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Hindu’s tell a parable to illustrate how old the universe is.

Imagine, they say, that Mount Meru – the sacred mountain of Hinduism, a 1000 times taller than Everest – were made entirely of an unfathomably hard metal. A metal harder than any steel or iron we could contemplate.

Imagine there is a bird of prey, that flies around the Mountain in its hunting.

Once a year the softest feathers on its wing brush for the briefest moment against the side of Mount Meru.

The universe is older than the time it would take for the mountain to be worn to dust by the brushing wing.