In the previous episode, we had witnessed Bhagawan Krishna descending back to Vaikunta after a 120-year-long incarnation in this world. We had witnessed the sequence of events that led to Bhagawan Krishna transcending back to Vaikunta. We’ve witnessed the two curses – One of Sage Vishwamitra on the Yaadava community, and the other of Mother Gaandhaari on Bhagawan Krishna Himself. Since, Bhagawan Krishna belonged to the Yaadava clan, He had to make sure that He falls for Sage Vishwamitra’s curse. Bhagawan Krishna ensures this because He wanted to prove to the world that curses from great Maharishis shouldn’t be taken for granted. These curses are bound to come true and even if it is the case of Bhagawan Himself, this should not create any sort of exception. Else, the world would say that since Bhagawan Krishna is arrogant, He made sure that He skipped the curse of Sage Vishwamitra, but since others aren’t as powerful as Him in this world, normal people are suffering the ill effects of them.
Thus, Bhagawan Krishna executes Sage Vishwamitra’s curse to perfection and also takes that as a reason for descending back to Vaikunta. This marks the end of the Dwaapara Yuga, and with this, the advent of the Kali Yuga commences. As Bhagawan Krishna descends, the Yaadavas also fight amongst themselves and end their lives too. With this, the entire Dwaaraka city gets engulfed with the ocean and just before Bhagawan Krishna left for Vaikunta, He made sure that all the citizens of Dwaaraka city, including His beloved wife, Rukmini Devi were sent to safety. We might wonder here, where did Rukmini Devi come from all of a sudden! We’re going to witness the “Rukmini Kalyaana” event towards the end of this project and I’ve purposefully not touched this part as yet.
Thus, with Bhagawan Krishna descending back, we also come to the end of the fifth “Amsa” of this “Shri Vishnu Puraana”. With this, we shall now go to the sixth “Amsa”, which is a very short one, unlike the fifth. Here, Sage Paraashara starts explaining how treacherous this Kali Yuga is. He explains how “Dharma” in the Kali Yuga would start deteriorating drastically. Firstly, the “Varnaashrama Dharma” that was segregated in the previous Yugas, would be wrongly understood and would eventually be forgotten completely. All people would start performing all jobs without any differentiation between the four “Varnaashrama Dharma” components. Secondly, for a marriage, nobody would check for the “Kula” (Clan), “Gothra”, etc. Anybody would marry anybody else in this world. There would be no norm or set process that would be followed for the same. Only the “desire” component would rule marriages. Even while getting married, nobody would offer the required oblations to Agni Bhagawan. Everybody would forget it completely.
Moreover, Sage Paraashara continues to explain how powerful people in this Kali Yuga would be treated as “good people”, whereas those without any sort of power would be branded as “bad people”. When Sage Paraashara talks about “Power”, it means money power, physical body strength, political power and influence, etc. A person who talks with a loud voice would always win conversations and debates. Nobody would look into the content of what a person is talking about. If a person talks with a high volume and with a harsh voice, he / she would be considered winners! Those who cannot talk assertively and with a loud voice would be branded “losers”.
Such is the intensity of “Adharma” in this Kali Yuga. So for today, let us think about all this and digest the fact that we’re living amidst all this. The list is not over yet! Sage Paraashara is going to continue with this long list of “Adharma” activities into the next episode as well! Stay tuned! 🙂