The Kali Age

Value- Devotion

Sub value- Chanting the name of the Lord

bhima

During the reign of  King Yudhishtra , Bhima used to help in solving problems of people, hence people who ever had any questions/problems came to Bhima for help. One day, a citizen came and told Bhima that he had noticed a strange occurrence that day; the citizen said that his fence was moving into another’s area  and he was  wondering about the reason behind this. Bhima could usually  help if the people were harassed by demons, but these kind of  issues puzzled him,  so he requested the citizen to  approach King Yudhishtra.

On the same day, another citizen came and told that he had come across a strange thing. His story was; that he had a big pot  full of water,which he poured into small pots,  yet when  he poured  it back from the small pots to big pot,  to his surprise only half the big pot was full. Bhima not knowing what to say, he asked him  to consult King Yudhishtra.  Soon enough, a third person came to Bhima to report another strange incident. He mentioned that the body of a big elephant was able to pass through  a needle hole but surprisingly the elephant’s tail got stuck in needle hole. Bhima again referred him to King Yudhishtra. A fourth person  soon came along and said that he had seen a big rock on the street;  strong men couldn’t move it, whereas a sadhu by  a mere wave of his  danda(stick)  , was able to move it. Bhima, was piqued with all the strange occurrences of the day; went to his brother Yudhistir along with them to find the reason for these strange occurrences.

They all went to King Yudhishtra and asked about these questions, then Yudhishtra said that, all these occurrences  indicate the oncoming of  Kali yuga.

He explained:

The first sign, wherein the  one of the citizen’s fence  moved into other’s area, was an indicator  that people were more interested in what other’s had ;  feelings of  unhappiness and resentfulness arose, with the thought that  they didn’t have the same. As a result, the people thought of devious ways to acquire the same.

The second sign,   where the big pot with full of water was  poured into small pots,  later when poured back into big pot, it  got only half full,  meant  that one can expected 50% love/affection/help from others compared what one returned in terms of love, affection and help.

The third sign,  where the big elephant was able to pass through a needle but not its tail,  meant that people were ready to spend a huge chunks of their income/strength/resource for the sense satisfaction of their family, friends and love(Personal sense gratification) but when it came to Bhagavan(God) and Bhagavatha seva( service to the Lord) they were not ready to spend a even a little bit.

The fourth sign, where a big rock couldn’t be moved by  strong persons, but a sadhu moved that rock just by waving his danda (stick), meant that one could get rid of all sins, just by performing Nama sankirtanam (chanting/singing Lords name).

King Yudhishtra added that, though there were so many flaws in Kali yuga, the good thing was, just by chanting the holy names of the lord, one gets liberated.

kaler dosa-nidhe rajann
asti hy eko mahan gunah
kirtanad eva krsnasya
mukta-sangah param´ vrajet

My dear King, although Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: Simply by chanting the name of Lord Sri Krsna, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom of Vaikunta.

Learning

The easiest way to attain the grace of Lord in this age of Kali is by constantly chanting His name. There is no need for severe penances like the old yugas.(ages-periods of time)

http://www.bhagavatam-katha.com/mahabharata-story-kali-yuga-is-comming/

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