“Being prayed for by the demigods, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the Absolute Truth Himself, directly appeared with His expansion and expansions of the expansion. Their holy names were Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna. These celebrated incarnations thus appeared in four forms as the sons of Maharaja Dasharatha.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 9.10.2)
From birth to death and everything in between. Taken collectively the events are known as a lifetime. Each living being travels as such, while the exact duration varies. For a human being a lifetime may be upwards of eighty years, while for a tree it is thousands. For the creator, Lord Brahma, the lifetime is so long that the days and years are measured differently.
“By human calculation, a thousand ages taken together is the duration of Brahma’s one day. And such also is the duration of his night.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita
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