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Indus Script Deciphered 20

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20. Time in the Indus culture

Time in the Indus culture is displayed in a similar way as is described in Jain scriptures as one of the six eternal components of nature, i.e. the cycle of practicality, the bhava chakra: a wheel rotating on the two rods of day and night ISD 20 symbol 1 jpg as is shown in the Indus seals. Because time is unidirectional, it progresses or moves in one direction only, and runs with snake-like curves, known as the utsarpini of increasing happiness, or upwards-moving-snake time curve and awasarpini of increasing unhappiness or downwards-moving-snake time curve respectively. This is also seen on the Indus. seals. Each

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utsarpini and awasarpini wave has six segments hence each chakra has six segments, yet it can be shown either as a snake (called ‘worm’ by many scholars) or as a double loop, a single loop, or even as a sand clock presenting the utsarpini and the awasarpini time curves on the Indus finds or seals. As the name implies, applicative time is

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As a snake (worm)                                As double loop                                    As single loop

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As sand clock

depicted as a snake, while the time as an eternal component of nature is known as kaal or kala. It is eternal and manifests itself cyclic, hence ISD 20 symbol 2 jpg it is depicted as a chakra or wheel, and is located in the smallest indivisible unit of space or pradesh as a bead and known as a samaya or smallest time unit filling the whole universe and rotating continuously at its own place. These concepts appear in theIndus texts also.

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