That mankind’s intelligence gradually increases, reaches a peak and then gradually decreases, reaches a nadir and then starts to ascend again. A profound book written in 1894 by Swami Sri Yukteswar called The Holy Science discusses his ideas on this subject.
In a brief introduction to the main theme of the book (which discusses the underlying unity between religions) he explains mankind’s mental and spiritual development throughout the ages.
He claims that our Sun takes some star for its dual and revolves around it in about 24,000 years of our Earth and this (see below image) is what causes the apparent backward movement of the equinoctial points around the zodiac.
An interesting website
that explores this possibility is the
Sirius Research Group who actually
seem to prove it mathematically. Another site that researches this
topic is Walter Cruttenden’s
Binary Research Institute.
Brahma regulates dharma, the mental virtue of the internal world. When the Sun, in its revolution around its dual, comes to the place nearest to this grand center, (which takes place when the Autumnal Equinox reaches the First Point of Aries,1 the star Zeta Piscium 2), dharma, the mental virtue, becomes so much developed that man can easily comprehend all, even the mysteries of Spirit.
After 12,000 years, when the Sun goes to the place in its orbit furthest from Brahma (which takes place when the Autumnal Equinox is on the First Point of Libra), the mental abilities of man is so reduced that he cannot grasp anything beyond the gross material creation.
Then in the same
manner, the sun begins its advance to return to the place nearest
the grand center and mental virtue begins to develop again for
another 12,000 years and completes the 24,000 year cycle.
At that rate it would take 25,920 years for the equinoctial points to complete one trip through the zodiac (72 x 360º), not 24,000 years as Yukteswar claims. However there is no proof that the present rate of precession is constant throughout the entire cycle.
If in fact our Sun is revolving around another star in an elliptical orbit, the relative velocity of the star is slowest at its apoapsis and fastest at its periapsis (point closest to its focus).
Thus with an average period of 24,000 years, the measured relative velocity at apoapsis may correspond to 26,000 years, and 23,000 years or less at periapsis.
Yukteswar claims we were at the apopsis of our orbit at around 500 AD when the Autumnal Equinox reached 0°of Libra. The intellectual power of man was so diminished that we could not comprehend anything beyond the gross material matter of creation.
History seems to bear this out as it was one of
the darkest periods of mankind with the fall of the Western Roman
Empire just a few years earlier and the beginning of what was
eventually termed the "Dark Ages".
The first stage is called Kali Yuga during which the Sun passes through 1/20th portion of its entire orbit or 1200 years. The human intellect cannot comprehend anything beyond gross material creation, the external world. The next stage or age is called Dwapara Yuga which the Sun passes through 2/20th of its orbit or 2400 years.
The human intellect can comprehend the fine matters or electricities and their attributes which are the creating principles of the external world. The period of 3600 years which the Sun passes through 3/20th of its orbit is called Treta Yuga.
Our intellect can then comprehend the divine magnetism, the source of all electrical forces on which creation depends for its existence. The period of 4800 years during which the Sun passes through the remaining 4/20th orbit is called Satya Yuga.
The mental virtue is in its fourth stage and completes its full development.
can comprehend all, even God the Spirit beyond this visible world
and dharma has reached its peak. It now begins to decline in a
descending arc of 12,000 years and mankind gradually loses dharma as
it once again travels through the four Yugas in reverse order.
As you can see from the above diagram, the Autumnal Equinox entered the ascending Dwapara Yuga around the year 1700 and so we are currently just 300 years (or barely 1/8) into this 2400 year Yuga which is scheduled to last until the year 4100 AD.
Obviously the last 300 years has seen a tremendous advance in our knowledge of the universe. It should also be pointed out that as you pass from one age to another there is a transitional period from one to the other that is proportionate to the length of the age in question.
So the Kali Yuga, for instance, that has a total length of 1200 years, has a transition time of 100 years at its start and end plus the 1000 years sandwiched in between to make the total 1200 years.
In similar fashion Dwapara Yuga has a 200 year transition + 2000 years + another 200 year transition at its end and Treta has a similar 300+3000+300 and Satya 400+4000+400. In this scenario, 1600 AD would mark the beginning of the 100 year transition out of the last Kali Yuga.
