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  • vyasa_veda1
    Jan 24, 2005
      Kalki: The Next Avatar of God

      and the End of Kali-yuga

      by Stephen Knapp

      (An excerpt from The Vedic Prophecies)

      The age of Kali-yuga is said to start from the year 3102 BC, after
      the disappearance of Lord Krishna. Lord Caitanya appeared 500 years
      ago, at which time the Golden Age within Kali-yuga is supposed to
      start and last another 10,000 years. As the Golden Age within of
      Kali-yuga comes to a close, the lower modes of material nature will
      become so strong that people will lose interest in spiritual topics.
      It is said that everyone will become godless. Whatever devotees,
      bhaktas, and sages are left on the planet will be so unique in
      character and peculiar compared with the rest of society that they
      will be ridiculed and hunted down in the cities for sport like
      animals. Thus, they will flee the cities to live underground in
      caves or high up in the mountains, or simply disengage from the
      earthly plane of existence. In this way, they will disappear from
      the face of the earth. That is the time when the dark influence of
      the age of Kali-yuga will become so dominant that its full influence
      will manifest without hindrance.

      Finally, after 432,000 years from the beginning of the age of Kali,
      Lord Kalki will appear as the twenty-second incarnation of God. This
      is very similar to what some people call the second coming of


      There are many incarnations of the Supreme Being as stated in Srimad-
      Bhagavatam (1.3.26): "O brahmanas, the incarnations of the Lord are
      innumerable, like rivulets flowing from inexhaustible sources of
      water." However, out of all the various incarnations of the Supreme,
      the Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.3.28) specifically states "krishnas tu
      bhagavan svayam," which means that Lord Sri Krishna is the original
      Supreme Personality of God. All others are His plenary portions, or
      parts of His plenary portions, who descend into this material world
      to carry out certain responsibilities and to do specific things.
      This is especially the case when the planets are overly disturbed by
      miscreants and atheists. In Kali-yuga many years go by in which
      constant disturbances and social upheavals are allowed to happen,
      but the Vedic literature predicts that at the end Lord Kalki will
      make His appearance to change everything, as described in the
      following verses:

      "Thereafter, at the conjunction of two yugas [Kali-yuga and Satya-
      yuga], the Lord of the creation will take His birth as the Kalki
      incarnation and become the son of Vishnuyasha. At this time the
      rulers of the earth will have degenerated into plunderers."

      "Lord Kalki will appear in the home of the most eminent brahmana of
      Shambhala village, the great soul Vishnuyasha." (Bhag.12.2.18)

      "At the end of Kali-yuga, when there exist no topics on the subject
      of God, even at the residences of so-called saints and respectable
      gentlemen of the three higher castes, and when the power of
      government is transferred to the hands of ministers elected from the
      lowborn shudra class or those less than them, and when nothing is
      known of the techniques of sacrifice, even by word, at that time the
      Lord will appear as the supreme chastiser." (Bhag.2.7.38)

      The Vishnu Purana (Book Four, Chapter 24) also explains that, "When
      the practices taught in the Vedas and institutes of law have nearly
      ceased, and the close of the Kali age shall be nigh, a portion of
      that divine being who exists of His own spiritual nature, and who is
      the beginning and end, and who comprehends all things, shall descend
      upon earth. He will be born in the family of Vishnuyasha, an eminent
      brahmana of Shambhala village, as Kalki, endowed with eight
      superhuman faculties."

      The Agni Purana (16.7-9) also explains that when the non-Aryans who
      pose as kings begin devouring men who appear righteous and feed on
      human beings, Kalki, as the son of Vishnuyasha, and Yajnavalkya as
      His priest and teacher, will destroy these non-Aryans with His
      weapons. He will establish moral law in the form of the fourfold
      varnas, or the suitable organization of society in four classes.
      After that people will return to the path of righteousness.

      The Padma Purana (6.71.279-282) relates that Lord Kalki will end the
      age of Kali and will kill all the wicked mlecchas and, thus, destroy
      the bad condition of the world. He will gather all of the
      distinguished brahmanas and will propound the highest truth. He will
      know all the ways of life that have perished and will remove the
      prolonged hunger of the genuine brahmanas and the pious. He will be
      the only ruler of the world that cannot be controlled, and will be
      the banner of victory and adorable to the world.

