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A brief history of life on Earth and the origin of Yoga-I

It has been many centuries since humans have stopped moving from one place to another. Almost the majority of people today grow up in long settled societies.

This new year 2021 AD, has arrived with a sense of responsibility in me to become a change what i feel should change. This ongoing virus is being lived on many levels together. Pandemics had happened before but it became unreal because we lived with it even though we didn’t contact it, in real circumstances and digitally there after all the more.

What went wrong? What is it that we as people are overseeing what is coming? Whom have we been fooling? But before we go the factors i wanted to know and learn with you all, this mystery of Who actually we all are, all of us? And How did we became what we have become?

Lets start from the start  

Earth started a very long time ago. To figure out exactly how long, lets just figure out how much a billion is? A billion is 1(one) followed by 000,000,000(nine) zeros. Can you imagine how much that is. Lets see. A billion seconds ago it was 1989. A billion minutes ago Jesus was still alive. A billion years ago, it was stone age. You can see we are going way back. 

5, 000,000,000 years ago. 

The sun had just finished forming. There was a lot of interstellar debris. For half a million years these innumerable stones, this matter of debris were banging into each other. Smaller stones banged and made bigger stones, bigger stones banged and made even bigger stones and out of those some became planets in our part of the galaxy. 

This was what our earth looked like four and a half billion years ago.
It was simply a ball of fire, molten rock, temperature which was in access of 12k, 15k, 20k degree Celsius. Volcanos, tornadoes, Tsunamis, you name it and all of it was just fire. It was really one kind of definition of hell. And as if things couldn’t get any worse, something else happened, another like planet came and banged into us. The debris from that collision went 30-40 kilometres into space and for sometime earth had rings like Saturn. But gravity did its thing and through this collision came the Moon. 

Around 3.9 billion years ago all the planets in the solar system had finished forming and there was still a lot of these meteorites that were left and they were getting attracted by other planets and our planet’s gravity and so for 20 million years there was only bombardment of this kind. For that many years we only kept getting bombarded by meteors on our planet. But this turned out to be one of those absolutely magical thing, because each of these meteors that were coming from space carried salt in them. Trace amount of salt and trace amounts of water, very very little water. Yet this process of little by little, little by little, water came. And don’t be surprised when i say that this water that formed so many million years ago is the same water that we still have, around us, in us. That we are drinking, which is raining, that we use daily to bath with, water our plants with or wash our cars with. There is no new water, only this water. 

3.9 billion years ago water had come that we are using again and again for our purposes today. But when water arrived here at first, for one and a half billion years this water kept solidifying the crust. That same crust which once was all molten rock; and once when it all solidified, this water seeped through the cracks, into the crust down to the core where it met with even hotter substances and where it started evaporating and came back up which made what we call today the primordial soup. Many vitamins, minerals got added to the water and it was this addition that lead to the most mysterious happening. We do not know how it happened, or from where, it just happened, probably the conditions were right; the first single celled creature suddenly came into existence. 

And slowly over time one cell became two cell became three cells and in the shallows of the oceans of that time, bacteria’s called Stromatolites formed; and it was noted that they had a peculiar taste; like you and me, most of us they liked sugar. They loved sugar. And what they did that they took CO2 which was abundant, they took water and they took the sunlight and created something we got to know about as photosynthesis and through photosynthesis they released amounts of Oxygen in the air and the water, and made sugar, which they sat and ate for two billion years. 

These stromatolites put oxygen into the water of the planet and into the atmostphere of the planet and made it suitable for life. And amazingly these Stromatolite colonies, some of them are still alive and are still functioning. 

Soon afterwards there was a tectonic shift. Earth quakes happened, tsunamis arrived and this entire landmass at that time called Rodinia, came up to the suface and along with it came a lot of volcanoes which erupted for another 10 million years. 

Volcanoes kept erupting for all this while and kept releasing gases of all sorts and for a long time there was a lot of CO2 which accumulated around the atmosphere of the earth and because of that sunlight couldn’t get through for a long long time. And thus from fire, we went directly to Ice. 

