ARVINDUS

Secret Wisdom Teaching

Cycles

CYCLES

Introduction

It is said in the Secret Wisdom Teaching that appreciation of the cycles, recognition of their duration and consideration of their antithesis is needed for one to be considered a true occultist.1 Thus shall here the cycles as thematized in the Secret Wisdom Teaching be contemplated. The main goal is however to give a short overview and not to elucidate every tiny detail which we may come across. Doing this the Law of Correspondences and the occult method shall be applied. The first dictates that everything in the universe follows analogy and that the principles of the greater are repeated in the smaller.2 And in the second the regarded subject is approached from the greater towards to smaller and from the cosmic towards the individual.3 Thus we shall start with touching upon the Law of Cycles itself first to indicate this law afterwards as it asserts itself on different levels.

The Law of Cycles

The Law of Cycles is also known as 'the Law of Periodicity'.4 It is a law governing all manifestation, be it a solar logos manifesting through a solar system or a human monad manifesting through a human body.5 It governs basically the appearing and the disappearing of energies in and out of manifestation.6 For this manifestation in general the term 'manvantara' is used.7 Literally this term means 'between manus'8 and it indicates a period of activity (and as said of manifestation). This period of activity and manifestation is opposed to a period of rest and dissolution. For this period the term 'pralaya' is used.9 A pralaya follows a manvantara as a manvantara follows a pralaya. This law is for instance seen demonstrating man re-incarnating.10 But it not only demonstrates in tiny man but also up to a grand heavenly man or solar logos.11

Besides by the dual concepts of manvantara and pralaya may the Law of Cycles also be contemplated by the triple concepts of involution, evolution and obscuration.12 In this regards involution the manvantaric movement from pralaya towards concrete manifestation, evolution the manvantaric movement from concrete manifestation towards pralaya,13 whereby 'obscuration' is used synonymously with 'pralaya'.14 To symbolize such cycles often a (turning) wheel is used.15

The Solar Logos

Following the occult method and the Law of Correspondences we shall start out with pointing out the Law of Cycles in the manifesting solar logos (an even larger perspective is not made exoteric in the Secret Wisdom Teaching). A solar logos follows the rhythm of manvantara and pralaya like everything else in manifestation. The manifesting cycle of the solar logos is thematized in the Secret Wisdom Teaching under different terms, such as 'mahakalpa',16 'great age',17 Brahma's age',18 'solar cycle', 'greater mahamanvantara'19 but also 'mahamanvantara' without the attributing 'greater'20. Confusingly are many of these terms also used to indicate smaller (though still great from our perspective) cycles. To avoid misconceptions then we shall in this contemplation solely use the term 'solar manvantara' to refer to the manifesting cycle of the solar logos. In the Secret Wisdom Teaching itself often contextual reading shall be needed to find the correct referent. The opposite of the above mentioned solar manvantara then regards the solar pralaya.

As already stated in the previous paragraph does a solar logos manifest through a solar system, and our solar logos knows in his course of evolution (as a solar logos) three of such manifestations.21 At present our solar logos is in his second incarnation, cycle of manifestation or solar manvantara.22 Of this incarnation he is about halfway, at his point of most concrete manifestation.23

The Planetary Logos

We left the previous paragraph with the mentioning of the second solar system being the present vehicle of manifestation for our solar logos. Now in this solar system a certain number of planetary schemes are found functioning as force centres (or chakras)24 in the body of the solar logos.25 During the whole of a solar manvantara the number of these schemes may vary. On the involutionary arc (from pralaya towards the most concrete manifestation) the numbers involve from three to seven to ten and on the evolutionary arc (from the most concrete manifestation towards pralaya) the numbers evolve from ten to seven to three.26 At present the solar logos is at its deepest point of involution27 and a manifested number of ten schemes should be expected.28 Three of these ten however are synthesising schemes29 which is probably why often reference is being made to seven schemes.30 Our Earth scheme belongs to these seven and not to the three.31

Now every such a scheme is the body of manifestation of a planetary logos (also termed 'Heavenly Man' as the solar logos is also termed 'Grand Heavenly Man').32, 33 And like the seven plus three schemes are centres of force in the body of a solar logos so does a planetary logos have seven plus three centres of force in his body also, being called 'chains'.34, 35 We are on the fourth chain through which our planetary logos manifests himself.36

The septenary differentiation continues as every chain consists of seven globes which again regard its centres of force.37 These seven globes differ in density corresponding to the seven principles in man.38 Of these globes the densest one regards the physical globe39 and our Earth as we know it is such a globe.40 Note here that although 'our planet' in the Secret Wisdom Teaching may refer to the present physical Earth globe41 the term may also refer to our chain or even our entire scheme.42 Again contextual reading of the Secret Wisdom Teaching is needed to find the right referent of the term 'planet'.

