Good evening and welcome to this post. This text tells you what it is all about -- what traditionalism means, what new age means, what paganism means... in view of the Kali Yuga having ended.
Kali Yuga is over. I have just told you about the formal calculation supporting this view.
Now for the philosophical meaning of it.
I’d say, the meaning of this is substantial. The implications of it are quite fundamental to our whole being as westerners of the 21st century.
For us of the radical-conservative persuation, knowing that the Kali Yuga is over, is of tremendous consequences.
I mean, think about it...
Look at the sources of the current radical traditionalism. Look at any “trad-rad,” any modern nationalist, any identitarian white person, any latter-day Pagan, mindfulness practitioner, Faustian romantic, Wagnernian, Nietzschean, new age enthusiast...
At what time in history did these particular movements appear? – They appeared in the late 1800s. The time when Kali Yuga ended.
Rudolf Steiner is the advocate of the “1899 end of Kali Yuga”. And even if you take the other relevant consideration into view, Yogānandajīs “1700 end of Kali Yuga,” it applies, because between the end of an age and the beginning of a new we have a transitional period called sandhyānsa – a period of about 400 years.
Face up to it: Kali Yuga ended about this time (1700s, to be definitely over by about 1899), and this time saw the rise of countless liberation movements for Europeans: nationalism, paganism, wicca, Nietzsche’s critique of sclerotic Christianity and his supermanism, Wagner’s sweeping dramas of Germanic heroes – and, last but not least, all the new age doctrines beginning with Madame Blavatsky’s Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine 1877-1888.
This whole cultural movement is a symptom of the iron age of Kali Yuga ending, and the more free, creative, Lebensnah (“close to life”) era of Dvapara Yuga beginning.
The oppressive age of Kali Yuga, characterized by things like Christianity’s spiritual regimentation, and nationalism curbed by the internationalism of the Catholic church, and the early modern era’s rather unimaginative art, literature, and drama – all this suddenly ends and blooms in Dvapara Yuga’s indescribable renaissance of the Jugend era, the era of Art Nouveau – the era of Arts and Crafts, of pagan revival in both spiritual and artistic domains, of ariosophic speculation like that of Guido von List, in traditionalist outings like those of Julius Langbehn, Alfred Schuler, Stefan George, Evola, Guénon, Schuon.
To this, it was the era when Aleister Crowley appeared, the man who gave us the oft quoted wisdom, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole law” – which, details aside, is an adage for liberation against oppression.
The era also saw the rise of nationalist movements from Greece to Finland, from Norway to Italy, yea, over the whole of Europe.
You know what I’m talking about. The late 1800s was a unique time of liberation, of spiritual awakening. This era saw a whole avalance of spiritual liberation movements for Faustian man.
Hereby another aspect of this.
In order to characterize the different ages – Kali, Dvapara, Treta, and Satya – Yogānandajī referred to them as, respectively: Material age, Electric or Atomic age, Mental age, and Spiritual age [God Talks With Arjuna, p. 425].
Beginning with the transition between Kali and Dvapara, we have, in other words, in the modern era gone from a Material age to an Electric-Atomic age.
This is strikingly obvious. For, we all know that electricity began to be examined and successfully employed for scientific and societal means from about 1800 and on. And that atomic energy was to employed from the late 1800s and on.
And in the past, in the Dvapara Yuga that cyclically preceded the Kali Yuga around 3000 BCE, India saw the use of electrically driven airships called vimānas; see Bhāgavata Purāṇa. And in the Mahābhārata war atomic weapons were used, such as the brahmāstra.
It all fits the pattern.
Since we in this article now have “gone east,” let us conclude the survey in that vein.
For, we say: Kali Yuga starting in 3000 BCE, and ending about 1899 CE, also makes the Hindu pattern of “Viṣṇu’s avatars” meaningful.
If Viṣṇu has ten avatars, the four latter ones appear like this: Rāma, 5000 BCE; Kṛṣṇa, 3000 BCE; Buddha, rather close to year 0; Kalki, at the end of Kali Yuga, that is, around 1899 CE.
CE means “current era” = now. And this my calculation, based on Sri Yukteswar, makes the Viṣṇu pattern of avatars make sense (while some other gurus’ chronology of “Kali Yuga lasting 432,000 years,” makes it completely unintelligible).
So then... if Kalki appears at the end of Kali Yuga, and that end was 1899, then who was he known as in the west...?
If Kali Yuga ended in 1899, if that was a conjunction of two yugas – then what?
Consider Bhāgavata Purāṇa 1.3.28, prophesying the advent of Kalki:
“Thereafter, at the conjunction of two yugas, the Lord of the creation will take His birth as the Kalki incarnation and become the son of Viṣṇu Yaśā. At this time almost all the rulers of the earth will have degenerated into plunderers.”
Again: Kali Yuga ended in 1899; this is the end of Kali Yuga, and the beginning of Dvapara Yuga... “the conjunction of two yugas” as the verse says... and so I ask you, what famous European politician was born about then... a politician whom Serrano and Devi has pointed out as exactly the tenth avatar of Vishnu, as Kalki...?
I rest my case.
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