 Nakshatras (lunar constellations) for 100 years, which is a Cycle of 2700 years. The 2700-year Cycle is also referred to as the “Era of Saptarishi” or “Saptarishi Yuga”.

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Throughout the year, the constellation Ursa Major is clearly visible in the northern hemisphere. The seven stars represent the Seven Sages (Saptarishis). The constellation Ursa Major is prominent in the mythology of many cultures.

If in the Saptarishi Calendar 2,700 years represent the actual duration of the Yuga, then the remaining 300 years out of the total duration of the Yuga of 3,000 years (which is a tenth of the duration of the Yuga) automatically become a “transition period” before the properties of the subsequent Yuga fully manifest themselves. Accordingly, this intermediate period can be divided into two separate periods of 150 years each. One of them occurs at the beginning of the Yuga and is called Sandhya (that is, dawn), and the other, at its completion, is called Sandhyansa (that is, twilight).

The total duration of the Cycle of the South, excluding the transition periods, is 10,800 years (2,700 x 4), which coincides with the duration of the “Great Year of Heraclitus” in the Greek tradition! This clearly shows that the basis of the Cycle of World Ages in India and Greece was the 2700-year Cycle of Saptarishi …

Obviously, the Yuga Cycle is used in the Saptarishi Calendar. It is 12,000 years out of four Yugas of equal duration, 2,700 years each, separated by transition periods of 300 years. The complete Yuga Cycle of 24,000 years consists of an upward and downward Cycle of the Yugas, which follow each other for eternity, like a change of day and night. For the last 2,700 years we have been going through an ascending Kali Yuga, and this Yuga is coming to an end in 2025.

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The Path to Repentance: The world is on the verge of the most terrible events

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Elder Ephraim of Philotheou, who lived as an ascetic in Arizona, appeared to a woman in Northern Greece, a long-time spiritual daughter of the elder. At the time of the appearance she was with her daughter-in-law; she was not asleep but actually in a state of alertness.

At one point the woman was unresponsive, as if in ecstasy,* and this lasted for about 10 minutes, according to her daughter-in-law who was watching her. She did not realize or comprehend the time duration — i.e., for how long the vision lasted.

It was something new for her (the content of the conversation) because she has seen the Elder before, after his repose, both in her sleep as well while she was awake. Due to all this (her shock), she contacted her spiritual father and asked whether this experience was real or a deception by the evil one.

She saw Elder Ephraim and he was very sad and was imploring Christ that the ongoing [direction of] events be averted (all this, of course, is in agreement with what the elder said to many while he was alive).

And he told her:

‘Repentance repentance repentance. Christ is very angry…
We, modern people, should not be in such a deplorable spiritual state…
Huge disasters are coming, you cannot even imagine what scale..

Alas to all of you for what awaits you; you must repent as long as there is time…
You need to kneel and cry, to shed tears of repentance, that Christ soften…
This has to do with what is happening in America as well.
Many people will depart through all that is to come, many people will depart (they will die).
You are ruthless towards each other; you have no mercy.
You are so cruel that you are ready to devour each other….
Tell all of this to your spiritual father and to others….’

And as the elder said – so it will be.

The woman who saw this was a spiritual daughter of Elder Ephraim and was in communication with him often up until his repose.

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The ABC of Yoga: Opening the Sixth Ajna Chakra

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From Sanskrit “ajna” is translated as “order”. The fact is that the sixth chakra in the human body is a kind of command post in relation to other chakras. It is also called the “third eye” chakra, as it is located between the eyebrows. 

Ajna is responsible for memory, intuition, wisdom, objectivity, clairvoyance, willpower. Thanks to the sixth chakra, the right and left hemispheres of our brain, mind and logic, intuition and mysticism are balanced.

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Ajna’s color is indigo. Its symbol is an eye-shaped two-petalled lotus.
Stones that contribute to the opening of the sixth chakra are sapphire, amethyst, labradorite, lapis lazuli, blue aventurine. But the third eye chakra has no aroma and taste. Moreover, it is often associated with the cold light of the autumn and winter full moon.

Ajna is responsible for the functioning of the brain, nervous system, nose, eyes, ears, the main gland of our body – the pituitary gland. Therefore, if you have problems in these areas, they will first of all indicate a closed sixth chakra.

Also, about violations and blocking in Ajna will be prompted by such states as a lack of understanding of the goals and meaning of life, anxiety, fears, anxiety, illusions, pride, unwillingness to take responsibility, blaming others for their own failures, a sense of their own superiority or, conversely, a sense of their own failure , timidity, suicidal mood. 

Frequent satellites of the closed sixth chakra are headaches, insomnia, nervous disorders, alcoholism, staying in an illusory fantasy world, far from reality. The devastation of energy in Ajna can lead to such sad consequences as blindness, loss of hearing, smell, memory, brain tumors, etc.

If Ajna is harmoniously developed, then a person is psychologically stable, has wisdom and good intuition, has a good memory, knows how to live in the flow, in the present moment, without dwelling on the past and not worrying about the future. 

People with strong Ajna tend to have psychic skills and the gift of clairvoyance. They manage to break the karmic connections of past lives and get out of the wheel of Samsara. It is often possible to hear from such people that they felt an enlightenment, that they received their knowledge from above, without ever learning it.

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Full opening of the sixth chakra gives an understanding of all the processes taking place in the Universe, acceptance of any life situations without anger and suffering. This is a kind of enlightenment, the highest wisdom, unconditional love for all living things, which, unfortunately, is given to a few. 

A striking example of the opening of Ajna is the Saints in all religions. Unfortunately, the majority of people with an undeveloped or poorly developed sixth chakra, a person with an open Ajna may seem strange, “out of this world”. These features can even make communication difficult.

It is no coincidence that the Ajna chakra is considered to be the link between the divine spirit and the human ego. Above Ajna, only the seventh chakra is Sahasrara. But the opening of the latter is impossible without a developed third eye chakra. However, it is also impossible to deal with the harmonization of Ajna in isolation. 

First, you should open the five lower chakras – Vishuddhi, Anahata, Manipura, Svadhisthana and Muladhara, which we have already considered on the previous yoga pages of our magazine.

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Why is Ajna blocked?

First , chakra clogs up when you stray too far from your true purpose. To get back to normal, ask yourself if you like what you do in life. If the answer is no, constantly ask yourself what you really want that would make you truly happy.

Secondly , Ajna blockage happens when you look at the world “through rose-colored glasses” and constantly live with illusions. Try to focus on the present moment and learn to be happy in it. Various meditations will help this. At the same time, you should not take other people’s negative emotions at your own expense, blame others for bad mood and failures. One should look at the present a little distantly, taking the position of an observer.

Thirdly , the sixth chakra enters into dissonance, when a person cannot accept some life circumstances, constantly scrolls in his head another potential scenario for the development of events, which is no longer destined to come true.

Fourthly , pride is a great evil for the development of Ajna. When a person thinks himself better or higher than others, falls into a star fever, spiritual knowledge is automatically closed to him.

The chakra of the third eye is activated by chanting the mantra AUM.

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