      Here in these verses we find that Lord Kalki will come as a
      chastiser or warrior. By this time the planet will be filled with
      people who will be unable to understand logical conversations. They
      will be too slow-minded and dull-witted, not capable of being taught
      much, especially in the way of high philosophy regarding the purpose
      of life. They will not know what they need to do or how to live. And
      they certainly will be unable to change their ways. Therefore, Lord
      Kalki does not come to teach, but simply to chastise, punish, and
      cleanse the planet.

      Furthermore, we also find the name of the place where Lord Kalki
      will appear and the name of the family in which He will be born. The
      family will be qualified brahmanas. This means that a disciplic and
      family line of spiritually qualified brahmanas will remain on the
      planet throughout the age of Kali, no matter how bad things get.
      Though they may be hidden, living in a small village somewhere, it
      will be this line of bhaktas, spiritual devotees, from which Lord
      Kalki will appear in the distant future. No one knows where this
      village of Shambala is located. Some feel that it is yet to
      manifest, or that it will be a hidden underground community from
      which Lord Kalki will appear.

      In this connection we find in the Padma Purana (6.242.8-12) the
      prediction that Lord Kalki will be born in the town of Shambala near
      the end of Kali-yuga from a brahmana who is actually an incarnation
      of Svayambhuva Manu. It is described that Svayambhuva performed
      austerities at Naimisa on the bank of the Gomati River for acquiring
      the privilege of having Lord Vishnu as his son in three lifetimes.
      Lord Vishnu, being pleased with Svayambhuva, granted the blessing
      that He would appear as Svayambhuva's son as Lord Rama, Krishna, and
      Kalki. Thus, Svayambhuva would appear as Dasaratha, Vasudeva, and
      then Vishnuyasha. Also, in the Padma Purana (1.40.46) we find Lord
      Vishnu admits that He will be born in Kali-yuga. Thus, He will
      appear as Lord Kalki.


      The Srimad-Bhagavatam (12.2.19-20) describes Lord Kalki's activities
      as follows: "Lord Kalki, the Lord of the universe, will mount His
      swift white horse Devadatta and, sword in hand, travel over the
      earth exhibiting His eight mystic opulences and eight special
      qualities of Godhead. Displaying His unequaled effulgence and riding
      with great speed, He will kill by the millions those thieves who
      have dared dress as kings."

      We should make note here that, as the Vedic literature explains,
      when the Supreme kills anyone, that person is immediately
      spiritually purified by His touch and because the person is focused
      on the Supreme Being while leaving his body. Thus, that person
      attains the same destination as those yogis who spend years
      steadying the mind in order to meditate and leave their bodies while
      focused on the Supreme. So being killed by the Supreme is a great
      advantage for those of a demoniac mentality who would otherwise
      enter lower realms of existence or even the hellish planets in their
      next lives.

      The Vishnu Purana (Book Four, Chapter 24) continues to explain Lord
      Kalki's activities: "By His irresistible might he will destroy all
      the mlecchas and thieves, and all whose minds are devoted to
      iniquity. He will reestablish righteousness upon earth, and the
      minds of those who live at the end of the Kali age shall be
      awakened, and shall be as clear as crystal. The men who are thus
      changed by virtue of that peculiar time shall be as the seeds of
      human beings, and shall give birth to a race who will follow the
      laws of the Krita age [Satya-yuga], the age of purity. As it is
      said, 'When the sun and moon, and the lunar asterism Tishya, and the
      planet Jupiter, are in one mansion, the Krita age shall return.'"
      The Agni Purana (16.10) also relates that Hari, after giving up the
      form of Kalki, will go to heaven. Then the Krita or Satya-yuga will
      return as before.

      Additional information that can help us understand the activities of
      the next coming of God is found in the Linga Purana (40.50-92), the
      Brahmanda Purana ( &, and the Vayu
      Purana (58.75-110). In these texts we find descriptions of Lord
      Kalki as He will appear in the future and also as how He appeared in
      previous incarnations as Pramiti in this time period known as the
      Svayambhuva Manvantara. These texts tell us that as Kali-yuga comes
      to a close, and after the death of Bhrigu (or in order to slay the
      Bhrigus), Kalki (Pramiti) took birth in the Lunar dynasty of Manu.
      He will wander over the planet without being seen by any living
      being. Then he will start His campaign in His thirty-second year and
      roam the earth for twenty years. He will take with Him a big army of
      horses, chariots, and elephants, surrounded by hundreds and
      thousands of spiritually purified brahmanas armed with weapons.
      [Being brahmanas, these weapons may be brahminical weapons that are
      activated by mantras, such as the powerful brahmastra rather than
      base weapons of combat such as knives, swords, and spears, or even
      guns and ordinary explosives.] Though they may try to do battle with
      Him, He will kill all of the heretics [and false prophets] and
      wicked, mleccha kings.

