"And evil will befall you in the end of days."
[Deuteronomy 31:29]



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Apocalypse: Judaism & Hinduism

Apocalypse: Judaism & Hinduism edition



Apocalypse, as defined in the dictionary is a great disaster : a sudden and very bad event that causes much fear, loss, or destruction. In the next few paragraphs, the idea of the end of the world (apocalypse) will be discussed from the point of view of Judaism and Hinduism. Two very different religions, yet both united by the idea of world destruction.



Judaism


"Ten signs will accompany the Messianic "birth pangs" of the end times (Sanhedrin 97b).

In the Jewish religion, among with many others, there is a set list of signs that precede the apocalypse. The signs are what give the people of that faith a signal or time frame. Usually, the signs are listed in how severe it is, so the more severe, the closer to the end of the world we are. In most cases this is the way it is set up, although some religions have more than others. The phrase "birth pangs" is reference to the painful times of when the Messiah comes. The world will be in a time of suffering when the Messiah comes to unite everyone in the Judaism faith.

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Torah (sacred book of Judaism)



"In their entire purity and complete ethical power these thoughts come out only in the gospel; but the two thoughts, that in this age God is an absentee and that at its end he will destroy his world-adversaries in the great judgment, rule the Jewish idea of God."


Within this quote, to ideal topics are brought up. One, that God is absent, two that He will destroy the world on judgement day. Many religions have different ideas as to what will actually happen when the actual Judgement day happens, but the overall idea is that the earth and universe will end. An interesting idea that is brought up is that the only time God is present is to destroy, but every moment after that He is absent. Another interpretation of the apocalypse in the Judaism faith is "In general it must be emphasized that, when compared with the preceding epoch, this apocalyptic does not imply an advance of religious individualism; it reveals rather a stronger influx of national elements into the piety of Judaism." Instead of there being individuals and divisions in the Jewish faith, it says that outside influence is what will bring out the apocalypse. Government, societal issues, and other topics related to that will be the starting point of the end.



Hinduism
"And Dharma becomes very weak in the Kali age, and people commit sin in mind, speech, and actions... Quarrels, plague, fatal diseases, famines, drought, and calamities appear. Testimonies and proofs have no certainty."
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Kali during the Kali age (apocalypse to some extent)


Many of the things listed within the signs of the Kali age are happening now. This is why many people are seemingly obsessed with the idea that the world will end soon. A few years back, there was a man who said that the world would end in December of 2012, yet it didn't. However, when more and more "signs" are seen, it shoots their belief even higher. One very interesting thing about this statement is that the Kali age is very focused on cosmic order. The way the cosmos are set up (aligned) is what decides when the apocalypse will happen. Another sign for the Hindu apocalyptic signs is when, "People become poorer in vigor and luster. They are wicked, full of anger, sinful, false, and avaricious. Bad ambitions, bad education, bad dealings, and bad earnings excite fear." Many people, in this time and age are more focused on the amount of success they get in the end (wether it be money, reputation, fame, etc.) that they don't worry about how they get there. This quote is talking about the bad qualities people will have during the Kali age. The last sentence of the quote is basically saying how if you don't put your mind to it, you will never succeed in life. The amount of bad you do or wish to do will determine the level of success you have.


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Bhagavad Gita (One of the sacred books of Hinduism)
"In fact, the earth and the universe will just keep rebooting every time they are finished! This has to be the most awesome kind of Apocalypse, because no matter how bad it gets, nothing is really over."

In the Hindu religion, it is believed that ones essence never really dies. Reincarnation is a big part of Hinduism and throughout this polytheistic religion there is one set belief that every one believes in. The apocalypse, in many religions, is the end of the world. It is where man dies and is judged for the things he did during his life. There is a similar version of this in Hinduism where what you do is reflective on what you become reincarnated as when you die. In this quote, it says that even if destruction were to happen to the earth, just like a cell phone it would reboot (or restart). That way, nothing can permanently damage the earth or universe. This type of belief also benefits in a way that you can never give up. The idea that nothing can be set in stone is inspiring. Another quote to support this would be, "There were other people before us, and there will be other after us. It's never done; always in motion." We are only one part of the big circle that is life. When we die, there will be another generation after us, waiting to fulfill anything we didn't. If nothing is truly over, then we are never over. Our work, our essence, and our soul will forever be eternal in the idea that "it's never done"




Common questions pertaining this subject:

Q: How does one prepare for Judgement day (as it is called in many religions)?
A: Every religion requires you to try and live a peaceful life. However, with Hinduism and Judaism in mind, how to prepare is different. In Judaism, if you sin you should repent to be prepared for your last day. "
Rabbi Eliezer said: 'Repent one day before your death.' His disciples asked him, 'Does then one know on what day he will die?''All the more reason he should repent today, lest he die tomorrow' (Shabbat 153a)." In Hinduism, the idea that it is never over, plays a big role in repentance and the apocalypse. As explained in the above paragraphs, if there were to be an apocalypse then you should repent for your sins. The act repenting is a sign of redemption of the soul.


Q:How will the fact that since most religions believe in apocalypse affect other people?
A: Since each religion has its own set of beliefs each thing will play out differently. Also, each religion believes that they are right. So to say this will happen because this religion said so, is hard to say.



Conclusion!

The world and the people in it, no matter their beliefs, will have an end.


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