Love in the Kali Yuga
ॐ नमो नारायणाय
om namo nārāyaṇāya
According to the Gregorian calendar, we have just entered the year 2013.
According to the Yogic Seers, we are roughly 5,115 years into the 28th Kali Yuga (कलियुग) of the Varāha Kalpa (वराहकल्प). These Yogis tell us that time moves in cycles called Yugas (युग). Just like seasons in a year, we move through four ‘seasons’ of humanity – Satya (सत्य) the Golden Age, Tretā (त्रेता) the Silver Age, Dvāpara (द्वापर) the Bronze Age, and Kali (कलि) the Iron Age. Incidentally, one complete cycle of four yugas lasts 4,320,000 years.
Human goodness and virtue peak at 100% during the Satya Yuga and diminishes by 25% with each subsequent Yuga until it reaches the nadir of human kindness at 25% during the Kali Yuga. Kali Yuga is a time of utter chaos, quarrel, hate, and hypocrisy with almost no virtue left in the world – people abuse and exploit each other, the plants, minerals and creatures of the earth, and the earth herself without regard to anything but personal profit and greedy gain.
At this critical juncture, Yogic Prophecies predict two possible outcomes – things can continue in a chaotic downward spiral until Nature can no longer bear the pain and cries out for help. Viṣṇu (विष्णु), the preserver will then incarnate as Kalki (कल्कि), and destroy all evil – which is essentially the entire human population – sparing the few who have managed to hold onto truth and virtue to begin the next Satya Yuga. Kalki is often depicted as a man on a white horse wielding a sword, but Kalki may also come as a natural and / or anthropogenic disaster of unimaginable magnitude and devastation.
Or, the transition can be smoother and more dignified. If we strive to create pockets of truth where people welcome Satya Yuga into their own hearts by living a life in accordance with dharma (धर्म) – truth, righteousness, duty, justice, and natural law. We may gradually and gently coax Satya Yuga to return in a more gentle manner.
Whether this Yogic Prophecy should be taken literally or metaphorically is not as important as the fact that it should be heeded wisely and promptly. These are dark times, and our world is in an undeniable crisis. What can we do about it? Light the lamp in our own hearts; drive the darkness out of our own hearts first; convert our own backyard first; clean up our own house first; create Satya Yuga within, despite the Kali Yuga without.
Through the complete practice of yoga, we must strive to do precisely that. And when our hearts glow with the light of freedom, peace and love, we will automatically become beacons for stranded ships. Light doesn’t plot to drive out darkness – that is neither the duty nor concern of light. The job of light is just to shine. The job of our hearts is to love all. The job of our bodies is to serve all. The job of our soul is to return to God. For in the presence of light, love, selfless service, and God – darkness, pain, greed, and ignorance inevitably vanish.