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KALCHAKRA

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Jains believe that time is infinite, without any beginning or end. Time is divided into infinite equal time cycles or Kalchakras. Every time cycle is further sub-divided in two equal halves. The first half is the progressive cycle or ascending order called Utsarpini. The other half is the regressive cycle or the descending order called Avasarpini. Every Utsarpini and Avasarpini is divided into six unequal periods called Aras.   During the Utsarpini half cycle, progress, development, happiness, strength, age, body and religious trends go from the worst conditions to the best, while reverse happens in the case of the Avasarpini half cycle. Presently, we are in the fifth Ara of the Avasarpini phase, which started some 2,500 years ago.  When the Avasarpini phase ends the Utsarpini phase begins. This Kalchakra repeats again and continues forever.


 

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