Krishna's Prediction of The Golden Age from Brahma Vaivarta Purana
Posted on August 1, 2013 by Visvamitra
The following are ten verses from the Brahma-vaivarta Purana that were spoken by Lord Krishna to Mother Ganga just before the beginning of Kali yuga (the age of quarrel and strife). These verses are from the 4th Khanda or the Krishna Janma Khanda, in Chapte 129. Verse 49 is a question by Mother Ganga and verses 50-60 are Krishna's answer.
Kali yuga began approximately five thousand years ago, and it has a duration of 432,000 years, leaving us with 427,000 till the end of the present age. Within this 432,000 year period, there is a period of 10,000 years that will be a golden age. That golden age is being described below by Lord Sri Krishna.
bhagarathy uvaca he natha ramanashreshtha yasi golokamuttamam asmakam ka gatishcatra bhavishyati 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 kali?
The blessed Lord said: On the earth 5,000 years of kali will be sinful and sinners will deposit their sins in you by bathing.
We have presently passed through just over 5,000 years of Kali yuga. As was predicted by Lord Krishna, this period from the end of the previous age to the present comprising 5,000 years was a period of great degradation and darkness. The great and ancient Vedic culture of India was lost and the so-called followers became ritualistic practitioners, interested only in the bodily conception of life. The four pillars of spiritual life, namely truthfulness, austerity, cleanliness, and mercy are practically nonexistent today, even in the so-called holy sites of pilgrimage. The general mass of people have no interest in God, and any remnant of religion they might still follow is simply for the purpose of economic development. In the name of God so many sinful acts are being carried out throughout the world. Killing of innocent animals, intoxication, illicit sex, and gambling have become common and "natural" activities supported by the governments and religions of the world. All of these points confirm Lord Krishna's prediction regarding the first 5,000 years of the Kali yuga.
man-mantropasakasparshad bhasmibhutani tatkshanat bhavishyanti darsanacca snanadeva hi jahnavi
Thereafter by the sight and touch of those who worship me by my mantra, all those sins will be burnt.
Lord Krishna has said that for 5,000 years mother Ganga will purify the sinful inhabitants of the earthly planet in the age of Kali. But where will those accumulated sinful reactions go? Therefore Krishna says here that those sinful reactions, accumulated for thousands of years will all be burnt to ashes simply by a moments touch of a pure devotee of the Lord. The word tatksanat indicates that immediately the reactions are destroyed. A moments glimpse of a pure devotee is enough to purify the heart of a sinful man in this age of Kali. Even mother Ganga is blessed and purified by the association of the Lords devotees, so what to speak of fallen souls like ourselves. We must take every opportunity to associate with the Lord's pure devotees. This is the process of sadhu-sanga, or sat-sanga. Through association with the saints, we come in contact directly with the Supreme Lord. If we have such a great fortune to associate with the saintly devotees of the Lord, our heart will be purified of all the sinful reactions accumulated from countless lifetimes.
In this verse Krishna defines who are those pure devotees: man-mantropasaka, "one who is doing upasana, or worship, of Krishna by performing samayama on Krishna's mantra." Krishna says literally "My mantra", man-mantra. This mantra Krishna is referring to is the esoteric maha-mantra. In preparation for the Golden Age, Krishna has authorized the initiation into the practice of Samyama on His esoteric maha-mantra to quickly establish Krishna Consciousness. Samayama on the esoteric maha-mantra is the ultimate secret for success on the path to Krishna Consciousness. The Guru will impart shakti to the mantra when it is given and that shakti makes the mantra active, increasing its power to transform consciousness by 1000%.
The basis of samayama is Turiya, from where this technique is applied and finds success. Therefore the foundation of all success is to learn Atmavedi Meditation to experience Turiya and then the practice of samayama is successful.
It should be noted that Krishna does not say mother Ganga will be purified by yogis. Nor does he say she will be purified by jnanis. Nor by rishis, tapasvis, siddhas or a host of other saintly minded men. Krishna says it will be His pure devotees (bhaktas) who perform samayama on His esoteric maha-mantra that will purify mother Ganga and the entire age of Kali. Only samayama on the esoteric maha-mantra is powerful enough to purify this present age of Kali. Therefore only the Lord's devotees have the power to bring about the golden age within Kali yuga.
