Kaliyuga - Boon or Curse

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

Kali yuga is also known as age of quarrel. Srimad Bhagavatam 12th Canto very vividly describes the various symptoms of Kaliyuga. In the yuga, the good qualities of people diminish and bad qualities increase. There will increase in atheism, no care for cows or brahmanas. The rulers will behave like dacoits and people in general will have shudra mentality. If there are so many bad qualities in Kaliyuga then we might wonder why did a good king like Parikshit Maharaj first of all allow Kali personified to stay in the planet earth. Why did he not kill? Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.18.7 Suta Goswami says,

nānudveṣṭi kaliṁ samrāṭ sāraṅga iva sāra-bhuk
kuśalāny āśu siddhyanti netarāṇi kṛtāni yat

Maharaja Parikshit was a realist, like the bees who only accept the essence [of a flower]. He knew perfectly well that in this age of Kali, auspicious things produce good effects immediately, whereas inauspicious acts must be actually performed [to render effects]. So he was never envious of the personality of Kali.

Parikshit Maharaj being an exalted devotee of the Lord could understand the plan of Krishna. He knew the facilities which Lord Krishna has mercifully provided in this age. He gave five places for Kali to stay. The five places where Kali resides are gold, places where there are meat-eating, illicit-sex, intoxication and gambling. And at the same time Parikshit Maharaj trained his people not to fall a prey to sinful acts of Kali. By following the four regulative principles and by not being greedy for gold, we will be also able to save ourselves from the clutches of Kali. Also more importantly in Srimad Bhagavatam verses 12.3.51-52 Sukadeva Goswami says,

kaler doṣa-nidhe rājann asti hy eko mahān guṇaḥ
kīrtanād eva kṛṣṇasya mukta-saṅgaḥ paraṁ vrajet

kṛte yad dhyāyato viṣṇuṁ tretāyāṁ yajato makhaiḥ
dvāpare paricaryāyāṁ kalau tad dhari-kīrtanāt

My dear King, although Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: Simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom. Whatever result was obtained in Satya-yuga by meditating on Vishnu, in Treta-yuga by performing sacrifices, and in Dvapara-yuga by serving the Lord's lotus feet can be obtained in Kali-yuga simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
 
In the concluding lines of purport to verse 1.18.7 Srila Prabhupada says, "One can attain salvation simply by chanting the holy name of the Lord. Thus Maharaja Parikshit made an organized effort to propagate the chanting of the Lord's holy name, and thus he saved the citizens from the clutches of Kali. It is for this advantage only that great sages sometimes wish all good for the age of Kali. In the Vedas also it is said that by discourse on Lord Krishna's activities, one can get rid of all the disadvantages of the age of Kali."

So when we take shelter of Mahamantra and Srimad Bhagavatam, then Kaliyuga will no longer be a curse, but will be a boon for us.

Hare Krishna.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Shyamsundar das
Chennai.