did it all started? - Jainism
Jainism is an independent and the most ancient religion
of the world. It is a belief with the past and the present
day leaders of the religion that there is no start or end
to Jainism. It is- they say from "Anadikal" -(no
time period), and this is no exaggeration. It has been archaeologicaly
proved that Jainism eas there even before the Aryans.
But as the present day world understands it 'Jainism has started
with the advent of "Bhagwan Rishabh Dev" -The first
Tirthankara of Jains'. He was the first Tirthankar of Jains
who lived a life of 84 lac years before getting "Nirvan"(independence
from birth & re-birth). To understand the exact time period
of "Lord Rishabh Dev", it is very important for
all of us to understand our "Kal Chakra". (figure)
All lives on Earth are governed by this "Chakra".
Many "Kal Chkra" have passed away before the present
and the 5th "Kal Chakra". The One we are living
To describe the shape of this chakra - imagine two
snakes and joining them for making a circle with both their
heads joined and both their tails joined. This "chakra"
is formed of 20 crore x 1 crore Sagar(20 Kota Koti Sagar).
Here sagar is a unit of millions of years. Just like a decade
is a unit of 10 years similarly, sagar is a unit of 10 palyopums.
Here comes a new term, plopum. So we first need to
understand palyopum very well. It can be illustrated as:
Let's say - take a cubic pit about 6km-8kms of width and
6km-8kms length also 6km-8km of depth. Now fill this entire
pit with small's child's hair. Fill the pit so densely that
even if the truck passes over this pit, the filling is not
even disturbed. After 100 years, take out one small hair out
of the filling. Repeat the process after every 100 years and
calculate the time taken to empty the pit in such a manner
Yes! This time period is a Palyopum.
This "Kal Chakra" is further divided into six
parts. Each part of these six ones denotes a time span.
The first part is made of 4 crore x 1 crore Sagars. This time
period - according to the scripts - was a period of happiness
and happiness(Sukham Sukham as known technically). The second
part lasted for 3 crore x 1 crore Sagar and was a period of
The next part known as "Sukham Dukham" lasted for
2 crore x 1 crore Sagar. It was a period of happiness but
with sadness and less of misery. This was the period when
our first Tirthankara "Lord Rishabh Dev" took birth
and attained "Dev Gati" (Explained in Logo). He
lived for time span which is the maximum span among all the
other Tirthankaras. Here we can say was started the present
day Jainism - otherwise there is no beginning to Jainism,
it is from even before than Rishabh Dev ji. Our all the other
23 Tirthankaras came as well as became "Keval gyani"
in the 4th part of this Chakra. This part lasted for 42000
years less than 1 crore x 1 crore Sagar. A period of sadness(Duknam)
at the maximum and a little of happiness.
"Lord Mahavira", our 24th Tirthankar, achieved "Devgati"
at end of this part that is just 3 years and 8 months before
the beganing 5th part. That can be a reason he is most popular
among our present generation.
You and me - we are at present living in the 5th part of this
half Chakra. This part has a span of 2100° years. We are
still left with approximately 18,450 years of this part. After
this time period 6th part of Kal chakra start which will also
last for 2100° years but will be a period of sadness and
sadness(Dukham Dukham). It is also estimated that life in
this part be very short lived" say a maximum of 20 years
and maximum height would be 2 feet. So, much of heat will
be there in the atmosphere that there will be no flora left
on earth and even today we can smell the beginning of such
At the end of 6th part the second half of the "Kal Chakra"
will begin but exactly in reverse order 6th part 5th, 4th,
3rd, 2nd & 1st. At the beginning of 4th part
our 1st Tirthankara (all 24 Tirthankaras will be new) of that
part will take his place of Earth and he would be "Lord
Mahadev". We will have 23 more new Tirthankaras in the
3rd part.(This is a belief till today).
The worst time period according to this "Kal Chakra"
is still to come and will last for 42000 years and if we want
to escape through such a period we should work for it in this
very life by being true to ourselves and others.
How we can do this continued in the topic "Belief of