What is truth, said jesting Pilot, famously not staying for an answer.

More apt, in the age of coronavirus is the question of whether the disease is some sort of retribution possibly levied by a higher spiritual power. Did we bring this on ourselves, like a car payment? Is it more than just a passing germ?

Jim Newton, author of Lost Civilizations, offers up numerous possibilities in his comprehensive book on the secret histories and suppressed technologies of the ancients. One example is the Upanishads, the last chapter of the Vedas, hymns in Hinduism first written down 3,500 years ago.

A basic teaching contained in these works is that four great ages are repeated over and over throughout an unending history. They are:

Krita Yuga, a Golden age in which righteousness abounds

Treta Yuga, an age which witnesses a decline in morals in which “virtue fails.”

Davapara Yuga: Lying and arguing expand, minds fall short and truth declines.

Kali Yuga: Men turn to wickedness, and value is degraded. Decay flourishes, and the human race approaches annihilation.

The end of each Yuga comes about because of a catastrophe, usually either a fire or flood. The next Yuga arises, built on the remains of the previous one.

According to the Bhagvata Purana, we are now living in the final days of the Kali Yuga, the last age, marked by progressively worse behavior.

People will be greedy, take to wicked behavior, will be merciless, indulge in hostilities without any cause, and become extremely covetous for wealth and world desires.

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