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At the beginning of the kalpa, creation begins. At the end of the kalpa, there is dissolution and Brahma the creator, goes to sleep, as it were. During one kalpa 14 manu's rule the world of humans one in each manvantara. Each manvantara is preceded and followed by a period of 1,728,000 years) when the entire earthly universe (bhU-loka) will submerge under water. The period of this deluge is known as manvantara-sandhyA (sandhyA meaning, twilight).
The kali-yuga in which we are in now will be followed by the satya-yuga of the next mahA-yuga, namely the 29th mahA-yuga, and so on cyclically. When 71 mahA-yugas of this manvantara are over, there will be a twilight period as stated above and then the next (8th) manvantara goes on and then the 9th manvantara, and so on. When the 14 manvantaras are over, Brahma's day is over and Brahma's night begins. At that time the created universe (including the Sun, the stars and everything that was created at the beginning of the kalpa) will merge into the Absolute and Brahma Himself 'sleeps' as it were. When Brahma's night (of the same duration as His day) is over, the next kalpa begins and Brahma begins His work of creation again, deriving the strength and power from the Absolute once again as He did in the previous kalpas. This way Brahma's days and nights are counted 360 times to make one year of Brahma's life. The tradition says that it is the 51st year of Brahma now and in the 51st year it is the first day, in which again five and a half 'hours' out of 'twelve' hours have elapsed of His time. Thus with respect to Brahma's calendar the present time may be coded as 51st year - first month - first day - 7th manvantara - 28th mahA-yuga - 4th yuga or kaliyuga . The period of kali-yuga is just 4.32 'seconds' of Brahma's time!
Portion of Brahma's day elapsed up to the present time (2000 AD, say) consists of
(one preceding each manvantara): 6 ´ 4k;
6 manvantaras completed : 6 ´ 71 ´ 10k;
preceding the 7th manvantara: 4 k;
27 mahA-yugas elapsed in this manvantara : 27 ´ 10k;
three yugas elapsed (namely satya, tretA
and dvApara) in this 28th mahA-yuga: (4+3+2) k;
and, years elapsed in present kaliyuga 5102
All this adds up to 4567 k + 5102 = 1,972,949,102 human years.
This is the age of the universe in this day of Brahma as of 2000 AD.
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