Thursday, 27 February 2014

Decode Hindu Mythology: Pralaya - The 'End of Days'

 Decode Hindu Mythology: Pralaya - The 'End of Days'





Pralaya - The 'End of Days'




Some say the world will end in Fire; Some say in Ice,

From what I've tasted of desire,
I hold with those who favor Fire.

But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate,

To say that for destruction,
Ice is also great!


End of the World - How does the term sound? 



For
me it conjures up something abstract.. an inconclusive conclusion
fashioned from the catastrophe-centric best-sellers churned out
of Hollywood and the Doomsday predictions of a few ancient mythologies.



more read on 
http://decodehindumythology.blogspot.in/2012/05/pralaya-end-of-days.html

Decode Hindu Mythology: Seventh Horse of the Sun

Decode Hindu Mythology: Seventh Horse of the Sun

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Proof of the Vedic Origin of Islam

 




Proof of the Vedic Origin of Islam


Arabic 
   

Origination of Arabic (Vedic) 
   

Vedic Explanation 

  Proof 1

 
   

Shahada 
Shahada (faith) is the first and most important pillar of Islam


Shraddhaa 
In Sanskrit ‘Shraddhaa’ means faith. 
The fact that the word for the first and most important pillar of Islam is derived from the Sanskrit word is simple proof that the pre-Islamic Arabs knew Sanskrit and were followers of the Vedic religion but were very degraded.



Proof 2
Prophet Muhammad was from the Kureshi tribe
Descendant of the Kurus
The Kurueshi signifies a descendant from the Indian Kuru dynasty that once ruled many parts of the World, including the Middle East regions before the Mahabharat war (until about 5000 years ago). The war was between the Kurus and the Pandavas and the Kurus were defeated which ended their rule. This is mentioned in the Bhagavad-Gita.

Proof 3
The crescent moon is the symbol of Islam

Symbol of Lord Shiva
Lord Shiva has a crescent moon on his head.

Proof 4
Makkah
The holiest place for Muslims
   
Makkheshvar
Makkheshvar is another name for Lord Shiva. The word Makkah was derived from  Makkeshvar. A place where Makkeshvar (Lord Shiva) is present.

Proof 5
Shiites

Shaivites
Those who follow Lord Shiva are called Shaivites.

Proof 6
Al Hajar Al Aswad (Black Stone)
   

Shiva lingam
The black stone is called a Shiva lingam and it represents Lord Shiva.

Proof 7
Namaz
   

Namas
In Sanskrit ‘Namas’ means ‘bow down’. The Muslims perform Namaz five times a day and this entails specific yoga posture. The Muslims are unconsciously doing yoga during Namaz.

Proof 8
Ramadan

Rama-dhyana
In Sanskrit ‘Rama-dhyana’ means ‘to meditate on Lord Ram’. He is an incarnation of Lord Krishna who appeared in Tetra-yuga, around 1.7 million years ago. The Muslims are unconsciously worshiping Lord Ram by fasting during Ramadan, but they end the fast by killing animals. Thus the killing loses the benefit gained by fasting.

Proof 9
Kaba 
Called the sacred house of God by Muslims

Garbha 
In Sanskrit ‘Garbha’ means the sanctuary of a Temple. A Temple is basically the house of God. The Kaba was known as Garbha before Islam. A Vedic Temple with 360 deities, the main one being the reclining form of Lord Visnu in the center surrounded by other deities including Lord Shiva in the form of a Shiva Lingam, a black stone. The Shiva Lingam (black stone) can be found in many Temples around the World today. It's not a coincidence that a stone of the same color and shape is in the Kaba and many Vedic Temples. It's because the Kaba was once a Vedic Temple. Muhammad's uncles and grandfather were hereditary priests of the Kaba Temple. Muhammad destroyed all the deities except the Shiva Lingam, because his family members were Shaivites, they believed in Lord Shiva. Today there are Muslims called Shiites and this name originates from the Vedic name Shaivites (meaning followers of Lord Shiva).



Lord Shiva has a crescent moon on his head, which can be seen today in many Vedic Temples, and this is also the symbol of Islam. The Muslims bow down to the black stone in the Kaba when they pray, they are bowing down to Lord Shiva, but in complete ignorance of Lord Shiva. 



Based on the Koran 35.10, Allah is situated in one place above the heavens in the sky and he is not present everywhere (not omnipresent). But the Muslims call the Kaba, the house of God which is strange because Allah is not there, only Lord Shiva is there. So the Muslims accept Lord Shiva as God in complete ignorance. Lord Shiva is an expansion of Lord Krishna.


Proof 10
ISLAM

   
ISA-ALAYAM
The word Islam is derived from the Sanskrit words ‘Isa’ and ‘Alayam’.

In Sanskrit ‘Isa’ means God, and ‘Alayam’ means place. The Temple is the place where God is present, and Lord Shiva was the God for Muhammad’s family members. His grandfather and uncles were the priests of the Kaba Temple. Thus Muhammad dedicated the name of his newly created religion to the Kaba Temple by naming it  ‘The Place of God’ which also means ‘The Temple of God’, Islam.

