The third out of the four Yugas in the scriptures of Hinduism, Dvapara Yuga literally translates to “two ahead” that is, in the third place. The Treta Yuga comes before it, and it precedes Kali Yuga.
It is the Yuga in which the epic of Mahabharata took place. It is a Yuga of learning, learning not just the lessons of life but the lessons of everything before and beyond life as well, while simultaneously questioning the whole idea of life.
Krishna taught us that after thousands of years, there will come a time period of thousands of years that will be The Golden Period. Mortal humans will not make it there but we can establish the foundations for it to grow to have the pleasure and peace of creating something worthy, not for us, but for the posterity. In the times that we’re living now, little do we know that we’re not making it livable, that we just do not exist on this planet but that we are the planet.
Mahabharata is not just the story of the Gods we worship, but of every human being. The story goes on because people, then and now, aren’t able to accept life as it is. They fall prey to the misconceptions of life only to realize that it is not their life that entails misconceptions but their misconceptions that entail life. As preached by Krishna, for the soul, there is neither birth nor death.
Greed in all its different kinds of existence is the primary source of all evils. It was in the Dvapara Yuga that Greed reached it’s extreme and very evidently, it has crossed limits since then. The result is eternal war and uncountable losses. It is widely believed that the Satya Yuga was the Yuga of Truth and that we lost one-fourth of truth in the Treta Yuga. We lost one half of truth in the Dvapara Yuga, and all the greed, evil and dishonesty replaced the lost truth.
The mainstay of this Yuga was the significance of Karma, that is, Action. Krishna emphasized on Actions rather than the result. We exist only to perform our duty and are neither entitled and nor should we be worried about its results. Our only aim should be to do what we should in the right way and with the right intentions. Krishna also emphasized the fact that one must stand up for the right and even go ahead and fight for it. It does not matter if on the other side of the table are our kith and kin or anyone who is close to us, we must be willing to support what is right, morally and ethically.
The Dvapara Yuga was also the Yuga in which Love crossed all boundaries and broke all stereotypes. With the eternal, unconditional and the deep love shared between Krishna and Radha, it can be witnessed clearly that with Love in your heart, everything goes well. What if your intentions are right, then nothing in this world can stop you from achieving your goal.
In Mahabharata, Yudhishthir says, “The ordinances of the Vedas disappear gradually in every successive age”. But what we have forgotten is that as we gradually enter the new Yuga, the basic foundation, the ethics and the essence of life blurs. It is established that change is inevitable but we must remember that so are the values.