Time travel in ancient Hindu texts

Balarama and Revathi

Balarama and Revathi

 

In the mid-satya-yuga of the (around 115 million years ago), there lived a King of the Solar dynasty, by name Kakudmi, and his beautiful daughter Revati.

Kakudmi was of pure character, and a benevolent ruler. He had avery beautiful daughter named Revati, endowed with all auspicious qualities.

Kakudmi’s daughter Revati was so beautiful and so accomplished that when she reached a marriageable age, Kakudmi, thinking no one upon earth was worthy of her, went to the Creator himself, Lord Brahma, to seek his advice about a suitable husband for his daughter.

Although considered human, Kakudmi seemed to have been endowed with mystic powers, not found in ordinary humans today. Kakudmi was able to take his daughter Revati with him and travel to Brahma-loka (the plane of existence where Brahma, the Creator, resides) and to speak with Brahma at will.

When they arrived, Lord Brahma was listening to a musical performance by the Gandharvas, so they waited patiently for some 20 minutes until the performance was finished. Then, Kakudmi bowed humbly, made his request and presented his shortlist of candidates for his son-in-law. Brahma laughed loudly, and explained that time runs differently on different planes of existence, and that during the short time they had waited in Brahma-loka to see him, 27 catur-yugas (a cycle of four yugas, totalling 108 yugas, or Ages of Man) had passed on earth. Brahma said to Kakudmi,

“O King, all those whom you may have decided within the core of your heart to accept as your son-in-law have died in the course of time. Twenty-seven catur-yugas have already passed. Those upon whom you may have already decided are now gone, and so are their sons, grandsons and other descendants. You cannot even hear about their names. You must therefore bestow this virgin gem (i.e. Revati) upon some other husband, for you are now alone, and your friends, your ministers, servants, wives, kinsmen, armies, and treasures, have long since been swept away by the hand of time.”

King Kakudmi was overcome with astonishment and alarm at hearing this news. However, Brahma comforted him, and added that Vishnu, the preserver, was currently incarnate on earth in the forms of Balarama (older brother of Krishna), and he recommended Balarama as a worthy husband for Revati.

Kakudmi and Revati then returned to earth which they regarded as having left only just a short while ago. They were shocked by the changes that had taken place. Not only had the landscape and environment changed, but over the intervening 27 catur-yugas, in the cycles of human spiritual and cultural evolution, mankind was at a lower level of development than in their own time (see Ages of Man). The Bhagavata Purana describes that they found the race of men had become “dwindled in stature, reduced in vigour, and enfeebled in intellect.”

Daughter and father found Balarama and proposed the marriage which was accepted. The marriage was then duly celebrated.

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One comment on “Time travel in ancient Hindu texts

  1. It is one thing whether it really happened or not. But to me its mind boggling for someone to have conceived the idea of time travel ages ago which the west wasn’t aware of until Einstein came to be.
    Great post!!

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