Proof 11
Tawaf (Circumambulation of Kaba)
   

Parikama
The Hindus circumambulate the deities in most Temples. The Muslims only circumambulate the Kaba and no other building in the World. Why? For the same reason as the Hindus, the Kaba is a Vedic Temple. Before Islam it had many deities including Lord Visnu and Lord Shiva. Today the Kaba only has the deity of Lord Shiva in the form of the Shiva lingam. The Muslims circumambulate the Kaba in complete ignorance of the real reasons. The Muslims are very much against idol worship but they bow down to the black stone in the Kaba, five times a day.

Proof 12
Top secret 

Inside the Kaba 
The Muslims will say they believe in the truth, yet they completely ignore the Vedic origin of Islam, even though there is clear proof as described in this document and elsewhere. The non-Muslims are not allowed near the Kaba and only a selected few Muslims are allowed inside the Kaba. What is inside the Kaba is kept top secret. The reason is that if people were to see the inside of the Kaba they would very much doubt Islam.

What is inside the Kaba?

·        There are verses from the Bhagavad-Gita in Sanskrit etched on the walls

·        Image of Lord Krishna as a baby with Yoshoda

·        Image of a bird, most likely Garuda

There was much more evidence but Muhammad and his followers destroyed most of it. We will not know the truth unless a non-Muslim is allowed to enter the Kaba and speak freely.  The Muslims will not allow this because they have something to hide?

Proof 13
Image Worship 

Deity Worship 
The Muslims are very much against image worship, but the grandfather and uncles of Muhammad were engaged in making Temple deities and were the hereditary priests of the Kaba Temple, which housed 360 images.

The Muslims bow down five times a day facing Mecca, which means they are bowing down to the black stone inside the Kaba, an idol for the Muslims. This is image worship, which was performed by Muhammad’s family for generations and millions of others for millions of years.

The Muslims will say they don't bow down to the black stone as God but it helps them to direct their prayers in one direction to Allah. This is actually in complete ignorance, because based on the Koran 35.10, Allah is situated above the heavens in the sky. So why don't they bow down to the sky in one direction towards Allah? Why do they need Mecca? The Arabs were followers of the Vedic religion before Islam and it was not possible for the founder of Islam to change all their Vedic habits.

Islam forbids freedom of speech and thought and the result of this is complete ignorance and thus the Muslims cannot understand that God is a real person with a form who is omnipresent and thus he is also present in the deities in Vedic Temples around the World. The forefathers of all Muslims were followers of the Vedic religion and thus they were deity worshippers like Muhammad’s family members and Muhammad himself who also bowed down to Lord Shiva in the form of the Shiva lingam, the black stone.


Proof 14
Jihad (Fighting for God)

Devotional service unto Lord Krishna for warriors
This is yet another important proof which clearly shows that the knowledge in the Koran originates from the Vedic scriptures, but its adulterated Vedic knowledge.

Jihad is very important for Muslims and this has its roots from the Bhagavad-Gita. The Mahabharat war which took place 5000 years ago in India was between Arjuna and his followers and on the other side was his cousin brother called Durodhan and his followers. Basically there was a land dispute between the two parties. Lord Krishna asked both parties to resolve their disputes peacefully, but Durodhan refused and declared war on Arjuna and his followers. Both went to Lord Krishna for help in the war. Only a few people knew Lord Krishna was God, most thought He was some great yogi. Being God, He agreed to help both parties as both approached Him for help. This is yet another proof that Lord Krishna is God, He helps even the bad guys, simply because they approached Him. Lord Krishna is most merciful to all. The Koran repeadely states that God is most merciful, and Lord Krishna repeatdly proved it. Durodhan asked Lord Krishna for His army which He had since He was a prince. Although Lord Krishna was the almighty Himself, He was the playing the role of a prince and thus like all princes/kings, He had an army. Arjuna knew Lord Krishna was God and he just asked Him to be his advisor and thus He became the advisor and chariot driver for Arjuna.

On the battle field, Arjuna was overwhelmed with compassion for the soldiers on both sides. He did not want to injury or kill anyone. This is the quality of a pure devotee of God. Lord Krishna instructed the Bhagavad-Gita to Arjuna and gives him spiritual realization. To make him realize that since he is a soldier, it's his duty to fight when war is declared, we are all souls and not these bodies and the soul is eternal and cannot be destroyed. Since the other side wanted war, Arjuna would have to fight regardless. A righteous warrior can serve God simply by doing his duty of fighting and thinking of Lord Krishna. If a soldier dies in war, then he will go to the heavenly planets and if he wins then he will rule the kingdom.

"O Partha, happy are the ksatriyas to whom such fighting opportunities come unsought, opening for them the doors of the heavenly planets. If, however, you do nor perform your religious duty of fighting, then you will certainly incur sins for neglecting your duties and thus lose your reputation as a fighter. (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 2.33-34)

Ksatriya means a warrior in the military of a kingdom/government.

