The Terrible Swift Sword of Lord Kalki
BY: MITHUNA TWIINS ASTROLOGICAL SERVICES
Lord Kalki Rides Devadatta by Abhaya Mudra dasi
Apr 25, 2012 UK (SUN) Feature story from the Astrological Newsletter, Apr 14, 2012, No. 28
In the Shrimad Bhagavatam the following prophecies are given by Shrila Shukadeva Goswami in the 12th canto, 2nd chapter. Each time we read them we see how daily they are becoming more fulfilled. Following are BBT translations.
[Shrila Shukadeva Goswami said to King Parikshit]: 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. (1)
In Kali-yuga, wealth alone will be considered the 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. (2)
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. (3)
A person's spiritual position will be ascertained merely according to external symbols, and on that 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. (4)
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. (5)
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. (6)
Notes: Shrila Prabhupada once commented that people from Bengal will go to Hardwar to bathe in the Ganges, not considering that the same sacred waters are running nearby.
As the earth thus becomes crowded with a corrupt population, whoever among any of the social classes shows himself to be the strongest will gain political power. (7)
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. (8)
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. (9)
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. (10)
The maximum duration of life for human beings in Kali-yuga will become thirty plus twenty (fifty) years. (11)
Notes: The predictions of both the Bhagavat Purana and the Vishnu Purana for the current age of quarrel and discord are very similar. From the Vishnu Purana (HH Wilson translation): "In the Kali age every one who has cars and elephants and steeds will be a king, every one who is feeble will be a slave. Vaishyas will abandon agriculture and commerce, and gain a livelihood by servitude or the exercise of mechanical arts. Shudras, seeking their subsistence by begging, and assuming the outward marks of religious mendicants, will become the impure followers of impious and heretical doctrines (6.10.9-10)
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 varnashram 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 thieves, the occupations of men will be stealing, lying and needless violence, and all the social classes will be reduced to the lowest level of shudras. 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 shamee 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. (12-16)
Lord Vishnu—the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the spiritual master of all moving and nonmoving living beings, and the Supreme Soul of all —takes birth to protect the principles of religion and to relieve His saintly devotees from the reactions of material work.(17)
Lord Kalki will appear in the home of the most eminent brahmana of Shambhala village, the great soul Vishnuyasha. (18)
Lord Kalki, the Lord of the universe, will mount His swift horse Devadatta and, sword in hand, will travel over the earth exhibiting His eight mystic opulence and eight special qualities of Godhead. Displaying His unequaled effulgence and riding with great speed, He will kill by the millions those thieves who have dared to dress as kings. (19-20)
Notes: From the Bible, "On that day the Lord will take his terrible, swift sword and punish Leviathan, the swiftly moving serpent, the coiling, writhing serpent, the dragon of the sea." (Book of Isaiah 27.1)
After all the impostor kings have been killed, the residents of the cities and towns will feel the breezes carrying the most sacred fragrance of the sandalwood paste and other decorations of Lord Vasudeva, and their minds will thereby become transcendentally pure.(21)
When Lord Vasudeva, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, appears in their hearts in His transcendental form of goodness, the remaining citizens will abundantly repopulate the earth.(22)
When the Supreme Lord will appear on earth as Kalki, the maintainer of religion, Satya-yuga will begin, and human society will bring forth progeny in the mode of goodness.(23)
When Chandra, Surya and Brihaspati conjoin in the constellation of Cancer or Karkata-rashi, and all three enter simultaneously into the lunar mansion Tishya or Pushyami—at that exact moment Krita Yuga will begin. (24)
yada chandras cha suryash cha tatha tishya brihaspati
Notes: This is Shrila Shukadeva Goswami's exact prophecy which gives perfect astrological references from the spotless Purana. At least for this verse, the Sanskrit is easy to follow for any student.
eka-rashau sameshyanti bhavishyatintada kritam
Synonyms: yada—when; Chandrah—the Moon; cha—and; Suryah—the Sun; cha—and; tatha—also; Tishya—the asterism Tishya (more commonly known as Pushyami, extending from 3° 20´ to 16° 40´ within the constellation of Karkataka or Cancer); Brihaspati—and the planet Jupiter; eka rashi—in the same rashi or constellation (as Cancer); sameshyanti—will enter simultaneously; bhavishyati—will be; tada—then; Kritam—Krita-yuga or Satya-yuga.
Pushyami (consisting of the stars Gamma, Delta and Theta Cancri) is a pious, deva-gana nakshatra ruled by the higher octave of Saturn, the planet of austerity, pennance and piety. The next time the Sun, Moon and Jupiter meet in Pushyami, Satya Yuga will begin and goodness will expand. It is noteworthy that in India today Pushyami is the favorite nakshatra for purchasing gold because the value will increase and the gold will bring good fortune. Similarly, during the Golden Age, goodness expands unlimitedly. Note that Satya-yuga will begin on amavashya (since the Sun and Moon are conjoined) and aupsiciousness will grow like the waxing Moon.
Thus I have described all the kings—past, present and future—who belong to the dynasties of the Sun and the Moon.(25)
From your birth up to the coronation of King Nanda, 1,150 years will pass. (26)
Of the seven stars forming the constellation of the seven sages, Pulaha and Kratu are the first to rise in the night sky. If a line running north and south were drawn through their midpoint, whichever of the lunar mansions this line passes through is said to be the ruling asterism of the constellation for that time. The Seven Sages will remain connected with that particular lunar mansion for one hundred human years. Currently, during your lifetime, they are situated in the nakshatra called Magha. (27-28)
The Supreme Lord Vishnu is brilliant like the Sun and He is known as Krishna. When He returned to the spiritual sky, Kali entered this world, and people then began to take pleasure in sinful activities. (29)
As long us Lord Shri Krishna (Who is Ramaapati the Husband of the goddess of fortune), touched the earth with His lotus feet, Kali was powerless to subdue this planet. (30)
When the constellation of the seven sages is passing through the lunar mansion Magha, the age of Kali begins. It comprises twelve hundred years of the demigods. (31)
Notes: 1,200 celestial years = 432,000 earthly years.
When the great sages of the Saptarishi constellation pass from Magha to Purvashadha, Kali will have his full strength, beginning from King Nanda and his dynasty.(32)
Those who scientifically understand the past declare that on the very day that Lord Shri Krishna departed for the spiritual world, the influence of the age of Kali began. (33)
After the one thousand celestial years of Kali-yuga, the Satya-yuga will manifest again. At that time the minds of all men will become self-effulgent. (34)
FROM BHAGAVAD GITA AS IT IS (3.10) PURPORT:
In the Age of Kali, the sankirtan yagna (the chanting of the names of God) is recommended by the Vedic scriptures, and this transcendental system was introduced by Lord Chaitanya for the deliverance of all men in this age. Sankirtana-yagna and Krishna consciousness go well together. Lord Krishna in His devotional form (as Lord Chaitanya) is mentioned in the Shrimad Bhagavatam (11.5.32) as follows, with special reference to the sankirtana-yagna:
krishna-varnam tvish akrishnam sangopangastra-parshadam
yajnaih sankirtana-prayair yajanti hi su-medhasah
"In this Age of Kali, people who are endowed with sufficient intelligence will worship the Lord, who is accompanied by His associates, by performance of sankirtan-yajna."
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