Kalpa

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Kalpa (Hind. Myth) One of the Brahmanic eons, a period of 4,320,000,000 years. At the end of each Kalpa the world is annihilated.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kalpa In Hindu chron., a day of Brahma, a period of 4,320,000,000 years, equivalent to a thousand great ages (mahāyuga); an eon. At the end of the eon, the cosmos is resolved again into chaos, and has to be created anew at the end of another like period, constituting a night of the Supreme Being. Also spelled calpa.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kalpa kal′pa a day of Brahma, a period of 4320 million years
    • Kalpa Also Cal′pa
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

Every Maha-kalpa consists of four Asankhyeya-kalpas.
"Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms" by Fa-Hsien
In the Puranas creation is a process renewed after each kalpa, or vast mundane period.
"Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1" by Andrew Lang
I had no longer that feeling of unutterable loneliness; but felt, rather, that I was less alone, than I had been for kalpas of years.
"The House on the Borderland" by William Hope Hodgson
Thus, Brahmanic cosmogony usually deals with a period of time called Kalpa.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
In ancient Kalpas, thou hadst every day gone through ascetic austerities along with us.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
They attain enlightenment after four births or a hundred kalpas, according to their ability.
"The Religions of Japan" by William Elliot Griffis
At the end of each of the great world periods called kalpas the Lord retracts the whole world, i.e.
"The Vedanta-Sutras with the Commentary by Sankaracarya"
It is a kalpa of time.
"The Truth About Tristrem Varick" by Edgar Saltus
Don Jayme had been domiciled in the neighborhood for five years, and the five years had been to him five Kalpas of time.
"A Transient Guest" by Edgar Saltus
Kalpa after Kalpa, you may remain at a low stage.
"Evolution of Life and Form" by Annie Wood Besant
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