"O son of Kunti, either you will be killed on the battlefield and attain the heavenly planets, or you will conquer and enjoy the earthly kingdom. Therefore, get up with determination and fight." (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 2.37

The above is the reason why Muslims are not afraid of dying in battle, its because they believe they will go to heaven if they die fighting for God, but they forget that its Lord Krishna who gave this advice first and thus they should accept Him as the one true God. Also Lord Krishna is asking a person who is in the military to fight against others who are also in the military, and not non-military personnel.

"Therefore, Arjuna you should always think of Me in the form of Krsna and at the same time carry out your prescribed duty of fighting. With your activites dedicted to Me and your mind and intelligence fixed on Me, you will attain Me without doubt." (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 8.7)

The Muslims always shout "God is great" and mention God in every conversation, especially when they are fighting, but they forget that it's Lord Krishna who first gave this advice of thinking of God always, and thus they should always think of Lord Krishna and thank Him for everything.

Based on the Vedic scriptures (Bhagavad-Gita, Parasara Smrti, and others):

a. A religious warrior is a non aggressor person in the military of a kingdom/government who fights on the orders of his King/Prime Minister for the protection of women, children, and law and order.

b. An irreligious warrior is a non-military person who picks up a gun/bomb and goes on a killing spree. Killing women, children, and men in the name of God. Or an aggressor warrior or warriors who take women captive.

It's very important to understand that only a religious warrior can be considered as engaged in devotional service unto God (Lord Krishna) when fighting and NOT irreligious warriors. The irreligious warriors are called terrorists in todays language.

It is very clear that the concept of Jihad originates from the Bhagavad-Gita but the Muslims have a completely adulterated understanding. The Islamic Jihadis fighting in many parts of the world are irreligious warriors, because they are not in the military of any govenment and they are fighting on your own accord and not by the approval of any government. They are also killing women, children, and civilian men. This is called irreligious warfare.

In the Mahabharat war, not a single woman or child was killed by any side. Not a single woman was taken captive by any side. Every soldier killed got liberation, this is because Lord Krishna (God) is most merciful. The Koran mentions many times that God is most merciful, and Lord Krishna proves it.

Since the Muslims strongly believe in following the original message of God, they should seriously consider reading and following the Bhagavad-Gita, the word of God in person as witnessed by millions (which includes the forefathers of all Muslims). Lord Krishna has appeared more than 18,000 times in His original form, and millions of times in His other forms, each time proving He is the one true God.

Allah is a concept of God who is great and most merciful, and Lord Krishna is the person God who proved that He is the greatest and most merciful. If someone said Mr x is the greatest cricketer and somene else said Mr Tendulkar is the greatest cricketer.  Only the most foolish will not realize that Mr x, is Mr Tendulkar.

The Bhagavad-Gita teaches that all living beings including the Muslims are brothers and sisters and Lord Krishna is very eager for all His children to go back to the spiritual creation where everyone lives eternally in the same body that is most beautiful, with no old age, no disease, no misery, and no fighting.

"It should be understood that all species of life, O son of Kunti, are made possible by birth in this material nature, and that I am the seed-giving father." (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 14.4)

  

        Some of the differences between the original Vedic teachings and Islam (Adulterated Vedic teachings)

        Muhammad created a new religion by taking the knowledge from the Vedic scriptures, adulterated the teachings, created a new God and made him invisible so no one can ask any questions about him, packaged the religion differently, and gave it a new label of  'Islam'. Those who have some intelligence and are pious will realize this truth and follow the original eternal religion (Sanatan-Dharma) established by the eternal God (Lord Krishna) and will follow the eternal Vedic scriptures. There are more than 810,000 verses in the Vedic scriptures and this knowledge comes from Lord Krishna, which were written down more than 5000 years ago. There are only 6236 verses in the Koran which was written less than 1400 years ago and all the truths in the Koran can be found in greater details in the Vedic scriptures.

         

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

KALKI AVATAR - The Apocalyptic Horse Rider

KALKI AVATAR - The Apocalyptic Horse Rider



The Apocalyptic Horse Rider


          "Thereafter, at the conjunction of the two yugas, the Lord of creation will take His birth as the Kalki incarnation and become the son of Visnu Yasa. At this time the rulers of the earth will have degenerated into plunderers." [SB 1.3.25]

0 Kesava, O Hari, who have assumed the form of Kalki! You appear like a comet and carry a terrifying sword for bringing about the annihilation of the wicked barbarian men at the end of the Kali-yuga.
[ Sri Dasavatara Stotra, 10th Sloka]
   
Kalki Avatara
"Lord Kalki, the Lord of the universe, riding His swift horse Devadatta and, sword in hand, will travel over the earth exhibiting His eight mystic powers and eight special qualities of Godhead. Displaying His unequalled effulgence and riding with great speed, He will kill by the millions those thieves and rogues who have dared dress as kings." [SB. ]

The Appearance of Lord Kalki, the Avatar or incarnation of Godhead, is foretold in the Srimad Bhagavatam 12th Canto and described also in detail in the Brahmanda-purana. Therein it gives predictions as to where he will appear (the village name), who his parents will be, what his mission will be, and when he will appear.