The first Ice age happened.

Our planet became encased in around 3 Kms of ice. And this stayed like this for a very, very long time. And after this long time, around 650 million years ago, though that is almost nothing in the scale of things; The ice started melting. And It took 3000 years to melt. 

DNDXCB View of Earth 650 million years ago during the Marinoan glaciation.

As the ice melted, a lot of Oxygen came up and the first time Ozone layer was formed. And because of the Ozone, this layer started stopping the harshest ultra violet rays from hitting us; it was this suitable time when life on earth, on land started. There came plants, and there came animals, yet in many other places Volcanoes erupted again. They erupted green house gases, got into the atmosphere and another Ice age happened, as big as before and the entire species got extinct, wiped out completely, everything was over. But what happened because of it, it changed the way humans live their lives today, it were these first species of all kinds of plants and animals that are what we call fossil fuels today. All those plants and animals died for us then is what we drive our cars from. They became our petrol and diesel, they became our fossil fuel that we are using today. 

And after this another land mass came, that we call Pangea today, it looked similar as this was the origin of the continents as we see them today. 230 million years ago, it looks very familiar. They were all joined together. They separated slowly for million years to come, continental drift happened and it was that time when the great Dinosaurs came. 

Around 230 Million years ago Dinosaurs roamed this planet and they stayed for 165 million years, that was going on for such a long time that it never seemed anything on earth could shake them but then something not of earth happened, a meteor collision. 

A meteor, a huge rock, said to be as broad as 35000 ft and as high as any of the current flying planes in the sky came and banged into the earth. That high and vast it was when it impacted, and again huge amount of debris came, Carbon dioxide came, Ice age happened and all specie that of Dinosaurs were wiped out. Of course it did not happen overnight, almost nothing does, but because they were cold blooded creatures. Mammals, knew how to wear their wools- they survived. They survived this catastrophe whose impact is said to be of 1 million Hiroshima’s together, 1 million atom bombs exploding together. It was after this the age of mammals arrived, around 65 million years ago. 

And it was around this time when an immense mountain range, the great Himalayas had begun to form between 50-60 million years ago when two large landmasses, India and Eurasia, driven by plate movement collided. This big mountain range stretching over 2400 kilometres, was formed by the modern plate tectonic forces and kept being sculpted by weathering and erosion for many million years to come.

And nothing can be said about why, when around 4.5 million years ago some chimpanzees decided to start walking on their feet, may be to just see better, or may be they had just begun to think, but two legged mammals came into being just about 4.5 million years ago. And this being our evolution more or less how our earliest ancestors came from to being known to us as homo sapiens today.

Roaming without settling for a very long time, living in the wild, it was the discovery of fire that actually changed the course of men and made them humans. Fire comforted them in each and every possible way. They learnt to control and soon started using it to their benefit. But not before many a thousand years would pass till that question would appear, which has been the source of all thoughts inside every thinking mind.

Who am i? Why am i here?

And as only a few men amongst very many started exploring, the path of unexplainable austerities.

It was only around 15 thousand years ago, when things really started to transform which according to ancient Yogic text was the time when the first Yogi Shiva was said to be roaming in the higher Ice capped gorges of the young Himalayas.

Kedarnath in 1870, on the way to the glacial lake, Kanti Sarovar

It was around this time when the first transmission of yogic sciences took place on the banks of Kanti Sarovar, a glacial lake a few miles beyond Kedarnath in the Himalayas, where the first systematic exposition of this inner exploration began and got transferred to the Adiyogi’s first seven disciples, celebrated today as the Sapta Rishis. This predates all religion. A long, long time before people devised divisive ways of fracturing humanity to a point where it seems almost impossible to fix, the most powerful tools necessary to raise human consciousness were realised and inseminated.

Sapta Rishis / Sapta(seven) Rishis(ancient Scientists)

Today, we are home to around 8.7 million species on our planet and it took 4.5 billion years to come to where we are today. 

This planet should be preserved. Taken care of, in much better way than we had done till now. We must learn to cherish what we have earned collectively over the years that has made our lives the most comfortable out of all time periods that a man has seen.  

