Manvantara

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Manvantara or Manuantara is a Sanskrit term which literally means "between Manus." H. P. Blavatsky defines it as "a period of manifestation, as opposed to Pralaya (dissolution or rest); the term is applied to various cycles, especially to a Day of Brahma -4,320,000,000 Solar years- and to the reign of one Manu -308,448,000-.[1]

There are different manvantaras according to the cycle of evolution in course:

There were several "Great Ages" mentioned by the ancients. In India it embraced the whole Maha-Manvantara, the "Age of Brahma," each "Day" of which represents the Life Cycle of a chain, i. e., it embraces a period of Seven Rounds (vide "Esoteric Buddhism," by A. P. Sinnett). Thus while a "Day" and a "Night" represent, as Manvantara and Pralaya, 8,640,000,000 years, an "age" lasts through a period of 311,040,000,000,000; after which the Pralaya or dissolution of the universe becomes universal. With the Egyptian and Greeks the "Great Age" referred only to the Tropical, or Sidereal year, the duration of which is 25,868 solar years. Of the complete age -- that of the Gods -- they said nothing, as it was a matter to be discussed and divulged only at the Mysteries, and during the Initiation Ceremonies. The "Great Age" of the Chaldees was the same in figures as that of the Hindus.[2]
  1. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Theosophical Glossary (?????), ???
  2. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Theosophical Glossary (?????), ???