I understand time doesn't always move forward linearly in the Hindu view. Can someone give a clear explanation of Yugas,Kalpas etc. and how time moves in cycles?

This purpose of this question is to understand what "beginning" and "end" mean in Hindu cosmogony. Are there many beginnings and many endings of time?

  • Sorry didn’t get exactly what you’re saying. You want to know how satya yuga comes after kali and the yuga cycles repeat? Or anything additionally as well? Basically something like a concise thing not as elaborate as the Puranas correct?
    – Adiyarkku
    Commented Mar 18, 2021 at 13:30
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    the Western cultural view is linear only - time doesn't cycle. "the moving finger writes, and having writ, moves on". the western scientific view is either big bang or steady state. I'd like to contrast the Hindu view with that @archit - at a high level.
    – S K
    Commented Mar 18, 2021 at 13:34
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    voila!! @proxy. it is impossible to conceive of yugas cycling without an underlying linear time beneath the "cycles".
    – S K
    Commented Mar 18, 2021 at 14:55
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    Does this answer your question? Who is kaal? What is kaal?
    – sbharti
    Commented Oct 3, 2021 at 15:47
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    Does this answer your question? What is the duration (Timeline) of the four "Yugas"?
    – Aby
    Commented Oct 18, 2021 at 22:03


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