- Hindu eschatology
Hindu eschatologyis linked in the Vaishnavite tradition to the figure of Kalki, or the tenth and last avatarof Vishnubefore the age draws to a close, and Shivasimultaneously dissolves and regenerates the universe.
Most Hindus acknowledge as part of their cosmology that we are living in the
Kali Yugaliterally "age of darkness", the last of four periods ( Yuga) that make up the current age. Each period has seen a successive degeneration in the moral order and character of human beings, to the point that in the Kali Yuga where quarrel and hypocrisy are prevalent. Often, the invocation of Kaliyuga denotes a certain helplessness in the face of the horrors and suffering of the human condition and a nostalgia for a golden past or a future salvation.
However, Hindu conceptions of time, like those found in other non-Western traditions, is cyclical in that one age may end but another will always begin. As such, the cycle of birth, growth, decay, death, and renewal at the individual level finds its echo in the cosmic order of all things, yet affected by the vagaries of the comings and goings of divine interventions in the Vaishnavite belief.
Metrics of time in Hinduism
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