The Indian Yugas and the Mayan Great Year
The Mayans were among the many cultures looking at the larger cycles that appear in the skies and in life on Earth. Possibly the most famous long cycles known outside the Mayan long count calendar are those of the Yugas of the Indian masters, also called the “Great Year” by Plato.
Complete Yuga cycles have been interpreted as 24,000 to 26,000 years, or roughly five Mayan long count cycles of slightly over 5,113 years ending on December 21, 2012. Most devotees of Yogananda and Sri Yukteswar believe that the 24,000 year cycle is based upon the sun being in a mutual orbit with an unseen twin star. The orbit of the newly discovered dwarf planet Sedna has about a 12,000 year cycle around our sun. One scientifically accepted reason for her strange orbit is the possibility of an unseen twin star to our sun! The 26000 year cycle of the precession of the equinoxes matches nicely with 500 Mayan calendar round cycles, so both systems seemed to be observing the same sky events.
How do the Yuga/Great Year cycles tie to the Mayan “end of time” in 2012? They both have a circular/spiral view, rather than the linear view of time that scientists still seem to like—the Darwinian view of our being continually smarter and more evolved than our predecessors.
The Yuga cycle is in the lengthy process—several hundred years—of shifting from the Kali Yuga to the Dwapara Yuga, a critical era change as well. The Indian masters tied these very long cycles to the warming and cooling cycles on Earth, explaining the “deluge” myths followed by a Golden Age.
The Kali/Iron Yuga is the lowest cycle when much of humanity only perceives the material world—physical money and power. We are moving into the Dwapara/Bronze Yuga when greater realization begins to lead us to the Treta/Silver Yuga, followed by a lengthy Satya Yuga/Golden Age. The Mayan Long Count and Yugas are in agreement with predictions from across the world. They all carry the theme that if we choose to align with universal rhythms and respect our planet’s natural processes, 2012 will be a time of joyful accomplishment amidst this period of great change.