4.5 billion years and 8.7 million species that are present or known to us today. We are just one amongst them. But this obviously is not it. Today it does not matter even if we know it or not.

For over many years we are the only ones responsible who have created a havoc for everyone and turned a blind eye to it. The example is not the one in the history but its ongoing, which we experienced and are still living with.

Ongoing Pandemic was not a work of a day. It is our collective energy which we, for the longest time have been throwing at our mother, earth. And as we are still finding out ways to fight this Pandemic; we know and are rather making ourselves, our bodies, immune system fight better, become better. We really need to look around us, at the conservation and our environment more closely, we have to undertand it and ourselves better. We have to become just a little more aware towards our resources because i am pretty sure that nature is not happy with us.

Next week i will try to take us through the problems that we have created for ourselves that many of us know, and it has some important but hard solutions, hard because disciple is not a trait of modern humans. But we can do better because the source of every possible problem is human mind, we must start to take care of it better.

Yoga is one way, and so is learning how to breathe. A little deeper. Each time you remember it.

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Hi, I am Narayan Kaudinya. And i welcome you on this journey, the Road to Nara ! I am an Ethnographer and a practicing Indologist. I did my masters in History and further learnt Sanskrit, Yoga and Nerve-therapy. At 24, pushing most academic sounding, office sitting works away, i felt compelled to know and understand the world and my country, Bharat/India. I travelled, and as it happened i took up teaching in Kashmir and further up in the remote villages of Baltistan in the foothills of Karakoram Ranges. For around three years and many states later there came a time when i felt that it was only while teaching i learnt how to laugh, to see, feel, breathe, love and cry -with children, and mostly resource-less parents in the harshest-freezing border conditions. I write, and work as a documentary photographer and Filmmaker, with numerous published, exhibited and some awarded stories. In my travels and life i have let nature lead me, the divine mother, and as a Yogin, my resolve here is to share my experiences and thoughts as honestly, and through them to blossom in everyone the power and possibility in pursuing your breath, that you seek your true nature with courage and curiosity. Here, on this road i will share my spirit, my love for nature, the elements of life that are us. And in doing so, i'll be happy to see you along.


        • Thank you darkness infinite.

          I hope to have you here next week as much, as we are going forward from where we left, may be after all the mess, that humans have made, we’ll going to disect bitterness and find answers in discipline which again arrives to the ones who earns.

          Love to you
          Nara x

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  1. “Pandemics had happened before but it became unreal because we lived with it even though we didn’t contact it, in real circumstances and digitally there after all the more.” That is really well said… something I think along the lines of, every day, since the reaction to it became evident.

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    • Lia, so long. I hope this year has started very well for you.

      Pandemic, C and all other words muat have gone living inside our collective consciousness by now.

      For me, coming years are not really going to be easy. I might talk about it soon.

      Very glad to have you here.

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      • Yes, it has started quite well, thank you so much. Has been a while indeed, and was so lovely to see your star yesterday. You always seem to pick some of my old favourite posts.

        I agree about collective consciousness being a powerful force and I try to fight against the fears that arise inside me because of it with positive thoughts for a more loving future in the world (but don’t always succeed).

        As for the future… yes, I think I hear you, on a global level at least… and in fact I just wrote a lot extra here that is too long for a comment. Might put it into a post.

        Will look forward to your further posts also. Thanks so much for the lovely reply.

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        • haha. no not long at all. And i imagine we have to leave some formalities for some people in our lives. And say or write as much and as intensely wherever it is required.

          And you know Lia, the seed of this post was what you have touched above, and what has touched us globally this past year. To have come to this point; it was my first post of the year and i wanted to start from the start as, myself i want to write and portray thing around here on “Road to Nara” at least, which should strictly come to use, in our daily lives.

          As even being a traveller, will not remain a joy if fear persists as it is and thus the coming week, i am going to talk about human bodies and what has gone through them to have made them like this, and will try to suggest some solutions.

          Thank you again Lia, very much. See you soon.

