In 2015, we wrote Apocalypse Now: Predictions from the Kali Yuga. Four years later, this article looks back on those predictions and updates them for 2019.
What is the Kali Yuga?
Ancient Hindus perceived that time was circular, not linear. The circle of ages was known as Yugas. Four Yugas make up a full cycle that is called Mahayuga. Each cycle of Mahayuga presents specific spiritual lessons for those alive during that time.
The Kali Yuga is the fourth and present age of our time. This is a dark age of conflict and spiritual degradation. In this time, people drift further and further from the Divine.
Degradation continues until society is destroyed. This is in order to usher in the next Golden Age, which begins creation of another cycle of four Yugas.
Goddess of Destructive Power
During the Kali Yuga, it is believed that Shiva and Kali work in tandem. Kali is a goddess of death – physical death, but also of the death of self-centered reality. She ushers in destruction by encouraging sin, ignorance and decay.
This sets the table for her consort Shiva the Destroyer. When the world becomes collectively incapable of enlightenment, he swoops in for vengeful cleansing.
Below, we revisit 10 Kali Yuga predictions from our 2015 article to see whether things have gotten better or worse.
Prediction 1: quality of life declines
Religion, truthfulness, cleanliness, tolerance, mercy, duration of life, physical strength and memory will diminish day by day.
Source: Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.1
tatas canu-dinam dharmah
satyam saucam ksama daya
kalena balina rajan
nanksyaty ayur balam smrtih
2019 quality of life status
The World Inequality Report of 2018 found that inequality has increased everywhere in the world. Powered by globalized capitalism, it spreads poverty and social conflict while the richest 1% get richer.
This also means a sharp decline in public wealth, such as sharp cuts in education, health care and even infrastructure.
|2015 Prediction||2019 status|
|Less people into religion||Young adults around the world are becoming less religious (source).|
|Truthfulness declines||The Internet has allowed the rise of anonymous predators, troll armies and other tactics used to influence and deceive, the deception gets worse by the day (source).|
|Cleanliness declines||Asian beaches are flooded with raw sewage; meanwhile, the streets of San Francisco are also ovverun with human waste|
|Tolerance declines||America is divided along racial and political lines. In Xinjiang, Muslims live in a police state. In Yemen, years of civil war between rival religious factions has left 24 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.|
|Physical strength declines||Obesity is running wild in North America, Oceania and Europe; the Chinese are getting fatter; the Indians are also suffering from rampant obesity as well.|
|Memory declines||The children of today suffer from very short attention spans thanks to rampant overuse of iPads, Xboxes, video games, social media and Netflix.|
Prediction 2: power corrupts
Wealth alone will determine social standing. Law and justice will be applied on the basis of one’s power.
Source: Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.2
vittam eva kalau nṝṇāḿ
kāraṇaḿ balam eva hi
2019 corruption status
There are multiple examples of people in positions of power getting exposed because of their twisted morals. These include:
- Dennis Hastert: former Speaker of the House charged with multiple counts of molesting young boys
- Bill Clinton: known philanderer and accused rapist
- David Copperfield: famous magician accused of drugging and raping a woman
- Harvey Weinstein: Hollywood mogul who used his power in exchange for sex
Sexual deviancy in the halls of political power has been known since the days of the Franklin Coverup, but is conveniently kept out of mass public consciousness.
Prediction 3: superficiality sets in
A person’s spiritual position will be ascertained according to external symbols. A person’s propriety will be questioned if he dos not earn a good living. One who is very clever at juggling words will be considered a learned scholar. Success in business will depend on deceit.
Source: Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.4
pāṇḍitye cāpalaḿ vacaḥ
2019 superficiality status
Social media breeds superficiality. It started with Facebook, where people got ‘hooked’ on the instant gratification gained by getting ‘likes’. Today the need for ‘likes’, ‘Tweets’ or ‘upvotes’ has led to ravenous attention-seeking. For example, check out r/gonewild, where regular women post nudes for the thrill of the upvotes.
Indeed, because of social media, sex has become completely frivolous. Tinder has become a McDonald’s of love. Young women can easily earn a living selling nudes on Snapchat. Instagram prostitution is also big business, with women earning as much as $20,000 for a plowing through Dubai.
Clearly, social media has not brought us closer to the divine. Rather, it’s taken the depth out of life. With lack of depth, the result is increased anxiety, lower self-esteem, inattention, hyperactivity and diminished quality of sleep.
Prediction 4: slovenly hypocrites rule
A person will be judged unholy if he does not have money, and hypocrisy will be accepted as virtue. Slovenliness will be accepted as normal.
Source: Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.5
sādhutve dambha eva tu
svīkāra eva codvāhe
snānam eva prasādhanam
2019 slovenly hypocrisy status
At this point, it is common knowledge that government leaders rule on behalf of business interests, rather than the needs of the people. If there’s any doubt, the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers are proof.
The Paradise Papers documents show how corporations like Nike, Apple, Facebook and Uber reduce their taxes to minuscule rates. The Papers also show evidence of assets in tax havens held by the British queen, the rock star Bono and Stephen Bronfman, the chief fundraiser for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
These papers prove how laws, sanctions and wars are determined based on special interests. The rich and powerful do not work for us, nor do they care much about the countries they rule.
