Kali Yuga, the consciousness of lower chakras, decadence & desires
 

From:  "jagbir singh" <www.adishakti.org@gmail.com>
Date:  Wed Aug 11, 2004  8:22 am
Subject:  Kali Yuga, the consciousness of lower chakras, decadence & desires

 
Description of the Age of Kali (the consciousness of lower chakras
decadence & desires)

In the fourteenth chapter of the last canto of the "Paramahamsa
Samhita" portion of the Vayu Purana, named "Sri Gauranga Candra
Udaya", Lord Brahma prays to the Supreme Lord Sri Hari thus:

"In the age of Kali, people are spontaneously attracted to sinful
activities and are devoid of the regulations of the scriptures. The
so-called "twice-born" are degraded by their low-class activities and
those who are born in low-class families are alway s hostile to
brahminical culture. The twice-born are low-class by quality and do
business by selling mantras. These so-called learned men are
absorbed in their intestines and genitals and their only
identification is the thread they wear. Indulging in overeating,
absorbed in bodily consciousness, lazy, intellectually dull and
greedy for others properties, they are consistantly against God-
consciousness. Due to being overly inclined towards false paths
without essence, they manufacture their own processes for self-
realisation. 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."

"The very day and moment the Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krsna,
left this earth, the personality of Kali, who promotes all kinds of
irreligious activities, came into this world." (Srimad-Bhagavatam
1.18.6)

"O learned one, in this iron age of Kali men have but short lives.
They are quarrelsome, lazy, misguided, unlucky and, above all, always
disturbed." (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.1.10)

Foreseeing the incompetencies of the people in this age of Kali or
the iron age of quarrel, great sages and saintly people throughout
the ages have sort to benefit the general mass of people by
revealing to them the knowledge contained in the scriptures, whereby
they may attain relief from the inflictions of this most degraded
and dangerous of all ages.

Elaborate description of the anomolies of Kali-yuga and the plight
of the living entities is given in the Srimad Bhagavatam. Therein it
is described how as the sun rose and after taking his morning
ablutions in the waters of the Sarasvati, Vyasadeva sat alone to
concentrate.

"The great sage Vyasadeva saw anomilies in the duties of the
millennium. This happens on the earth in different ages, due to
unseen forces in the course of time. The great sage, who was fully
equipped in knowledge, could see, through his transcendental vision,
the deterioration of everything material, due to the influence of
the age. He could also see that the faithless people in general
would be reduced in duration of life and would be impatient due to
lack of goodness. Thus he contemplated for the welf are of men in
all statuses and orders of life." (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.4.16-18)...

With the progress of the age of Kali, four things particularly,
namely the duration of life, mercy, the power of recollection, and
moral or religious principles will gradually diminish. Since Dharma,
or the principles of religion, would be lost in the proportion of
three out of four, the symbolic bull is standing on one leg only.
When three fourths of the whole world become irreligious, the
situation is converted into hell for the animals. In the age of
Kali, godless civilizations will create so many so-called religious
societies in which the Personality of Godhead will be directly or
indirectly defied. And thus faithless societies of men will make the
world uninhabitable for the saner section of people....

In this age of Kali, the women and the children, along with the
brahmanas and cows, will be grossly neglected and left unprotected.
In this age illicit connection with women will render many women and
children uncared for. Circumstantially, the women will try to become
independent of the protection of men, and marriage will be performed
as a matter of formal agreement between man and woman. In most cases
the children will not be taken care of properly. The brahmanas are
traditionally intelligent men, and thus they will be able to pick up
modern education to the topmost rank, but as far as moral and
religious principles are concerned, they shall be the most fallen.
Education and bad character go ill together, but such things will
run parallel. The administrative heads as a class will condemn the
tenets of Vedic wisdom and will prefer to conduct a so-called
secular state, and the so-called educated brahmanas will be
purchased by such unscrupulous administrators. Even a philosopher
and writer of many books on religious principles may also accept an
exalted post in a government which denies all the moral codes of the
sastras. The brahmanas are specifically restricted from accepting
such service. But in this age they will not only accept service, but
they will do so even if it is of the meanest quality. These are some
of the symptoms of the Kali age which are harmful to the general
welfare of human society.

In this age, people are indulging in the necessities of life,
eating, sleeping, defending and mating, without following the rules
and regulations, and this deterioration of social and moral rules is
certainly lamentable because of the harmful effects of such beastly
behavior. In this age, the fathers and the guardians are not happy
with the behavior of their wards. They should know that so many
innocent children are victims of bad association awarded by the
influence of this age of Kali. In this age of Kali the poor innocent
students are daily victims of cinemas which attract men only for sex
indulgence.

Nowadays, men without proper training by culture and tradition are
promoted to exalted posts by the votes of the people who are
themselves fallen in the rules and regulations of life. How can such
people select a proper man when they are themselves fallen in the
standard of life? Therefore, by the influence of the age of Kali,
everywhere, politically, socially or religiously, everything is
topsy-turvy, and therefore for the sane man it is most regrettable.
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 1:16:19-22).

In the twelth canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam Srila Sukadeva Goswami
relates how after the thorough degradation of the brahminical and
administrative classes these and other symptoms of Kali-yuga
increase to an intolerable level.

