Also called the Bronze Age, the Dwapara
Yuga saw the decline of morality and of the spiritual practice of
yoga. As people drifted farther from the Divine, they became more competitive, zealous, deceitful and pleasure-seeking. The standard of
living decreased during this yuga, but science flourished. Dwapara
Yuga was also the age of the events in the epic, "Mahabharata,"
including the incarnation of Krishna and his role in the battle
against evil. Dwapara Yuga ended when Krishna left Earth to return to
his eternal home.
In chronological order, the yugas are:
- Satya Yuga – Also known as Krita Yuga, this is the age of truth, virtue and righteousness. Everyone was said to have practiced yoga for spiritual understanding.
- Treta Yuga – This is the age of mankind and represents a one-quarter decline in spirituality and the spiritual practice of yoga.
- Dwapara Yuga – In this age, spirituality continues to decline, virtue and sin show up in equal measure.
- Kali Yuga – The age of conflict, Kali Yuga is described as one quarter virtue and three-fourths sin.