Question: When Will the Kali Yuga End?
In this Kali yuga material comfort is given the prime importance. If one has to survive in today's world, one has to take up a job or do business, otherwise, nobody is going to feed us. After a hectic day when one returns home one has to attend to the household chores. There is hardly an hour to pray to the Almighty. In such a situation one can only aim to achieve Nirvana by praying in the morning and evening and abstaining from a sinful life. Is this not sufficient?
Another doubt is regarding rebirth. In Hinduism one has to do sraddha every year on the death anniversary of one's relatives. one has to perform this ritual, otherwise the soul will not get peace. Now my question is if that person is in another body already why should we perform this? Moreover in the next birth the soul does not recollect anything from the previous birth.
Answer: As Soon As You Take Up Krishna Consciousness Seriously
In terms of happiness and peace of mind, we were much better off as a world society in former times when every family had some land and a cow and easily got all their eatables by planting in the spring and harvesting in the fall. God supplied the land, the sunshine, the water, and the seeds. while the bull provided the labor.
Now we have gotten away from the land and crowded ourselves into congested, heavily polluted, expensive, crime-ridden cities, which are in constant danger of terrorist attacks. What have we gained by all of this industrialization and high technology? We can now risk our lives on the highway every day as we commute long hours to and from our place of employment. We have become the slaves of mega-corporations who work us like machines as long as it it is profitable and lay us off as soon the the corporate profits are endangered. While we formerly had peaceful, dignified, healthy lives raising our families in the fresh, open air and sunshine, we now spend our days as corporate slaves stuck in cubicles in constant fear of losing our jobs, our houses, and our cars. We have little contact with our children, who are stuck in impersonal day care centers or in schools which teach them that they evolved from the monkeys and how to wear condoms for enjoying monkey-l ike sex with their classmates.
So how we can we maintain our sanity in the midst of all this chaos? The answer is given by Krishna:
yat karoṣi yad aśnāsi
yaj juhoṣi dadāsi yat
yat tapasyasi kaunteya
tat kuruṣva mad-arpaṇam
"Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer or give away, and whatever austerities you perform--do that, O son of Kuntī, as an offering to Me."
If we will follow this simple principle of offering every thing we eat to Krishna, offering our long hours at work to Krishna, offering our families and our very selves to Krishna, we will live in a wonderful higher-than-nirvana anxiety-free spiritual atmosphere at every minute, 24 hours a day.
Is this some make believe fairy tale? No, it is already being done every day at every moment by thousands and thousands of members of the worldwide Hare Krishna movement. Join with us today in full Krishna bhakti bliss and say good-bye to your anxieties once and for all. Kindly participate in the activities of your nearest Hare Krishna center. They will teach you how to always live in this sublime state of consciousness known as Krishna consciousness.
If you will regularly chant the Hare Krishna mantra there is no need to perform the sraddha ceremony for the deliverance of your departed ancestors from inauspicious circumstances. Simply by your becoming a pure devotee of Lord Krishna twenty one generations of your ancestors will become delivere from material existence back to their original home in the spiritual world.
Kali yuga, the age of quarrel and hypocrisy, will continue for the next 427,000 until Kalki Avatar brings in another Satya Yuga. But for you the Kali yuga will end immediately, if you will seriously take up the pathway of Krishna consciousness. You will be living in the Satya yuga right now!