In the previous episode, we had witnessed two out of the three things that would gain a lot of prominence in this Kali Yuga, as per Sage Veda-Vyaasa’s narrative. Sage Paraashara is explaining this to Sage Maithreya to highlight the characteristics of this Kali Yuga and how it is going to pan out in the future. In this regard, Sage Vyaasa had explained three important things that would be very prominent in this Kali Yuga, viz., “Shudras”, “Women” and “Kali”. We’ve seen how the “Shudras” and “Women” would be very significant elements in this Kali Yuga and how it is going to be very easy for these people to attain “Moksha” here. We’ve seen that the “Shudras” do not require to follow any strict austerities and spiritual practices to attain “Moksha”. By just merely chanting Bhagawan’s divine names, Shudras can attain “Moksha”. Similarly for women, Sage Vyaasa means that they too are not required to be involved in complex Veda-chanting and other Mantra-Chanting. They are not required to go out and earn, so as to protect the family. Instead, they can do simple things like cooking, and other allied “Kainkarya” with a noble heart and through this, they can easily attain “Moksha”.
In the course of yesterday’s episode, we had witnessed a small offshoot discussion as to how the Vedas provide a lot of empowerment and respect to women. In the modern day we talk a lot about “women empowerment” and there is a big misconception that our Sanaatana Dharma doesn’t empower women as much as it does to men. In fact, this is a wrong talk. Our Sanaatana Dharma, in fact, provides the highest amount of respect and empowerment to women than any other religion in this world. We’re witnessing in few other religions today where women are treated as slaves and how they’re ill-treated by men for their own personal pleasure and satisfaction. Our Sanaatana Dharma doesn’t provide an inch of space for such improper conduct towards women. In fact, our Sanaatana Dharma only explains how easy it is for a woman to attain the highest “Moksha”, and this is exactly what Sage Veda-Vyaasa is talking about here too.
Moving on further thus, the third important aspect that Sage Vyaasa talks about is the “Kali”. Now we might wonder why Kali is being celebrated here. In fact, we should understand an important point here – Whatever “Punya” that we can earn during the “”Krita Yuga” by performing good actions in a span of ten years can be earnt within a year in the “Tretha Yuga”. Whatever “Punya” that can be earned during the “Tretha Yuga” by performing good actions in a span of one year can be earnt within a month in the “Dwaapara Yuga”. Similarly, whatever “Punya” that can be earned during the “Dwaapara Yuga” by performing the same good deeds in a span of a month, can be earned within a day during this “Kali Yuga”. We can see the difference and complexities involved here in different Yugas, isn’t it? In other words, this present “Kali Yuga” gives us an opportunity to earn more and more “Punya” without much difficulty and time lag. But the “catch point” here is that, the Kali Purusha would try and evade us from doing any sort of good deeds by unleashing the “Maya” or “Illusion”. People would be driven away more and more by worldly pleasures and with this, the golden opportunities that Bhagawan is giving for people in this Kali Yuga would be hidden. It is only those who can unlock this “hidden secret” kept by Bhagawan, would be successful in this Kali Yuga in attaining “Moksha”.
Thus, the point is very simple and straightforward here – The Kali Yuga presents us with a wide array of opportunities to attain “Moksha”, however, it is up to us to make use of the same. Of course, these opportunities would be hidden and it is only with our focus and resolve we can unlock them. This is exactly what Sage Veda-Vyaasa is trying to explain here, and for today, let us understand this important point and let us do the needful starting today itself. The more we delay, the more opportunities we lose. So let us remember this point very clearly and focus our actions on something good for us and for the world. We shall wait till the next episode to continue this discussion further! Stay tuned! 🙂