from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Hindu chron., a day of Brahma, a period of 4,320,000,000 years, equivalent to a thousand great ages (mahāyuga); an eon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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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  • An exceptionally-long (but varying) period of time in Hindu and Buddhist thought.

    The best explanation ever:

    Every 100 years, a bird flies over the summit of Mount Sumeru and, in so doing, brushes the pinnacle with a red silk scarf held in its beak. A kalpa is the period of time it takes to wear the mountain down to nothing by this activity.

    February 6, 2008

  • Wow...that is so wonderful. Thank you for sharing that.

    February 6, 2008

  • Eastern thought certainly is a lot different than Western.

    February 6, 2008

  • "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."

    - William Hope Hodgson, The House on the Borderland

    June 28, 2011