What are the signs and symptoms of Kali Yuga?

Kali Yuga means the age of darkness. There are two words: Kali and Yuga. Kali means darkness and Yuga means an age.

We can divide the history of the human civilization depending on the behaviour of people towards other people and the ecosystem in which they are living. The whole existence means God and there is no separate God. And in every thing in the universe there lies God’s presence at the center of the thing. At the center of our being lies the God’s presence called the Atma.

The above age is reckoned on the basis of how much the humanity is closer to the center of their own being. When a larger humanity is closer to the center of their own being, it is called Satya Yuga, the age of truth. The Hindus compare this division of age or Yuga with an example of a chair of four legs. These four legs are nothing but the four major components of our own being – body, mind, heart, and soul. In Satya Yuga or the age of truth the larger humanity was closer to their soul. And hence there was more purity and transparency in their actions. Ethics and morality prevailed at its optimum in all their actions. Then slowly, by and by, this chair of values started falling apart. The first leg fell. And the ethical and moral principles started falling apart. The humanity went away from their own center or the soul. The chair is standing on three legs. The human being is standing on three components, that is, the body, mind and heart but without a soul. This age is called Treta Yuga. That is, an age where the morality and ethics has been reduced to 3/4th of the total value. The individual has started moving away from his own center called the soul.

Then the second leg fell. The chair is now standing on two legs. The soul has fallen and the heart has also fallen. Now there is no emotion and no empathy towards other people and the whole ecosystem. The moral and ethical principles have fallen to 2/4th of the total value. This age is called Dvapar Yuga. Dvapar literally means two legs. The chair is totally imbalanced. The chair is standing only on two legs. We can not sit on this chair. It is totally imbalanced. The human being has further gone away from his center. His being is now standing only on two components, that is, the body and the mind.

Then the third leg also has fallen. The chair is now standing only on one leg. The ethical and moral principles have further fallen. The humanity has gone far away from their own center. It is now living only with the body and without any mind, heart, and soul. This is the darkest age of our times. And this age is called the Kali Yuga. As we further move into time, this darkness will become thicker and thicker. There will be a point of total darkness. And this can be a point of no return. The whole humanity may perish forever. And this is the greatest danger.

Just look at the humanity !! There is every sign that the fourth leg may also be fallen. And this age will be an age of machines – robots and cyborgs. The humanity will reach to a stage where it will start functioning with only an artificial intelligence. The scientists are also talking about creating an artificial consciousness. It will also be very difficult to distinguish between artificial consciousness and real consciousness. And this human being will be without a body, mind, heart, and the soul. This will be an age of total darkness. The only question that will arise: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? The chances are almost not there. There does not appear to be any possibility of revival. Albert Einstein was one of the greatest scientists. He was once asked this question: What weapons will be used in the Third World War? He said, “I do not know what weapons will be used in the Third World War but I can definitely tell you what weapons will be used in the Fourth World War”. And he said, “Stones and spears”. And I think everything is perfectly moving towards how he has seen the future. The signs and symptoms of Kali Yuga are very simple. Every individual has to ask this basic question. Is he moving closer to his own center or is he moving away from his own center? This a simple test to know in which Yuga or age we all are living.

The above chair of four legs is just a symbol of Principle Centered Leadership. And as the legs fall, the Principle Centered Leadership deteriorates. And the revival becomes a greatest leadership challenge.

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Life Leadership Program

Life is a mystery and it can never be defined. It can only be lived and experienced. We can learn the life leadership lessons from great people. Life throws many challenges and may give rise to many leadership roles. And some major leadership roles are: Technology Leadership, Business Leadership, Political Leadership, Social Leadership, and Spiritual Leadership.

Business Leadership:

A value that benefits only a few and not many. “A value is a difference of the cost of output and input.”

Richard Branson says, “I wanted to be an editor or a journalist, I wasn’t really interested in being an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going.”

Business Leadership is to create a value in the form of products, services, and solutions, and share these values for an exchange.

Technology Leadership:

A leadership that creates a technology that leverages the power of the above values. “The technology is neutral. It absolutely depends on us as to how we use the same.”

Technology plays an important role in the life and growth of people. The technology is neutral and it all depends on us as to how we use the same. A knife can be used to cut an apple or one’s own hand. And it can also be used in an operation theatre by a doctor to save the life of a person.

Political Leadership:

A leadership that allows the use of power to create the above values.

This is what Jimi Hendrix says, “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

The whole purpose of a Political Leadership is to move the power to the people. And eventually, all power is for a prayer. All desire is to move towards divinity. And all energy is for Enlightenment.

Social Leadership:

A value that benefits many and not only a few. “A value is a difference of the cost of output and input.”

The whole world is one family. And everything is interconnected. There is nothing that lies outside the existence. The whole existence is a one unity. And this philosophy has been called by the ancients as Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

Spiritual Leadership:

A value that benefits everybody and everyone. “A value means now there is no difference and no gap.”

Spirituality has to be a social revolution. The mundane has to be spiritual, and the spiritual has to be mundane. It is not that what you do at home and the office is mundane, and what you do in the Ashram is sacred. Every mundane act has to be a divine act. This is Spiritual Leadership.

Leadership means to create a “value” that benefits the whole of humanity. And a leader is one who “shares” this value with the world. The value differs in each case. The value chain moves forward. It is just like how the raw gold moves from the state of a raw gold to the state of a 24-carat gold on the value chain. Spirituality is, therefore, an inner value chain. It is a process of moving from an ego-center to a conscious-center. The conscious center has a beginning but no end. It is endless and infinite.