Kali Yuga

This from the Vishnu Paruna, an ancient Hindu text which describes the Kali Yuga, the age of wickedness at the end of time:

‘In the Kali Yuga charity will constitute righteousness. Pride of wealth will be inspired by very insignificant possessions, upon which all will lust and hanker. Accumulated treasures will be expended on dwellings and illusions. The minds of men will be wholly occupied in acquiring wealth; and wealth will be spent solely on distractions and gratifications. No man will part with the smallest fraction of the smallest coin, though entreated by a friend. Cows will be held in esteem only as they supply milk. The people will be almost always in dread of dearth, and apprehensive of scarcity; and will hence ever be watching the appearances of the sky.

In the Kali Yuga, food will lose its savor, women will become as men, love will be confused for desire and time will appear to speed up. It shall be forbidden to lie down in public spaces and dead bodies will be hidden from view. Dreams will be troubled and sexual communion will harden the hearts of the coveted and frustrate the hearts of slaves*.

In the Kali age every one who has cars and elephants and steeds will be a Raja, and every one who is feeble will be a slave. Farming men will abandon agriculture and commerce, and gain a livelihood by servitude or the exercise of mechanical arts. Then will the clouds yield scanty rain: then will the corn be light in ear, and the grain will be poor, and of little sap: garments will be mostly made of the dying fibres and milk will come mostly from goats.

In the Kali Yuga every text will be scripture that people choose to think so and humans will be haunted on both sides - by the fist of despotic ideas and the rising ocean of ignorance. Endowed with little sense, men, subject to all the infirmities of mind, speech, and body, will daily make dreadful errors; and every thing that is calculated to afflict beings, vicious, impure, and wretched, will be generated in the Kali age until men and women will become as lizards are, skuttling and watchful for weakness, or as hunted birds, white and ever blinking. The world will become a hive, fuelled by nighmares.

But for the children and the insane there will be freedom, and those that learn the madness of play, at the end of time, will take their game to the Satya Yuga.

And those who love freedom will be amazed at how awake they can be.’

*and the young shall not know where lyeth the things possessed by their fathers that their fathers put there only just the night before, about eight o’clock.