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Table 2: The Cakra calendar.

Cakra is Sanskrit for wheel or disc and refers to the spinning celestial sky that can be observed as having the form of a so called Sisumâra or dolphin, that is the Milky Way. The word also relates to the cyclic of time in general; the time that makes patterns like the solar year with its seasons and the lunar month with its phases. Thus we have the cakra order, wich is the order of the cyclic time in nature of the sun, the moon and the stars at the one hand, and a cakrakalendar which displays this order on a solar calendar with a division derived from the moon at the other hand. The name cakra is inspired on passages in the vedic literature, knowing the Bhâgavata Purâna (see Canto 3 chapter 11), that refer to the celestial sky (see footnote*) because that is the form of the Lord and God that is visible in nature. The (because of transposition almost) perfectly regular Cakra calendar divides the year in 24 periods of fifteen days making 48 weeks with 24 FD fifteenth days and five SD season days. The calendar starts of at the astronomically shortest day of the 22nd of Dec., making its first working-day of the year the 23rd of the gregorian dec. (N.B: Christmas was originally celebrated at old- and newyear's day. For more technical details to the instrumental respect of this see designs.).


Yellow fields: fifthteenth day (FD) and season-days (SD)

Red letters: cakra-weekends

SD: : beginning of the six seasons
UE: upward along the equinox (spring in the northern hemisphere)
BN: before the northern solstice (early summer in the northern hemisphere)
AN after the northern solstice (late summer in the northern hemisphere)
DE: downward the equinox (autumn in the northern hemisphere)
BS: before the southern solstice (early winter in the northern hemisphere)
AS : after the southern solstice (late winter in the northern hemisphere)
* : gregorian leapday in February : leaps 21 dec. for the Cakra-calendar

The division in 15 day fortnights is taken from the Bhâgavata Purana, and
the seven days division of the christian custom is taken from the Holy Bible.

The calendar starts at the 22nd of December at AS,
making 1/1 (the first day, first paksah or fortnight)
the first working day 23rd of Dec.

For a match of this calendar with the actual dates go the the Full Calendar of Order.

The original vedic division doesn't mention weeks as given in this table, but specifies only up to a fortnight paksah that jumps from that to the division of the day. The cakra week is derived from the christian custom of celebrating days of rest and works like a transposition of the lunar order to the tropical year. Therefore this calendar is to be considered vedic/roman, that is to say as roman to the concept of the 7-days calendar reform of Constantine the Great in the A.D. 321 who turned the solar order of the julian reform of 45 B.C. into a linear order of the week. With the cakra order is offered a rationalized indication of as well the ancient vedic as the old julian order which, with the respect for the renaissance reform of Pope Gregory of 1582-1583, does not depend on someones position on earth, except of course for the normal dat-line of the gregorian calendar which stays the foundation of it.

The lenght of the months is not set as in India to 30 degrees of the ecliptic or rasi's, but is to the old roman tradition, settled as an equal mathematical division for purposes of regularity and measure.

In India one traditionally - but not formally - derives the beginning of the socalled nirayana year from the position of a fixed star called Chitra, but since the Bhâgavata Purâna speaks of a tropical year, is this calendar starting with the 22nd of Dec. at the beginning of one cylce of the sun going south and north, thus right after the shortest day.

The celestial sky is respected with a 20 min./year forward progressing reference day (a galactic new year) which, on the Full calendar of Order (the cakra-calendar plus the lunar phases), describes the position of the earth as closest to the center of the galaxy.

(source: see S'rîmad Bhâgavatam C3 ch 11)


The advantage of the Cakra-calendar lies in :

1) The regular division of the year. This is especially suited for formal business like collecting taxes, running a company or for collecting statistics.

2) The lack of an accord of dates with days, a traditional point of criticism concerning the gregorian calendar, because of which one is in fact constantly confused about which day is what date , is overcome with this division. One's birthday e.g. will always be on the same day of the week with this calendar. (precession to the celestial sky of 1 day/seventy-one years not included).

3) In principle there will be the leaping of one day as soon as the calendar deviates - on the average- for more than a day from the real position of the sun (at the wintersolstice) that stands for the end of the astronomical year (set on the 22 dec. for civil purposes but in reality fluctuating around that mean date) and the passage of the seasons. Thus the authority over this calendar lies with the astronomers and not with politicians and religious people, so as to have less arbitrariness and more method and logic in the time system. Practically one will follow the leaping procedure of the gregorian calendar (every four years a day except for a day to the 'centurion' rule) under the consideration that 1) the leapday will be added normally at the end of the astronomical year and that 2) as soon as after about 1250 years after the introduction of that calendar, when the deviation is more than half a day , the calendar will be leaped extra in order not to deviate for more than one day at the most. Thus the objection is taken away against the deviation of the leaping procedure of the gregorian calendar.

Stonehenge at sunset
It is one of the first western observatories
Originally it probably had a heavy religious connotation.

4) The fourth advantage the calendar offers is having the same division for the year as for the day because of which a more comprehensive clock-design is possible. This way one can equal 24 fifteenday periods (48 weeks) to 24 hours on a scale which with a year of 52 weeks is not possible (see designs). One does get hours of 48 minutes (and minutes with 48 seconds) which is then a logical consequence of having one and the same division for all phenomena of time.