      In a previous incarnation He killed the Udicyas (Northerners),
      Madhya Deshyas (residents of the middle lands), Purvatiyas (mountain
      dwellers), Pracyas (Easterners), Praticyas (Westerners),
      Dakshinatyas (of Southern India), the Simhalas (Sri Lankans),
      Pahlavas (the fair-skinned nomadic tribes of the Caucasus
      mountains), Yadavas, Tusharas (people of the area of Mandhata,
      India, or present day Tukharistan), Cinas (Chinese), Shulikas,
      Khashas, and different tribes of the Kiratas (aboriginal tribes
      living in north-eastern India and Nepal) and Vrishalas.

      No one could stop Him as He wielded His discus and killed all the
      barbarians. When He was finished He rested in the middle land
      between the Ganges and Yamuna with His ministers and followers. He
      allowed only a few people to remain, scattered over the planet.
      These would be as seeds for the next generations that would follow
      in the next Satya-yuga. Thereafter, when Lord Kalki has made way for
      the next age of Satya-yuga, and delivered the earth and whatever is
      left of civilization from the effects of Kali-yuga, He will go back
      to His eternal abode along with His army.

      Continuing with the description of Lord Kalki as described in the
      Linga, Brahmanda, and Vayu Puranas, they explain that after Lord
      Kalki returns to His eternal abode, when those subjects surviving at
      the end of Kali-yuga are enlightened, the yuga changes overnight.
      Then the minds of all people will become enlightened, and with
      inevitable force Krita or Satya-yuga sets in. People will then
      realize the soul, and acquire piety, devotion, tranquility, and
      clear consciousness. Then those Siddhas [the enlightened and
      perfected living beings who had remained invisible on a higher
      dimension through the end of the age of Kali] return to the earthly
      dimension and again are clearly visible. They establish themselves
      with the return of the Saptarishis, the seven sages, who instruct
      everyone about spiritual life, Vedic knowledge, and the progressive
      organization of society for a peaceful and fulfilling existence.
      Then again people flourish and perform the sacred rites, and the
      sages will remain in authority to continue the advancement of the
      new Satya-yuga.


      Herein we can understand that Lord Kalki will simply chastise by
      killing all of the evil kings and rogues and thereby bring in a new
      era of enlightened beings, a race whose minds will be as clear as
      crystal. They will produce offspring that will follow the tendencies
      of real human beings as found in the age of Satya-yuga.

      Srimad-Bhagavatam (12.2.21-24) further describes that after all of
      the devious and fake kings have been killed, the remaining residents
      of the towns and cities will smell the breezes that carry the sacred
      aroma of the Lord's sandalwood paste and decorations, and their
      minds will then become spiritually purified. When the Supreme Being
      appears in their hearts in His form of pure goodness, the remaining
      citizens will abundantly repopulate the earth. With this appearance
      of Lord Kalki, Satya-yuga will begin again and the remaining humans
      will produce children in goodness. Thus, when the moon, the sun, and
      Jupiter are in the constellation Kartaka, Cancer, and together enter
      the lunar mansion of Pusya, that is when the age of Satya-yuga will
      begin. Therefore, as related in the Bhagavatam (12.2.34), after one
      thousand celestial years of Kali-yuga, Satya-yuga will again
      manifest. At that time the minds of men will be self-effulgent.

      The Vishnu Purana (Book Four, Chapter One) also relates that the
      Vedas and the principles of sanatana-dharma, or the eternal nature
      of the soul, fade and disappear from the planet at the end of every
      four ages. The Bhagavatam (8.14.4-5) also confirms that there are
      saintly persons who help reestablish these principles in Satya-yuga
      along with the basis of varnashrama, which is the proper
      organization of society for humanity. The Vishnu Purana continues to
      explain that it is in the jurisdiction of the seven universal sages
      or rishis (the Saptarishis) to make sure the Vedic knowledge is
      given currency again, even if these rishis must descend from the
      higher planets to do so. So in every Satya-yuga the Manu [the
      demigod son of Brahma who is the lawgiver of humanity] of that age
      is the author of the body of law, while the sons of Manu and their
      descendants are sovereigns of the earth. This means that although
      the genuine spiritual knowledge or Vedic information may disappear
      from this planet, it is still dwelling elsewhere in the universe,
      and it is the duty of higher authorities to reestablish it on Earth.

