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  Kali Yuga, Time of Opportunity

The Kali Yuga, the present age, is the fourth of the yugas.

The beginning of Kali Yuga traditionally dates from the death of Krishna, the eighth Avatar of Vishnu. Sathya Sai Baba has confirmed that the Kali Yuga began 20th December, 3102 BC, which was the day when Krishna attained mahasamadhi.

As predicted several millennia ago in the Bhagavata Purana, the present Dark Age of Kali is the time of increasing deterioration, disorder and decline.

But the Kali Yuga is at the same time a period of great opportunity, because it is the time in which spiritual advancement can be made most quickly.

As Sri Sathya Sai Baba tells us, the liberation itself can be easily attained in the present Age of Kali, through just Naamasmarana, remembrance of the Name of God.

Below are some extracts from Divine Discourses.

"This Kali Yuga is praised in the scriptures as incomparably conducive to the salvation of man, for he can now attain the Highest through the mere thought of God and remembering His Name. So of all the Yugas, this Yuga is described as the most holy, the most beneficient. Dhyana (meditation) was prescribed as the means of liberation for men in the Kritha Yuga, Ascetism as the means during the Tretha Yuga and ritual worship for the Dwapara Yuga. But, for people of this Yuga, the simple remedy prescribed is just Namasmarana, the constant awareness of the Name. In spite of this, it is a pity that men do not care for this path and so render their lives barren wastes."
SSS Vol XI, Chap. 28, pag. 162

"The spiritual discipline for each Age has been prescribed by the scriptures; for the Kritha (First Age), it is dhyaana (meditation); for the Thretha, the second, it is dharma (righteousness); for the Dwaapara, the third, it is archana (ritual worship) and for the present age, the Kali, it is Naamasmarana, the remembrance of the Name of God."
Divine Discourse Yugaadhi, 27 March 1971

"Though the evil is thickest in this Kali Age, the remedy is the simplest."
SSS Vol VIII, Chap. 22, pag. 132

"In the Kali Yuga, through just Namasmarana and remembrance of God we can reach the goal."
SSS Vol XI, Chap. 33, pag. 186

"It's easiest to get liberation in the Kali Yuga; it can be done through singing the glory of the Lord and listening to the Name being sung."
SSS Vol XI, Chap. 43, pag. 245

"The Kali Yuga offers more facilities for liberation than previous ones."
SSS Vol X, Chap. 53, pag. 339

"In the Kali Yuga only Namasmarana is needed to acquire liberation."
SSS Vol IV, Chap. 18, pag. 106

Here follows an article by K S Ram published in India Times Spirituality:

The Redeeming Aspect Of Kaliyuga
K S Ram

We have gotten into the habit of blaming all our ills on the times in which we live. We often exclaim: "This is Kaliyuga, so what else do you expect?" Kaliyuga has come to personify all that is bad and undesirable. We feel accursed and we envy the blessed ones who were born in the Sat, Treta or Dwapar yugas. We attribute our misfortune to karma and resign ourselves to our fate. This attitude leads to low self-esteem which in turn can do enormous damage.

Kaliyuga, like the other three yugas, is the creation of God. And all of God's creation has His blessings however different they are from one another. Tulsidas, in his Ramcharitmanas, discusses this point. Kakbhushundi, the deathless, wise crow of many births, compares the different yugas or ages. He calls Kaliyuga ?the hot-bed of sin" where, he says: "Religion is stifled. Impostors invent and promulgate a number of heretical creeds. Everyone is addicted to sensuality and greed and passion. The guru and the pupil are like the blind and the deaf: the former cannot see, the latter does not heed. Parents teach their children the duty of filling the belly. Everybody follows a course of conduct of his own imagination. There is universal lawlessness. The meanest churl, if only he is rich, is accounted noble. Men practise sin and reap pain, terror, sickness, sorrow and bereavement. Duplicity, perversity, hypocrisy, malice, heresy, arrogance, infatuation, lust, pride and the like pervade the whole universe...

"Men practise prayer, penance and charity, perform sacrifices and undertake sacred vows with some unholy design. The gods rain not upon the earth and foodgrains sown in the soil do not germinate. Men are afflicted with diseases and find no enjoyment anywhere. They are conceited and contend with others without cause. Though their lives are short, in their pride they reckon on outliving the end of the aeon..." He sums up by calling Kaliyuga ?a storehouse of pollution and vice".

However, few are aware of a redeeming feature of Kaliyuga. According to Kakbhushundi, Kaliyuga has many virtues, too, of which the most important is that in Kaliyuga, "escape from the cycle of birth and death is easy". The wise crow says: "The goal which in the first three ages is reached by solemn worship, sacrifice and austerity, is attained in Kaliyuga by merely chanting the Lord's name..."

In Satyuga, everyone is possessed of mystic powers and wisdom; in that age men cross the ocean of birth and death by meditating on God. In Tretayuga, men perform sacrifices of various kinds and escape rebirth by dedicating their actions to the Lord. In Dwaparyuga, men have no other expedient than ritual worship. "But in Kaliyuga all we have to do is chant the story of Hari?s perfection. The power of the Name is manifest in Kaliyuga,? says the wise crow.

He says: "Merit or punya conceived in the mind is rewarded but demerit or paap earned by the mind is not punished... so no other age can compare with Kaliyuga, provided man has faith in its virtue."

Ironic, isn?t it, that when an age seems conducive to moral and spiritual well-being, as in Satyuga, enormous effort is required to attain liberation. On the contrary, in Kaliyuga where conditions are not conducive to spiritual evolution, it is easier methods which work. Chant the Lord's Holy Name, fix Him in your mind, and tide across the bhav-sagar (the ocean of existence) almost effortlessly. The effort required for spiritual liberation is inversely proportional to the moral intensity of the age. So are we not blessed to be born in Kaliyuga?

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