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The Yugas: Keys to Understanding Our Hidden Past, Emerging Present and Future Enlightenment Paperback – August 16, 2011
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The Yugas is a great and important book that will undoubtedly revolutionize our view of history and how it plays out. Selbie and Steinmetz have done a terrific job in demonstrating the scientific evidence of rising and falling ages of man, as opposed to the linear development of civilization favored by most historians. Before reading The Yugas, I was familiar with Sri Yukteswar's and Paramhansa Yogananda's concept, on which the book is based. After reading The Yugas, I understood more deeply this concept's sometimes-surprising foundations in the past and its all-penetrating ramifications for the future. Reading this book was like being given a glimpse of the sweeping panorama of the ages. My mind shifted. My consciousness was transformed. I think The Yugas should be used as a textbook in universities. If you are at all interested in where humanity has been and where we are headed, I highly recommend that you read this book. (Richard Salva, author of The Reincarnation of Abraham Lincoln and Walking with William of Normandy, August 2010)
Move over Copernicus, another revolution is underway! The Yugas will not only change the way we look at history, it will change the way we see ourselves and the world around us. This is a wisdom whose time has come. The startling revelations and sweeping vision of Selbie and Steinmetz deliver a story so timeless it will challenge and inspire generations to come! Our forefathers etched the phrase Novus Ordo Seclorum (New Order of the Ages) on the Great Seal of our new nation, but few historians have understood its meaning. By resurrecting a lost knowledge, with exquisite and provocative detail, Selbie and Steinmetz unleash its full power and promise. The Yugas . . . I absolutely loved this book! (Walter Cruttenden, author of The Lost Star of Myth and Time, August 2010)
Selbie and Steinmetz have produced a comprehensive and in-depth study of the yuga theory of Hindu and yogic thought. They have based their research upon the writings of Sri Yukteswar, the venerable guru of famed Yoga master Paramahansa Yogananda, and his profound insight. The book covers all aspects of the yugas, including the secret of what world age humanity currently resides in and what we can likely expect for the future. The book casts an important new light on the history and evolution of the human race and the mysteries of the great cycles of time that we must all honor. All those who want to understand our species and the hidden cosmic influences that govern our lives will benefit from its detailed examination. Those who study the book carefully will come away with a transformed vision of our world and its spiritual potentials. (David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri), author of Astrology of the Seers and Yoga and Ayurveda, August 2010)
We moderns tend to believe we know more than those who have lived before us, especially those of earlier millennia. In its detailed research and fascinating revelations, this book pricks the bubble of that linear conceit with its wealth of extraordinary insights and evidence to the contrary. Here is proof once again that ancient wisdom and truth, though often overlooked or long forgotten, is never superceded. As we learn in this brilliant detective-like study that probes the arc of time, greater civilizations than ours have preceded and exceeded us, more advanced in spirituality as well as science, borne to higher awareness by a cyclical dance of cosmological forces. Contained in this new history of humankind is a divinely inspired examination of why we were as we were in ages past, why we are as we are in this ascending age of energy and understanding, and what we can anticipate about ourselves and our world in ages yet to come. Selbie and Steinmetz have given us a thesis that is uncompromisingly accurate in its chronicle of significant events and their correspondence to the yugas - cycles of human consciousness - in which they occurred. What emerges is an astonishing, compelling and altogether enlightened view of evolution itself. (James Surendra Conti, Manager, East-West Bookstore, August 2010)
If you're one of the people who has been asking yourself, "What's going on these days?" and not finding an answer that resonates with you, this is a book you will want to read and study. Based on the teachings of Sri Yukteswar and Paramhansa Yogananda, the book explains about the Yugas or ages the planet goes through every 24,000 years.
Not only does the book provide compelling evidence of the veracity of these cycles, it goes much further by telling us about our possible future cycles and how we and planet can be much different than we are today. The Yugas is comforting by giving meaning to today's events and it is intriguing by putting the world into a more easily understood evolutionary picture.
This is a don't miss read for anyone who wants a deeper understanding and appreciation of our past, present, and future.
A great gift for anyone on a spiritual path and for those who love history.
-Krysta Gibson, New Spirit journal; December, 2011
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The Yugas will give the reader a new appreciation for the wisdom of pre-Dark Age cultures, a new perspective on the subtle forces that change the course of history, and most importantly, new hope for the future.
If you are not familiar with the ancient view of history you are in for a treat. And if you already have some notion about the cycle of rising and falling ages it gets even better. The Yugas splays out the ascending and descending phases in such clarity that it is easy to see the many subtleties of the epochal changes that have shaped our past and that are ongoing today. Understanding the message in this book will bring larger meaning to the fields of archaeology, anthropology and a number of other sciences. When properly cognized The Yugas can serve as a predictive tool to literally rewrite history.
Like a patient with amnesia mankind has forgotten his past, making it almost impossible to plan for the future. This book awakens us to our rich and beautiful history as it lifts the consciousness to the immense possibilities of the coming higher ages.
I have studied Sri Yukteswar's and Yogananda's explanations of Yuga theory, and attended many lectures by the authors and others on this subject. Never have I encountered such an engaging and complete, yet simply stated overview of the subject.
Readers should know that much fascinating information is not covered in this volume. I believe the authors have been wise to concentrate on the essentials of this vast subject thus giving the reader a solid foundation for further exploration. This is not to say the book is elementary. I found it to be a real page turner, with many fresh perspectives on the subject.
It is not impossible that the Great Master may have slightly miscalculated the beginning of Dwapara Yuga, as another reviewer pointed out, but to my mind this is irrelevant - what's 100 or 200 years in a 24000-year cycle? What matters is the general concept, which sheds light on our past and gives hope for the future.
A cautionary word: man's future on this little planet is bright. What awaits us (at least those of us who will be physically present on this planet in ages to come) is spiritual growth beyond our wildest dreams. However, the same Great Masters who gave the world again the concept of the cycles of evolution warned that it may be a bumpy road before man finds his way again towards God and righteousness. We've strayed too far. Paramahansa Yogananda himself warned that "partial dissolution" is possible. Several other prophetic voices have confirmed that great changes (physical and otherwise) are on their way.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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The authors, members of a "spiritual community," are evidently blind to acts of genocide. They lost all credibility for me when they referred to kibbutzim in Israel as... Read morePublished 3 months ago by katy96
This is very well researched and very well written. As the information presented unfolded, my mind was enticed to expand to new ways of looking at our past, present and future... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dawn Dolan
This book makes a tremendous amount of sense and will expand your view of the World and life.Published 5 months ago by Jim Bahorik
Great book! A tour de force in understanding how the true reality of the world works and our place in it.Published 6 months ago by John J. Taylor
Fascinating book! Helps to explain a lot of the unsolved enigmas of science.Published 9 months ago by Steve
Just finished this book. Page turner. Could not keep on the shelf , had to stay up during week nights to continue where I left. It's a life changer. And, I attest to it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Urvashi Sharma
A very structured and fact based approach to connect the dots across the events in the history to the new Yuga cycle. Make you look at the past events in a fresh perspective. Read morePublished 13 months ago by GowthamanR
It answers a lot of questions that modern history and science can't adequately answer. Well written.Published 16 months ago by Carol Pinneker