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harernamani yatraiva puranani bhavanti hi tatra gatva savadhanam abhih sarddham ca shroshyasi
There will be samyama on the esoteric maha-mantra and reading of the [Bhagavata] Purana. Reaching such a place, attentively hear.
Here Lord Krishna describes the activities within the golden age that will purify the Kali yuga. First and foremost is samyama on the esoteric maha-mantra, indicated by the words harernamani. This is further confirmed in the Brihad-naradiya Purana as follows:
harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam kalau nastyeva nastyeva nastyeva gatir anyata
"In the age of Kali there is no other way to achieve the supreme destination of life other than by performing samayama on the esoteric maha-mantra. There is no other way, no other way, no other way."
The second activity that Lord Krishna describes is the reading of the Bhagavata Purana, or Srimad Bhagavatam. The reading of Srimad Bhagavatam is especially recommended by the great sage Vyasadeva for purification of the heart:
srinvatam sva kathah krishnah punya-sravana-kirtanah hridy antah stho hy abhadrani vidhunoti suhrit satam
"By hearing and reciting the sacred narrations of the pastimes of Lord Krishna (within the Srimad Bhagavatam), all the bad qualities within one's heart are cleansed."
"By daily reading Srimad Bhagavatam and by rendering service to the pure devotees, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed, and loving devotional service unto the Personality of Godhead is established as an irrevocable fact."
The present age is simply a reflection of the hearts of millions of living entities on the earthly planet. Because our hearts are polluted by kama (lust), krodha (anger), lobha (greed) and matsarya (envy), therefore the present age is called the age of quarrel. It is not that we are bad because the age is bad, but rather the age is bad because our hearts are impure. The cure for a polluted heart is described above: daily reading of the Srimad Bhagavatam. If the entire population were to take up the reading of the sacred text of Srimad Bhagavatam, everyone's heart would be purified and the age of Kali would no longer be able to influence the world.
The Srimad Bhagavatam is not an ordinary book, but it is directly an incarnation of Krishna:
idam bhagavatam nama puranam brahma-sammitam uttama-shloka-caritam cakara bhagavan rishih nihsreyasaya lokasya dhanyam svasty-ayanam mahat
“This Srimad Bhagavatam is the literary incarnation of Krishna, and it is compiled by Srila Vyasadeva, the incarnation of Krishna. It is meant for the ultimate good of all people, and it is all-successful, all blissful and all-perfect.”
Srimad Bhagavatam is defined as brahma sammitam because it is the sound representative of Brahman, the absolute truth.
purana shravanaccaiva harernamanukirtanat bhasmibhutani papani brahma-hatyadikani ca
Sinful reactions including the killing of a brahmana can be nullified by hearing the Purana and samyama on the esoteric maha-mantra.
bhasmibhutani tanyeva vaishnavalinganena ca trinani shushkakashthani dahanti pavako yatha
Just as dry grass is burnt by fire, by the embrace of My devotees all sins are burnt.
tathapi vaishnava loke papani papinamapi prithivyam yani tirthani punyanyapi ca jahnavi
O Ganges, the whole planet will become a pilgrimage sight by the presence of My devotees, even though it had been sinful.
madbhaktanam sharireshu santi puteshu samtatam madbhaktapadarajasa sadyah puta vasundhara
In the body of my devotees remains eternally [the purifier]. Mother earth becomes pure by the dust of the feet of my devotees.
sadyah putani tirthani sadyah putam jagattatha manmantropasaka vipra ye maducchishtabhojinah
It will be the same in the case of pilgrimage sights and the whole world. Those intelligent worshipers of my mantra who partake My remnants will purify everything.
In this verse the words maducchishtabhojinah are very significant. Krishna states that those who perform samayama on the esoteric maha-mantra and partake of the experience (maducchishtabhojinah) will purify the world.
