In the previous episode, we had been witnessing Sage Maarkandeya’s accord on the treacherous Kali Yuga and how it will span out. Sage Maarkandeya explains this in the context of driving home the point that Yudishtra and Co. are extremely fortunate to be amdist the vicinity of Bhagawan Krishna, which might not be possible in the coming years. The Kali Yuga, as per Sage Maarkandeya is going to be completely devoid of “Dharma”, as the holy cow of Dharma is only going to stand on one leg. In this Kali Yuga, Brahmins are going to forget their fundamental duty and are going to commercialize the Vedas. The concept of “Veda-Adhyayanam” will slowly disappear and even if it is done, it will only be for making money. Moreover, Brahmins will completely forgo their “Nitya-Anushtaanam” and consider performing this as a shame. Also, with regards to marriages, the wife’s family will dominate the husband’s and will try to gain prominence. The husband’s parents will not be able to live with their son together under one roof, thanks to the wife’s undue domination. Thus, quarrels and fights will become a regular affair within families and people will start attacking each other physically as well. Moreover, the entire world will start experiencing scarcity of essential resources like water and food because of greed and concentration of power in the hands of a few “dominant” people.
Finally, as things worsen to a particular point, Bhagawan Vishnu will incarnate as Kalki Bhagawan in the village called “Shambalam” in South India, as the son of a person by name Vishnu Yashas. This incarnation of Bhagawan Vishnu in the form of Kalki Bhagawan is going to be the most ferocious incarnation ever! He is going to ride on a white horse with a long and a sharp sword in His hands. As the horse makes its way through, whoever is coming in the middle of the horse’s path are going to face the wrath of the sword. Thus, all the wicked people who stand by “Adharma” will be mercilessly destroyed by Kalki Bhagawan. With this, Kalki Bhagawan will protect those people who still have the urge to follow and protect “Dharma”. With the help of these handful of people, Bhagawan will re-establish the “Krita Yuga”, wherein “Dharma” will reign supreme.
In this accord, we’ve to understand one thing very clearly – At the end of the Kali Yuga and at the beginning of the “Krita Yuga”, we will not have a “Pralaya Kaalam”. We’ve already seen this earlier – Only when the thousand “Chatur-Yuga” period gets over, will there be a “Pralaya Kaalam”. Thus, only when Bhagawan Brahma completes one full day of his life, will we have a “Pralaya Kaalam”. Thus, we are nowhere close to attaining that as yet. Hence, the talk about the world getting destroyed in a few years from now is all baseless and simple rumours.
Explaining this, Sage Maarkandeya tells Yudishtra thus, “Oh Yudishtra! Even though we’re still in the “Dvaapara Yuga”, the influence of Kali Yuga has already begun. This is why we’re seeing enormous “Adharma” happening all around. Bhagawan Krishna is patiently waiting for the time and place to destroy the “Adharma”. However, this is just the beginning. Even though Bhagawan Krishna destroys the “Adharma” completely at the end of this Yuga, it will again restart in a ferocious form when the Kali Yuga actually begins. However, don’t worry! You keep following the path of “Dharma” that you are already following all these years. Unless and until Bhagawan is by your side, you will always be protected. Do not get scared of the “Adharma” that happens around you. You are always safe and secure in Bhagawan’s divine hands! Please remember this as you proceed further in executing your duties as a righteous king! Oh Yudishtra! You might be devoid of your kingdom today, but this is not going to be a permanent phase of your life. You are definitely going to be a great king in the future, and sages like me are only trying to give you various inputs pertaining to “Dharma” so that you will be able to implement “Dharma” in whatever decisions you make in the future!”
Saying thus, Sage Maarkandeya advises Yudishtra and for today, we shall understand these points very clearly. We shall wait till the next episode to continue this discussion further. Stay tuned! 🙂