As far as we can tell, Homo Sapiens have been roaming the earth since 300,000 BC. The earliest Homo Sapiens, Archaic Homo Sapiens, are found in archeological digs in Africa along the east coast.
“What does the name Homo sapiens mean? The name we selected for ourselves means ‘wise human’. Homo is the Latin word for ‘human’ or ‘man’ and sapiens is derived from a Latin word that means ‘wise’ or ‘astute’.”
The transition to Modern Homo Sapiens occurred around 150,000 BC. This transition happened all around the world because of migration. Migration and adaptability are the two key survival strategies of “MAN” from 300,000 BC.
What happened on Earth is scientifically described as a rapidly changing environment with water-based life forms being the first organic being on Earth. This is an ancient Samkhya painting that shows the many “avatar” who came from “GOD.” The GOD of the universe contains everything modern humans contain, all coming naturally from the Universe and made of Ether, Air, Water, Fire and Earth (Soil). We are an “ocean in a drop,” as Rumi, the Sufi Poet.
The Ancient people up to 5000 ago understood everything there was to know that was available from the collective unconscious. They named things they discovered in “research” groups after “meditation” different from the Greeks and Romans of modern day, however, nothing in the Universe is “new.”
Sometimes I have to laugh at 21st century humans who are so worried about their “creations” they must “copyright” them and are worried about other people “stealing” their ideas. Do you not understand, everything is borrowed?
What does this have to do with YUGA?
According to the ancients, the universe lives forever, but planets have “season” within the Universe. There are two ways to think about the Yugas. One is the typical Hindu version where the cycles last 5,000,000 years. Another is what is proposed here where we have 24,000-year cycles in and out of enlightenment.
This 24,000-year cycle of the Yugas is described by described in the document “Yugas, The Keys to Understanding Our Hidden Past, Emerging Energy Age and Enlightened Future” by Joseph Selbie & David Steinmetz. This version shows up in Paramahansa Yogananda’s Teachings. “The Autobiography of a Yogi,” by Paramahansa Yogananda was the first book I ever read about Samkhya Philosophy. The book inspired me to read more.
According to Joseph and David, “it is more amazing than NOT that anything survives even 5000 years, let alone 5,000,000 years given the destructive forces constantly working on Earth.”
Image that we are in a physical cycle that recurs every 24,000 years as suggested by Paramahansa Yogananda (https://yogananda.org/paramahansa-yogananda).
There is nothing religious about his concepts. I highly recommend his book, “Autobiography of a Yogi.” (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/639864.Autobiography_of_a_Yogi)
The Hindus created their religion around the concepts written in the “Holy Vedas,” (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2279118).
The Vedas date back to 2000 BC. Most scholars date Hinduism to 1500 BC. The truth is that Vedic knowledge was passed word of mouth through the Sarasvati Valley (commonly called Indus Valley) until a major Earth event occurred around 1900 BC. The Himalayas were pushing upward which caused floods and Earthquakes in the region. These changes eventually caused the entire Harappan Society that existed prior to 2000 BC to vanish. Those who survived had to find solace in other regions of India and Pakistan. Is it possible these events were definitive in the inception of Man’s religion which appears to have been designed to facilitate control over ever-growing populations of people? The Yoga Sutras tell us that some people can find enlightenment through religion, but they are the lucky ones.
Samkhya philosophy existed for many thousand years before Hinduism, as told in the “stories” of “The Mahabharata” which is said to have occurred in 3500 BCE. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14435387-the-mahabharata. I am familiar with two stories from The Mahabharata, The Ramayana, and The Bhagavad Gita. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/141152.Ramayana). (https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/83777.The_Bhagavad_Gita).
If we look at the 24,000-year Yuga Cycle, where we are now and where we are headed, the result of that view is hopeful, positive, and encouraging. The fact is, we live currently in an age of the cycle recovering from the rule of the most ignorant people on Earth.
A Yuga is generally used to indicate an age of time. In the Rigveda, a Yuga refers to generations, a long period, a very brief period, or a yoke. In the Mahabharata, the words Yuga and Kalpa are used interchangeably to describe the cycle of creation and destruction. (Wikipedia)
The Satya Yuga, an age which is described as “Enlightened” is the first and best of the four Yugas in a Yuga Cycle, preceded by Kali Yuga of the previous cycle and followed by Treta Yuga. (Wikipedia)
The Treta Yuga, an age which is describe as “the age of Humankind,” an age of declining enlightenment, is the second of the four yugas in a Yuga Cycle, preceded by Satya Yuga and followed by Dvapara Yuga. Wikipedia
The Dvapara Yuga is the third of the four Yugas, is described as a decline of Spiritual Practice, possible leaving space for the rise of dogmatic religion, in a Yuga Cycle, preceded by Treta Yuga and followed by Kali Yuga. (Wikipedia)
The Kali Yuga is the fourth of the four Yugas in a Yuga Cycle, described as the time of destruction, preceded by Dvapara Yuga, and followed by the next cycle’s Satya Yuga. (Wikipedia)
Per this explanation of the Yuga’s, we are currently in the Ascending Dvapara Yuga and we have 386 more years before we enter the Ascending Treta Yuga where we have 4086 years to prepare for the next 10,000 years of Truth and Light. I wonder if I am going to reborn many more times until I am enlightened. I am working on Enlightenment now and have been for forty years. I guess if I look at it this way, I have about 4100 years of this cycle left to learn what I need to learn to rise above survival and learn to manage my Earthy Ego. That is hopeful, positive, and encouraging.