It is described that he will appear at the conjunction of the two yugas, namely at the end of Kali-yuga and the beginning of Satya-yuga. The great cycle of the four yugas, namely Satya, Treta, Dvapara and Kali, rotates like the calendar months. The present age of Kali-yuga lasts 432,000 years, out of which we have passed only 5,000 years after the Battle of Kuruksetra and the end of the regime of King Pariksit. So there are 427,000 years balance yet to be finished, till the advent of Lord Kalki. Therefore at the end of this period, the incarnation of Kalki will take place, as foretold in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. The name of His father, Visnu Yasa, a learned brahmana, and the village Sambhala are also mentioned.
shambhala-grama-mukhyasya brahmanasya mahatmanah
bhavane vishnuyashasah kalkih pradurbhavishyati

"Lord Kalki will appear in the home of the most eminent brahmana of Shambhala village, the great soul Vishnuyasha."
ashvam ashu-gam aruhya devadattam jagat-patih
asinasadhu-damanam ashtaishvarya-gunanvitah

"Lord Kalki, the Lord of the universe, will mount His swift horse Devadatta and, sword in hand, travel over the earth exhibiting His eight mystic opulence's and eight special qualities of Godhead.
vicarann ashuna kshaunyam hayenapratima-dyutih
nripa-linga-cchado dasyun kotisho nihanishyati
"Displaying His unequalled effulgence and riding with great speed, He will kill by the millions those thieves who have dared dress as kings."

atha tesham bhavishyanti manamsi vishadani vai
vasudevanga-ragati- punya-gandhanila-sprisham
paura-janapadanam vai hatesv akhila-dasyushu
"After all the imposter kings have been killed, the residents of the cities and towns will feel the breezes carrying the most sacred fragrance of the sandalwood paste and other decorations of Lord Kalki, and their minds will thereby become transcendentally pure."

yadavatirno bhagavan kalkir dharma-patir harih
kritam bhavishyati tada praja-sutish ca sattviki
"When the Supreme Lord Hari [Krishna] has appeared on earth as Kalki, the maintainer of religion, Satya-yuga [the age of truth] will begin, and human society will bring forth progeny in the mode of goodness."


The mission of Kalki Avatara is to re-establish the religious principles, which have disappeared by the end of Kali Yuga, the iron age of hypocrisy and quarrel.

yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati bharata
abhyutthanam adharmasya tadatmanam srijamy aham
"Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion--at that time I descend Myself."

"In order to deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to re-establish the principles of religion, I advent Myself millennium after millennium." [BG 4.7-8]
Kalki Avatara

By the End of Kali Yuga, the population of the whole world will be so much reduced to animalism that there will be no more power to understand what is God, or what is spiritualism. And it is already there, the Kali-yuga. It will increase. People will have no power to understand this philosophy, God consciousness. So at that time, when there are no more religious principles, there is no other alternative than to kill them all.

At that time the Kalki avatara will come, and He'll take a sword on the horseback, just like a king send from heaven, He'll simply go on killing all these non-believers, Godless creatures and usher in another Satya-yuga, the golden age of righteousness and truth.

Kalki avatara is the last of the ten major incarnations of Lord Vishnu who will appear in the end of this Kali Yuga to protect religious principles.



Kalki: The Next Avatar of God  and the End of Kali-yuga

by Stephen Knapp http://www.stephen-knapp.com/

(An excerpt from The Vedic Prophecies)


The age of Kali-yuga is said to start from the year 3102 BC, after the disappearance of Lord Krishna. Lord Caitanya appeared 500 years ago, at which time the Golden Age within Kali-yuga is supposed to start and last another 10,000 years. As the Golden Age within of Kali-yuga comes to a close, the lower modes of material nature will become so strong that people will lose interest in spiritual topics. It is said that everyone will become godless. Whatever devotees, bhaktas, and sages are left on the planet will be so unique in character and peculiar compared with the rest of society that they will be ridiculed and hunted down in the cities for sport like animals. Thus, they will flee the cities to live underground in caves or high up in the mountains, or simply disengage from the earthly plane of existence. In this way, they will disappear from the face of the earth. That is the time when the dark influence of the age of Kali-yuga will become so dominant that its full influence will manifest without hindrance.

Finally, after 432,000 years from the beginning of the age of Kali, Lord Kalki will appear as the twenty-second incarnation of God. This is very similar to what some people call the second coming of Christ.

