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Featured Question about Hindus and the future

Discussion in 'Interfaith Discussion' started by YoursTrue, Aug 18, 2022.

  1. YoursTrue

    YoursTrue Faith-confidence in what we hope for (Hebrews 11)

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    What do Hindus believe about the future of the earth and the lives of humans as well as others?
     
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    Well, if we(humans) don't destroy ourselves through some mean or the other, the sun certainly will eventually...

    But for the most part, time is cyclic in Hinduism, rather than linear. All is born, lives, dies, and is recreated(born) again. This isn't just for people, but all things. What is eons to us is just a day for Brahman, ever creating and destroying, in his/her/its own cycles of waking and sleeping.

    However, Hinduism is vast, and not all Hindus believe the same way. You'll find a lot of different views on this topic.
     
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    I believe as the sun expands, it will render the earth uninhabitable. I believe humans will become extinct long before this happens.
     
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    Whatever happens happens. The earth could get hit by a meteorite or become unlivable as we know it today. Hindus are more focused on the present than on the future. We're not a 'prophesy' religion. Live dharma to the best of our ability, then wait and see what happens.
     
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    Earth will be fine for a very long time
    Kali Yuga lasts 400.000 years
    We have had roughly 5000 years
    Many more years to come

    After that, well none of my concern
     
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  6. YoursTrue

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    Just want to know where you're getting the 5,000 years from. I believe that from the Bible's account of Adam and Eve, but may I ask where you're getting that particular timing from?
     
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  7. YoursTrue

    YoursTrue Faith-confidence in what we hope for (Hebrews 11)

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    OK, I kind of figured that there would be different viewpoints. But someone in another thread was talking about the writings, and I wonder what they are, but I guess that would be for another thread. Meantime I wonder if a viewpoint about the future is written down in religious writings of Hindus.
    One reason is that of the theory of evolution. Is there anything in writing about rebirth? Or transmigration of souls?
     
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    You’d likely find scriptures relating to rebirth/reincarnation among the vast amount of texts there are in Hinduism.
    I think maybe the Vedas.
    As for future predictions, I doubt you’ll find many if any scriptures relating to that specifically. Maybe among certain sects but I have my doubts :shrug:
    Hinduism doesn’t make predictions really. It’s fairly passive overall. Like whatever happens, happens. Not really for us to decide. What we have to do is try to live a good Dharmic way as much as we are able to. That said, I suppose the destruction of the earth and humans can be seen as just an inevitable event that we shouldn’t worry about. Maybe such destruction will give rise to a better species even. Death, destruction and indeed the ending of life is often seen as just another beginning in a lot of Hindu circles
    But as with anything in the Dharmic faiths, your mileage may vary.
     
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    The 5,000 year thing is just this yuga. There were times before this(that included human life).
     
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    Kali Yuga was ushered in when Poorna Avatar Krishna came to Earth...ca. 5000 years ago
     
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    Others have different dates but all agree that the Kali, iron, dark age is what we've been living through for thousands of years.

    But if you want mind-boggling numbers, Kalpa (aeon) - Wikipedia has them including the full life of Brahma of a bit over 311 trillion years.
     
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  12. YoursTrue

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    ok, thanks for that but I don't understand who or what Kali Yuga and Pooma Avatar Krishna are. I wasn't raised in an atmosphere explaining anything about that so further information is needed for me to understand.
    But you do mention 5,000 years ago or so and that is also the Bible's explanation of when mankind began.
     
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    OK, so given your explanation, is there a supreme or top god in Hinduism?
    I did check out a few things about the sun and the continuity of it and did learn a few things about that. I put my trust in an almighty God to solve certain issues, but don't want to get into that on this board now. Thanks for your answer.
     
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    By the way, I'm not really saying that Hindusim makes predictions, but I wonder if texts are referred to, in reference to the future, and/or how to live. So far from what I am seeing, destruction is what's in store, and leaving the rest up to circumstances. Not to change the subject, but aren't there offerings given to the various gods at Hindu temples?
     
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    Yes we make offerings. Fruit, flowers, our love, work, etc.
     
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    We believe in the revelations of Einstein. The Arrow of Time is an illusion. Just because we can't conceive of simultaneous past, present and future, doesn't mean it isn't a fact.
     
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    Brahman.
    The ultimate supreme God in Hinduism, basically. Or if one is more on the Atheist scale, Brahman would be basically the primordial cosmic energy that binds the universe together.
    Honestly the answer might vary depending on who you ask.


    It’s more that it’s cyclical. And if you look at history, then it really is just life, destruction and then life rising through the ashes. Rinse and repeat
    Look at how many extinction events have occurred in prehistoric times and even now. (Though extinction these days is often due to human intervention.)
    And yes Hindus will offer to the Gods during prayer. Fully vegetarian and usually consists of sweets, fruits and other foods
     
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    :cool:

    Nice description
     
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  19. YoursTrue

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    :) (hmm.) Time is another subject. Most of us are greatly aware of the passage of time, as if we need to know what time it is. In fact, even scientists project when something happened.
     
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    ok, so from what I have read so far, there is no supreme God that communicates with those who wrote down what he, it, or she said, is that right? Maybe I missed something.
     
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