Therefore, 1700 AD would begin the 200 year transition into the Dwapara Yuga and 1900 would be the start of the actual Dwapara Yuga proper.
No one can argue that the
last 100 years of the 20th century has seen an unparalleled advance
in knowledge throughout the world which corresponds to our finally
entering into the Dwapara Age proper in 1900 AD.
As you can see, the Autumnal Equinox is falling in the constellation of Virgo and so the Vernal Equinox would be in its opposite sign of Pisces. Since western astrologers always give prime importance to the Vernal Equinox they say we are in the Piscean Age.
However, as demonstrated above, there can be little doubt that it is the Autumnal Equinox that is of prime importance and that we are really in the Age of Virgo and will then enter the Age of Leo around 2500 AD.
This brings up another widespread misconception in that you are always hearing about how we are already feeling the vibrations and effects of the "Aquarian Age". That this is what’s causing the "enlightenment" of the last few years. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Even if the Vernal Equinox was the prime indicator of mankind’s development, it will still be about 500 years before it will reach Aquarius or a good 25% of the entire sign of Pisces is in fact left.
In astrological terms this is about 7.5 degrees (30°per sign x 0.25=7.5°). Influences between planetary bodies do not even begin to be felt until they are at least within 5-6 degrees of an exact angle or conjunction.
The closer they come to their exact angle the more intense the effect.
A fuller explanation of orbs of influence in astrological terms is provided:
Obviously, in discussing the precession of the equinoctial points around the zodiac we are not referring to the horoscope of an individual but of the current movement of our entire solar system.
In other words a transit. Therefore one can assume, at the most, a
1° to 2° orb before the so-called "Aquarian Age" effects would even
begin to be felt. Even assuming a 6° orb we are still much too far
away to even begin to feel any effects from the constellation of
In a series of articles for East-West Magazine called "Astrological World Cycles", Laurie Pratt writes that:
This would mean in the remote past of history man had reached a peak around the year 11,500 BC. Of course this is wholly at variance with the current theories of science and archeology.
However all theories should be subject to continual testing to see if they are valid. What exactly do we know about our remote past? Very little it would seem if you read about it. Much is unknown and there seems to be a lot of speculation. "Unknown" and "speculation" is not hard scientific fact.
Yet often the theories that are formulated from the
available evidence is all we have, so that many times they are
assumed to be fact when in reality they are at best, an educated
This corresponds with the beginning of the Dynastic period in Egypt. But how did this civilization in Egypt start? What happened before 3100 BC? No one seems to know.
As John Anthony West wrote in his book, Serpent In The Sky:
If it was a legacy from an earlier advanced civilization then this would tend to substantiate the diagram above. But a legacy from how long ago?
Dr. Robert M. Schoch has now provided for the first time
some hard scientific evidence that gives some support to a much
earlier date for the start of the Egyptian civilization.
West was stunned when he read this assertion as he had always assumed (along with most everyone else) that the wind had caused the weathering features seen on the Sphinx.
Not being a scientist himself, he naturally wanted a professional opinion from a geologist.
When explaining his predicament to a friend at Boston University it aroused the interest of a geologist colleague, Dr. Robert M. Schoch. Schoch was a stratigrapher and paleontologist, and thus an expert in the weathering of soft rock.
As West explains,
As it turns out, Schwaller was right and his observation did "hold water".
The error West made was assuming that the water erosion was due to the Nile flooding in pre-historic times. According to Schoch, however, the weathering was precipitation based; in other words rainfall.
The Sphinx, of course, is located in the Sahara Desert. The implications of this fact is staggering. It means that the Sphinx and the adjacent Sphinx Temple (which shows the same weathering to the exclusion of all other structures in Egypt) were built at a time when it rained for thousands of years in that area.
As Schoch explains:
This would be the first corroborating piece of scientific evidence that could possibly show an alternate scenario for mankind’s development as opposed to the currently accepted theories.
In this regard, Schoch notes that:
The debate over Schoch’s conclusions rages on within the Egyptology
community. Another source of great debate and speculation is also
located on the Giza plateau, the Great Pyramid.