January 16, 2012 - o Kala the understanding of time; the...

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o Kala – the understanding of time; the universe has always been going so therefore time has always been going. In the Abrahamic traditions, time begins from the day of God’s creation of the world. Time moves in a linear pattern in the Western worldview – however since time has always been there in the Eastern tradition, how do we measure it? Indic traditions understand time as moving in different ways. For ex, the Jain tradition understands time as an evolutionary cycle; time moves interminably in this sort of a way, up and down. The basic understanding of time the Hindu tradition can be compared to a tree growing – from a seed to a full grown tree, when it eventually begins to decay but not before it sheds the seed for the next cycle of evolution. Time is a constant endless cycle of birth and death. Each of these cycles is divided into four phases which are collectively called Yuga. In the first phase, people are morally up right; they are clearheaded, intellectually acute, called also an age of innocence. As
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2012 for the course RELIGION 200 taught by Professor Dr.asban during the Spring '12 term at University of Calgary.

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