What is the Golden Age?
A golden age is a period or era of great peace, purity, truth and prosperity. In Hinduism, the golden age, or Satya yuga, lasts 1,728,000 years. In this time, humanity is governed by gods and goodness and is the most moral of the four yugas, or periods of time. In the cycle of eras, we are now moving once again into the Satya Yuga.
The Satya Yuga is said to have started with the birth of Lord Krishna. It is believed that during this time, humans were able to live for 100,000 years and were free from disease and suffering. The Satya Yuga is also known as the Golden Age because people were said to be virtuous and lived in harmony with each other and nature. Lord Krishna is said to have ended the Satya Yuga and ushered in the next age, the Treta Yuga.
What are the 4 Yugas?
The Satya Yuga is the first of the four Yugas, or ages, in Hinduism. Satya means truth and Dharma means righteousness, so Satya Yuga is often referred to as the age of truth and righteousness. This was a time when humans were said to be closer to God and lived in harmony with nature. There was no crime or violence, and everyone followed their dharma.
The next age, the Treta Yuga, is sometimes called the Silver Age. This is when humans began to turn away from Dharma and live more selfishly. The Treta Yuga is said to last 1,296,000 years.
The next age, the Dwapara Yuga, is sometimes called the Bronze Age. This is when humans became even more selfish and began to fight against each other. The Dwapara Yuga is said to last 864,000 years.
The last age, the Kali Yuga, is sometimes called the Iron Age. This is when humans are said to be the furthest from God and live in the most selfish way possible. The Kali Yuga lasts for 432,000 years. While the Satya Yuga is often compared to a Golden Age or paradise on Earth, the Kali Yuga is often compared to a dark age or hell on Earth.