Otober 19 2008

Here’s a recent question from Nityananda Priya dasi in the CIS about the famous prediction that within this Kali-yuga there will be a 10,000 year period of grace where people will be able to easily take to the Sankirtana movement and go back home back to Godhead:

Panca-tattva

“I would like to ask a question, if it is allowed. I am sometimes asked, what are the symptoms of the 10,000 years of the Golden Age? Can we say, it is the possibility to preach and chant the Holy Name all over the world?”

Answer:  

 I think that is a good summary. By the arrangement of the Lord, the conditions become favorable for preaching and for people to receive the holy names and the message of the Bhagavatam.

 In the SB 11.5.38-40 it says:

“It is stated in the Visnu-dharma,
kalau krta-yugam tasya
kalis tasya krte yuge
yasya cetasi govindo
hrdaye yasya nacyutah

“For one who has Lord Govinda in his heart, Satya-yuga becomes manifest in the midst of Kali, and conversely even Satya-yuga becomes Kali-yuga for one who does not have the infallible Lord in his heart.”

And in the 12th canto it is stated:
SB 12.3.26

“According to Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, within each age the other three ages occasionally manifest as sub-ages. Thus even within Satya-yuga a demon in the mode of ignorance may appear, and within the age of Kali the highest religious principles may flourish for some time. As described in SrimadBhagavatam, the three modes of nature are present everywhere and in everything, but the predominant mode, or combination of modes, determines the general character of any material phenomenon. In each age, therefore, the three modes are present in varying proportions. The particular age represented by goodness (Satya), passion (Treta), passion and ignorance (Dvapara) or ignorance (Kali) exists within each of the other ages as a subfactor.”

On several occasions during his last tour of the USA Srila Prabhupada specifically told us that this movement would go on for 10,000 years:

 Srila Prabhupada in NV June 1976

June 5th 1976 in Los Angeles

“Driving back in the car is really nectar. Ramesvara and Tamal Krishna Maharaja take as much advantage as possible of Srila Prabhupada’s presence and ask many questions for clarification and verification. Ramesvara put a particularly interesting inquiry to him this morning. “Srila Prabhupada, when I first came to your movement, the first thing I was told is that Lord Caitanya’s movement in this age will, like a moon, rise for ten thousand years. I was told that number, ten thousand years. Is that true?”
Prabhupada hummed softly in assent. “This movement will go for ten thousand years without any impediment.”
“So that means increasing, because it’s the nature of the spiritual energy?” Ramesvara asked.
“It increases; you should take this opportunity,” Prabhupada urged us. “You work sincerely; it will increase, it will increase. Many fallen souls will be delivered back to home, back to Godhead.”
“These demons that are trying to challenge us, they cannot stop our movement for ten thousand years,” Ramesvara extrapolated.
“What is their challenge?” Prabhupada asked him. “They have nothing to challenge. Unless they are violent. That much they can do, like demons.”
“You think that they will do that eventually?” Tamal Krishna asked.
“No, now people are civilized. But they want to do it. But on the garb of civilized person it looks odd, especially in America when religious freedom is there; otherwise they would have done.”

A few days later on June 10, it was discussed again:

LA June 1976 morning walk

“Being one of the leading organizers of book distributon in America, Ramesvara Maharaja naturally thinks a lot about the future impact of our movement on society. He likes to solicit Prabhupada’s comments and direction on our activities, so he brought up the comment made previously about the duration of the movement in this Kali-yuga. “You said a few days ago, that this Movement will go on unimpeded for ten thousand years, so…”
Prabhupada interrupted to add an important provisio. “Yes, provided we keep it uncontaminated. You should take this opportunity.”
“So after ten years we have gotten so many devotees and so many houses, so I can’t imagine how big this Movement will be after ten thousand years.”
“Yes,” Prabhupada said. “You’ll get the government.”
Trying to take in the full import of Prabhupada’s short statement Ramesvara asked, “The whole world will be delivered?”
Yad yad acarati sresthah. America will be the best; people will follow. They are already following — skyscraper building, that’s all. Any nation in the world, they are all aspiring to have skyscraper buildings. Full of skyscraper buildings. Now they are thinking this is opulence, skyscraper building. When you are giving it up, no more skyscraper building, the others are imitating.”
As the car drew up to the temple Ramesvara made one final point. “All the instructions for the future-like you said that one day even we will have the government — how to run the government, everything is explained in your books.”
“Yes. I think like that,” Prabhupada chuckled. “Is there mention, ‘The slaughterhouse must stopped’?”
 ”You’ve given all the major policies for the future government, Krsna consciousness government,” Ramesvara assured him.
Srila Prabhupada tipped his head slightly to the side. “Let us hope,” he said modestly.”

Again on June 21st in New Vrindavan Srila Prabhupada repeated the same prediction:

New Vrindavana June 21 1976

So many people have come, and they are coming. Both black, white, everyone is coming. But you cannot expect that cent percent people will come; that is not possible. But even one-fourth percent people come to this, then it will be successful. Compared to the American population, what percentage we have got? Still they have made some impression, the Hare Krsna movement. Literatures are selling, and they are appreciating, the learned circle. It takes some time, but if we stick to our principles and do not make any compromise and push on-in this way, I have given you instruction, it will never stop; it will go on. It will never stop. At least for ten thousand years it will go on.
“And this movement is meant for these fourth-class, fifth-class, tenth-class men. Not this movement is fourth-class, fifth-class. They are so fallen that they cannot be counted even third-class, fourth-class. Tenth-class of men. Deliver them.
Patita-pavana-hetu tava avatara. Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s incarnation is for delivering these classes of men. Caitanya Mahaprabhu never meant to start this movement for high-class brahmanas, sages, saintly persons. No. This class of men — for the all fallen. Don’t be disappointed. Go on, go on. Stick to the principles…”

The appearance of the holy name is undoubtedly the will of Lord Caitanya. Srila Prabhupada told us on June 10 1976 in Los Angeles:

“So this, my song… I was thinking on board the ship that rajas tamo gune era sabai acchanna, basudeb-katha ruci nahe se prasanna. Nobody is interested. At the present moment, everyone is covered by the rajas-tamah, the base qualities, ignorance and passion, so they have no interest in Krsna consciousness. So these can be counteracted simply by hearing about Krsna. So therefore I wrote, tabe jadi taba krpa hay ahaituki, sakal-i sambhava hoy tumi se kautuki, that God is all-powerful, Krsna is all-powerful. He can do everything impossible, possible. So whatever is being done in our Krsna consciousness movement, don’t think that it is my influence. It is Krsna’s. Krsna can do everything. He can change sattva-guna into tamo-guna, tamo-guna into rajo-guna, rajo-guna into sattva-guna. That is as He likes. Just like an expert electrician. He can turn the heater into cooler and cooler into heater. The electric energy is the same. Similarly, parasya saktir vividhaiva sruyate. He has His energy. If He likes… My point is that this Krsna consciousness movement has come to your country by the will of Krsna. So here is favorable situation because the will of Krsna is there, that ‘Now the Westerners, especially the Americans, they should become Krsna conscious.’ That is His will. So you take the opportunity, cooperate with Krsna, and you will be successful. Thank you very much.”

Your humble servant,
Hari-sauri dasa

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