Now the aforementioned globes are in the Secret Wisdom Teaching arranged according to the earlier mentioned triple concepts of involution, evolution and obscuration. Figure 1 shows this. From pralaya on the involutionary arc is first placed a subtle globe 1, then a lesser subtle globe 2 and a lesser dense globe 3. Then a dense globe 4 follows, being the most concrete manifestation, and then on the evolutionary arc follows again a lesser dense globe 5, again a lesser subtle globe 6 and finally before pralaya again a subtle globe 7.43 (These globes are often also enumerated as globes A, B, C, D, E, F and G or Z).44

The cycle in which the planetary logos in- and evolves through the seven globes of a chain is being called a 'planetary round'.45 As there are seven chains of globes in a planetary scheme46 there are also seven planetary rounds in a scheme.47 At present we are in the fourth round which takes place in the fourth chain.48

Humanity

The previous paragraph was left with the mentioning of a planetary round. This is however not the only round being thematized in the Secret Wisdom Teaching. For there are globe rounds too.49 A globe round is again a cycle of in- and evolution but now related to one globe.50 Every such a globe round, being also called 'world period', consists of seven human root races.51  In the Secret Wisdom Teaching the distinction between a planetary and a globe round is not always explicated in terminology. Usually just the term 'round' is used and in these cases a reading of the context in which the word appears is needed for correct reference.

So every globe round consists of seven human root races and so does our fourth globe round. At present we are in the first half of the fifth root race and on the ascending line of spiritual development.52 The deepest point of involution was reached at the half of the third root race.53 The goal for humanity at those times was development of the physical body, the previous root race, the fourth, had the goal to develop the astral body (or emotional nature) and the goal of our fifth root race is to develop the concrete mental faculty.54 Figure 2 shows a general sketch of the development of root races in our fourth globe round. In the Secret Wisdom Teaching the third race is named 'Lemurian', the fourth 'Atlantean' and the fifth 'Aryan'.55 For the first two and the last two races no real terminological names are used.

Note that every root race can in its turn be divided into seven sub races and every sub race again has seven branch races, consisting again of many offshoots.56 In this contemplation we shall not go further in our thematization than the root races.

Time Units

In the above paragraphs the different cycles from the solar system to the root races were sketched. What is understandable but not yet mentioned is that every cycle covers a certain time span. And in this paragraph the different time spans shall be thematized. These time spans are initially given in time units of Brahma which then are calculated in the time units known to us.57, 58 Taking notice of these numbers it must be taken in consideration that the given numbers are exoteric and not esoteric59 which means that they both indicate as veil.60

Let us again apply the occult method and start with the cycle of a solar manvantara. This is mentioned to last one hundred years of Brahma61 and is calculated to last for 311,040,000,000,000 of our years.62 This same period of time is designated to a solar pralaya.63

Taking one step down we come to a scheme cycle. Now with a scheme consisting of seven chains and the period of duration of seven chains being mentioned as one year of Brahma does it seem reasonable to apply the latter directly to the duration of a scheme.64 One such a year lasts for 3,110,400,000,000 of our year.65 The calculation '100 years of Brahma / 1 year of Brahma = 311,040,000,000,000 / 3,110,400,000,000' is correct. When the number of schemes is considered calculations of course do no hold. For with ten schemes being present in our solar system would one scheme period be calculated to last for 10 years of Brahma and 31,104,000,000,000 of our years. Despite logical calculations must the statements of the Secret Wisdom Teaching however be considered more trustworthy as we have no, or very limited, access to the sources of these teachings. And after all was our calculation based on data given in the Secret Wisdom Teaching.

