Monday, November 2, 2015

In Hislop book, Sathya Sai says in 1968 that Kali Yuga has 5,320 years before ending

From pages 20 & 21 of the famous book, Conversations with Sathya Sai Baba by John Hislop, available as a scanned book pdf download here: [Thanks to bro. Ivan Escalona who provided this info. to me in a Facebook comment]. Note that Sai below refers to Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi. This extract is from a taped interview conducted in January 1968. [Ravi: I wonder whether the audio tapes are available with somebody, and whether they have been (or could now be) digitized and put up on the Internet. If one can hear Swami's words in this matter, it will lend great authenticity to the words. Does anybody know whom to contact to ask about this matter? Who are the living family members/heirs of Dr. John Hislop?]

--- start extract from book, Conversations with Sathya Sai Baba ---
A Visitor: But we take milk, which is animal.
Sai: Anything that comes from the cow, a little milk, butter, cheese, is all right for the spiritual aspirant. There is no harm to the cow, and it is of benefit to take it. In Dwapara Yuga, before Kali Yuga, 5860 years back, milk came into favour. Eleven thousand years is the full length of the Kali Yuga.

A Visitor: Does Kali Yuga still continue?
Sai: Yes.
Visitor: Because in America several books say Kali Yuga has ended and another is in force.
Sai: No. Before the Kali Yuga ends, there is a space in between. The situation is similar to the motion of a fan. When the fan is started there is an interval before it picks up speed, and when the switch is turned off, the fan continues to run for a time. The world is also turning around like the fan. Even if the Kali Yuga stops, it still has a few more revolutions to go before the final ending. The situation is somewhat as found with a string of light poles. There is a distance of about a furlong between each pole. The light from a pole extends about half way to the next pole and at some point the light of the next pole is faintly there also. There are four Yugas. The sequence is circular, and when the last is finished, the whole cycle starts all over again. Kali Yuga still has 5,320 years before ending.

A Visitor: How does Kali Yuga fit into the astrological signs?
Sai: The predictions made in astrology are somewhat different from each other in their readings, and this implies some error. It is difficult to pinpoint time factors precisely, and this leads to errors. Astrology is able to view the stars from only one angle of vision; the stars are not seen totally and this is a source of error. Everything changes. People change and so also do the stars. Astrologers do not take these changes into account and this is a source of error. Astrologers do not know their science perfectly and this leads to errors. Astrologers are not living lives of great purity and for this reason spiritual help is not fully within their reach, and this leads to errors. With all these errors, astrology cannot be relied on and it is not worth bothering with.
--- end extract from book, Conversations with Sathya Sai Baba ---

Given below are two images, part of page 20 followed by part of page 21, having above text, captured from the book pdf:

[I thank Dr. John Hislop & publishers of his above mentioned book and have presumed that they will not have any objections to me sharing the above extracts from the book on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]

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