THE APPEARANCE OF LORD KALKI

There are many incarnations of the Supreme Being as stated in Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.3.26): "O brahmanas, the incarnations of the Lord are innumerable, like rivulets flowing from inexhaustible sources of water." However, out of all the various incarnations of the Supreme, the Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.3.28) specifically states "krishnas tu bhagavan svayam," which means that Lord Sri Krishna is the original Supreme Personality of God. All others are His plenary portions, or parts of His plenary portions, who descend into this material world to carry out certain responsibilities and to do specific things. This is especially the case when the planets are overly disturbed by miscreants and atheists. In Kali-yuga many years go by in which constant disturbances and social upheavals are allowed to happen, but the Vedic literature predicts that at the end Lord Kalki will make His appearance to change everything, as described in the following verses:

Kalki Avatara

"Thereafter, at the conjunction of two yugas [Kali-yuga and Satya-yuga], the Lord of the creation will take His birth as the Kalki incarnation and become the son of Vishnuyasha. At this time the rulers of the earth will have degenerated into plunderers." (Bhag.1.3.25)

"Lord Kalki will appear in the home of the most eminent brahmana of Shambhala village, the great soul Vishnuyasha." (Bhag.12.2.18)

"At the end of Kali-yuga, when there exist no topics on the subject of God, even at the residences of so-called saints and respectable gentlemen of the three higher castes, and when the power of government is transferred to the hands of ministers elected from the lowborn shudra class or those less than them, and when nothing is known of the techniques of sacrifice, even by word, at that time the Lord will appear as the supreme chastiser." (Bhag.2.7.38)

The Vishnu Purana (Book Four, Chapter 24) also explains that, "When the practices taught in the Vedas and institutes of law have nearly ceased, and the close of the Kali age shall be nigh, a portion of that divine being who exists of His own spiritual nature, and who is the beginning and end, and who comprehends all things, shall descend upon earth. He will be born in the family of Vishnuyasha, an eminent brahmana of Shambhala village, as Kalki, endowed with eight superhuman faculties."

The Agni Purana (16.7-9) also explains that when the non-Aryans who pose as kings begin devouring men who appear righteous and feed on human beings, Kalki, as the son of Vishnuyasha, and Yajnavalkya as His priest and teacher, will destroy these non-Aryans with His weapons. He will establish moral law in the form of the fourfold varnas, or the suitable organization of society in four classes. After that people will return to the path of righteousness.

The Padma Purana (6.71.279-282) relates that Lord Kalki will end the age of Kali and will kill all the wicked mlecchas and, thus, destroy the bad condition of the world. He will gather all of the distinguished brahmanas and will propound the highest truth. He will know all the ways of life that have perished and will remove the prolonged hunger of the genuine brahmanas and the pious. He will be the only ruler of the world that cannot be controlled, and will be the banner of victory and adorable to the world.

Here in these verses we find that Lord Kalki will come as a chastiser or warrior. By this time the planet will be filled with people who will be unable to understand logical conversations. They will be too slow-minded and dull-witted, not capable of being taught much, especially in the way of high philosophy regarding the purpose of life. They will not know what they need to do or how to live. And they certainly will be unable to change their ways. Therefore, Lord Kalki does not come to teach, but simply to chastise, punish, and cleanse the planet.

Furthermore, we also find the name of the place where Lord Kalki will appear and the name of the family in which He will be born. The family will be qualified brahmanas. This means that a disciplic and family line of spiritually qualified brahmanas will remain on the planet throughout the age of Kali, no matter how bad things get. Though they may be hidden, living in a small village somewhere, it will be this line of bhaktas, spiritual devotees, from which Lord Kalki will appear in the distant future. No one knows where this village of Shambala is located. Some feel that it is yet to manifest, or that it will be a hidden underground community from which Lord Kalki will appear.

In this connection we find in the Padma Purana (6.242.8-12) the prediction that Lord Kalki will be born in the town of Shambala near the end of Kali-yuga from a brahmana who is actually an incarnation of Svayambhuva Manu. It is described that Svayambhuva performed austerities at Naimisa on the bank of the Gomati River for acquiring the privilege of having Lord Vishnu as his son in three lifetimes. Lord Vishnu, being pleased with Svayambhuva, granted the blessing that He would appear as Svayambhuva's son as Lord Rama, Krishna, and Kalki. Thus, Svayambhuva would appear as Dasaratha, Vasudeva, and then Vishnuyasha. Also, in the Padma Purana (1.40.46) we find Lord Vishnu admits that He will be born in Kali-yuga. Thus, He will appear as Lord Kalki.



THE ACTIVITIES OF LORD KALKI

The Srimad-Bhagavatam (12.2.19-20) describes Lord Kalki's activities as follows: "Lord Kalki, the Lord of the universe, will mount His swift white horse Devadatta and, sword in hand, travel over the earth exhibiting His eight mystic opulences and eight special qualities of Godhead. Displaying His unequaled effulgence and riding with great speed, He will kill by the millions those thieves who have dared dress as kings."

