[Advaita-l] On evidence for and against Yugas of Indian chronology

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Tue Nov 14 12:06:39 EST 2017

Such stories of different time scales are in the Yoga vasishtha or
Vasishtha Ramayana. Vidyaranya refers to this text as that of Valmiki.

On 14 Nov 2017 18:42, "Aditya Kumar via Advaita-l" <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

>     On Tuesday 14 November 2017, 4:14:38 PM IST, Venkatraghavan S <
> agnimile at gmail.com> wrote:
>  Interesting. The idea of shrAddha karma conducted every one earth year
> being equivalent to one day of the pitrloka, or brahma's lifespan of 100
> years being equivalent to c.300 trillion earth years is a variant of the
> time dilation concept. According to a common sankalpam (used in many
> religious functions, including upAkarma), since the current Brahma's birth,
> 155 trillion years have passed. Interestingly modern science estimates the
> time elapsed since the big bang to be about 13.8 billion years, which is
> roughly equivalent to 1.5 days of Brahma.
> One potential way to explain the difference in scale between the two is to
> postulate several expansions of the universe from a singularity and
> contraction back into a singularity. That is, the age of the universe
> postulated by science refers to only the current phase of expansion, and
> there have been infinite number of such expansions and contractions of the
> universe before the current big bang. Anyway, we are digressing from the
> topic.
> A : Perhaps. But a more common explanation would be Gravitational Time
> Dilation. Link : Gravitational time dilationTime dilation occurs due to
> gravity of the planet, orbiting speed of the planet and it's proximity to
> other heavy objects.
> The specific story of King Revata / Raivata going to brahmaloka with his
> daughter Revati and being told that several millennia have passed during
> their time in brahmaloka is in the viShNnu purANa (
> http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/vp/vp093.htm) and devI bhAgavatam (
> http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/db/bk07ch08.htm). Maybe it is in the
> Mahabharata too, but I am not able to locate it at the present.
> A : Yes, they are in other Puranas too. It is in Mahabharatha as well
> because Balarama is an important character in the epic.
> Regards,Venkatraghavan
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