Monday, July 6, 2009

Kali-yuga - 10,000 years of Golden Age

Kali-yuga - 10,000 years of Golden Age

Ekanath Das:

Predicted in Brahma-vaivarta Purana 4.129.*. The fourth part of the
Brahma-vaivarta is called Krsna-janma-khanda. Chapter 129 is called
Golokarohanam, because it describes how Krsna returns to His abode. The
general dialogue is between Lord Narayana and Narada Muni. This specific
dialogue is between Lord Krsna and Mother Ganga. Verse 49 is a question by
Ganga, verses 50-60 are Krsna's answer.


Text 49:
Bhaagiirathy uvaaca
he naatha ramanasrestha
yaasi golokamuttamam
asmaakam kaa gatiscaatra
bhavisyati kalau yuge

"Ganges said: O protector, Supreme enjoyer, on your departure for the
perfect abode, Goloka, thereafter what will be my situation in the age of
Kali?"


Text 50
srii-bhagavaan uvaaca
kaleh pamcasahasraani
varsaani tistha bhu-tale
paapaani paapino yaani
tubhyam daasyamti snaanatah

"The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: On the earth 5,000 years of Kali
will be sinful and sinners will deposit their sins in you by bathing."


Text 51
man-mamtropaasakasparsaad
bhasmibhutaani tatksanaat
bhavisyamti darsanaacca
snaanaadeva hi jaahnavi

"Thereafter by the sight and touch of those who worship Me by My mantra, all
those sins will be burnt."


Text 52
Harernaamaani yatraiva
puraanaani bhavamti hi
tatra gatvaa saavadhaanam
aabhih saarddham ca srosyasi

"There will be chanting of the name of Hari and reading of the [Bhagavata]
Purana. Reaching such a place, attentively hear.
[note: In Puranic language, when "Purana" is used alone it refers to
Bhagavata Purana. Otherwise it will specify Skanda Purana, Visnu Purana,
etc.]


Text 53:
Puraana sravanaaccaiva
harernaamaanukiirtanaat
bhasmibhutaani paapaani
brahma-hatyaadikaani ca

"Sinful reactions including the killing of a brahmana can be nullified be
hearing the Purana and chanting of the names of Hari in the manner of
devotees."


Text 54:
Bhasmibhutaani taanyeva
vaisnavaalimganena ca
trnaani suskakaasthaani
dahamti paavako yathaa

"Just as dry grass is burnt by fire, by the embrace of Vaisnavas all sins
are burnt."


Text 55:
Tathaapi vaisnavaa loke
paapaani paapinaamapi
prthivyaam yaani tiirthaani
punyaanyapi ca jaahnavi


"O Ganges, the whole planet will become a pilgrimage sight by the presence
of Vaisnavas, even though it had been sinful"


Text 56:
Madbhaktaanaam sariiresu
santi putesu samtatam
madbhaktapaadarajasaa
sadyah putaa vasundharaa

"In the body of My devotees remains eternally [the purifier]. Mother Earth
becomes pure by the dust of the feet of My devotees."


Text 57:
Sadyah putaani tiirthaani
sadyah putam jagattathaa
manmamtropaasakaa vipraa
ye maducchisrbhojinah

"It will be the same in the case of pilgrimage sites and the whole world.
Those intelligent worshipers of My mantra who partake My remnants will
purify everything."


Text 58
Maameva nityam dhyaayamte
te mat praanaadhikaah priyaah
tadupasparsamaatrena
puto vaayusca paavakah

"They are more dear to Me than My life, who everyday meditate only on Me.
The air and fire become pure simply even by their indirect touch."
[Note: Sastra says that of all material elements, fire and air are always
pure. Even though the air carries some impurities it always remains itself
pure. This verse indicates that the Vaisnavas will purify even the pure
elements of fire and air, therefore the purifying potency of the Vaisnavas
referred to in this verse is not material but completely spiritual. I.e. the
air and fire are _already_ materially pure, therefore the Vaisnavas purity
is spiritual and not material.]


Text 59:
Kaler dasa-sahasraani
madbhaktaah samti bhu-tale
ekavarnaa bhavisyamti
madbhaktesu gatesu ca

"For 10,000 years of Kali such devotees of Mine will fill the whole planet.
After the departure of My devotees there will be only one varna [outcaste]."


Text 60:
Madbhaktasunyaa prthivi
kaligrastaa bhavisyati
etasminnamtare tatra
krsnadehaadvinirgatah

"Devoid of My devotees, the earth will be shackled by Kali. Saying this,
Krsna departed."


Situation in Kali-yuga


According to the Vedic scriptures, our current age, known as Kali-yuga, is
one of spiritual darkness, violence and hypocrisy. Srimad-Bhagavatam
(12.2.31) records Kali-yuga as having begun when the constellation of the
seven sages (saptarsi) passed through the lunar mansion of Magha. Hindu
astrologers have calculated this to have been 2:27 a.m. on February 20, 3102
BC. This took place some 36 years after Lord Krsna spoke Bhagavad-gita to
Arjuna.

