yugas and colours

George Hart glhart at BERKELEY.EDU
Sat Oct 31 14:29:49 UTC 2009

I neglected to mention that this is from a translation I made together  
with V.S. Rajam quite a few years ago.  It is well accepted that the  
Bhaagavata was written by a Tamilian who knew the Tamil Srivaisnava  
tradition and texts.  From reading the 10th book many years ago and  
looking over these poems, it strikes me that the author was very  
likely familiar with the great poems of the ParipaaTal also.  George  

On Oct 31, 2009, at 7:04 AM, George Hart wrote:

> From ParipaTal 3, about the 3rd or 4th century BCE:
> Your wonder is such that you are counted
> through four kinds of eons: zero, quarter, half, one, two
> three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine!  Black one
> with red eyes!  White one with black eyes!  Green one
> with golden eyes!  Dark one with green eyes!
> George Hart
> On Oct 30, 2009, at 11:10 PM, Dominic Goodall wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> Can anybody tell me whether the notion that Vi.s.nu changes colour  
>> in each yuga predates the Bhaagavatapuraa.na?
>> BhP_10.08.013/1 aasan var.naas trayo hy asya g.rh.nato 'nuyuga.m  
>> tanuu.h
>> BhP_10.08.013/3 "suklo raktas tathaa piita idaanii.m k.r.s.nataa.m  
>> gata.h
>> I find it in a few passages excluded from the critical text of the  
>> Mahaabhaarata, e.g.
>> 13*0002_01 ya.h "svetatvam upaagata.h k.rtayuge tretaayuge raktataa.m
>> 13*0002_02 yugme ya.h kapila.h kalau sa bhagavaan k.r.s.natvam  
>> abhyaagata.h
>> Does anybody know of any demonstrably early references?
>> Dominic Goodall

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