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n. Hinduism
One of the four ages constituting a cycle of history.

[Sanskrit yugam, yoke, pair, era; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.]


(Hinduism) (in Hindu cosmology) one of the four ages of mankind, together lasting over 4 million years and marked by a progressive decline in the vitality and morals of men
[C18: from Sanskrit: yoke, race of men, era; see yoke]


(ˈyʊg ə)

n., pl. -gas. Hinduism.
1. an age of time.
2. any of four ages, each worse than the last, forming a single cycle due to be repeated.
[1775–85; < Skt]
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Yogis have an understanding of the human system in the context of yugas or phases of existence.
He said the company targets sales of 300,000 Dream Yugas in the current financial year that ends in March 2013.
Honda's 110cc Dream Yuga motorcycle, its first in India's 75-125cc commuter segment, will start at 44,642 rupees and will compete with Hero's Splendor brand, India's biggest-selling bike.
Vishnu reclines on the thousand-headed serpent, Ananta, as he drifts on the Cosmic Ocean between the yugas, or cycles of time.
The yugas or "ages of the world" have long been a vibrant object of study for scholars of early Hinduism.
The time of the epic describes a period when the values exemplified in the descriptions of the earlier yugas are in fact reversed, as seen most clearly in the reversal of the normative roles of the four varnas, a picture given with terrifying imagery in such apocalyptic passages as Mbh 3, 186-89.
The substance of the book alternates between two approaches: attempts to draw distinctions between earlier and later passages in the Mbh, and focused analysis of specific passages dealing with the yugas and other aspects of the representation of time in the epic.
The book's strength is its analysis of the many passages dealing with yugas and yuganta; its weakness is that this analysis is not in turn contextualized within the larger theory of the global meaning of the Mbh.
Gonzalez-Reimann's thesis is that "a careful analysis of the relevant Epic passages, as well as of other materials, points to a late superimposition of the yuga theory onto the epic poem.
These four yugas are Sathya yuga or Kreta yuga, Treta yuga, Dwapara yuga and Kali yuga.
The happiest age is Krta Yuga (which possibly means, 'accomplished age') with people enjoying long life, peaceful conditions and a high standard of spirituality.
But, it was believed, that with the passage of time and especially in the Kali Yuga (i.