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The Wheel of Time

The Wheel of Time

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This book outlines the various doctrines that deal with cosmic cycles and ages and draws startling parallels which not only point to a common ancestral origin but also converge on disquieting prophecies about the end times.
This book outlines the various doctrines that deal with cosmic cycles and ages and draws startling parallels which not only point to a common ancestral origin but also converge on disquieting prophecies about the end times.

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Published by: Luis Miguel Goitizolo on Jan 31, 2010
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The Wheel of Time - A Study in the Doctrine of Cosmic Cycles
Complete English Version
 
See table of contentsHERE
 
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A WORD FROM THE AUTHOR
 
Ever since I was a youth I was fascinated by Oriental wisdom andparticularly by the Hindu doctrines.However, it was not until a few years ago that I took to studying theancient doctrine of cosmic cycles from different perspectives, thoughmainly using the most relevant sacred texts from all around the world.In time, I felt the urge to write a book about that matter in my mothertongue - Spanish - which I titled "La rueda del tiempo" (in English, "TheWheel of Time").More recently, after some years as a networker promoting variousprograms, I decided to translate my book into English, a task that hascurrently been completed.
 
Lima, Peru,
December 2008
Luis Miguel Goitizolo
 
C O N T E N T S
 
 
 
 
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«The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is thatwhich shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It hath been already of old time, which was before us.
»
(
 Ecclesiastes,
1:9,10) 
Home 
P R O L O G U E
 
W
hen I started my first version of 
 La rueda del tiempo
(in English, "The Wheelof Time") I was motivated by very special circumstances. A most precious,monumental Hindu holy scripture, the Third Canto of 
 Bhagavata Purana
, hadcome to my hands as if by accident, and I was marveled to learn that in suchremote times the Hindus were already familiar with such advanced concepts as thatof the expansion of the universe and the space and time relativity, both of themnotions that the modern scientists would only become acquainted with from theTwentieth Century onwards. But what really amazed me were the huge lengths of time mentioned in relation to cosmic cycles. For instance, the
Kali-yuga
o "DarkEra", a cycle which clearly corresponds to the Age of Iron of the Greek and Romantraditions, would actually extend over 432,000 terrestrial years, a tenth of a humancycle of 4'320,000 years; and if its start was in 3102 BC, as recorded by Hinduastronomical texts, then its end would arrive as late as 429,000 AD, without doubt
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The Wheel of Time - A Study in the Doctrine of Cosmic Cycles
a reassuring date in times of enormous global crisis as we are living now, butwhich does not absolutely correlate with data from other traditions announcing animminent end for our degenerated civilization.The answer to my deep uneasiness would come a bit later, mainly in the form of anextraordinary article by René Guénon:
Some Remarks on the Doctrine of CosmicCycles
, originally published in French in 1937. Thanks to it, I was finally satisfiedthat such figures were essentially symbolic, as suggested by the fact that they areall multiple of nine – which precisely makes them “circular” o
cyclic
– and thatthey must be basically assimilated to the great cycle of precession of equinoxes, akey period of time in the development of mankind whose traditional length, 25,920common years, also is a multiple of nine. True, at the same time I concluded that inthe light of the most recent scientific discoveries, such lengths could be taken in anapproximately literal manner, something that Guénon could not be acquainted within his time; but for the moment, it was fairly enough. Then, as if by magic, came tomy hands other articles, some of them very important and others that were notquite so, which helped me do a preliminary study and publish a first edition in1998. This first literary endeavor contained some elements that have remained tillnow, the main one being my own calculation of the final date of the
Kali-yuga
and,therefore, that of the current human cycle. An additional element was a footnoteaccording to which such final date would appear to have been drawn nearer by adegree of such cycle, or 72 years – a phenomenon referred to in the texts as an
overlapping of yugas
.Soon thereafter, however, I realized that this first version in Spanish not onlycontained some historical errors but also wrong quotations, so I tried to upgrade itby means of a second edition which was published and circulated for some yearsuntil – its cycle concluded – I opted for removing it from circulation.By then, various articles by “disciples” of Guénon had started to appear mainly onthe Internet, in which they claimed the following:(1) The length of the full human cycle is 64,840 years, equivalent to five half cycles of precession of equinoxes (5 x 12,960 years); this calculation had beensuggested (but only suggested) by Guénon in the aforementioned article, as well asthe following point.(2) The year 720 of the
Kali-yuga
(which would last 6,480 years, or a tenth of theabove figure) would have coincided with that of the beginning of the Jewish Era,traditionally established as 3761 BC; therefore, also based on other temptingelaborations by Guénon in various articles, the
Kali-yuga
would have started in theyear 4481 BC.(3) Once the corresponding calculation was made (6480 – 4481), the end of the
Kali-yuga
(virtually equivalent to the end of our civilization) would be in 1999.Some even, resorting to decimal numbers, further specified: the catastrophe,whatever form it adopted, would visit us… on the 14 November 1999!Well, with regard to the doctrine of cosmic cycles, the first thing that we have tounderstand is the word
millennium
is not equivalent, as might be thought, to athousand common years, but to an indefinite length of time, usually referred to anymajor cosmic cycle. This is a point that will never be stressed enough, and it surelyis an elemental principle that the aforementioned authors seemed to have forgotten.Still worse, not only did they evidence an inability to let go of the literal sense of the term, but also a certain proclivity to the kind of hysteria that usually attacks themasses as the end of any major cycle draws near – not to mention such afrightening end of cycle as the one that was about to visit us.
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