Former World Bank whistle blower Karen Hudes laid it clear in 2013:
“They want all of us enslaved to debt, they want all of our governments enslaved to debt, and they want all of our politicians addicted to the huge financial contributions that they funnel into their campaigns. Since the elite also own all of the big media companies, the mainstream media never lets us in on the secret that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way that our system works.”
Prediction 5: superficial gluttony
Beauty will be thought to depend on superficial appearance. Filling the belly will become the goal of life, and one who is audacious will be accepted as truthful. He who can maintain a family will be regarded as an expert man, and the principles of religion will be observed only for the sake of reputation.
Source: Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.6
dūre vāry-ayanaḿ tīrthaḿ
satyatve dhārṣṭyam eva hi
yaśo ‘rthe dharma-sevanam
2019 gluttony status
Obesity levels are rising around the world.
Massive processed food ad campaigns, cheap and readily available junk foods, high stress levels, sedentary lifestyles and less leisure time are all factors that has led to a global obesity crisis.
Despite this, there is a growing fat activist movement that insists weight is just a number, and obesity is just a ‘mental construct’. Under this philosophy, people are encouraged to gorge whenever the mood strikes – because happiness is more important than numbers on a scale.
This notion is very similar to how Aleister Crowley defined the core tenet of Satanism: ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.’
Prediction 6: resource shortages
Harassed by famine and excessive taxes, people will resort to eating leaves, roots, flesh, wild honey, fruits, flowers and seeds. Struck by drought, they will become completely ruined.
Source: Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.9
2019 scarcity status
Humanity currently uses resources 50% faster than can be regenerated by nature. 80% of countries consume more biocapacity (croplands, fisheries, forests) than is available within their borders. By the early 2030s we are projected to need more than two planets worth of resources to meet demand, compared to half a planet’s worth in the 1960s.
In future, look out not only for global shortages of the following:
- Shortage of firewood
- Shortage of fresh water
- Exhaustion of mineral resources
- Shortage of arable land
- Shortage of timber resources
Prediction 7: infrastructure breakdown
Citizens will suffer greatly from cold, wind, heat, rain and snow. They will be further tormented by quarrels, hunger, thirst, disease and severe anxiety.
Source: Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.10
himair anyonyataḥ prajāḥ
kṣut-tṛḍbhyāḿ vyādhibhiś caiva
santapsyante ca cintayā
2019 infrastructure status
As one glaring example, in early 2019, severe drought dried up the rivers that powered Cambodia’s hydroelectric dams. This resulted in a major power shortage that has seen the entire country suffer daily blackouts for several months now. There is no solution in sight.
In America, it is estimated that $4.5 trillion is needed by 2025 to fix the severe issues with the country’s roads, bridges, dams, and other infrastructure.
Prediction 8: scarcity riots
Men will develop hatred for each other over a few coins. Giving up all friendly relations, they will be ready to lose their own lives and even kill their own relatives.
Source: Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.41
kalau kakinike ‘py arthe
tyakshyanti ca priyan pranan
hanishyanti svakan api
2019 scarcity riot status
At least 100 of the prophecies written by Nostradamus describe a future invasion of Europe by Muslims.
Since 2015, over one million Muslim refugees have poured into Europe, and more are on the way.
As Europe’s poor slip further behind, this influx of refugees are already sparking greater racial divisions while fighting over a dwindling set of resources.
Prediction 9: moral collapse
Cities will become warzones. The populace is completely cut off from spirituality. Political leaders consume their citizens. Priests and intellectuals will fall into gluttony and sexual perversion.
Source: Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.32
rajanas ca praja-bhakshah
2019 morality status
Kali’s most magnificent work in this era has been the spread of degeneracy and the collapse of traditional moral values.
- State sponsored indoctrination: primary school children to be taught about gay and transgender relationships from the age of 5
- Pedophilia: young boys dancing in gay bars while dressed in drag
- Wanton sex: young people have easy access to pornography; more young people are having sex; STD cases have skyrocketed
Meanwhile on Reddit, the platform hosts some of the sickest sexual deviancy forums on the internet, while banning forums that complain about the degeneracy.
Conclusion: things are way worse!
Compared to the conditions described in our 2015 article about the Kali Yuga, it’s clear that everything has gotten worse.
- Quality of life has declined
- People in power are corrupted
- Social media promotes superficiality
- Obesity levels have skyrocketed
- Resource shortages are getting worse
- Infrastructure is breaking down all over the world
- Scarcity riots are looming as migrants pour into Europe
- Degeneracy is celebrated; young children are welcomed to participate
Finding salvation in trying times
It is said that Vyasa wrote the Bhagavata Purana to provide the people of the Kali Yuga with guide to work out their salvation in these harsh times.
The story begins at the point where the forces of evil rule the universe. The Hindu God Krishna (the supreme God of compassion and love) emerges to bring truth back. He makes peace with the ruling demons, comes to understand their ways and then creatively defeats them.
With his victory, hope, justice, freedom and happiness return to the world and a new Golden Age begins. Thus begins the cycle of four Yugas all over again.
The Bhagavata Purana also says that chanting the names of Krishna, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom.
This is because reciting mantras bring thought into reality using sound vibrations. Each repetition is beneficial, but the cumulative effect is most beneficial. When you need strength and hope in these trying times, recite this mantra:
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna,
Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama,
Rama Rama, Hare Hare