Krishna's Prediction of The Golden Age from Brahma Vaivarta Purana
The following are ten verses from the Brahma-vaivarta Purana that were spoken by Lord Krishna to Mother Ganga just before the beginning of Kali yuga (the age of quarrel and strife). These verses are from the 4th Khanda or the Krishna Janma Khanda, in Chapte 129. Verse 49 is a question by Mother Ganga and verses 50-60 are Krishna's answer.
Kali yuga began approximately five thousand years ago, and it has a duration of 432,000 years, leaving us with 427,000 till the end of the present age. Within this 432,000 year period, there is a period of 10,000 years that will be a golden age. That golden age is being described below by Lord Sri Krishna.
Ganges said: O protector, Supreme enjoyer, on your departure for the perfect abode, Goloka, thereafter what will be my situation in the age of kali?
The blessed Lord said: On the earth 5,000 years of kali will be sinful and sinners will deposit their sins in you by bathing.
We have presently passed through just over 5,000 years of Kali yuga. As was predicted by Lord Krishna, this period from the end of the previous age to the present comprising 5,000 years was a period of great degradation and darkness. The great and ancient Vedic culture of India was lost and the so-called followers became ritualistic practitioners, interested only in the bodily conception of life. The four pillars of spiritual life, namely truthfulness, austerity, cleanliness, and mercy are practically nonexistent today, even in the so-called holy sites of pilgrimage. The general mass of people have no interest in God, and any remnant of religion they might still follow is simply for the purpose of economic development. In the name of God so many sinful acts are being carried out throughout the world. Killing of innocent animals, intoxication, illicit sex, and gambling have become common and "natural" activities supported by the governments and religions of the world. All of these points confirm Lord Krishna's prediction regarding the first 5,000 years of the Kali yuga.
Thereafter by the sight and touch of those who worship me by my mantra, all those sins will be burnt.
Lord Krishna has said that for 5,000 years mother Ganga will purify the sinful inhabitants of the earthly planet in the age of Kali. But where will those accumulated sinful reactions go? Therefore Krishna says here that those sinful reactions, accumulated for thousands of years will all be burnt to ashes simply by a moments touch of a pure devotee of the Lord. The word tatksanat indicates that immediately the reactions are destroyed. A moments glimpse of a pure devotee is enough to purify the heart of a sinful man in this age of Kali. Even mother Ganga is blessed and purified by the association of the Lords devotees, so what to speak of fallen souls like ourselves. We must take every opportunity to associate with the Lord's pure devotees. This is the process of sadhu-sanga, or sat-sanga. Through association with the saints, we come in contact directly with the Supreme Lord. If we have such a great fortune to associate with the saintly devotees of the Lord, our heart will be purified of all the sinful reactions accumulated from countless lifetimes.
In this verse Krishna defines who are those pure devotees: man-mantropasaka, "one who is doing upasana, or worship, of Krishna by performing samayama on Krishna's mantra." Krishna says literally "My mantra", man-mantra. This mantra Krishna is referring to is the esoteric maha-mantra. In preparation for the Golden Age, Krishna has authorized the initiation into the practice of Samyama on His esoteric maha-mantra to quickly establish Krishna Consciousness. Samayama on the esoteric maha-mantra is the ultimate secret for success on the path to Krishna Consciousness. The Guru will impart shakti to the mantra when it is given and that shakti makes the mantra active, increasing its power to transform consciousness by 1000%.
The basis of samayama is Turiya, from where this technique is applied and finds success. Therefore the foundation of all success is to learn Atmavedi Meditation to experience Turiya and then the practice of samayama is successful.
It should be noted that Krishna does not say mother Ganga will be purified by yogis. Nor does he say she will be purified by jnanis. Nor by rishis, tapasvis, siddhas or a host of other saintly minded men. Krishna says it will be His pure devotees (bhaktas) who perform samayama on His esoteric maha-mantra that will purify mother Ganga and the entire age of Kali. Only samayama on the esoteric maha-mantra is powerful enough to purify this present age of Kali. Therefore only the Lord's devotees have the power to bring about the golden age within Kali yuga.
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There will be samyama on the esoteric maha-mantra and reading of the [Bhagavata] Purana. Reaching such a place, attentively hear.
Here Lord Krishna describes the activities within the golden age that will purify the Kali yuga. First and foremost is samyama on the esoteric maha-mantra, indicated by the words harernamani. This is further confirmed in the Brihad-naradiya Purana as follows:
harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam
"In the age of Kali there is no other way to achieve the supreme destination of life other than by performing samayama on the esoteric maha-mantra. There is no other way, no other way, no other way."
The second activity that Lord Krishna describes is the reading of the Bhagavata Purana, or Srimad Bhagavatam. The reading of Srimad Bhagavatam is especially recommended by the great sage Vyasadeva for purification of the heart:
srinvatam sva kathah krishnah
"By hearing and reciting the sacred narrations of the pastimes of Lord Krishna (within the Srimad Bhagavatam), all the bad qualities within one's heart are cleansed."
Elsewhere it is stated:
"By daily reading Srimad Bhagavatam and by rendering service to the pure devotees, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed, and loving devotional service unto the Personality of Godhead is established as an irrevocable fact."
The present age is simply a reflection of the hearts of millions of living entities on the earthly planet. Because our hearts are polluted by kama (lust), krodha (anger), lobha (greed) and matsarya (envy), therefore the present age is called the age of quarrel. It is not that we are bad because the age is bad, but rather the age is bad because our hearts are impure. The cure for a polluted heart is described above: daily reading of the Srimad Bhagavatam. If the entire population were to take up the reading of the sacred text of Srimad Bhagavatam, everyone's heart would be purified and the age of Kali would no longer be able to influence the world.
The Srimad Bhagavatam is not an ordinary book, but it is directly an incarnation of Krishna:
idam bhagavatam nama
“This Srimad Bhagavatam is the literary incarnation of Krishna, and it is compiled by Srila Vyasadeva, the incarnation of Krishna. It is meant for the ultimate good of all people, and it is all-successful, all blissful and all-perfect.”
Srimad Bhagavatam is defined as brahma sammitam because it is the sound representative of Brahman, the absolute truth.
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