Esoteric Encyclopedia

Esoteric Encyclopedia Entry of the Week: Kali Yuga

Kali Yuga is a Sanskrit term which translates to “age of [the demon] Kali”, or “age of vice”. It is believed to be the last of the four stages the world goes through as part of the cycle of yugas described in the Sanskrit scriptures, within the present Mahayuga. The other ages are called Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, and Dvapara Yuga.

Kali Yuga is associated with the apocalyptic demon Kali (not be confused with the goddess Kālī काली), as the “Kali” of Kali Yuga literally means “strife”, “discord”, “quarrel” or “contention”.

According to Wikipedia, there are several prophesied events that correspond to the Kali Yuga – including the following:

  • 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, seeking countries where wheat and barley form the staple food source.
  • “At the end of Kali-yuga, when there exist no topics on the subject of God, even at the residences of so-called saints and respectable gentlemen of the three higher varnas [guna or temperament] and when nothing is known of the techniques of sacrifice, even by word, at that time the Lord will appear as the supreme chastiser.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam (2.7)
  • 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.
  • Brahmans will not be learned or honored, Kshatriyas will not be brave, Vaishyas will not be just in their dealings.

Some believe that in looking at the current state of affairs in the world today, that perhaps we may be in the Kali Yuga presently (see: The End of the Kali Yuga) – while others contest that it has yet to occur.

To learn even more about the Kali Yuga, and it’s relationship to human consciousness – the video below is extremely helpful and informative.

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