— Manisha Gupta

It was the dawn of the most dreaded era in the history of mankind. After almost nine weeks of shattering conflict, the World War III had finally come to an end. And what a culmination it was! This was no ordinary war, for there was no trumpet of triumph heard this time. No nation declared its supremacy over others, for, there was no nation left! Only the stunning sound of suffocating silence echoed in the vast spaces across the ruins of the crumbling world - a world without nations;

only survivors - survivors who were locked away in the military bunkers, in the forgotten corners of the world. They somehow sustained and emerged, cursed to roam amongst the remnants of civilization. Each day, was a struggle for existence at the face of all adversities: adversities that drove them insane. There was no faith in humanity left, nor was there left any religion to follow. Both men and women had become devoid of morality. In fact, living together in those dark, constricted trenches they had turned immoral to the extent that they could only think of their carnal desires and engaged themselves in sexual gratification and fulfilment of their appetite. There was no difference left between animals and human beings. From among those fifty seven survivors, in the remotest part of the world, men were only seventeen. And there was one named Kalia that rose to power. The only power that they were left with was the power to procreate. The onus to create a new world was on their shoulders.

One decade later….
They did not have to live in those treacherous bunkers anymore. Kalia rose to power and declared himself the king of the world – the new world that he had created. This world was bereft of values, religious scriptures and the very belief in the existence of God. The only ‘religion’ that prevailed was materialism.

Mankind had moved into the destructive realm of gross materialism and had entirely severed itself from the intellectual mainstream. Rather, it was dominated by irrational fanaticism and unauthorized mystic and mystery cults.

Truthfulness had completely vanished, simply because people did not know what the truth was. Without knowing the Absolute Truth, one could not clearly understand the real significance or purpose of life. Tolerance or forgiveness, was diminishing as well, because there was no practical method by which people could purify themselves and thus become free of envy. Hence the mind remained overwhelmed by anger, envy and all sorts of small-mindedness. This in turn led to the absence of mercy. In fact, people were no longer merciful to even themselves: they steadily destroyed themselves through liquor, drugs, tobacco, meat-eating, sexual promiscuity and whatever other cheap gratificatory practices that were available to them.

With the progress of the age of Kalia, physical stature and strength also gradually diminished. Certainly, it also resulted in the weakening of memory too. All put together, in the age of Kalia, things had turned dramatically different. Wealth alone was considered the sign of a man’s good birth and fine qualities. And law and justice were applied only on the basis of one’s power.

In the age of Kalia a man was considered high class, middle class or low class merely according to his financial status, regardless of his knowledge, culture and behaviour. In this age there were many great industrial and commercial cities with luxurious neighbourhoods reserved for the wealth. On beautiful tree-lined roads, within apparently aristocratic homes, it was not unusual to find many perverted, dishonest and sinful activities taking place.

Men and women lived together merely because of superficial attraction, and success in business depended on deceit. Womanliness and manliness was judged according to one’s expertise in sex. And unfortunately, the satisfaction of the sex impulse had become the overriding, if not the exclusive, reason for marriage. Men and women united like animals, solely on the basis of mutual attraction to bodies made of flesh, bone, membrane, blood and so on. In other words, family life had lost its highest purpose and value. In fact, pursuing sexual experiences with various types of bodies was similar to drinking old wine from new bottles.

Intellectuality became another casualty of the bewildering age of Kalia and there was a brutal repression of religious freedom. Religious fanatics were usually addicted to many bad habits, such as smoking, drinking, sex, gambling and animal slaughter.


Thus the sinful were promoted as religious, and the saintly were decried as demonic.
The people in general liked constant confrontation and were fond of argument. There was discontent among them. Women were more interested in jewellery, clothes and hair styles. The wealthy were respected as high-born and ordinary men were respected only if they were lenders; they were considered merciful only when they were unable to harm others. They expressed displeasure towards the poor; talked excessively to express erudition and carried out charity work to be famous.

Monks were attached to homes and were devoid of any morality. They are always engaged in taking over others' possessions. Marriages took place simply because the man and the woman agreed to do so; Men engaged in friendship with the crooked and showed magnanimity while returning favours. The wives took pleasure in speaking like prostitutes and their minds were not attracted towards their husbands. Brahmins had become greedy for others' food.This was the period of do or die. Arrogance became prevalent all over. Might was the order of the day. One with patience and persistence found it difficult to survive.

Time had come for something to be done... something concrete lest the society should crumble itself. Communities in the society were becoming sadistic by instincts. Such unworthy denizens of the society were bound to face the wrath of the Almighty. Their time had now ripened for them to suffer. It was the day of the jackals when the incompetent ruled the system! This was the period in the history of mankind when the power was commanded by the unworthiest of the flock. Justice was nowhere to be found. Law and order had taken a back footing.

With time, things worsened further. There was rain of blood in towns, villages, and forests. In some places, there was a rain of fire. Kings of all kinds were being destroyed, as Kalia’s strength reigned supreme. Terrible wars were being fought, and no one was able to mourn for the dead. The citizens suffered greatly from cold, wind, heat, rain and snow. They were further tormented by quarrels, hunger, thirst, disease and severe anxiety.

By the time the age of Kalia ended, the bodies of all creatures had been greatly reduced in size, and the religious principles were completely ruined. The path of the Vedas was totally forgotten in human society, and so-called religion was mostly atheistic. The kings had turned into thieves, the occupations of men in general, became stealing, lying and needless violence, and all the social classes had been reduced to the lowest level of sudras. Cows became like goats. Spiritual hermitages were no different from mundane houses, and family ties extended no further than the immediate bonds of marriage. Most plants and herbs became tiny, and all trees appeared like dwarf trees. Clouds were full of lightning, homes were devoid of piety, and all human beings had become like asses.

The mankind in general, possibly could not have sustained in the given circumstances. It was practically living in hell. A complete renaissance was called for. Life had to continue under all circumstances. The humanity had to come to terms on its own. It was then that the tenth incarnation of Lord Vishnu chose to descend on earth. And this time it was a female form – Kalki! Unless the mankind agreed to a complete revival of the lost values it would be back to its primitive state forever.

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