What is the importance of time in Hinduism
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Kaala Mahima (the glory of time) is great. Kaalam / time is unavoidable, unbreachable and un-surpassable.
Only the Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu has control of it. Sri Adi Sesha Naaga, the bearer of the worlds, is the Kaala (time) swarupam and if you notice Lakshmana and Balarama who were the Sri Adi Sesha Naaga’s avatars were always with the Paramaatma Sri Raama and Sri Krishna respectively.
Under the influence of Kaalam / time, even great mighty warrior like Arjuna was not able to defeat mere thieves.
Bhagavan Sri Krishna’s brother Satyaki and Krutaverma were one of the greatest yaadavas.
Yet in the end they had to obey the result of their karma (because of muni shaapam / curse for their arrogance, die in a petty fight amongst each other).
Arjuna arrives after the end of the avatar of Bhagavan Sri Krishna at Dvaraka. He asks the residents of Dvaraka to vacate the island as it would sink.
Arjuna guards queens on their way to indraprastha. There the most distressing thing happens.
Arjuna fails to ward of some thieves who kidnap and loot the ladies, the mighty Gaandiva fails to fire a single arrow.
Later it is explained by Bhagavan Sri Veda Vyasa Ji about the power of time and its effects on everybody.
Sri Garuda Raja, the vaahana / vehicle of Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu, is one of the strongest. A slight fanning of His wings would make the waters of the ocean spill out, showing the ocean’s bed.
However, Sri Garuda Raja too had to obey the rules of Kaalam / time and had to do daasyam (serve) for his cousins.
The Naagas, the strong children of Kadru, cousins of Sri Garuda Naaga, ultimately had to go into the fires of the Sarpayaagam of Janamejaya, the prathama shrota of MahaaBhaarata. Their strength could not stop them from being burnt.
In order to imagine the enormous extent of Kaalam / time, consider the following:
1. Kaliyugam (Venkateshwara, Vikramaaditya) – 4,32,000 years.
2. Dwapara (Krishna, Dharmaraaja) – 2*Kaliyugam
3. Tretayugam (Raama, Lakshmana) – 3*Kaliyugam
4. Krutayugam (Narasimha, Harishchandra) – 4*Kaliyugam
Total is called one Mahaayugam – 4.32 million years
One Manu rules a Manvantaram composed of 71 Mahaayugams. (Current manu is Vaivasvata, the son of the Sun, Vivasva)
14 Manvantaraas is one day for Brahma and known as Kalpam. Other 14 will be nights.
For such 100 years, one Brahma is the shruti-karta (the tuner). Next Brahma is Shri Hanuman and Bali chakravarti will be Indra in Saavarni Manvantaram.
And such trillions and trillions of Brahmas have passed, so many that people no more have count of them.
Imagine how tiny is the life of a human being in this! Yet a human has ahankaaram that surpasses everyone’s.
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