"Sukadeva Goswami said: Then, O King, religion, truthfulness,
cleanliness, tolerance, mercy, duration of life, physical strength
and memory will all diminish day by day because of the powerful
influence of the age of Kali. In Kali-yuga, wealth alone will be
considered a sign of a man's good birth, proper behavior and fine
qualities. And law and justice will be applied only on the basis of
one's power. Men and women will live together merely because of
superficial attraction, and success in business will depend on
deceit. Womanliness and manliness will be judged according to one's
expertise in sex, and a man will be known as a brahmana just by
his wearing a thread. A person's spiritual position will be
ascertained merely according to external symbols, and on the same
basis people will change from one spiritual order to the next. A
person's propriety will be seriously questioned if he does not earn
a good living. And one who is very clever at juggling words will be
considered a learned scholar. A person will be judged unholy if he
does not have money, and hypocrisy will be accepted as virtue.
Marriage will be arranged simply by verbal agreement, and a person
will think he is fit to appear in public if he has merely taken a
bath. A sacred place will be taken to consist of no more than a
reservoir of water located at a distance, and beauty will be thought
to depend on one's hairstyle. Filling the belly will become the goal
of life, and one who is audacious will be accepted as truthful. He
who can maintain a family will be regarded as an expert man, and the
principles of religion will be observed only for the sake of
reputation.

As the earth becomes crowded with a corrupt population, whoever
among any of the social classes shows himself to be the strongest
will gain political power. Losing their wives and properties to such
avaricious and merciless rulers, who will behave no better than
ordinary thieves, the citizens will flee to the mountains and
forests. Harassed by famine and excessive taxes, people will resort
to eating leaves, roots, flesh, wild honey, fruits, flowers and
seeds. Struck by drought, they will become completely ruined. The
citizens will suffer greatly from cold, wind, heat, rain and snow.
They will be further tormented by quarrels, hunger, thirst, disease
and severe anxiety. The maximum duration of life for human beings in
Kali-yuga will become fifty years.

By the time the age of Kali ends, the bodies of all creatures will
be greatly reduced in size, and the religious principles of
followers of varnasrama will be ruined. The path of the Vedas will
be completely forgotten in human society, and so-called religion
will be mostly atheistic. The kings will mostly be theives, the
occupations of men will be stealing, lying and needless violence,
and all the social classes will be reduced to the lowest level of
sudras. Cows will be like goats, spiritual hermitages will be no
different from mundane houses, and family ties will extend no
further than the immediate bonds of marriage. Most plants and herbs
will be tiny, and all trees will appear like dwarf sami trees.
Clouds will be full of lightning, homes will be devoid of piety, and
all human beings will have become like asses. At that time, the
Supreme Personality of Godhead will appear on the earth. Acting with
the power of pure spiritual goodness, He will rescue eternal
religion." (Srimad-Bhagavatam 12.2.1-16)

"In the age of Kali only one fourth of the religious principles
remains. That last remnant will continuously be decreased by the
ever-increasing principles of irreligion and will finally be
destroyed.

In the age of Kali people tend to be greedy, ill-behaved and
merciless, and they fight one another without good reason.
Unfortunate and obsessed with material desires, the people of Kali-
yuga are almost all sudras and barbarians. When there is a
predominance of cheating, lying, sloth, sleepiness, violence,
depression, lamentation, bewilderment, fear and poverty, that age is
Kali, the age of the mode of ignorance. Because of the bad qualities
of the age of Kali, human beings will become shortsighted,
unfortunate, gluttonous, lustful and poverty-stricken. The women,
becoming unchaste, will freely wander from one man to the next.
Cities will be dominated by theives, the Vedas will be contaminated
by speculative interpretations of atheists, political leaders will
virtually consume the citizens, and the so-called priests and
intellectuals will be devotees of their bellies and genitals. The
brahmacaris will fail to execute their vows and become generally
unclean, the householders will become beggars, the varn aprasthas
will live in the villages, and the sannyasis will become greedy for
wealth.

Women become much smaller in size, and they will eat too much, have
more children than they can properly take care of, and lose all
shyness. They will speak harshly and will exhibit qualities of
theivery, deceit and unrestrained audacity.

Businessmen will engage in petty commerce and earn their money by
cheating. Even when there is no emergency, people will consider any
degraded occupation quite acceptable. Servants will abandon a master
who has lost his wealth, even if that master is a saintly person of
exemplary character. Masters will abandon an incapacitated servant,
even if that servant has been in the family for generations. Cows
will be abandoned or killed when they stop giving milk.

In Kali-yuga men will be wretched and controlled by women. They will
reject their fathers, brothers, other relatives and friends and will
instead associate with the sisters and brothers of their wives. Thus
their conception of friendship will be based exclusively on sexual
ties. Uncultured men will accept charity on behalf of the Lord and
will earn their livelihood by making a show of austerity and wearing
a mendicant's dress. Those who know nothing about religion will
mount a high seat and presume to speak on religious principles.

In the age of Kali, people's minds will always be agitated. They
will become emanciated by famine and taxation, my dear King, and will
always be disturbed by fear of drought. They will lack adequate
clothing, food and drink, will be unable to properly rest, have sex
or bathe themselves, and will have no ornaments to decorate their
bodies. In fact, the people of Kali-yuga will gradually come to
appear like ghostly, haunted creatures.

In Kali-yuga men will develop hatred for each other even over a few
coins. Giving up friendly relations, they will be ready to lose
their own lives and kill even their own relatives. Men will no
longer protect their elderly parents, their children or their
respectable wives. Thoroughly degraded, they will care only to
satisfy their own bellies and genitals." (Srimad-Bhagavatam 12.3.24-
42).

Description of the Age of Kali (the consciousness of lower chakras
decadence & desires)
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