The 20th Century at an end we are now in an Age of the Kali Yuga as named in the Hindu wisdom of ages “Vishnu Purana”.
Those of us who see the negative trends upon the Earth and its people – the lifestyles, habits and values observe how decadent the world is becoming. Certain prophesies of the bad period before a Golden Age seem to be manifesting – the following is taken from The Secret Doctrine.
“Periodic catastrophes and upheavals of Nature are to be expected as part of the natural order of evolution of the Earth itself. Such will be true now, in preparation for the next and future phase of man’s life on Earth.
In the Kali Yuga, matter is supreme over spirit – it is a time of dark materialism where evil appears to triumph over good. It is the Age of Iron.
The secrets of occultism will be exposed to the masses by the Masters of Darkness and there will be a breaking of the sanctity of many things.
To quote from the sacred book of the Hindus Vishnu Purana –
“There will be contemporary monarchs, reigning over the earth kings of churlish spirit, violent temper, and ever addicted to falsehood and wickedness. They will inflict death on women, children and cows; they will seize upon the property of their subjects (alternative translation“ be intent upon the wives of others”) they will be of limited power… their lives will be short, their desires insatiable… People of various countries intermingling with them will follow their example; and the barbarians, being powerful (in India) in the patronage of the princes, whilst pure tribes are neglected, the people will perish (“the Mlechchas will be in the centre and the Aryans in the end.”)_
Wealth and piety will decrease day by day, until the world will be wholly depraved… Property alone will confer rank; wealth will be the only source of devotion; passion will be the sole bond of union between the sexes; falsehood will be the only means of success in litigation; and women will be objects merely of sensual gratification… External types will be the only distinction of the several orders of life; dishonesty will be the means of subsistence; weakness the cause of dependence; menace and presumption will be substituted for learning; liberality will be devotion; a man if rich will be reputed pure; mutual assent will be marriage; fine clothes will be dignity.. He who is the strongest will reign….the people, unable to bear the heavy burdens (of taxes) will take refuge among the valleys… Thus, in the Kali age, will decay constantly proceed, until the human race approaches its annihilation (pralaya). When…the close of the Kali Age shall be nigh, a portion of that divine being which exists, of its own spiritual nature (Avatar) shall descend upon the Earth, endowed with the eight superhuman faculties… he will re-establish righteousness upon earth; and the minds of those who live at the end of Kali Yuga shall be awakened, and shall be as pellucid as crystal. The men who are, thus, changed….shall be as the seeds of human beings, and shall give birth to a race who shall follow the laws of the Krita Age (Age of Purity). As it is said: “When the Sun and Moon and (the Lunar Asterism) Tishya, and the planet Jupiter are in one mansion (house), the Krita (or Satya, pure Age) shall return…”
Vishnu Purana Book, Ch. xxiv
An age old but unfortunately accurate account of the negative features in modern culture. We need to take heed and revive the classical values the make us nobly human.