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on September 14, 2011
This book is so heavily loaded with data from numerous sources that in places it tends to read like an encyclopedia of useful facts and speculation. Perhaps it is the writing style, but the book lacks a certain lightness and inspiration the average reader would appreciate. (Although very familiar with the yugas, I confess to getting bogged down in the rather dense text.) However, there are areas that could have received more study including the precise dating of the yugas, the dating of the Great Pyramid, and the astrological (precessional) cycle.
In THE HOLY SCIENCE Sri Yukteswar linked the yugas to an over-all precessional cycle through the constellations. This cycle in turn is closely linked to the binary motion of our solar system. Because these topics are not emphasized, the authors are apparently unaware that the precise point where the descending Kali Yuga transitions to the ascending Kali Yuga has been carefully researched and re-calibrated in our ascending Dwapara Yuga by a committee of the Indian government.
The point where descending Kali transitions to ascending Kali occurs when the autumnal equinox aligns with the junction between the astrological signs of Libra and Virgo. Using astronomical methods unavailable in Sri Yukteswar's time, the revised date has been set to 285. (Discussed more fully on the Lost Zodiac site: "When Does Dwarpara Yuga Really Begin?") Only working astrologers who use India's zodiac are aware that the mathematically convenient rounded date of 500 AD cannot be correct when aligned with zero Libra.
Although the shift in dating is small in the overall scheme, only a little over 200 years, it is significant for our time because historical events can be carefully traced year by year through the transition of Kali to the ascending Dwapara age. Thus, one would be hard pressed, for example, to explain why the great age of world exploration which began in the time of Columbus happened in the depths of Kali yuga rather than in the sandhi period of ascending Dwapara with the revised date.
DATING OF THE GREAT PYRAMID
I was frankly surprised that the authors stayed with the conventional dating of the Great Pyramid (c. 2560-2900 BC) when there are very serious reasons to doubt that dating. This includes the improbability of the pyramid's construction techniques being used in that time period (Joseph Jochmans, world-mysteries.com) as well as the various interpretations that can be given to the cartouches (ancient-wisdom.co.uk/Ghizawho.htm: "Who constructed the great pyramid?" and PYRAMID ODYSSEY by William Fix)
There are good reasons to believe that the pyramid cartouches may be associated with the god Hermes rather than a difficult-to-trace king named Khufu. This brings us straight to the dating given in the Edgar Cayce readings, which state that Hermes was the architect who built the pyramid during the 100 years between 10,490 and 10,390 "before the Prince entered into Egypt." (Reading 5748-6) According to this reading, the pyramid was built by "those forces in nature as make for iron to swim. Stone floats in the air in the same manner." The ram and jug prefix to some of the cartouches might in fact suggest a transition time between ascending Satya (Aries, the Ram) and descending Satya (Pisces flowing from the water jug).
Probably in a desire to be academically correct, the authors avoided what they considered to be dubious psychic sources such as the Cayce readings. If one wishes to tap these readings for information on the higher yugas, there are many thousands of details available in a number of books and on the comprehensive CD sold by the A.R.E., Cayce's organization. Also, for interested readers, Shirley MacLaine experienced an extremely high point of human evolution described in THE CAMINO where only telepathy was used for communication, and the human race and nature were closely intertwined.This book also charts the early stages of decline from that Eden like state.