The scriptures like SB 12.2 teach that during the 432,000 year age of Kali,
humanity deteriorates and falls into barbarism. Humans begin to kill animals
for food. They fall under the spell of intoxication. They lose all sexual
restraint. Families break up. Women and children are abused and abandoned.
Increasingly degraded generations, conceived accidentally in lust and
growing up wild, swarm all over the world. Political leadership falls into
the hands of unprincipled rogues, criminals and terrorists, who use their
power to exploit the people. Entire populations are enslaved and put to
death. The world teems with fanatics, extremists and spiritual artists, who
win huge followings among a people completely dazed by hedonism, as well as
by cultural and moral relativism. "Religion, truthfulness, cleanliness,
tolerance, mercy, physical strength and memory diminish with each passing
day." (Srimad-Bhagavatam 12.2.1)

The saints and sages of ancient India describe the people of this age as
greedy, ill-behaved, and merciless. In this age, says Srimad-Bhagavatam,
merely possessing wealth is considered a sign of good birth, proper
behavior, and fine qualities. Law and justice are determined by one's
prestige and power. Marriage ceases to exist as a holy union - men and women
simply live together on the basis of bodily attraction and verbal agreement,
and only for sexual pleasure. Women wander from one man to another. Men no
longer look after their parents in their old age, and fail to provide for
their own children. One's beauty is thought to depend on one's hairstyle.
Filling the belly is said to be the only purpose in life. Cows are killed
once their milk production drops. Atheism flourishes. Religious observances
are performed solely for the sake of reputation.


The Linga Purana (ch. 40) describes the human race in Kali-yuga as a vain
and stupid people "spurred on by the lowest instincts." They prefer false
ideas and do not hesitate to persecute sages. They are tormented by bodily
desires. Severe droughts and plagues are everywhere. Slovenliness, illness,
hunger and fear spread. Nations are continually at war with one another. The
number of princes and farmers decline. Heroes are assassinated. The working
classes want to claim regal power and enjoy royal wealth. Kings become
thieves. They take to seizing property, rather than protecting the
citizenry. The new leaders emerge from the laborer class and begin to
persecute religious people, saints, teachers, intellectuals, and
philosophers. Civilization lacks any kind of divine guidance. The sacred
books are no longer revered. False doctrines and misleading religions spread
across the globe. Children are killed in the wombs of their mothers. Women
who have relations with several men are numerous. Predatory animals are more
violent. The number of cows diminishes.


The Linga Purana says that in Kali-yuga, young women freely abandon their
virginity. Women, children, and cows - always protected in an enlightened
society - are abused and killed during the iron age. Thieves are numerous
and rapes are frequent. There are many beggars, and widespread unemployment.
Merchants operate corrupt businesses. Diseases, rates, and foul substances
plague the populace. Water is lacking, fruits are scarce. Everyone uses
vulgar language.

The men of Kali-yuga seek only money. Only the richest have power. People
without money are their slaves. The leaders of the state no longer protect
the people, but plunder the citizenry through excessive taxation. Farmers
abandon living close to nature. They become unskilled laborers in congested
cities.

Many dress in rags, or are unemployed, and sleep on the streets. Through the
fault of the government, infant mortality rates are high. False gods are
worshiped in false ashrams, in which pilgrimages, penances, charities and
austerities are all concocted.

People in this age eat their food without washing beforehand. Monks break
their vows of celibacy. Cows are kept alive only for their milk. Water is
scarce. Many people watch the skies, praying for rain. No rain comes. The
fields become barren. Suffering from famine and poverty, many attempt to
migrate to countries where food is more readily available. People are
without joy and pleasure. Many commit suicide. Men of small intelligence are
influenced by atheistic doctrines. Family, clan and caste are all
meaningless. Men are without virtues, purity or decency. (Visnu Purana 6.1).
Spiritual Process

punsam ekaha vai sadhya hari bhaktih kalau yuge
yuga antarena dharma hi sevitavya narena hi
(Padma Purana, Svarga Khanda 61.5)

In Kali-yuga, a person should accept only one process, that is devotional
service. According to what process is decided for a particular yuga, that
should be followed by everyone without fail.

6 comments:

  1. Nameste!!! Bhai:))
    Love the blog .

    My husband got your blog and linkted to Maharishis Mahes Yogi 's -knowlege:))
    Very true... in kali yug ...a...period of Sat Yug!!!

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    Radha

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  2. Thanks for this. I had heard of this but had not seen the translation.

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  3. this is cool stuff am waiting for kalki to end bad deeds of this wretched world.

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  6. Its quite amazing to know that these predictions of the current Kali yuga was made some 5000 years ago. These predictions are a perfect example of the presence of a supreme power. Read about 5 specific predicitions of Kali yuga that are exactly the state of life today from this article
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