          Nara x

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          • Lovely replies, thank you… and that sounds intriguing for sure. I agree about the fear… though somehow I feel it might be easing up a little. We’ll see. :)) By the way, loved the images in your post also. The nine-point star!! Hope to read again here, soon. :))

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    • Cheryl, you made me laugh. It was so aptly put by you, absolutely- i did in a manageable manner. It wasn’t easy, you know it. But was very important for me to get equal with. To start from the start. And to study the way myself so that i can touch the most important issues now when we are here, punished, not moving. No one wants such punishment. Thus going to take a leap in next and try to point out and suggest some solutions.

      Your words are always, and heartily sought after. Thanks again Cheryl.

      Nara x

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    • Kritika, was happy to have your words. Yes it was important for me to go back to the source and slowly start coming to what i am and what can help humans to find their space inside them, because that is where we all are living.

      It was also a means for me to move forward. When Yog arrived and after it.

      We have messed up big time to have been locked for this long; its nothing but punishment from nature. And thus will try to touch different aspects of nature in relation to our bodies.

      Nara x

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      • We indeed have messed up. And it would take a lot time to mend things around.
        You are so right on the part that we were never meant to stay at one place. I have always had this thought. We have created our lives in four walls which has ruined us and our surroundings. These buildings, the every day construction, it is a harm to our bodies as well as the nature.
        Looking forward to the next part. 🙂
        Thank you for this awakening post.

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        • Dear Kritika thank you.

          There is no doubt about that aspect of our freedom, that we are day in day out trying to live like western country’s model of development. That is what technology is going towards. Binding us to one place, more and more. Unless Bharat/India doesn’t stand on its own, we are not going to fell that freedom as much as we want.

          Yes, will try to at least some up few prisons that we have created for ourselves in next one.

          With grace Kritika, thank you
          Nara x

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  2. Thanks, well done for writing the whole history of the world. It is hard to imagine such vast swathes of time and our brief presence on earth.

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    • Janet, thank you so much. I actually feel relieved to get this one done, as in the coming time i need to work towards writing(at least here) which will talk about very less known aspects of Yog and hence our mind and bodies. And thus understanding of our origin, the whole gamut of this machine, the greatest of all that we have got- our body and breath needs to be taken care of in the coming time more than ever we have felt.

      Nara x


    • And hence coming week is important as i will talk about human bodies in relation to environment and conservation.

      Thanks so much for writing Janet. Thank you.

      Nara x


    • Cornelia, thank you so much. Yes, it took some time to get this one sit as i needed to figure out the most important links in our long, lost or say not interesting history for a majority.
      Also for myself as i need to get into some layers of change, making it happen through undiscovered aspects of Yog.

      Nara x

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    • One thing Cornelia, this post isn’t complete because there are a few things that i wanted to write separately, because what i am going to talk about coming week will very important for each human to understand how mind works and through it immunity, because this is what we are going to need, again, and from here onwards, forever.

      Nara x


  3. What a profound, powerful and thought provoking post. We certainly have much to learn and I pray moving forward we all learn how precious our earth is and how important it is to look after her. Thanks again for a great read. 🙏

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    • Miriam, so happy to have you here again, finally. I feel you and loved ones are happy.

      Thank you for your words. We will have to push more and make it happen, there is no other way. Else people/Companies have already started to find place in Mars. Good luck to them. Lets just make our earth better first.

      Pleasure dear Miriam.
      Nara x

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  4. theburningheart says

    The story of Mother Earth it’s condensed on each of us, first we all are like the newborn, totally dependent, from our parents, and as we grow, we need to go to school, and later choose an occupation, or work, in some field, then we become parents, and give back to our children our support and wisdom, reaching maturity, or even before, ideally we concern ourselves, with who we are, and what it’s our true purpose?
    And on each of us the story it’s repeated.
    Thank you I enjoyed your post. 🙂

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    • Well, there are quiet a few ways other than going the similar way. Only we have to consciously decide where our intuition wants to take us. Ofcourse that lane will be full of doubts but it might turn out livelier with fulfilment. And yet if we decide to become parents, then as humans it is our duty to produce a child/a generation who is a better human than us in every way; not only having luxury and comfort, but analytically, emotionally.