Again some confusion may arise when it is stated in the Secret Wisdom Teaching that one week of Brahma has reference to seven chain rounds.66 Now with seven chain rounds being considered as equal in time length as the duration of seven chains would one week of Brahma equal one year of Brahma. The most likely answer to the question of how to reconcile both statements is found in the context in which these Brahmic times are given. The one year of Brahma for the duration of seven chains is given from the higher perspective of a scheme and the one week of Brahma for the duration of seven chain rounds is given from the lower perspective of a chain.67

The above answer becomes more clear when a day of Brahma is considered. For one day of Brahma, lasting 4,320,000,000 of our years,68 regards the period of one chain round.69 Since there are seven chain rounds and since a week has seven days does one week of Brahma indeed consist of seven days of Brahma.

From a day of Brahma can however also be calculated towards a year of Brahma as the number of Brahmic days in a Brahmic year is given to regard three hundred and sixty.70 First the number of 4,320,000,000 has to be doubled as nights of Brahma (being of equal length as a day) have to be considered too. This brings us to 8,640,000,000 of our years. This number multiplied by 360 then brings us to the 3,110,400,000,000 of our years, making out one year of Brahma.

Minor time units of Brahma are mentioned too. We find 'one hour of Brahma', 'one minute of Brahma' and 'one moment of Brahma'.71  These however are not concretely related to any of the minor cycles thematized in this contemplation such as a globe round or a root race period.

There are also certain time units given calculated in our years. They can be deduced from the one day of Brahma of 4,320,000,000 years. This time period is also called a 'kalpa' and consists of a thousand mahayugas (which is a time indication which we shall thematize a bit later) and is the reign spans plus interregnums of fourteen manus.72 A manu can be understood as the archetypal man for a certain root race.73 More than one manu can reign over one root race and the reign of different manus may also overlap, thus a total of fourteen manus for seven root races is well possible.74, 75 Our present manu is called 'Vaivasvata'.76

So fourteen manus reign over one day of Brahma, one kalpa or one thousand mahayugas. These thousand mahayugas consist of nine hundred ninety-four mahayugas (fourteen manu reigns) plus six mahayugas (interregnums). This means that there are seventy-one mahayugas (994 / 14 = 71) in the reign period of one manu.77

Now one such a mahayuga, lasting for 4,320,000 years, consists of four yugas, namely Krita yuga (lasting for 1,728,000 years and better known as 'Satya yuga'78), Treta yuga (1,296,000 years), Dwapara yuga (864,000 years) and Kali yuga (432,000 years).79 At present we are in Kali yuga.80

Summary

To be considered a true occultist according to the Secret Wisdom Teaching one must have appreciation of the cycles, recognition of their duration and consideration of their antithesis. Therefore were in this contemplation the cycles thematized.  A start was made with a general explanation of the Law of Cycles and the concepts of manvantara and pralaya. In line with the occult method was first the solar logos put in the light of the cycles. Our solar logos is halfway of his second of three incarnations. In his body we find seven or ten centres of force, called 'schemes', which regard bodies of manifestation of planetary logoi. These schemes consist of seven or ten chains, consisting again of seven globes. One round through all globes was mentioned to regard a chain or planetary round. A globe round then was mentioned to be a cycle of seven root races on one globe. At present we are in the fourth planetary round, the fourth globe round and in the first half of the fifth root race. Then time units of Brahma and of our own were, where possible, attached to the cycles. A solar manvantara regards one hundred years of Brahma. A scheme manvantara regards one year of Brahma from scheme and higher perspective and one week of Brahma from chain and lower perspective. One planetary round regards one day of Brahma. And as a closure minor cycles and concepts such as the yugas en manus were thematized. The manu of our present root race is called 'Vaivasvata' and we are at present in Kali yuga.

To close down this contemplation shall the whole of the above information about the cycles in the Secret Wisdom Teaching be given an overview in figure 3. May its study help us in becoming true occultists.