Human life is meant for performing samyama because samyama develops transcendental knowledge. Samyama Pure knowledge and advance in spiritual life
The first aspect of this samayama on the maha-mantra will correct any deficiencies in our other services to the Lord due to improper circumstances, impure ingredients, irregular timing, etc. The age of Kali is an ocean of faults. One such fault is that in this age everything is impure. It is impossible to properly perform any sacred activity, as the impurity of the age has affected the entire atmosphere, from the subtle (inner) down to the physical (external). Therefore all sacred activities in the age of Kali must be performed accompanied by samayama on the esoteric maha-mantra.
mameva nityam dhyayante te mat pranadhikah priyah tadupasparshamatrena puto vayushca pavakah
They are more dear to Me than My life, who everyday meditate only on Me. The air and fire become pure simply even by their indirect touch.
kaler dasha-sahasrani madbhaktah santi bhu-tale ekavarna bhavishyanti madbhakteshu gateshu ca
For 10,000 years of kali such devotees of mine will fill the whole world. After the departure of My devotees there will only be one varna [outcaste].
This indicates a time when all people on earth will enjoy Krishna Realization. Such a time is found only during Satyug, so this 10,000 year period is a time of Satyug. Maharishi said in 1970 that He saw the dawning of the Age of Enlightenment, and this time of universal Enlightenment will last for 10,000 years. In 1975 Maharishi made a world tour to inaugurate the Dawn of the Age of Enlightenment where the entire world would become an Ideal Society of the Enlightened, literally Goloka on Earth.
madbhaktashunya prithivi kaligrasta bhavishyati etasminnantare tatra krishnadehadvinirgatah
Devoid of My devotees, the earth will be shackled by kali. Saying this Krishna departed.
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Gyanada Murthy, India, December 10, 2015 at 12:58 AM
Interesting information. I have read about the Kali yuga prediction in an interesting blog and that was the first time I read about Kali Yuga predictions. Its quite unbelievable to know that the current state of the world was predicted some 5000 years ago.
J. D., Utah, USA, November 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM
This is a very very hope inspiring illucidation of this Purana.
As of this year, it has been 5117 years since the Blessed Lord's departure.
So, it seems that when the Blessed Lord says 5000, he is perhaps
deliberately not being precise to the degree that we would like.
So, 5000 years could mean some number such as 5200, 5300 ...etc.
The Old Testament of the Hebrews says something like
a day is like 1000 years unto the lord and vice versa.
So, it seems to me at least that the Lord has always been a little
vague with respect to year, month, day of the occurrence of the events
It is interesting also to read Jaggi VasuDeva's presentation re:
He is so totally not in agreement with this Puran.
According to the mathematics of his, we will not enter into the
"mini" Satya Yuga for another 3955 earth years.
In fact we are currently nearing the end of a mini SWapara yuga ,
roughly 67 years left. After which we enter into a mini Treta Yuga
which will last 3888 years, before we enter into a 10368 years
of a mini Satya Yuga.
So, who is right???
I am very incredulous with regards to when the Mini Satya Yuga
will commence. Clearly, you cannot have Heaven on Earth and
drag Hell into it. It has been said by a great master in USA that
first, Hell has to go - the Hell makers will be removed by Nature's
Devas. After that, there will be a thorough scrubbing of the planet,
and then Heaven comes to Earth.
Visvamitra, Cedar Crest, NM, United States, November 29, 2015 at 2:09 PM
We believe from the scientific and circumstantial evidence that the return of Nibiru and Nemesis will bring about the massive balancing of collective karma to usher in the Krishna Golden Age.
My book Returning to Goloka may prove a useful resource for you - it is published in print or in the right column of the Goloka Project http://www.golokaproject.org website.
Probably in the next few years we will see the pralaya commence in earnest.
KALI YUGA: Age of Quarrel and Conflict!
Sri Visvamitra, Cedar Crest, NM, United States, March 11, 2015 at 11:28 AM
Thank you for your comment. I read the article with interest, but noticed that it contains a glaring inaccuracy: "Contrary to many misinformed sources which state that the Kali Yuga is a 432,000 year period, it is actually a five to six thousand year cycle which includes both a dawn and a twilight."
We believe that His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was an expert on vedic literature and he gave us the true understanding of the length of the yugas - in particular his commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita has a full explanation of the time periods of the yugas.
A good many other experts on the vedic literature have also confirmed the time periods presented by Maharishi. It appears that some do not understand the difference between celestial years and human life years. There is a huge difference between these two time frames.
What this author is missing is that Krishna also said this "Golden Age" is not a full Satyug cycle of 1.7 million human years, but rather a brief 10,000 year "reset" that will be similar to Satyug. Maharishi also confirmed that a 10,000 year "Age of Enlightenment" is what we should expect.
