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The four Ages are Krita, Treta, Dvapara and Kali, in the descending order of truth and righteousness, the span of life and general prosperity during their periods. The Krita-Yuga consists of 4,800 celestial years, the Treta 3,600 celestial years, the Dvapara 2,400 celestial years and the Kali 1,200 celestial years. , the year in which Krishna disappeared from the earth. Seventy-one cycles of these four Yugas make one Manvantara or a period for which a Manu rules the world. There are A Short History of Religious and Philosophic Thought in India by Swami Krishnananda A Short History of Religious and Philosophic Thought in India by Swami Krishnananda 47 46 fourteen Manus, of whom the present one is the seventh.

But even there he was pursued by the Vajra. Finding it impossible to live anywhere in the world on account of fear from Indra’s Vajra, Vritra entered Indra himself, and overpowered him from all sides. When his very person was thus overwhelmed, Indra got confused in mind, and knew not his duty. He had then to be awakened by the Sage Vasishtha, with the Rathantara Saman. ” The Lord continued: “Disease, here, is of two kinds: physical and mental. They influence each other, and without such mutual dependence they are not seen to arise.

The equilibrium of the qualities of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas is the indication of health. When their equilibrium is disturbed, there is ill-health. It is seen that grief can be overpowered by joy, and joy in turn by grief. One who is in a state of sorrow broods upon the joy that is past or is in expectation. And another who is in a state of happiness retrospects over the grief that he has overcome. You are neither happy nor sorry by your own making, for Providence is more powerful and controls all things.

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