ACHIEVING MOKSHA IN KALI YUGA: LORD KRISHNA’S MESSAGE

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Achieving Moksha

Lord Krishna gives a very simple remedy for achieving Moksha in Kali yuga.  Men and women will have to develop hope for remaining happy in Kali Yuga. Moksha is defined as freedom the ‘cycle of life and death’ or samsara. In Moksha, one attains freedom from the effects of karma and does not take rebirth.

In Kali Yuga, it is destined that both the sinner and the virtuous will possess wealth. People’s hope will limit to the hoarding of material things and they will mistake it for happiness. Those who try remaining happy by running after material wealth will live in ignorance and hope will evade them at the end of their lives.

In the scriptures, hope is defined at that urge in the self-consciousness that aspires you towards the betterment of your soul. People who develop such a hope will succeed in remaining happy in Kali Yuga.

There are three ways for achieving moksha in Kali yuga:

  1. Bhakti/Devotion: This is the easiest way to generate hope. Those who surrender their minds to the supreme being and perform their actions without aspiring for rewards will achieve happiness.

 

  1. Karma: Those who cannot develop Bhakti, can resolve to follow the path of Karma. Karma is defined as “never to act with desire following the action.” Anyone who follows the path of karma in Kali Yuga will achieve happiness and freedom from misery.

 

  1. Those who cannot develop Bhakti or live a life of Karma yoga, should develop the following qualities and pass their lives on earth. Happiness will always be found in a person who has the following qualities: Ahimsa (non-violence), Asteyam (non-stealing), Astikam (a firm faith in the belief of a higher power), Lajja (a feeling of shame to do actions which are unworthy), Sthairyam (to be firm in your words, in your actions, in your convictions), Kshama (forgiveness) and Abhaya (fearlessness).

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KALI YUGA PREDICTIONS: What is Kali Yuga

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Most of the Kali Yuga predictions have already become a reality. It has been written in the ancient Hindu scriptures that Dharma (the right way of living) represented by a bull will stand only on one leg in the age of Kali. Predictions of what will happen in Kali Yuga are mentioned in the Mahabharat and the Bhagavata Purana.

It remains to be seen if all the predictions of Kali Yuga mentioned in these scriptures will come true.

Kali Yuga predictions made by Sri Krishna and Sage Markendya.

In Kali Yuga, people will become a slave to lust, anger and pride.

Ignorant people will delight in violence and kill each other and other species in the name of religion.

People will lead bewildered lives. Fake spiritual people will exploit this state of ignorance and become mass leaders leading people further into their destruction.

People in power will rob the state and commit crimes on the people they are supposed to protect.

The main purpose of life will be to please the senses. In the age of Kali, only wealth will be considered as a virtue and a wealthy man will command the respect of everyone.

People will become intoxicated and having no control of their lives,  remain in ignorance. Overcome by lust, people will lead a meaningless existence.

Men will indulge in actions that destroy nature and nature in turn will destroy men.

Children will stop caring for the parents and society will become devoid of values.

Men and women will live together merely because of superficial attraction, and success in business will depend on deceit.

People will look for truth outside themselves. Seeking peace externally, people will change from one religion to another.

Anyone who is clever at juggling words will be considered a learned scholar and lead the masses.

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.

Harassed by famine and excessive taxes, people will resort to eating leaves, roots, flesh, wild honey, fruits, flowers and seeds. Struck by drought, they will become completely ruined. 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.

The maximum duration of life for human beings in Kali yuga will become fifty years.

While these were the predictions for Kali Yuga, the scriptures also tell us how how to remain happy in the age of Kali. 

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