Have you also asked yourself recently why so many people are literally going nuts these days all around? Today I would like to introduce a concept of the ancient vedan (indian) scriptures that could be an accurate model for spiritual ages and changes. Maybe you even have heard of the age of Kali that we are said to live in?
The Four Ages of Creation and the Stepwise Degradation of Morality
According to the five thousand years old scriptures of the Hindus, the Vedas (Bhagavad-gita being the most famous and probably most important of those), God ordered his creation in cycles of four ages:
Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dvapara Yuga and finally Kali Yuga.
These 4 yugas follow a timeline ratio of (4:3:2:1). Satya-Yuga starts in a golden age of spiritual awareness and step-by-step reduces morality until in Kali-Yuga, people have lost their connection to the Source/Creator and prefer to live a complete materialistic and egoistic life. Generally, the ages see a gradual decline of dharma, wisdom, knowledge, intellectual capability, life span, emotional and physical strength. Virtually all gurus agree that we now live in this dark age of Kali-Yuga, having started in 3,102 B.C. What they do not agree on is on the duration of these ages, 432 000 years marking the upper end, and 1200 years being the faster interpretation. Kali by the way is the name of a negative incarnation of Visnu.
The characteristics of the age of Kali are as follows (from Wikipedia):
- Rulers will become unreasonable: they will levy taxes unfairly.
- Rulers will no longer see it as their duty to promote spirituality, or to protect their subjects: they will become a danger to the world.
- People will start migrating
- In human relationships avarice and wrath will be common. Humans will openly display animosity towards each other.
- Ignorance of dharma will occur.
- People will have thoughts of murder with no justification and will see nothing wrong in that.
- Lust will be viewed as socially acceptable and sexual intercourse will be seen as the central requirement of life.
- Sin will increase exponentially, whilst virtue will fade and cease to flourish.
- People will take vows and break them soon after.
- People will become addicted to intoxicating drinks and drugs.
- Gurus will no longer be respected and their students will attempt to injure them. Their teachings will be insulted, and followers of Kama will wrest control of the mind from all human beings.
Have you also had a sudden moment of insight when comparing this list with our modern days…?
These so-called learned men are absorbed in their intestines and genitals and their only identification is the thread they wear. Indulging in over eating, absorbed in bodily consciousness, lazy, intellectually dull and greedy for others properties, they are consistently against God-consciousness. Due to being overly inclined towards false paths without essence, they manufacture their own processes for self-realization. Neglecting their actual duties they are expert in blaspheming You (the Supreme Personality of Godhead) and the saintly persons; hence again Mother Earth is in tears due to this burden. Therefore, Oh Lord of the Universe, destroyer of the miseries of the destitute, please mercifully do what is befitting for the protection of the Earth and the living entities.
Predictions for the Age of Kali
Why do Things Always Get Worse?
The last great spiritual master that Krishna/God has sent to earth was His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada who brought the ancient vedan wisdom to the West in the sixties and seventies. His essential teachings says that we individual souls need to regain Krishna Consciousness, the constant awareness that we are God’s children, so we can master our reincarnations and finally ascend to higher realms.
Srila Prabhupada explains the negativity in Kali-Yuga coming from more and more ascended souls having mastered the teachings of the material world, after sometimes many incarnations in this world, and thus moved on to more heavenly planets/dimensions, leaving the egoistic, negative and demoniac souls back. As this density we live in is considered a “lower density”, a rather harsh and sometimes bitter environment, the advanced souls may leave and the disturbed must stay. But there are always some very positive incarnations willingly coming back to this planet, just out of pure love for the lost human souls, Budda and Jesus being the most prominent of them today.
If people take to this saìkértana movement of chanting Hare Kåñëa, Hare Räma, they will certainly be freed from the contamination of Kali-yuga, and the people of this age will be happy, as people were in Satya-yuga, the golden age.
Armageddon after Kali-Yuga?
The vedas talk of Kalki, the next Avatar of God, that will come down on fallen earth on a white horse to destroy and recreate this material world on the end of Kali-Juga:
Thereafter, at the conjunction of two yugas, the Lord of the creation will take His birth as the Kalki incarnation and become the son of Vishnuyasha. At this time the rulers of the earth will have degenerated into plunderers.
At the end of this Kali-yuga, the Lord will appear as the incarnation of Kalki, and His only business will be to kill all human beings on the surface of the globe. After that killing, another golden age will begin.
Srimad Bhagavatam 4.22.26
New Agers now also try to connect the end of Kali-Yuga with the massively hyped 2012 end-of-the-world desire. The ancient scriptures of the Hindus mention many impressively exact dates and numbers, but its hard to extract a convincing evidence for a 2012 scenario. Thats fine for me, as pseudo-mathematics will not bring us further in any means. What is important is the development of our spirituality and increased consciousness which will lead to more understanding of our negativ soul brothers and sisters. They choose their path of experience and there is no reason to be afraid of these pre-demons. Their way is just much longer than others, but hopefully and eventually we will all find our way back to the source.