Timely Behavior Has a History of Cyclic Activity. Henri-Charles Puech, (20 July 1902, Montpellier – 11 January 1986, aged 83) was a French historian. He held the chair of History of religions at the Collège de France. The years were 1952 to 1972. “Gnosis and Time” was one of his expositions. He discusses how people need concepts which remain identical with themselves. For example, Greeks regarded movement and change as an inferior reality. At least with cycles, there is re-occurrence. It is a circular motion which assures survival of something by repeating it. The Divine, on the other hand, is permanent. It represents absolute immobility at the very top. Plato talks of how time is determined and measured by the revolution of celestial spheres. In our worldview, circles or cycles are either generated, grow or decay around a permanent center.
The Hindu tradition also adhers to cyclic philosophy. Gods represent each aspect of cycles. Brahma is the Creator. Vishnu is the preserver. Siva is the destroyer. The Atharva-Veda (x,8, 39-40) is the source of cyclic tradition. It also speaks of both dawn and twilight for each major cycle. These shorter epochs only last 400 years. The complete cycle is called the Mahaijuga.
- Krta Yuga is the 1st. It is 4,000 years.
- Tetra Yuga lasts 3,000 years.
- Dwapara Yuga lasts 2,000 years
- Finally is the Kali Yuga of 1,000 years.
Note, the exact same ratio of numbers (4,3,2, and 1) in the Greek tetractys. This certainly confirms a unified world culture at one time
The tetractys (Greek: τετρακτύς), or tetrad, or the tetractys of the decad is a triangular figure. It has ten points arranged in four rows: one, two, three, and four points in each row. It is the geometrical representation of the fourth triangular number. As a mystical symbol, it was very important to the secret worship of Pythagoreanism. There were four seasons, and the number was also associated with planetary motions and music.
Timely Behavior of the Octahedron
Pythagoreans, Stoics, and Platonists believed these cycles of time reoccur again and again. Therefore, nothing is unique. As is the Hermetic adage, “There is nothing new under the Sun.”
One more view of the timely behavior according to the ancients: Look at the Platonic solid, the octahedron. It forms a perfect model of our 24 hour day. Note:
- Its 8 regular triangles each have 3 vertices at 60° each. That is a total of 24 vertices of 60° each. That numerically represents our 24 hour day of 60 minutes per hour.
- 12 vertices on 4 triangles are above the square middle. Twelve are below the middle square. This divides daytime and nighttime hours equally of the 24 hour day.
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