      You know, it is said that its not you who chooses passion, passion chooses you. But earning that capability to receive grace is in our hands.

      It was lovely to have you and your words here.

      Nara x

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  5. This blog makes it clear that our earth will continue with or without humans so it’s up to us make sure we are along for the ride. The yogic sciences at least enhance my awareness of this condition.

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    • Absolute pleasure to have you and your precious views here. I was delighted as i went through reading your interview and most of all with the first image, standing amidst forest, it s a beautiful, and as simple as it gets image.

      Of course, how humanity has lead the cycle, it does not seem much brightness for all of humanity as such but there is some light for the yogis at least as per ancient yogic texts. Till then we will see how long can we carry, the ones who are graced with responsibility.

      This post isn’t over yet. Coming Wednesday in the second part i will be talking about the consequences for certain bodies if we keep moving the way we are, and along the way we ll have some hard solutions for it.

      I hope to see you around dear Usfman.
      Nara x


      • Thanks for taking the time to thoroughly check out my blog content. Yes , you will find yogic references throughout my writings. Stay well. USFMAN

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            • Morning Usfman, thank you.

              That is true. The world has become highly vulnerable because of differing forces, as people more and more are becoming volatile inside and out.
              I am not sure about a Yogic revolution, but world will certainly need people who carry yog closer to them than a smart phone.

              Nara x


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    • Anthony, thank you so much and i feel well to tell you that part second of this post on Wednesday is all about the unpleasant part of our lives, daily lives and what we knowingly and unknowingly giving away to some one else only to hold us well.

      There is no other way than to mend our ways a little. I wouldn’t mince my words here, because we have come far ahead in times much too soon then many can still comprehend with, that today’s life might even be a black magic for someone still living having born in 40s or 50s.

      I shall try talking about upholding or winning some peace back. Let see.
      Nara x

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  7. New Dawn…and a new post with a complete different stroke. Wow Narayan… I’m not only waiting for the next post… I’m also wondering the ease with which i read the entire post.. you’ve explained and placed the parts really well. And our YOGA….by now I’ve actually realized.. it’s the answer to many asked and many confused questions 🙂


  8. My dearest Richa, i hope you and everyone is doing well and feeling much more alive and healthy in this, still new year. As you aptly felt, somethings are changing in terms of applying myself better for a better world, here and anywhere i am and yes i am taking upon myself with how things globally and in India are moving forward, you know what all is happening nearby at the border!

    And thank you, it was probably my first non-fictious historical/environmental post to, a stamp i couriered to myself her, the only motive was/is the message, and get my act together here, in my speech here and actions elsewhere concerning myself as i share it with the world.

    It took sometime for sure to sum up entire life history in just over two thousand words, was kind of strenuous but funny as it wasn’t for entertainment but setting my feelings straight about setting my way forward from here and how i wanted this clarity to reach this understanding of appearance, and how and what we can do with each and every soul, more so the ones who are innocent and fresh. You can imagine how it felt early on seeing children wearing masks! It was atrocious. And you know, it is on the outside. Yoga is for that one thing so that we may never need a mask to hide our souls, rather make it a part of our lives and expand it, fearlessly. Coming post is not going to be an easy read for you as well my dear Richa, i know it. But i have to be honest because, it is going to be about human soul and its health and longevity.

    My love to you and family
    Nara x


  9. Well-written and informative.
    Glad to see long-form posts that are long for a good reason, and that show the work and passion put into writing them.


    • Florin, took me some time to write to you. Its lovely to have someone who is deeply involved in not only telling stories but has a desire to change and encapsulate one’s imagination. Thanks for your words here dear Florin.

      Nara x

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    • Thank you Indira. Your third eye are deeply appreciated. You have some wonderful, intimate photographs of your friends in the garden.

      Nara x


    • You might also like to read the third and the last part of this series tomorrow, and will particularly be helpful in enhancing your ways of seeing.

      Thanks again Indira
      Nara x


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