[Csihar / O'Malley / Preston / Ritter]
The Symptoms of Kali-yuga
tatas canu-dinam dharmah
satyam saucam ksama daya
nanksyaty ayur balam smrtih
Sukadeva Gosvami said: Then, O King, religion, truthfulness, cleanliness,
duration of life, physical strength and memory will all diminish day by day because of the
powerful influence of
the age of Kali.
vittam eva kalau nrnam
karanam balam eva
In Kali-yuga, wealth alone will be considered the sign of a mans good birth,
proper behavior and fine
qualities. And law and justice will be applied only on
the basis of ones power.
stritve pumstve ca hi ratir
vipratve sutram eva hi
Men and women will live
together merely because of superficial attraction,
and success in business will depend on deceit. Womanliness and manliness
judged according to ones expertise in sex, and a man will be known
as a brahmana just by his wearing a thread.
A persons spiritual position will be ascertained merely according to external symbols,
and on that same
basis people will change from one spiritual order to the next.
A persons propriety will be seriously questioned if he does not earn a
And one who is very clever at juggling words will be considered a learned scholar.
sadhutve dambha eva tu
svikara eva codvahe
snanam eva prasadhanam
person will be judged unholy if he does not have money, and hypocrisy will be
accepted as virtue. Marriage will be arranged simply by
and a person will think he is fit to appear in public if he has merely taken a bath.
satyatve dharstyam eva hi
yaso rthe dharma-sevanam
A sacred place will be taken to consist of no more than a reservoir
located at a distance, and beauty will be thought to depend on ones hairstyle.
Filling the belly will become the goal of
life, and one who is audacious will be
accepted as truthful. He who can maintain a family will be regarded as an expert man,
principles of religion will be observed only for the sake of reputation.
evam prajabhir dustabhir
yo bali bhavita nrpah
As the earth thus becomes crowded with a
corrupt population, whoever among any of the social
classes shows himself to be the strongest will gain political power.
praja hi lubdhai rajanyair
Losing their wives and properties to such avaricious and merciless rulers,
who will behave no
better than ordinary thieves, the citizens will flee to the mountains
Harassed by famine and excessive taxes, people will resort to eating
roots, flesh, wild honey, fruits, flowers and seeds. Struck by drought,
they will become completely ruined.
himair anyonyatah prajah
ksut-trdbhyam vyadhibhis caiva
The citizens will suffer greatly from cold, wind, heat, rain and snow.
They will be further tormented
by quarrels, hunger, thirst, disease and severe anxiety.
trimsad vimsati varsani
The maximum duration of life for human beings in Kali-yuga will become fifty years.
naste veda-pathe nrnam
nana-vrttisu vai nrsu
ittham kalau gata-praye
By the time the age of Kali ends, the bodies of all creatures will be greatly reduced
in size, and
the religious principles of followers of varnasrama will be ruined.
The path of the Vedas will be completely forgotten in human
and so-called religion will be mostly atheistic. The kings will mostly be thieves,
the occupations of men will be stealing,
lying and needless violence,
and all the social classes will be reduced to the lowest level of sudras.
Cows will be like goats,
spiritual hermitages will be no different from mundane houses,
and family ties will extend no further than the immediate bonds of
Most plants and herbs will be tiny, and all trees will appear like dwarf sami trees.
Clouds will be full of lightning,
homes will be devoid of piety,
and all human beings will have become like asses.
At that time, the Supreme Personality of Godhead
will appear on the earth.
Acting with the power of pure spiritual goodness, He will rescue eternal religion.
Lord Visnu-the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the spiritual master of all moving
living beings, and the Supreme Soul of all-takes birth to protect
the principles of religion and to relieve His saintly devotees from
the reactions of
Lord Kalki will appear in the home of the most eminent brahmana of
the great soul Visnuyasa.
asvam asu-gam aruhya
vicarann asuna ksaunyam
Lord Kalki, the Lord of the universe, will mount His swift horse Devadatta
sword in hand, travel over the earth exhibiting His eight mystic opulences and eight special
qualities of Godhead. Displaying
His unequaled effulgence and riding with great speed,
He will kill by the millions those thieves who have dared dress as
atha tesam bhavisyanti
all the impostor kings have been killed, the residents of the cities and towns will
feel the breezes carrying the most sacred fragrance
of the sandalwood paste and other
decorations of Lord Vasudeva, and their minds will thereby become transcendentally pure.
tesam praja-visargas ca
When Lord Vasudeva, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, appears in their hearts
in His transcendental
form of goodness, the remaining citizens will abundantly repopulate