The Circular Time
Part 2: Gathering the evidence
In the first part of this series I stressed the need to get conclusive proof of my calculation of the current "human" Manvantara as 51,840 years, or two cycles of precession of the equinoxes of 25,920 years (of 360 days), as all we actually have at this point is circumstantial evidence to support it. We need to gather, then, additional evidence of the sort supported by historical data, and that is what the present second part deals with.
To begin with, we have seen that the proposed length offers various angles, and so a first approach would be to regard it in its most visible parts, that is, the two Zodiacal Years that this length consists of. Thus, by comparing the first Year to the Night and the second to the Day, we would be focusing only on the latter, which would let us judge, through inference, whether the full length has, at least, a real basis. But here the question arises: Which would be the starting and ending dates of this second part?
The present Manvantara divided into the last two Zodiacal Years of 25,920
common years each, respectively assimilated to Night and Day and
focused mainly on the last “great year” of 12,960 common years.
A first approach to this specific issue would be to find a “benchmark” from which to build such dates. This might be the year 9582 BC, which would correspond to the sinking of Atlantis – a disaster that in addition to coinciding in time with the biblical Flood would have marked the transition from Leo to Cancer. However, here also the symbolic character of the figures on which the calculation is based (7,200 years before the year 720 of the current Kali–yuga) somehow deprives it of any scientific value, not to mention the fact already stated that it is not possible to ultimately prove that the Kali–yugaactually started in 3102 BC. Therefore, the best course might be to look for such benchmark at the ending date of the present Manvantara, which tentatively can be established, in as much as the “beginning of end”, in the year 2010 AD, a date that could coincide with the transition from Pisces to Aquarius, plus concentrate our focus, for the same reasons exposed for the Manvantara as a whole, on the last two “zodiacal seasons” only (the shadowed areas in the figure), i.e. those consisting of Leo, Cancer and Gemini in the first place, and of Taurus, Aries and Pisces in the second; so that in practice, we would be covering a “great year” of 12,960 common years, i.e. a half of the cycle of precession of the equinoxes or Zodiacal Year of 25,920 common years.
In this way, the first date established would be the year 10950 BC, which would approximately coincide with the end of the last Ice Age, when agriculture was just starting and the Paleolithic art would seem to have already disappeared.
The second one, 8790 BC, which got Cancer started, would correspond to the biblical Flood and the sinking of Atlantis, which would thus be displaced 792 years from a previously indicated date – actually a not very significant difference (9,582 – 8,790).
The third date, 6630 BC, between Cancer and Gemini, would mark the foundation of the first city ever: Jericho, at a time the civilization was painfully recovering from the biblical Flood.
Now, though the shift from Gemini to Taurus in 4470 BC does not tell us very much (remember that before 3100 BC it is virtually impossible to date any event to any degree of accuracy), it very likely indicates the date of the Babylonian (or “Gilgamesh’s”) deluge, which left such deep cultural traces on the region that would originate an abundant literature.
The Babilonian Deluge
From the Painting by E. Wallcousins
In turn, the shift from Taurus to Aries in 2310 BC would have been presided by the so-called “Deucalion’s deluge”. This deluge was not limited to the Mediterranean area but apparently also inundated China, where an inscription owed to emperor Yao, alluding to an eclipse observed at the time, has made it possible to verify the date of the catastrophe.
In Egypt, in turn, the catastrophe would have coincided with the beginning of a period of political fragmentation after the death of Pharaoh Pepi II, while in Mesopotamia the Guti invasion was followed by the destruction of Sargon of Akkad’s empire.
Egypt – The Sphinx of Giza
Finally, the shift from Aries to Pisces, in 150 BC, would similarly be marked by transcendental events – yet this time for the Roman civilization – like the Third Punic War and the establishment of a direct government in Greece, which will now be divided into provinces, therefore eliminating the last obstacles to its ulterior dramatic expansion.
So far, it can rightly be objected that our review is rather vague and imprecise, particularly if what it is trying to do is validating our calculation of the beginning and end dates of the present Manvantara. Unfortunately, this objection would remain valid even is we pinpointed our focus into a more detailed analysis, which in addition would be tedious.
Bearing this in mind, we will change our focus in order to approach the Manvantara as the Hindu tradition would have it – that is, as a descending quaternary cycle subjected to the scale 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 10. This should not only help us bring about other key dates in history, but also elaborate upon some important issues concerning the doctrine of cosmic cycles that are still pending analysis.
For now, we will limit our study of the current Manvantara to the “kali-yuga” of the last zodiacal year (or precessional cycle or 25,920 years) that should, in as much as the beginning of end, have culminated in 2010 AD, just a few months ago. Remember that in practice, the lengths of absolutely all cycles, both the main and the secondary ones, are always subjected to the scale 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 10.
The “kali–yuga” of the last Zodiacal Year with a length of one tenth of
25,920 common years = 2,592 common years. Note that 2010 AD
is proposed as the year of the “beginning of end”
As can be seen, this approach does provide us with some new, meaningful dates. In effect, we see here, from as early as approximately the first date, 582 BC, events of great historical transcendence like the appearance of Taoism in China and the Jew’s captivity in Babylon. Also, Buddha and Zarathustra, as well as Confucius and Pythagoras, must have made their appearance on Earth by then – so if Hinduism is excluded, it is about this time that virtually all the major Eastern doctrines appear.
Now, at the risk of boring the reader, I will make a quick review of the dates that would mark the start of the next periods: Approximately in 452 AD both Attila’s defeat on the Catalonian Fields (in 451) and his death (in 453) take place. This definitely marks the end of the Roman Civilization and of the entire ancient world.
Then, circa 1229 AD, the death of another scourge of mankind, this time Genghis Khan, takes place, while the Sixth Crusade wins Jerusalem by deal and the last remnants of the Albigensian Heresy are eliminated.
Finally, around 1747, the manufacture of molten iron becomes commonplace and the mechanical weaving loom is developed, which marks the start of the industrial revolution along with its sequel of misery for the British laboring class (and in course of time for most of the world population), announcing its dreadful by-product: the modern technological revolution.
The rest is history.
In the next and final part of this series I will try to demonstrate the universal validity of the “Hindu scale” by reviewing the historical cycles of ancient societies like the Egyptian, Sumerian and Hebraic and, in a more general way, of the current “historical” Manvantara as has been defined here.
Luis Miguel Goitizolo