Notes
  1. Alice A. Bailey, 'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Section Two, Division D, II, 3, c, (h). "One of the secrets of initiation is concerned with the apprehension of cycles, and with their duration, and the following terms have to be appreciated, their duration recognised, and their antithesis (an intervening pralaya) duly considered before a man is considered a true occultist."
  2. Helena P. Blavatsky, 'The Secret Doctrine, Volume I', in: Theosophical Classics, (CD ROM), Theosophical Publishing House, Manilla, 2002, indic. p. 177. "Everything in the Universe follows analogy."
  3. Alice A. Bailey, 'Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Section One, VII. "The occultist ever approaches the subject connected with the evolutionary process from the angle of the whole and then the part, from the periphery to the centre, from the universal to the particular."
  4. Alice A. Bailey, 'The Light of the Soul', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Book II, Sl. 52. "It has been said that a complete understanding of the Law of Cycles would bring man to a high degree of initiation.  This Law of Periodicity underlies all the processes of nature and its study would lead a man out of the world of objective effects into that of subjective causes."
  5.  'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire', Introductory Postulates. "II. There is a basic law called the Law of Periodicity.
    1. This law governs all manifestation, whether it is the manifestation of a solar Logos through the medium of a solar system, or the manifestation of a human being through the medium of a form.  This law controls likewise in all the kingdoms of nature."
  6. Alice A. Bailey, 'The Externalisation of the Hierarchy', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Section Two, The Great Invocation, Stanza Two. "I would remind you that the law of cycles is the law governing the appearing and the disappearing of great and active energies which pass in and out of manifestation, […]."
  7. Alice A. Bailey, 'Letters on Occult Meditation', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Glossary. "Manvantara.  A period of activity as opposed to a period of rest, without reference to any specific length of cycle.  Frequently used to express a period of planetary activity and its seven races."
  8. 'The Secret Doctrine, Volume I', indic. p. 63. "For what is the real esoteric meaning of Manvantara, or rather a Manu-Antara? It means, esoterically, "between two Manus,""
  9. Ibidem, indic. p. 38. "[…]; and during the long night of rest called Pralaya, when all the existences are dissolved, […]."
  10. Alice A. Bailey, 'A Treatise on White Magic', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Introductory Remarks. "IV. The fourth postulate consists of the statement that all lives manifest cyclically.  This is the Theory of Rebirth or of re-incarnation, the demonstration of the law of periodicity."
  11. 'The Light of the Soul', Book IV, Sl. 5. "[…], the Grand Man of the Heavens, the solar Logos, God in manifestation through the solar system."
  12. 'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire', Introductory Postulates. "6. Every manifested life has its three great cycles:
    Birth Life Death
    Appearance growth disappearance.
    Involution evolution obscuration.
    Inert motion activity rhythmic motion.
    Tamasic life rajasic life sattvic life.
  13. Alice A. Bailey, 'Esoteric Psychology, Volume II, A Treatise on the Seven Rays, Volume II', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Ch. II, I, c. "1. The stage of involution, or of appropriation, and of construction of the vehicles of expression upon the downward arc, where the emphasis is upon the building, growth and appropriation of the bodies, and not so much upon the indwelling, conscious Entity.
    2. The stage of evolution, or of refinement and the development of quality, leading to liberation upon the upward arc."
  14. 'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire', Section Two, Division E, VI, 2. "These subjects have been touched upon when we studied incarnation and, earlier still, when considering pralaya or obscuration, but we dealt then with them in general terms."
  15. Ibidem. Section Two, Division E. "IV. The Turning of the Wheel.
    1. The solar wheel.
    2. The planetary wheel.
    3. The human wheel."
  16. Ibidem, Section One, Introductory Remarks, I."[…], being the product of an earlier mahakalpa, or a previous solar system."
  17. 'The Secret Doctrine, Volume I', indic. p. 36. "[…] a Maha-Kalpa or the "Great Age"—[…]."