We should make note here that, as the Vedic literature explains, when the Supreme kills anyone, that person is immediately spiritually purified by His touch and because the person is focused on the Supreme Being while leaving his body. Thus, that person attains the same destination as those yogis who spend years steadying the mind in order to meditate and leave their bodies while focused on the Supreme. So being killed by the Supreme is a great advantage for those of a demoniac mentality who would otherwise enter lower realms of existence or even the hellish planets in their next lives.

The Vishnu Purana (Book Four, Chapter 24) continues to explain Lord Kalki's activities: "By His irresistible might he will destroy all the mlecchas and thieves, and all whose minds are devoted to iniquity. He will reestablish righteousness upon earth, and the minds of those who live at the end of the Kali age shall be awakened, and shall be as clear as crystal. The men who are thus changed by virtue of that peculiar time shall be as the seeds of human beings, and shall give birth to a race who will follow the laws of the Krita age [Satya-yuga], the age of purity. As it is said, 'When the sun and moon, and the lunar asterism Tishya, and the planet Jupiter, are in one mansion, the Krita age shall return.'" The Agni Purana (16.10) also relates that Hari, after giving up the form of Kalki, will go to heaven. Then the Krita or Satya-yuga will return as before.

Additional information that can help us understand the activities of the next coming of God is found in the Linga Purana (40.50-92), the Brahmanda Purana (1.2.31.76-106 & 2.3.73.104-126), and the Vayu Purana (58.75-110). In these texts we find descriptions of Lord Kalki as He will appear in the future and also as how He appeared in previous incarnations as Pramiti in this time period known as the Svayambhuva Manvantara. These texts tell us that as Kali-yuga comes to a close, and after the death of Bhrigu (or in order to slay the Bhrigus), Kalki (Pramiti) took birth in the Lunar dynasty of Manu. He will wander over the planet without being seen by any living being. Then he will start His campaign in His thirty-second year and roam the earth for twenty years. He will take with Him a big army of horses, chariots, and elephants, surrounded by hundreds and thousands of spiritually purified brahmanas armed with weapons. [Being brahmanas, these weapons may be brahminical weapons that are activated by mantras, such as the powerful brahmastra rather than base weapons of combat such as knives, swords, and spears, or even guns and ordinary explosives.] Though they may try to do battle with Him, He will kill all of the heretics [and false prophets] and wicked, mleccha kings.

In a previous incarnation He killed the Udicyas (Northerners), Madhya Deshyas (residents of the middle lands), Purvatiyas (mountain dwellers), Pracyas (Easterners), Praticyas (Westerners), Dakshinatyas (of Southern India), the Simhalas (Sri Lankans), Pahlavas (the fair-skinned nomadic tribes of the Caucasus mountains), Yadavas, Tusharas (people of the area of Mandhata, India, or present day Tukharistan), Cinas (Chinese), Shulikas, Khashas, and different tribes of the Kiratas (aboriginal tribes living in north-eastern India and Nepal) and Vrishalas.

No one could stop Him as He wielded His discus and killed all the barbarians. When He was finished He rested in the middle land between the Ganges and Yamuna with His ministers and followers. He allowed only a few people to remain, scattered over the planet. These would be as seeds for the next generations that would follow in the next Satya-yuga. Thereafter, when Lord Kalki has made way for the next age of Satya-yuga, and delivered the earth and whatever is left of civilization from the effects of Kali-yuga, He will go back to His eternal abode along with His army.

Continuing with the description of Lord Kalki as described in the Linga, Brahmanda, and Vayu Puranas, they explain that after Lord Kalki returns to His eternal abode, when those subjects surviving at the end of Kali-yuga are enlightened, the yuga changes overnight. Then the minds of all people will become enlightened, and with inevitable force Krita or Satya-yuga sets in. People will then realize the soul, and acquire piety, devotion, tranquility, and clear consciousness. Then those Siddhas [the enlightened and perfected living beings who had remained invisible on a higher dimension through the end of the age of Kali] return to the earthly dimension and again are clearly visible. They establish themselves with the return of the Saptarishis, the seven sages, who instruct everyone about spiritual life, Vedic knowledge, and the progressive organization of society for a peaceful and fulfilling existence. Then again people flourish and perform the sacred rites, and the sages will remain in authority to continue the advancement of the new Satya-yuga.


THE RETURN OF THE GOLDEN AGE -- SATYA-YUGA

Herein we can understand that Lord Kalki will simply chastise by killing all of the evil kings and rogues and thereby bring in a new era of enlightened beings, a race whose minds will be as clear as crystal. They will produce offspring that will follow the tendencies of real human beings as found in the age of Satya-yuga.

