“When evil is rampant upon this Earth, I will take birth in the family of a virtuous man, and assume a human body to restore tranquility by the extermination of all evils. For the preservation of rectitude and morality, I will assume an inconceivable human form. In the Kali age of sin, I will assume an avatar that is dark in color. Great intelligence and great energy will be possessed by this avatar.” are the words stated by Lord Vishnu in Mahabharata.
An avatar is a concept in Hinduism that, means appearance or incarnation of a deity on Earth. Hinduism states Lord Brahma as the creator of the universe. Lord Shiva is the destroyer while Lord Vishnu is the protector and preserver of the universe. His role is to restore the balance between good and evil. To maintain this balance, Lord Vishnu takes birth on Earth many times. He took various incarnations in certain yugas which include Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parshurama, Rama, Krishna and the last and most devastating is Kalki avatar. All avatars have appeared except Kalki, which will appear at the end of Kali Yuga. In order to restore cosmic order, he will descend on the Earth in Kalki avatar. Lord Kalki will eradicate evil and revive dharma, marking the end of Kali Yuga and the beginning of Satya Yuga.
Just before the Kali Yuga, sage Markandeya had a conversation with God which is inscribed in Mahabharata. According to the text in Mahabharata, Lord Vishnu spoke of time during the darkest periods of Iron age when human values would deteriorate completely and falsehood would triumph over the truth. Lord Vishnu further addresses how he would take a human birth in order to intervene and set the world on a new course.
Kalki Purana describes the birth predictions of Lord Kalki as well. Kalki Purana is an ancient Indian scripture that describes the circumstances and birthplace of Kalki. It also describes the predominant signs of the times which become so dire and needful. These signs will compel the Lord Vishnu to take birth in the form of human incarnation.
The birth of Kalki has been predicted by various religious texts for thousands of years however has the time of incarnation arrived or has the incarnation already taken place is still the biggest mystery. Nostradamus, a great astrologer, has predicted that the savior of the world will be born on Thursday.
The Hindu Purana also states he will be born on the 12th day after the full moon of Hindu month Baisakhi, just a few years ago the end of Kali age. The religious texts state that Kalki avatar of Lord Vishnu will appear in the home of the most eminent Brahmana of Sambhal village, the great soul Vishnuyashya. He will be marrying Padma of Sinhala, commonly known as Sri Lanka.
Puranas describe Lord Kalki as the avatar who rejuvenates existence. He ends the darkest and destructive period to remove Adharma. He is depicted riding on a beautiful white horse, Devdutta, with a fiery sword in His hand, removing the burden of the Earth.
Lord Kalki will eliminate all the evils to end the age of degeneration and restore virtue and world order.
Srimad Bhagavatam describes that He will appear at the conjunction of the two yugas – at the end of Kali-yuga and at the beginning of Satya-yuga. The cycle of the four yugas rotates like twelve months in our calendar. Starting from Satya yuga, Treta yoga, Dvapra yoga, and the last being the Kali-yuga, the darkest of all. By the end of this Kali Yuga, the population of the Earth will be so much reduced to animalism that they will not be able to comprehend what is God or what is spirituality. So, at that time when there are no more religious principles left, there is no other alternative than killing them all.
At that time, Kalki avatar will come with a sword, riding on horseback. He’ll look like a king sent from heaven. Lord Kalki will simply go on killing all the non- religious people and the godless creatures. After the end of Kali-yuga, Satya Yuga, the golden age of truth and righteousness will commence.
The beginning and end dates of the Kali Yuga remain a mystery. Hindu scriptures believe Kali-yuga is a period comprising of 4,32,000 years. Even though only a few thousand years have passed since the beginning of this dark age. Based on a starting year of 3102 BCE and a duration of 432,000 years, Kali Yuga began roughly 5,121 years ago and has 4,26,879 years remaining as of 2020 CE.
Kali affects our moral character. The low level of morality, righteousness, and good traits can be commonly seen today. Nearing the end, the Earth will become a literal hell escape. Murder will be considered excellent and robbery will become a norm. The Earth will become desolate and extreme pain and suffering will grasp humanity. We can see how people’s moral character has decreased over the centuries but the worst is still to be seen.
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