There has been large speculation around the close representation of current events and the modernization of humanity has in comparison to the popular belief of Kali Yuga. In previous years, literary research and academic findings have managed to give a clear understanding of how the study and practice of Vedic Science and the Puranas can be drawn into the 21st century.
In the following article, we will briefly review the four seasons of the Universe and also the Kali Yuga and how it closely represents today’s society and why.
The Four Seasons of the Universe
As on earth, there are four known seasons to our annual cycle. When speaking in terms of The Computation of Puranic Time, there are four known seasons. According to the belief of the Puranas the four Universal seasons are – Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dvapara Yuga, and Kali Yuga. Each cycle stretches for a certain number of years, with a transition period between each.
Vedic texts clearly outline the importance of each yuga, and how these yugas draw close representation to the events that have occurred throughout the lifecycle of humanity. Since the dawn of humankind, to current global events that have caused social, political, and economic unrest in some of the most developed nations – the practice and belief of peace, dignity, morality, and justice have been overshadowed by humans’’ ability to seek comfort in materialized and superficial objects.
The Current State of Affairs
When looking at how certain events around the world have unfolded over the last few decades, and in the climate, we currently find ourselves – many are questioning whether humanity has stepped to the podium to become their very own demise.
Humanity when speaking in terms of the Puranas and Vedic texts has reached a point of no return.
Our quest for industrialization has been met with grave challenges and victories, but in the same breath, humanity has become ignorant and irreligious.
The Kali Yuga
According to the Computation of Puranic Time and the four seasons of the Universe, Kali Yuga is known as the Iron Age. A time where spirituality and morality are forgotten and man lives in hypocrisy – searching for answers and belief in materialized possessions.
Vedic texts have explained that during the cycle of Kali Yuga, humanity has become its enemy and peace has been swept from the face of the earth. In a sense, we can pull this towards our modern actions and how humans have forgotten to live in peace with their neighbors, share ideas and thoughts on both a spiritual and non-spiritual level. More so, the Kali Yuga suggests the following:
“In this iron age of Kali men almost always have but short lives. They are quarrelsome, lazy, misguided, unlucky and, above all, always disturbed.” (Srimad Bhagavatam, 1.1.10)
Although we have found some solace to some extent, the Iron Age has proven to surface more problems than solutions. Man is more focused on his successes than that of his neighbor or perhaps his nation.
What the Kali Yuga Says About the Present
In the simplest ways, the Kali Yuga explains how humanity is chained by their material hardships while struggling to stay alive or survive in a time where peace and morality are overshadowed by modernity.
We are fearful beings – and compared to other Yugas, where a man lived for 100,000 years and more, during this cycle man only sees the ripe age of 100. The Kali Yuga is a simplistic, yet extremely realistic portrayal of our demise and how humanity has tipped the scale of balance and morality for their own vanquish.