Sanatan Dharm has a vast and complicated method of measuring time. This system, known as the Hindu Calendar, is based on a combination of astronomical calculations and the repetition of cycles of creation and destruction.
The Hindu Calendar is divided into a number of units, each of which serves a different purpose. The largest unit is the Kalpa, which is equivalent to 4.32 billion human years.
According to the Surya Siddhanta, the smallest unit of measure in time is Truṭi.
A Truṭi is equal to one 3,240,000th of a second and is the amount of time it takes to push a needle through a padma patra (lotus leaf). It is the smallest unit of time measurement.
Another variation of measuring time is the following:
We can see that our age is nothing as compared to Devas, and Deva’s age is atomic as compared to that of Brahma!
There is also a concept of Yugas. The Universe goes through four distinct phases known as YUGAS or aeons, which are cycles of time.
Brahma, the creator, has a lifespan. When he is born, the Universe is projected into existence and when he perishes, the Universe collapses into a singularity known as a Bindu. Afterwards, a period of dormancy occurs in which all the energy potential of the Universe is dormant. Then, Brahma is born again, and the cycle starts anew.
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Comparing with other cultures
For a comparison of concepts – The timeline accepted by British scholars during the era of England’s rule in India was based on Bishop James Ussher’s assertion that the world was formed at noon on October 23rd, 4004 BC.
Venerable Bede, who wrote around 723 AD, estimated that humans had first appeared on Earth in 3952 BC, and this was paralleled by other prominent people such as Scaliger (3949 BC), Johannes Kepler (3992 BC) and Isaac Newton (around 4000 BC).
Therefore, they assigned an approximate date of 1500 BC to the Vedas and mocked Hindu conceptions of Time in order to conform to the accepted Christian timeline.
Despite its complexity and forced suppression by the West, the Hindu Calendar remains an integral part of Hindu culture and tradition. It is used for a variety of purposes, including determining the timing of religious ceremonies, weddings and festivals. It is a testament to the rich cultural heritage and deep spiritual roots of Sanatan Dharm. Unfortunately, Indians have been ruthlessly uprooted from their heritage and culture. But hopefully, one day, India will recognize its roots and begin to rise again as a Vishwa guru.
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