Kali-yuga and
the "Golden Age"

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Vedic Time

  • Satya-yuga / Golden Age of Truth (virtue reigns supreme) - 1,728,000 human years

  • Treta-yuga / Silver Age (three quarters virtue and one quarter sin) - 1,296,000 human years

  • Dvapara-yuga / Bronze Age (one half virtue and one half sin) - 864,000 human years

  • Kali-yuga / Iron Age (one quarter virtue and three quarters sin) - 432,000 human years


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Devi Sukta of Rig Veda

The Devīsūkta of the Rigveda (10.125.1 to 10.125.8) is among the most studied hymns declaring that the ultimate reality is a goddess:

"I have created all worlds at my will without being urged by any higher Being, and dwell within them. I permeate the earth and heaven, and all created entities with my greatness and dwell in them as eternal and infinite consciousness."

— Devi Sukta, Rigveda 10.125.8, Translated by June McDaniel

About Kali-yuga and
10,000 Year "Golden Age"

'The Brahma Vaivarta Purana (related to Rathantara kalpa) mentions a ten thousand-year period, starting from the traditional dating of the Kali Yuga epoch, during which bhakti yogis will be present. Krishna foretold that Kali Yuga will be full of extreme hardships for people with ideals and values.'

'The Brahma-vaivarta Purana has words spoken by Krishna to Mother Ganga just before the beginning of the Kali Yuga (the age of quarrel and strife). The Kali Yuga began approximately five thousand years ago. That golden age is being described below by Krishna (predicted in Brahma-vaivarta Purana 4.129). The fourth part of the Brahma-vaivarta is called Kṛṣṇa-janma-khanda. Chapter 129 is called Golokarohanam because it describes how Krishna returns to His abode. This specific dialogue is between Krishna and Mother Ganga. Verse 49 is a question by Ganga. Verses 50–60 are Krishna's answer.' - Wikipedia

Text 49:

Bhaagiirathy uvaaca

he naatha ramanasrestha

yaasi golokamuttamam

asmaakam kaa gatiscaatra

bhavisyati kalau yuge

"Ganges said: O protector, Supreme enjoyer, on your departure for the

perfect abode, Goloka, thereafter what will be my situation in the age of


Text 50

srii-bhagavaan uvaaca

kaleh pamcasahasraani

varsaani tistha bhu-tale

paapaani paapino yaani

tubhyam daasyamti snaanatah

The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: "On the earth 5,000 years of Kali will be sinful and sinners will deposit their sins in you by bathing."

Text 51


bhasmibhutaani tatksanaat

bhavisyamti darsanaacca

snaanaadeva hi jaahnavi

"Thereafter by the sight and touch of those who worship Me by My mantra, all those sins will be burnt."

Text 52

Harernaamaani yatraiva

puraanaani bhavamti hi

tatra gatvaa saavadhaanam

aabhih saarddham ca srosyasi

"There will be chanting of the name of Hari and reading of the [Bhagavata] Purana. Reaching such a place, attentively hear."

Text 53:

Puraana sravanaaccaiva


bhasmibhutaani paapaani

brahma-hatyaadikaani ca

"Sinful reactions including the killing of a brahmana can be nullified by

hearing the Purana and chanting of the names of Hari in the manner of


Text 54:

Bhasmibhutaani taanyeva

vaisnavaalimganena ca

trnaani suskakaasthaani

dahamti paavako yathaa

"Just as dry grass is burnt by fire, by the embrace of Vaisnavas all sins

are burnt."

Text 55:

Tathaapi vaisnavaa loke

paapaani paapinaamapi

prthivyaam yaani tiirthaani

punyaanyapi ca jaahnavi

"O Ganges, the whole planet will become a pilgrimage site by the presence of Vaisnavas, even though it had been sinful"

Text 56:

Madbhaktaanaam sariiresu

santi putesu samtatam


sadyah putaa vasundharaa

"In the body of My devotees remains eternally [the purifier]. Mother Earth becomes pure by the dust of the feet of My devotees."

Text 57:

Sadyah putaani tiirthaani

sadyah putam jagattathaa

manmamtropaasakaa vipraa

ye maducchisrbhojinah

"It will be the same in the case of pilgrimage sites and the whole world.

Those intelligent worshipers of My mantra who partake My remnants will purify everything."

Text 58

Maameva nityam dhyaayamte

te mat praanaadhikaah priyaah


puto vaayusca paavakah

"They are more dear to Me than My life, who every day meditate only on Me. The air and fire become pure simply even by their indirect touch."

[Note: Sastra says that of all material elements, fire and air are always

pure. Even though the air carries some impurities it always remains itself pure. This verse indicates that the Vaisnavas will purify even the pure elements of fire and air, therefore the purifying potency of the Vaisnavas referred to in this verse is not material but completely spiritual. I.e. the air and fire are _already_ materially pure, therefore the Vaisnavas purity is spiritual and not material.]

Text 59:

Kaler dasa-sahasraani

madbhaktaah samti bhu-tale

ekavarnaa bhavisyamti

madbhaktesu gatesu ca

"For 10,000 years of Kali such devotees of Mine will fill the whole planet.After the departure of My devotees there will be only one varna [outcaste]."

Text 60:

Madbhaktasunyaa prthivi

kaligrastaa bhavisyati

etasminnamtare tatra


"Devoid of My devotees, the earth will be shackled by Kali. Saying this,

Krsna departed."