  18. Rao Bahadur P. Sreenivas Row in: 'The Secret Doctrine, Volume II', in: Theosophical Classics, (CD ROM), Theosophical Publishing House, Manilla, 2002, indic. p. 70. "[…] Brahma's age, i.e., Mahâ-Kalpa […]."
  19.  'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire', Section Two, Division A, II, 3. "The cycle of objectivity of a solar Logos persists for the greater mahamanvantara or solar cycle […]."
  20. 'Letters on Occult Meditation', Glossary. "Mahamanvantara.  The great period of time of an entire solar system.  This term is applied to the greater solar cycles.  It implies a period of universal activity."
  21. 'A Treatise on Cosmic  Fire', Section Two, Introductory Questions, IX, f.
    "TABULATION II
    EVOLUTION IN THE UNIVERSE
    Entity Vehicle Centre Space Time
    The Unknown 7 constellations Cosmic Logos. 5 cosmic planes
    A cosmic Logos 7 solar systems solar Logos 4 cosmic planes
    A solar Logos 7 planetary schemes Heavenly Man 3 cosmic planes Period of three solar systems
    A Heavenly Man 7 planetary chains Chohans and groups 2 cosmic planes Period of one solar system
    A Man 7 etheric centres A Principle 1 cosmic plane Period of one planetary scheme."
  22. Ibidem, Section One, Division E, I. "Just as our Logos is seeking objectivity through His solar system in its threefold form of which the present is the second, […]."
  23. Ibidem, Section Two, Introductory Questions, VII. "By a close scrutiny of chart V, it will be apparent wherein lies the problem of the Logos, and wherein lies the accuracy of the correspondence between Him and His reflection Man.
    […].
    Second.  Both are at their point of deepest involution."
  24. Alice A. Bailey, 'The Soul and Its Mechanism', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Ch. VI. "The Indian name of a force centre is "chakra.""
  25. See note 20.
  26. 'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire', Section Two, Division B, III, 3. "During involution the sequence is seen as three, then seven and finally ten.
    During evolution the sequence is ten, then seven and finally three."
  27. See note 22.
  28. 'Esoteric Psychology, Volume II', Ch. I, II, 1, b. "There are, as has been stated elsewhere, seven sacred planets but ten planetary schemes, […]."
  29. 'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire', Section Two, Division B, I, 3, a. "The ten schemes are the seven, and the synthesising three—not the seven and a lower three."
  30. See note 20.
  31. 'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire', Section Two, Division B, I, 3, c. "The seven planets, centres, or schemes:
    1. Vulcan (the sun, exoterically considered).
    2. Venus.
    3. Mars.
    4. Earth.
    5. Mercury.
    6. Jupiter.
    7. Saturn.
    The three synthesising planets:
    1. Uranus.
    2. Neptune.
    3. Saturn.
    The One Resolver.
    The SUN."
  32. 'The Light of the Soul', Book IV, Sl. 5. "[…], and what is true of him [the spiritual man] is true of his great prototype, the Heavenly Man, the planetary Logos, and true again of the prototype of his prototype, the Grand Man of the Heavens, the solar Logos, God in manifestation through the solar system.
  33. 'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire', Section Two, Division B, I, 4, d. "The originating source of the manasic principle in a planetary scheme is that lesser cosmic Entity Whom we call a planetary Logos.  He works through His seven chains as does the Logos through His seven planetary centres."
  34. Ibidem.
  35. Ibidem, Section Two, Division D, II, 3, c, (b). "The ten Prajapatis or Rishis, or the ten planetary Logoi, manifest through Their ten schemes in time and space, the hour of Their appearing differing.  Each likewise manifests as does the Logos through a septenate and a triad, making again a ten of perfection."
  36. Ibidem, Section Two, Division B, IV, 2, b. "It is of peculiar interest at this time that we are in the fourth round in a chain as well as in the fourth round as regards the scheme of seven chains."
  37. Ibidem, Section Two, Division E, VI, 4. "Within each planetary scheme, are found the seven chains which are the seven planetary centres, and again within the chain are the seven globes which are the chain centres, […]."
  38. 'The Secret Doctrine, Volume I', indic. p. 153. "These invisible companions correspond curiously to that which we call "the principles in Man. The seven are on three material planes and one spiritual plane, answering to the three Upadhis (material bases) and one spiritual vehicle (Vahan) of our seven principles in the human division."
