In Hinduism there is a concept of cyclic time. Manvantara is a unit of time.

So is there any text that talks about events that happened in previous manvantara.


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Yes. When Narada met Vyasa and asked him to write Bhagavata, he narrates a story from previous manvantara.

O Muni, in the last millennium I was born as the son of a certain maidservant engaged in the service of brāhmaṇas who were following the principles of Vedānta. When they were living together during the four months of the rainy season, I was engaged in their personal service.(SB 1.5.23)

O Vyāsadeva, in that association and by the mercy of those great Vedāntists, I could hear them describe the attractive activities of Lord Kṛṣṇa. And thus listening attentively, my taste for hearing of the Personality of Godhead increased at every step.(SB 1.5.26)

As they were leaving, those bhakti-vedāntas, who are very kind to poor-hearted souls, instructed me in that most confidential subject which is instructed by the Personality of Godhead Himself.(SB 1.5.30)

After that, under the shadow of a banyan tree in an uninhabited forest I began to meditate upon the Supersoul situated within, using my intelligence, as I had learned from liberated souls. As soon as I began to meditate upon the lotus feet of the Personality of Godhead with my mind transformed in transcendental love, tears rolled down my eyes, and without delay the Personality of Godhead, Śrī Kṛṣṇa, appeared on the lotus of my heart.(SB 1.6.15-16)

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    Hmmm...is this iskcon translation? Supersoul, personality of godhead etc. No advaita translator will use such words. These are certainly western words.
    Commented Mar 21, 2021 at 13:23
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    Yes it is sir. I only have that in online. @GIRIBLR Commented Mar 21, 2021 at 13:24
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    @SethuSrivatsaKoduru "O Muni, in the last millennium I was born" there is a difference between manvantara and millennium. Commented Mar 21, 2021 at 13:37
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    @DarkKnight Yeah you are right. I will edit my answer to find another story if possible. Commented Mar 21, 2021 at 14:04
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    @DarkKnight MLBD says Former Cycle of Ages. So here you go : archive.org/details/BhagavataPuranaMotilalEnglish/page/n49/mode/… Commented Mar 21, 2021 at 15:04

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