5) A regular division of the solar year in 48 weeks for work (with six working days of preferably six hours) offers next to the fixation of days on dates thus also the advantage of having a stable structure of the weekorder on the calendar. This makes it more easy to plan days for a holiday, days off from work and days for study and building good habits with them. Above that the 48 weekrhythm with six workingdays offers a more relaxed tempo of life with shorter days of work for a 36-hour workweek than a 52 week rhythm with an 40-hour workday. By having a long weekend every 14 days and a three-day weekend each two month's except for the middle of the summer this way it can be precluded that holidays are mandatory for ones health as a consequence of which that way one is less destructive concerning the continuity of societal services (for a nineteen days holiday one only has to take ten days off given the end of a 'Cakra' -season and a working week of five-days) . Respecting both calendars at the same time will make any job a 30-hour part-time job, see 5d & 5q or about The Order of Time for a short explanation.

6) The objection against the christian count of years is that it has no year zero and that one works with counting backwards from a certain date (from A.D. to B.C.) to periods of roman and greek history we do count to the continuity of our civilization. This objection can be overcome by setting the Cakra-calendar to the so called cultural swa-dharma (our own nature) which implies that one switches back to the original yearcount of ancient Rome A.U.C., Ab Urbe condita , which means "from the foundation of the city". This yearcount is set to 753 B.C. , so that, according the swa-dharma of the Cakra calendar the year 2000 is set on 2753.

The roman calendar after it was tuned to the solar year
transposing the lunar order as does the cakracalendar,
but , due to cultural customs, without being
as regular as the cakracalendar .(

7) The objection of intercalary months and the cultural manipulation and arbitrariness about it respecting the positions of the moonphases in Muslim and Hindu calendars is taken away by connecting the Cakra calendar to a full concept of calendar-order (see the coloring of the correctiontable) by means of which as well the existing gregorian division of the year, a mooncalendar divided in real moon'weeks' (to astronomical measures of the moonphases), as a rational solar calendar (the Cakra-calendar itself) is being used in a way that has respect for the discrete function of each calendar division. This means that each division can be utilized for the purpose it is most suited for: the reformed roman julian/gregorian) solar calendar for the length of the solar year and the traditional naming of dates, the Cakra calendar for a logical regular and scripturally founded division in working weeks and the lunar calendar for a studious contemplation on the naturalness of such a cultural fixation in seven day-weeks (traditionally the moon symbolizes the world of books and thus one can settle discretely for ones - non-fruitive - days of study with this calendar). This gives a differentiated cultural image of time that is suited better for (religious) cultures in the world who respect the lunar calendar as well as for the other half of the world that sticks to a (political) division according the seasons. By all means one may speak to this complete concept of calendrical order of a participation of the Cakra-calendar in a multicultural worldcalendar. (for further information about the practical use of this complete concept of order, see below the correction table).

8) The modern concept of time-consciousness has the objection that it makes a system that is unscientific and arbitrary to the natural order in making for weekorders going against a year order without a fixationpoint and a summertime that goes against the times for winter on historically pagan (commercial profit-, and political pragmatical priority perversion-) motives (see the political Constantine 321 A.D. adopting the fixed weekorder from the Babylonian pagan tradition not realizing that a seven days week should not necessarily be followed immediately by another seven days period without the interposition of (already known lunar-) signal days that can be used as a corrective measure to the natural order - God's order). With the Cakra calendar the concept of consciousness is led back to the authority and dynamics of discrete natural events that make for their own ('God-ordained') natural alternations and consciousness of rhythm. Thus mankind can cure from its cultural standardtime neurosis of control and collective psychotic bouts of irrational warfare of having fallen and having lost the control in the ignorance of oppositions and conflicts over religious, scientific and thus also political paradigmatic authority .

9) The calendar division of 48 weeks matches the division in moonphases on a lunar calendar. Thus there is a better accord of this solar calendar with the mooncalendars the other half of mankind uses (and were used by ourselves before the reformation of Caesar 45 BC), as far as the rhythm is concerned. This makes it better possible to compare and live with both the calendars at the same time offering two more or less equal events - a moon-phase and a weekend-in the same period of time. This is also favorable for a mondial timeorder in respect of both calendars/types of time-culture.

Early 19th century clock indicating
the positions of the sun and planets.


Note: Stardate calendar or Cakra-calendar does not mean that this calendar runs to the stars. For the word cakra refers also to other cyclic movements of individual celestial bodies or luminaries in the forcefield of the ether. The precession, the shift of the celestial sky, is, with the originally complicated design of the Cakra-tempometer and the Full Calendar of Order, respected by means of a so-called 'birthday of the sun' - or ones own birthday for that matter -, which according the astronomical zodiac relative to the center of the galaxy (in Sagittarius-A) shifts with one day in the 71 years (about 20 minutes a year) on a solar calendar like the normal gregorian one we have in civil use. The calendar is also called stardate because of the fact that it is derived from the way de Veda's (the so-called fifth Veda or purana's.) respect the celestial sky with a division of the (solar-)year in 24 so-called paksah's or pancha dasa's (15-day) periods (source: see Bhagavatam). The original design of the tempometer therefore shows a scale-division of 366 stardays in stead of 365 solar days (a later version simply sets the clock to the sun). Vedically is the year (a so-called vatsara) defined by the north-south-movement of the sun (set to the seasons thus or 'tropical' of nature). Therefore ultimately the Cakra- calendar is a transposition of the, by the moon inspired, division of the celestial sky (the zodiak) to a division of the solar year, with which one , halfway the year, loses a day at the one hand. At the other hand it is in fact the transposition of the lunar calendar to the solar one, something which was also practiced by the julian calendar reform 45 B.C. , but was abolished in 325 A.D. by the first christian roman emperor Constantine the Great (before his conversion), the founder of the christian roman empire of Byzantium (with its as its capital Constaninopel).With the introduction by him of the linear order of the week for the civil society that was after an easy lunar management, was this calendar thus forgotten. De cakra-kalender may be considered the vedic restauration of our own classical roman respect of nature thus. For the technical respect for the difference between stardate and solardate days, see designs/stardate disc.


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