  39. Ibidem, indic. p. 152. "Out of these seven only one, the lowest and the most material of those globes, is within our plane or means of perception, the six others lying outside of it and being therefore invisible to the terrestrial eye."
  40. 'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire', Section Two, Division B, IV, 2, a. "[…],and on our physical globe, the Earth."
  41. Ibidem, Section Two, Division B, IV, 3, a. "4. The fourth globe Our planet."
  42. Ibidem, Section Two, Division F, II, 3. "2. The quality of the Logos of the planet as it pours through the chains and globes and rounds in a sevenfold differentiation."
  43. 'The Secret Doctrine, Volume I', indic. p. 153, Diagram I.
  44. Ibidem, indic. p. 172, Diagram II.
  45. 'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire', Section Two, Introductory Questions, VII. "b. In connection with a Heavenly Man it might be considered as the cycle which we call a round in which the life of the Heavenly Man cycles through all the seven globes."
  46. Ibidem, Section Two, Introductory Questions. "9. What is the relation between—
    a. The ten schemes,
    b. The seven sacred planets,
    c. The seven chains in a scheme,
    d. The seven globes in a chain,
    e. The seven rounds of a chain,
    f. The seven rootraces and subraces?"
  47. Ibidem, Section Two, Division D, II, 3, c, (h). "The period of seven rounds in one scheme."
  48. See note 35.
  49. 'The Secret Doctrine, Volume I', indic. p. 160. "(One is a "planetary round" from Globe A to Globe G, the seventh; the other, the "globe round," or the terrestrial)."
  50. 'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire', Section Two, Introductory Questions, IX. "IX. WHAT IS THE RELATION BETWEEN:
    a. The ten planetary schemes?
    b. The seven sacred planets?   
    c. The seven chains in a scheme?           
    d. The seven globes in a chain?               
    e. The seven rounds on a globe?             
    f. The seven root-races and the seven subraces?"
  51. 'Letters on Occult Initiation', Glossary. "Root Race.  One of the seven races of man which evolve upon a planet during the great cycle of planetary existence.  This cycle is called a world period."
  52. 'The Secret Doctrine, Volume II', indic. p. 300. ""We (the Fifth Root-Race) in our first half (of duration) onward (on the now ASCENDING arc of the cycle) […].""
  53. Ibidem, fig. EVOLUTION OF ROOT-RACES IN THE FOURTH ROUND.
  54. Alice A. Bailey, 'The Consciousness of the Atom', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Lecture VI. "In the third root race, the Lemurian, the physical aspect of man was carried to a high stage of perfection.  Later in the great race which preceded ours, the Atlantean, and which perished in the flood, the emotional nature of man was developed. Then in the race to which we belong, the Aryan or fifth race, the development of the concrete or lower mind is the goal, and this we are developing each decade.
  55. Ibidem.
  56. 'The Secret Doctrine, Volume II', indic. p. 434. "2. Each Root-Race has seven sub-races.
    3. Each sub-race has, in its turn, seven ramifications, which may be called Branch or "Family" races.
    4. The little tribes, shoots, and offshoots of the last-named are countless and depend on Karmic action."
  57. 'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire' , Section Two, Division D, II, 3, c, (h).  "[…].
    a. 100 years of Brahma An occult century. The period of a solar system.
    b. One year of Brahma The period of seven chains, where the seven planetary schemes are concerned.
    c. One week of Brahma The period of seven rounds in one scheme. It has a chain significance.
    d. One day of Brahma The occult period of a round.
    e. One hour of Brahma Concerns interchain affairs.
    f. One Brahmic minute Concerns the planetary centres, and therefore egoic groups.
    g. One Brahmic moment  Concerns an egoic group, and its relation to the whole."
  58. Rao Bahadur P. Sreenivas Row in: 'The Secret Doctrine, Volume II', indic. p. 70.
    “Mortal years.
    360 days of mortals make a year 1
    Krita Yuga contains 1,728,000
    Treta Yuga contains 1,296,000
    Dwapara Yuga contains 864,000
    Kali Yuga contains 432,000
    The total of the said four Yugas constitute a Maha Yuga 4,320,000
    Seventy-one of such Maha-Yugas form the period of the reign of one Manu 306,720,000
    994 Maha- Yugas, which is equal to 4,294,080,000
    Add Sandhis, i.e. intervals between the reign of each Manu, which amount to six Maha-Yugas, equal to 25,920,000
    The total of these reigns and interregnums of 14 Manus is 1,000 Maha-Yugas, which constitute a Kalpa,i.e., one day of Brahmâ 4,320,000,000
