Lord Shiva and Kaliyuga- Part 1
The Hindu cosmology holds that time runs in a spiral pattern. Cycles get repeated but the point of origin and the point of conclusion never meet. According to this belief, creation has happened on earth for six times already, followed by destruction and that we are slowly but steadily heading towards the end of the seventh and final cycle called the Kaliyuga. Lord Shiva and Kaliyuga share an interesting connection as Lord Shiva serves his role as the destroyer of worlds.
The Vishnu Puran, the Shiva Puran and the Linga Puran- religious Hindu texts that record the lives and feats of various Gods and Goddesses, make a significant claim that the world shall soon come to an end. We are currently living in the year 2013. The Mayan calendar seemed to have predicted that the world was going to end with the closure of the year 2012. We have managed to live on however and all talk about Armageddon and judgement day seems to be thwarted as of now. Nevertheless there are a few things that came off of this fear of imminent annihilation- A lot of people actually got along with reading the literature available on the end of the world and globally certain facts seem to have commonalities. For instance, almost all world religions speak of a great flood that wiped out the last civilization that ruled earth and how fire and brimstone shall cause the end of this world, paving a way for a newer and bolder world in its stead
How much truth is there in such prophecy, one cannot decipher but there are a few things that do raise much question and very many of them are related to Lord Shiva and the Kaliyuga. A cursory study of Lord Shiva reveals that apart from being addressed as the destroyer, Lord Shiva is also known as the ‘Bhootnath’ or the Lord of the Pancha or when the five, elements that constitute all of creation. Earlier when human kind’s potential for destruction extended only to conventional warfare, the security of the world had not been in too much if a risk. Now however, things have changed. With the advent of the nuclear energy, human kind is perfectly capable of destroying everything, everywhere, at the flick of a button.
The more alarming facts however, happen to be what are called the signs of the end. Almost every day we get to see and read in national and international news about the new reaches of barbarity that human beings are capable of unleashing upon each other. Robberies, rapes and murders are the order of the day and add to that the new menace of Terrorism. Almost every world religion is interpreting these to be the tell tale signs of the nearing end, especially so when natural calamities like tsunamis, earthquakes, famine inducing droughts and devastating thunderstorms causing floods are increasing in frequency.
The Hindu scriptures have been seemingly pointing out the coming of such events for over four thousand years! Is there really the end of the world on the horizon? If it is, can we try to protect ourselves through any specific means? What exactly do the Hindu scriptures say that makes the information more reliable than many other literatures available on the doomsday?
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