Srimad-Bhagavatam (12.2.21-24) further describes that after all of the devious and fake kings have been killed, the remaining residents of the towns and cities will smell the breezes that carry the sacred aroma of the Lord's sandalwood paste and decorations, and their minds will then become spiritually purified. When the Supreme Being appears in their hearts in His form of pure goodness, the remaining citizens will abundantly repopulate the earth. With this appearance of Lord Kalki, Satya-yuga will begin again and the remaining humans will produce children in goodness. Thus, when the moon, the sun, and Jupiter are in the constellation Kartaka, Cancer, and together enter the lunar mansion of Pusya, that is when the age of Satya-yuga will begin. Therefore, as related in the Bhagavatam (12.2.34), after one thousand celestial years of Kali-yuga, Satya-yuga will again manifest. At that time the minds of men will be self-effulgent.

The Vishnu Purana (Book Four, Chapter One) also relates that the Vedas and the principles of sanatana-dharma, or the eternal nature of the soul, fade and disappear from the planet at the end of every four ages. The Bhagavatam (8.14.4-5) also confirms that there are saintly persons who help reestablish these principles in Satya-yuga along with the basis of varnashrama, which is the proper organization of society for humanity. The Vishnu Purana continues to explain that it is in the jurisdiction of the seven universal sages or rishis (the Saptarishis) to make sure the Vedic knowledge is given currency again, even if these rishis must descend from the higher planets to do so. So in every Satya-yuga the Manu [the demigod son of Brahma who is the lawgiver of humanity] of that age is the author of the body of law, while the sons of Manu and their descendants are sovereigns of the earth. This means that although the genuine spiritual knowledge or Vedic information may disappear from this planet, it is still dwelling elsewhere in the universe, and it is the duty of higher authorities to reestablish it on Earth.

To help in this regard, it is predicted in the Srimad-Bhagavatam (12.2.37-38) and the Vishnu Purana (Book Four, Chapter 24) that there are two persons who are waiting for the end of Kali-yuga: Devapi of the race of Puru and brother of King Shantanu, and Maru, a descendant of King Ikshvaku. They will be great kings and will help in the process of reestablishing the proper principles in society. These two are alive even now by their great mystic strength obtained through the power of devotion. They have lived through all four of the yugas and reside in the village of Kalapa. They are waiting for the end of Kali-yuga. Then, at the beginning of Satya-yuga, under the instructions of the Supreme, they will return to society and be members of the family of the Manu and reestablish the eternal religion of humanity, sanatana-dharma, and the institution of varnashrama, which is the proper organization of society for its continued harmony in life, and its material and spiritual progress. They will become great kings and form proper government. Thus, by the arrangement of the Supreme Being, there are those who will always be the guardians of that spiritual knowledge that contains the genuine principles for attaining the real goal of human existence.

After all of this is accomplished, as related in the Bhagavatam (12.2.39), the cycle of the four ages of Satya, Treta, Dvapara, and Kali-yugas [a Caturyuga] will continue to repeat itself along with the same general pattern of events.


IS LORD KALKI PREDICTED IN THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS?

Here are some additional interesting points to consider. There are verses from the book of Revelations in the Bible that are very similar to the above descriptions in the Puranas about Lord Kalki. These verses are so similar that they cannot be ignored and may provide additional insight for Christians and similarities they may share with Vedic culture. In Revelations (19.11-16, & 19-21) it states:
The Apocalyptic Horse Rider

"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, but no man knew but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat on the horse."

This sounds so much like the incarnation of Lord Kalki that it could hardly be anyone else. Surely, by the time Lord Kalki appears, no one will have the slightest expectation of Him or His appearance. No one will know His name. And His army of brahmanas will be as pure as if they had descended from heaven. At the time of Lord Kalki's appearance, He will kill the remaining miscreants and deliver the few saintly people from the present conditions of the earth, changing it back to the Golden Age of Satya-yuga. In this regard, Revelations (14.1-3) also describes:

"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb [a typical symbol for the Divine or an incarnation of the Divine] stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps; And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth."

One significant description in the above verses is that those who are redeemed from the earth will have God's name written on their foreheads. This is a widespread custom of the brahmanas in India to write the name of God, such as Vishnu or Krishna, on their foreheads. This is tilok, which is usually put on with clay made from the banks of a holy river. We often see this in the middle of the forehead in the shape of a "V" which represents the name of God and that the body is a temple of God, or the three-lined markings of the Shaivites. The Vaishnava mark is made while reciting "Om keshavaya namaha," which means "Salutations to Lord Keshava," another name of Krishna.

So herein could be an indication that when the last of society is delivered from the earth during the end times, they will be those who wear the name of God on their foreheads, at least according to these verses. Also, as in accord with other Vedic prophecies, we can understand that there will be very few people left in the world who will have any piety at all. So it would fit in with the Vedic prophecies that by the time Lord Kalki appears, there may, indeed, be only 144,000 who will be left in the world worthy of being delivered from the godless and chaotic conditions of the earth. Or these may be the seeds of the new civilization that will start the beginning of the next age of Satya-yuga.