    As Brahma’s Night is of equal duration, one Day and Night of Brahmâ would contain 8,640,000,000
    360 of such days and nights make one year of Brahmâ make 3,110,400,000,000
    100 such years constitute the whole period of Brahma’s age, i.e., Mahâ-Kalpa 311,040,000,000,000”
  59. Ibidem. "These are the exoteric figures accepted throughout India, and they dovetail pretty nearly with those of the Secret works. The latter, moreover, amplify them by a division into a number of esoteric cycles, never mentioned in Brahmanical popular writings—one of which, the division of the Yugas into racial cycles, is given elsewhere as an instance."
  60. 'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire' , Section Two, Division D, II, 3, c, (h). "As yet, it is only to initiates that the true figures are given, the figures in the Secret Doctrine, such as the 100 years of Brahma, strike the general average but it must be ever remembered that in considering the figures where a scheme, for instance, is concerned, much latitude has to be allowed for individual planetary karma, and idiosyncrasy."
  61. See note 56.
  62. See note 57.
  63. 'The Secret Doctrine, Volume I', indic. p. 134. "[…]—during the whole period of Mahapralaya, the "Great NIGHT," namely, 311,040,000,000,000 years of absorption in Brahm."
  64. See note 56.
  65. See note 57.
  66. See note 56.
  67. Ibidem. "[…], where the seven planetary schemes are concerned. […]. It has a chain significance."
  68. See note 57.
  69. 'The Secret Doctrine, Volume I', indic. p. 232. "The latter would be called by the Brahmins "a Day of Brahmâ." It is, in short, one revolution of the "Wheel" (our planetary chain), which is composed of seven globes (or seven separate "Wheels," in another sense this time)."
  70. See note 57.
  71. See note 56.
  72. See note 57.
  73. Alice A. Bailey, 'Initiation, Human and Solar', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Ch. V, The Work of the Manu. "The Manu presides over group one.  He is called Vaivasvata Manu, and is the Manu of the fifth root-race.  He  is the ideal man or thinker, and sets the type for our Aryan race, having presided over its destinies since its inception nearly one hundred thousand years ago."
  74. 'The Secret Doctrine, Volume II', indic. p. 251. "Moreover, whereas the Hindu Purânas speak of one Vaivasvata Manu, we affirm that there were several, the name being a generic one."
  75. 'Initiation, Human and Solar', Ch. V, The Work of the Manu. "The periods of office of all the Manus overlap, […]."
  76. See note 72.
  77. See note 57.
  78. Helena P. Blavatsky, 'Theosophical Glossary', in: Theosophical Classics, (CD ROM), Theosophical Publishing House, Manilla, 2002. "Krita-Yuga (Sk.). The first of the four Yugas or Ages of the Brahmans; also called Satya-Yuga, a period lasting 1,728,000 years."
  79. See note 57.
  80. 'Letters on Occult Meditation', Glossary. "Kali yuga.  "Yuga" is an age or cycle.  According to the Indian philosophy our evolution is divided into four yugas or cycles.  The Kali-yuga is the present age.  It means the "Black Age", a period of 432,000 years."
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Figures
  • Figure 1: The Cycle of the Seven Globes.
  • Figure 2: The Cycle of the Seven Root Races.
  • Figure 3: A Tabulation of the Cycles.
The Cycle of the Seven Globes
The Cycle of the Seven Globes
Figure 1.
The Cycle of the Seven Root Races
The Cycle of the Seven Root Races
Figure 2.
A Tabulation of the Cycles
Cycle Brahmic Time Our Time Supradivision Our Position Subdivision
Solar manvantara 100 years 311,040,000,000,000 years 3 solar systems Halfway the 2nd solar system 7 (or 10) scheme manvantaras
Planetary or scheme manvantara 1 year 3,110,400,000,000 years 7 (or 10) schemes Earth scheme 7 (or 10) chain rounds
1 week  
Chain round 1 day 4,320,000,000 years 7 (or 10) chain rounds 4th chain round 7 globe rounds or 14 manu reigns plus interregnums
 
Globe round     7 globe rounds 4th globe round 7 root races
Root race     7 root races 1st half of the 5th root race 7 sub races
Sub race     7 sub races   7 branche races
 
Manu reign   306,720,000 years 14 manu reigns plus interregnums Vaivasvata 71 mahayugas
Manu interregnum     6 mahayugas
Mahayuga   4,320,000 years 71 mahayugas and 6 mahayugas   Krita, Treta, Dwapara and Kali yuga
Krita, Treta, Dwapara or Kali yuga   1,728,000, 1,296,000, 864,000 or 432,000 years Krita, Treta, Dwapara and Kali yuga Kali yuga  
 
  1 hour        
  1 minute        
  1 moment        
 
    1 year     360 days
    1 day 360 days    

Figure 3.