      To help in this regard, it is predicted in the Srimad-Bhagavatam
      (12.2.37-38) and the Vishnu Purana (Book Four, Chapter 24) that
      there are two persons who are waiting for the end of Kali-yuga:
      Devapi of the race of Puru and brother of King Shantanu, and Maru, a
      descendant of King Ikshvaku. They will be great kings and will help
      in the process of reestablishing the proper principles in society.
      These two are alive even now by their great mystic strength obtained
      through the power of devotion. They have lived through all four of
      the yugas and reside in the village of Kalapa. They are waiting for
      the end of Kali-yuga. Then, at the beginning of Satya-yuga, under
      the instructions of the Supreme, they will return to society and be
      members of the family of the Manu and reestablish the eternal
      religion of humanity, sanatana-dharma, and the institution of
      varnashrama, which is the proper organization of society for its
      continued harmony in life, and its material and spiritual progress.
      They will become great kings and form proper government. Thus, by
      the arrangement of the Supreme Being, there are those who will
      always be the guardians of that spiritual knowledge that contains
      the genuine principles for attaining the real goal of human

      After all of this is accomplished, as related in the Bhagavatam
      (12.2.39), the cycle of the four ages of Satya, Treta, Dvapara, and
      Kali-yugas [a Caturyuga] will continue to repeat itself along with
      the same general pattern of events.


      Here are some additional interesting points to consider. There are
      verses from the book of Revelations in the Bible that are very
      similar to the above descriptions in the Puranas about Lord Kalki.
      These verses are so similar that they cannot be ignored and may
      provide additional insight for Christians and similarities they may
      share with Vedic culture. In Revelations (19.11-16, & 19-21) it

      "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat
      upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth
      judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his
      head were many crowns; and he had a name written, but no man knew
      but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood:
      and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in
      heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white
      and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he
      should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron:
      and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of
      Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name
      written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw the beast, and
      the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make
      war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the
      beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought
      miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received
      the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These
      both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And
      the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat on the horse."

      This sounds so much like the incarnation of Lord Kalki that it could
      hardly be anyone else. Surely, by the time Lord Kalki appears, no
      one will have the slightest expectation of Him or His appearance. No
      one will know His name. And His army of brahmanas will be as pure as
      if they had descended from heaven. At the time of Lord Kalki's
      appearance, He will kill the remaining miscreants and deliver the
      few saintly people from the present conditions of the earth,
      changing it back to the Golden Age of Satya-yuga. In this regard,
      Revelations (14.1-3) also describes:

      "And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb [a typical symbol for the Divine or
      an incarnation of the Divine] stood on the mount Sion, and with him
      an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written
      in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of
      many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the
      voice of harpers harping with their harps; And they sung as it were
      a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the
      elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty
      and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth."

      One significant description in the above verses is that those who
      are redeemed from the earth will have God's name written on their
      foreheads. This is a widespread custom of the brahmanas in India to
      write the name of God, such as Vishnu or Krishna, on their
      foreheads. This is tilok, which is usually put on with clay made
      from the banks of a holy river. We often see this in the middle of
      the forehead in the shape of a "V" which represents the name of God
      and that the body is a temple of God, or the three-lined markings of
      the Shaivites. The Vaishnava mark is made while reciting "Om
      keshavaya namaha," which means "Salutations to Lord Keshava,"
      another name of Krishna.

      So herein could be an indication that when the last of society is
      delivered from the earth during the end times, they will be those
      who wear the name of God on their foreheads, at least according to
      these verses. Also, as in accord with other Vedic prophecies, we can
      understand that there will be very few people left in the world who
      will have any piety at all. So it would fit in with the Vedic
      prophecies that by the time Lord Kalki appears, there may, indeed,
      be only 144,000 who will be left in the world worthy of being
      delivered from the godless and chaotic conditions of the earth. Or
      these may be the seeds of the new civilization that will start the
      beginning of the next age of Satya-yuga.