HEAVEN AND BEYOND

 

 

 

HEAVEN AND BEYOND


In Hinduism, we have many heavens. Swarga Loka, or heaven as is commonly understood is one of the seven lokas or planes in Hindu cosmology. Sequentially they are:
  1. Bhu loka (Prithvi Loka, Earth)
  2. Bhuvar loka
  3. Swarga loka
  4. Mahar loka
  5. Jana loka
  6. Tapa loka
  7. Satyaloka or Brahmaloka, that is the highest.
All these heavenly worlds are said to be located on and above Mt. Meru.
Swarga is a heaven where those who have lead righteous lives move into this plane of paradise before their next reincarnation. During each pralaya or the great flood or dissolution, the first three realms are destroyed… Bhu loka (Earth), Bhuvar loka and Swarga loka.
Below all these upper realms or heavens with earth in the middle, lie the realms of Patala, the underworld and netherworld.

Swarga is seen as a transitory place for righteous souls who have performed good deeds in their lives but are not yet ready to attain moksha, or salvation from the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. When the soul completely merges with the divine, then there is no birth.

The three important aspects of life on earth or even the universe is creation, existence and termination. The Hindu Trinity assigns Lords to these three processes and we have Brahma the creator, Vishnu the Caretaker/Protector/Preserver and Shiva the terminator or destroyer. Shiva however is the family man with a wife and two sons with their own consorts as well. Vishnu takes many forms from the basic amphibian, to the animal, half-animal-hald man, the Neanderthal, pigmy and then the highly evolved human form. His vaathar in the future is going to be somewhat like an alien-extra terrestrial being who will ride a horse to save the world from all its troubles.

Vaikuntam–abode of Lord Vishnu who reclines on the primordial snake, Adisesha.

Vaikunta, the abode of Lord Vishnu is considered to be the Supreme Abode as the Rig Veda (1.22.20) states. “O tad viṣṇo paramam padam sadā paśyanti sūraya” meaning “All the suras or devas (godly ones) look towards the feet of Lord Vishnu as the Supreme Abode. The capital of Swarga is Amaravati and its entrance is guarded by Airavata, the white elephant. Swarga lok is presided over by Indra, the Chief Deva (God) and he too is somebody who is replaced after a time by another Indra.
Vaikuntha is a place that is beyond the sky, firmament or material world. Vaikunta planets are estimated to be located 26,200,000 yojanas (209,600,000 miles) above Satyaloka.

Kailas–abode of Lord Shiva
Mount Kailash, Tibetan: Kangrinboqê or Gang Rinpoche is a peak in the Kailas Range (Gangdisê Mountains), which are part of the Trans- Himalaya in Tibet. It lies near the source of some of the longest rivers in Asia: the Indus River, the Sutlej River (a major tributary of the Indus River), the Brahmaputra River, and the Karnali River (a tributary of the Ganges River). It is considered a sacred place in four religions: Bön, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. The mountain lies near Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshastal in Tibet.
According to Hinduism, Lord Shiva, the destroyer of ignorance and illusion, resides at the summit of this legendary mountain named Kailāsa, where he sits in a state of perpetual meditation along with his wife Pārvatī. Devotees of Lord Shiva pray to merge with his divinity after death.

According to Charles Allen, one description in the Vishnu Purana of the mountain states that its four faces are made of crystal, ruby, gold, and lapis lazuli. It is a pillar of the world and is located at the heart of six mountain ranges symbolizing a lotus.

When people became old after having fulfilled their family responsibilities, they would distribute all their goods, personal belongings and turn their footsteps towards North and set out for Kailas. This was renunciation at its best. On their journey North they would eat and sleep in religious places, temples, free dormitories and plod on. The place where they collapsed would be their Swarga and the bodies were disposed off by local people who had no connection to them at all. That too was part of their punya—for the dead to have somebody take care of their last rites and for the performer of those rites as he had nothing to gain from it—the ultimate in service as it were.

To Hindus, Devaloka is a plane of blissful existence that can be reached by being attuned to the light of eternal bliss and goodness. However, to become more enlightened, a soul must return to a life on Earth, until all the learning possibilities have been exhausted. Then, any other lives become unnecessary and liberation (moksha) is achieved. When that happens, the practitioner can even reach higher planes, such as Vaikunta and Sivaloka or Kailasam, the abode of Lord Shiva and become one with Vishnu and Shiva.
In Buddhism, a deva loka is a dwelling place of the Buddhist devas. The worlds of the devas differ greatly from each other depending on the nature of their inhabitants

This topic seems to have been planned to help me go through a very difficult time. My

Balasubramanian–Baluli
family has just lost a wonderful friend. Balasubramaniam was the senior-most bureaucrat in the Central Board of Direct Taxes in the Indian Government. He retired as Chairman of the CBDT Board with not a single finger raised against his integrity, honesty or veracity—a completely rare condition in a country plagued by corruption at all levels in the IT department especially. Baluli, as we had affectionately nicknamed him took on the responsibility of his aging parents, his brothers, their families, his wife’s family and after retirement, the problems and issues that plagued their village in South India.
His wife Gnanam is my soul mate as only 4 days separate our age—she being older.

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