Sai Baba's Kali-Yuga Boo-Boo
"Maitreya said: 'O Vidura, the four millenniums are called the Satya, Tretā, Dvāpara and Kali yugas. The aggregate number of years of all of these combined is equal to twelve thousand years of the demigods. The duration of the Satya millennium equals 4,800 years of the years of the demigods; the duration of the Dvāpara millennium equals 2,400 years; and that of the Kali millennium is 1,200 years of the demigods.'" - Bhagavata Purana 3.11.18-19
According to the almanacs of India that are used to calculate traditional calendars, 1 year of the demigods is equal to 360 earthly years. Therefore, multiplying the above figures by 360 gives us a duration of 1,728,000 years for the Satya-yuga, 1,296,000 for Treta, 864,000 for Dvapara and 432,000 years for the Kali age. Does this sound outlandish? Perhaps so, but Sai Baba readily agrees with these figures as he avidly described them in a discourse from the Summer Showers of 1978:
"Taking this into account, the Maharishis divided time into four Yugas called Kritha Yuga, Dwapara Yuga, Thretha Yuga, and the Kali Yuga. These will keep coming back again and again. In these, the word Kritha indicates four times, and the word Thretha indicates three times. The Dwapara signifies two times, and Kali gives us an authoritative unit of measurement. According to them, 432,000 years is the basic unit and represents the number of years in a Kali Yuga. Two times this or 864,000 years represents the Dwapara Yuga. Three times this basic number of 1,296,000 years is the measure of Thretha Yuga. Four times this measure, namely, 1,728,000 years refers to Kritha Yuga. By adding all these, we get 4,320,000 years and this refers to a Maha Yuga. After a Maha Yuga, the Kritha Yuga will start again. In this manner and by assigning such measures, they interpreted time." - Source
Apparently Sai Baba was so happy about this that he even proceeded to repeat himself the next day! We should recall that these measurement sof time, even though they may conflict with science, are based on Vedic mathematics and the associated astrology. There does exist a type of science in which these measurements have their own place in reality and where entire horoscopes are constructed on the basis of these figures. In short, time - for the Eastern spiritualist - is calculated according to these figures. You gotta wonder though, when Sai Baba appears to be seemingly happy with these traditionalist figures, why does he go ahead and tell his close disciple, John S. Hislop, a completely different thing?
"In Dwapara Yuga ... 5680 years back, milk came into favour. Eleven thousand years is the full length of the Kali yuga ... Kali yuga still has 5,320 years before ending." [Taped Interview 2, "Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba"]
Huh? That was stated by Sai Baba in January 1968, but didn't we all just agree that that the traditionalist figures are correct? How interesting that he tells Hislop one thing in 1968 and tells a different thing 10 years later.
Ah yes, and here's one for the conspiracy theorists and the fanatics; the Avatar of the Age says that the end of the world shall take place in 7288 AD. Note that down in your diaries.
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