Derived from Sanskrit, satya means "truth." In yoga, satya is one of five yamas (ethical rules),
representing truthfulness and avoiding misrepresentation.
The yugas symbolize the gradual human
loss of the inner self and subtle body. They also explain how
humanity gradually loses righteousness from one yuga to another. It
is only during Satya Yuga that righteousness, perfection and truth
reign supreme. All work is pure; and meditation, knowledge and
penance are held in high regard.
Although estimates vary, some say Satya
Yuga lasts more than 1,700,000 years, and human life expectancy
during this yuga is over 4,000 years.
In chronological order, the yugas are:
- Satya Yuga – This yuga is also
known as Krita Yuga, or the perfection age.
- 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, and virtue and sin show up in
- Kali Yuga – The age of
conflict, Kali Yuga is described as one quarter virtue and