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And the concept of time in history
"The time concept of modern archaeology, and modern anthropology in general, resembles the general cosmological-historical time concept of Europe's Judeo-Christian culture,
a cosmological-historical time concept which is linear and progressive.
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"Hindu historical literatures, particularly the Puranas and Itihasas, place human existence in the context of repeating time cycles called yugas - tens of thousands of years, and kalpas, lasting hundreds of millions of years. During this entire time, according to the Puranic accounts, humans coexisted with creatures in some ways resembling the earlier tool making hominids of modern evolutionary accounts."
A Vedic Conception of Time
"Each yuga cycle is composed of 4 yugas. The first, the Satya-yuga, lasts 4800 years of the demigods. The second, the Treta-yuga, lasts 3600 years of the demigods. The third, the Dvapara-yuga, lasts 2400 years of the demigods. And the fourth, Kali-yuga, lasts 1200 years of the demigods. Since the demigod year is equivalent to 360 earth years, the lengths of the yugas in earth years are, according to standard Vaishnava commentaries, 432,000 years for the Kali-yuga, 864,000 years for the Dvapara-yuga, 1,296,000 years for the Treta-yuga, and 1,728,000 years for the Satya-yuga.If you think the priesthood of scientific orthodoxy will roll over and accept the existence of lost civilizations, extremely ancient man, and other mysteries reported in Atlantis Rising, don't hold your breath. But if you happen to be a member of that priesthood, or merely adhere to its precepts, don't be surprised to find your sacred tapestries slowly unravelling.
Scientists have discovered a previously unknown planetary body thought to come close to the sun every 26000 years and ancient Hindu observers relate this to being a driving force of the Yuga Cycles as pointed out by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev on the page The Yuga Cycle explained and History in Context with the Yuga Cycles.
What's at stake?
The nature of humanity - that means you and me, who we are, where we come from, where we are going. Who are the main players? The high priests of science - who say we are an accident of nature, essentially meaningless - are being challenged by a new breed of writers, researchers and scientists who have broken the spell of scientific materialism. These visionaries seem to know instinctively that the 'priesthood' has not told humanity's true story, that the world's ancient traditions convey essential knowledge about humankind which many experts deliberately ignore. Often equipped with broad, interdisciplinary backgrounds, these new researchers have been liberated from the myopia of modern science, which, while studying the minutia of nature's tree fail to behold the forest.
Atlantis Rising has featured the work of many of these trailbrazers: Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval, D.S. Allan and J.B. Delair, Richard Thompson, Michael Cremo and others. http://www.mcremo.com/impact.htm
The Earth's wobble - the earth wobbles on its axis like a spinning top as it slows. A complete wobble takes about 26,000 years = one yuga cycle.
Divided x 12 (= 2166) we get the 12 signs of the zodiac as in astrology.
Ancient astronomers have observed this and the knowledge has been passed down through history; but as human life and memories are short in relationship to this time period, so monuments have been constructed to mark the passage of time.
It may be that Stonehenge and some megalithic sites contain clues to this information and the Gaza Pyramids definitely do.
I expect that because humans are innately aggressive - or corrupted and language has changed, little knowledge has survived into today.
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