Jai Guru Dev,
CrissCross, India, March 12, 2015 at 1:51 AM
What Maharshi Mahesh Yogi has mentioned, its in the Brahma-Baivarta Purana. No doubt in that. But if you go through the below "interesting" articles, you will get some different concepts which too cannot be ignored.
I think there IS some hidden link which nobody is able to decipher properly!
Sri Visvamitra, Cedar Crest, NM, United States, March 12, 2015 at 10:36 AM
These are interesting and well researched articles. I agree that the end of Kaliyug is near, but not the major 432,000 year cycle, just the minor one predicted by Lord Krishna. The missing information is this so called end of Kaliyug is nothing more than a brief respite that is preliminary to the dawning of the 10,000 year Krishna Golden Age - a time that will be a brief Satyug of 10,000 years. Then Kaliyug will resume and carry on for about 415,000 more years.
Jai Guru Dev,
Charles Power, United States, October 12, 2014 at 7:35 PM
The Golden Age is manifesting!
Giles d'A, Paris, France, September 15, 2014 at 7:35 PM
Can you explain me more about the Esoteric Maha-Mantra: how to learn the practice, what are the consequences individual and collective induced by the practice?
You write that it became available recently, is it sufficient to attain Brahman Consciousness? Is it a synthesis or the achievement of all other practices?
Somewhere in my subconscious I wish that chanting (I don't know if it's the right word) the Name of God will be the most direct way to be an intimate to Him.
Sri Visvamitra, Cedar Crest, NM, United States, September 15, 2014 at 7:37 PM
The practice of the Esoteric Maha-Mantra is given as an initiation and you may apply for this initiation (which will be conducted via Skype) here: http://www.srivyuha.org/Public/Main/AGiftForYou/
Every time you perform the technique, your consciousness is taken to Goloka. Then when you return to daily life, you bring back some of the Goloka influence of Pure Unconditional Love and Divine Acceptance. This raises the Spirituality of the environment around you. In Satyug, Spirituality is 100% but in Kaliyug is has dropped to almost 0%. We are on the threshold of a 10,000 year period of Satyug, so we need to return Spirituality to 100% and your practice of the Esoteric Maha-Mantra contributes maximum to this transition.
The Esoteric Maha-Mantra cultivates Krishna Consciousness, which is the ultimate state of consciousness that is even beyond Brahman Consciousness. Brahman Consciousness aligns your consciousness with the Consciousness of the Creator, Lord Brahma, and is the supreme achievement for this Universe. But there is more. Beyond this Universe are innumerable other universes and beyond them is Krishna. To achieve Krishna Consciousness is the Ultimate - there is nothing beyond Krishna. You and I have been born at a very special time in which it is possible to achieve Krishna Consciousness because we are soon to enjoy Satyug again!
During Satyug, the earth becomes like Goloka and every one will enjoy the ultimate God Realization - Krishna Consciousness. We have the opportunity to prepare for this time now by practicing the Esoteric Maha-Mantra.
You are correct, the direct path to God Realization on the level of Krishna Consciousness is to practice the Esoteric Maha-Mantra.
Jai Guru Dev,
Rafael, Alicante, Spain, September 16, 2014 at 12:52 PM
Our current knowledge of the cosmos, says that in the Universe there are different structures (planets, stars, systems...) within larger structures. So our sun is located in the Orion arm of our Milky Way, and this is part of the Local Group, which is located in the Virgo Cluster, etc. There is a part of the Cosmos visible and another part invisible perceived only by the most modern technological instruments.
So I ask myself: What is the universe of our Lord Brahma? What is the universe of our Lord Narayana? What is the universe of our Mahavishnu?
In one of your writings you say that our limits of knowledge and experience is Lord Narayana, but now you say we can go beyond, to the last Universe, Krishna. Maharishi was saying that the higher level of consciousness is Unity, and he speak of a subtle level of Unity as Brahma´s consciousness , but I never heard him speak about Krishna´s consciousness, as you say.
Please, could You clarify me these issues a little more.
Thank you very much
Rand, Seattle, October 1, 2014 at 4:26 AM
In fact, Maharishi did discuss a ripening of Unity beyond Brahman Consciousness. He referred to it either as 'Krishna Consciousness' or 'Supreme Brahman Consciousness.'
