October 10, 2009

the iron or dark age of Hinduism

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:48 am by randallbutisingh

According to Hinduism, there are four ages: the Golden age, the Silver Age, The Bronze Age and the Iron or Dark age.  Each Age lasts for a number of years; then there is dissolution which last for a thousand years when re-creation occurs and the cycle continues.

We are now living in the Dark Age which gets worse and worse as it advances to the end.   From all appearances we are hastening towards the end, the darkest night of the Age where a good deed which was taken for granted in the Golden Age, now shines brightly,  as the brightest star in the darkest night, and where penance was necessary for redemption in the Golden Age, it is easier now through repentance and grace.

This is an age when religion instead of uniting, as the word connotes, is the chief cause of division and conflict.  An Age when man cannot see that his own welfare is linked with the welfare of his fellow man.  This causes him to fight to possess rather than to share.

So, as we advance towards the end, there will be more and more conflicts; more natural disasters because of man’s destruction of the environment  caused by his acquisitiveness and cupidity.

In the wake of all that is happening in the world today, optimism is an empty word.  Hope and prayer are needed by the small minority that is not caught up in the rush for the things that perish.

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3 Comments »

  1. patanjali ramlall said,

    Dark Age indeed!

    Below is an excerpt from the Vishnu Purana describing the ending of the days in the Age of Kali. Maitreya, the pupil, is being addressed by sage Parashara.

    “…. at that time there will be monarchs, reigning over the earth; kings of churlish spirit, violent temper, and ever addicted to falsehood and wickedness. They will inflict death upon women, children, and cows; they will seize upon the property of their subjects; they will be of limited power, and will for the most part rapidly rise and fall; their lives will be short, their desires insatiable, and they will display but little piety. The people of various countries intermingling with them will follow their example …….. Wealth and piety will decrease day by day, until the world will be wholly depraved.

    Then property alone will confer rank; wealth will be the only source of devotion; passion will be the sole bond of union between the sexes; falsehood will be the only means of success in litigation; and women will be objects merely of sensual gratification. Earth will be venerated but for its mineral treasures; a Brahmanical thread will constitute a Brahman; external types (as the staff and red garb) will be the only distinctions of the several orders of life; dishonesty will be the universal means of subsistence; weakness will be the cause of dependence; menace and presumption will be substituted for learning; liberality will be devotion; simple ablution will be purification; mutual assent will be marriage; fine clothes will be dignity; and water afar off will be esteemed a holy spring. Amidst all castes he who is the strongest will reign over a principality thus vitiated by many faults. The people, unable to bear the heavy burdens imposed upon them by their avaricious sovereigns will take refuge among the valleys of the mountains and will be glad to feed upon wild honey, herbs, roots, fruits, flowers,and leaves: their only covering will be the bark of trees and they will be exposed to the cold, and wind, and sun, and rain……… thus in the Kali age shall decay constantly proceed, until the human race approaches its annihilation.”

    Written in the early part of the first millenium AD

    Vishnu Purana, VI:1 and IV:24

    Patanjali Ramlall

    • randallbutisingh said,

      Thanks Pat for that great comment on the Ages. I can always depend on you for the right answere. You seem to have an inexhaustible store of knowledge. It is good information for me too, as I am a student of Comparitive Religion.

  2. randallbutisingh said,

    Thanks Pat for that very informative comment to my post on the Dark Age of Hinduism. I can always depend on you for something good for the readers. You seem to have all the goods. That is great information for me too, who is a student of comparative religion.

    Thanks again.


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