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Kaliyuga. [Dec. 28th, 2010|07:07 pm]
According to Vedic astronomy the present age of kaliyuga started on Feb. 18th 3102 BCE. Richard Thompson in his book Vedic Cosmography and Astronomy points out that indeed on this date there occurred a very rare planetary alignment.

It dawned on me to punch in this date using astronomy software and sure enough the simulated sky shows a planetary alignment. The point of viewing in the simulation is at Varanasi. See the cut below for an image.


From: pmax3
2010-12-28 02:12 pm (UTC)
Wow, this looks curious! But I do not know much about astronomy or astronomy software, so can't comment further :P

Thanks for this picture!
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[User Picture]From: rose_of_pollux
2010-12-28 02:21 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's intriguing about the planet alignment, and how it coincided with the date! Any ideas on what it means?
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From: ocha_no_hanashi
2010-12-28 02:32 pm (UTC)
You should ask a Vedic scholar or a Swami about that. :)

I'm just a Buddhist scholar. ;)

I'm frankly amazed that they had an accurate record for this rare astronomical event.

I imagine one could calculate when this event is to occur and backtrack it. Most modern historians would say India did not have advanced enough civilization in 3102 BCE to make a record of this event. One scholar suggests this was originally a calculation done by Greeks that somehow made its way to India. However, that strikes me as awfully euro-centric.

The truth is our knowledge of ancient civilizations (even Rome and Greece) are really fragmentary. India is even less understood because we don't have many written accounts of what was going on until really the Muslim invasion. Two travel journals by Chinese monks Faxian and Xuanzang are prized because they give firsthand accounts of what was going on in a period we'd otherwise know very very little about.

From a strictly scholarly point of view, this date corresponding to a rare astronomical event means that Vedic astronomers had advanced and accurate knowledge of astronomy.

From a more spiritual angle I think it signifies the start of kaliyuga.

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[User Picture]From: dakini_bones
2010-12-28 06:55 pm (UTC)

That explains much.

No wonder everything sucks.
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[User Picture]From: przxqgl
2010-12-28 09:17 pm (UTC)
it was my understanding that we are actually in dwarapayuga...

interesting astronomy, though, if nothing else...
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[User Picture]From: lorelei_sakti
2010-12-29 04:47 pm (UTC)
This is very fascinating.
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[User Picture]From: lorelei_sakti
2010-12-29 05:02 pm (UTC)
I put that date into my astrology program, and this is what the chart looks like:

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