MMY also described further refinements in the manifest physiology after attaining Brahman Consciousness.
Jai Govinda, Rand
Sri Visvamitra, Cedar Crest, NM, United States, September 18, 2014 at 12:16 PM
This picture provides a good representation of the Cosmos and the relationship between the various aspects: Cosmos
The common limit of knowledge is the universe one inhabits, but at this very rare time, we have the gift from Krishna to visit His home - Goloka. We also have the gift from Krishna of experiencing His Consciousness. I addressed this in more detail here: Hologram
N C Scherovo, Cologne, Germany, September 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM
Dear Sri Visvamitra,
i have been reading a lot of your site and I have seen you recommend to apply the samyama technique on the Hare Krishna Mantra. Now, in my daily program, i do samyama (TM-Siddhi-Program) but just on the sutras i was given on the course. If this technique you recommend is so powerful and gives so many advantages, why is it not taught as part of the siddhi course? I must say that I am a bit reluctant to try "esoteric" techniques because I have worked for Maharishi in Switzerland during the late 70s on the six-month-courses and I have personally seen some course participants going to mental hospitals.
Another question I have: How can any practice, be it kaya kalpa or other, transform our DNA into 12-string? Is there any living human being who has accomplished this process? Who is he/she and where does he/she live? Is it possible to get an interview with this person?
Sri Visvamitra, Cedar Crest, NM, United States, September 4, 2014 at 6:33 PM
The Esoteric Maha-Mantra became available just recently and is not part of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali from which the TM Siddhi Program was derived.
For years science has recognized that we have two active physical strands of DNA. We also have a further ten energetic DNA strands which have been dormant within the Human Being for many centuries. These dormant strands of DNA have been discovered by scientists, who, not knowing the function of these strands, have identified them as "junk" DNA.
The technique of Satyug Kaya Kalpa can stimulate these 10 dormant strands to become active. It takes 3-7 years of practice of the the Satyug Kaya Kalpa technique before the results can be seen. This technique was first initiated in May of 2014, and many are now on the program. We will be seeing fully expressed 12-strand DNA in a few years.
Jai Guru Dev,
Shanti Juluru, Edison, NJ, August 25, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Thank you for describing the text so well.
Innocent, Zambia, May 23, 2014 at 4:25 AM
Thanks for the great insight about Krishna's blessing to human race, my question is about The Lord's Name or mantra. Could you enlighten me about the position of Vishnu Sahasranama with regard to Krishna's request to chant his name? MY understanding is The Hare Krishna Mantra and Vishnu Sahasranama are the same from the point of view of result and different in terms of time to deliver the results. please enlighten my mind. Thanks
Sri Visvamitra, Cedar Crest, NM, United States, May 23, 2014 at 6:26 AM
The vocal chanting of the Hare Krishna Mantra is better than the vocal chanting of the Vishnu Saharasnama, but Samyam on the Esoteric Maha-mantra is superior to both and actually the most auspicious performance possible at this time.
Jai Guru Dev, Visvamitra
Rohit klandria, jammu, December 25, 2013 at 11:16 AM
Great snatan dharma
Nava Mohan, Royal Palm Beach, FlL-33411, USA, November 18, 2013 at 6:43 AM
I am so happy to see your article and very much pleased.
Neelesh Malviya, Bangalore, November 12, 2013 at 7:45 AM
So nice, the article and pictures! Nitai Gaur Prem anade Hari Hari Bol :)
Chaitanya Swarup das Adhikary, Worms, Deutchland , October 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Please accept my gratitude! I bow down to the Lords Krishna's lotus feet who is Patita pavana and he is directing me to knowledge sources like this. I also thank you for your efforts for providing such treasures for Bhaktas like me. jai Shree Radhe!
Jay Mohan, New Delhi, India, September 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Lord Krishna is directing me to knowledge sources like this. I also thank you for your efforts for providing such treasures for Bhaktas like me. Hari Om !!
Charles Phipps, North Hills, CA 91343, September 3, 2013 at 1:32 PM
Thank you for your Divine presence on earth and your Divine Help! May I continue to receive your Divine Blessings. I have made a terrible mistake of walking away from my Divine Enlightenment and ask for your Divine Help!