According to Hindu mythology, the duration of the world is divided into four Yugas,* or ages, each lasting thousands of years. The Kali Yuga or Iron Age, which we are deeply entangled in, comes at the end of the cycle and is historically a time of materialism, sensuality, and godlessness. How, then, do we maintain our spiritual lives and values to meet the challenges of the Kali Yuga?   

Knowledge is power. It is through knowledge that we can acquire the proper tools to counteract and survive the pervasive and compelling power of this age of conflict.

What’s needed is a commitment to something abiding—something beyond the temporal and changing nature of this world—and that is Spiritual Truth. By making such a commitment, we gain power over the forces in the Kali Yuga trying to bring us down. Then only will it dawn on us that we must live with extreme wakefulness, vigilance, and simplicity, as though we are on a perpetual battlefield. Christ in the Bible commands his disciples: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”**

How do we make this commitment? Since we are dealing with the fundamental nature of an era that is opposed to the Spirit, we need to seek power at the deepest level of which we are capable. This is accomplished through the discipline of spiritual practice, which chiefly involves meditation—the operation of the mind in quest of itself. Commitment to meditation gradually deepens our intuitive powers, gives us knowledge, strengthens us and brings the wisdom needed to deal with the dark powers of the age.

The Kali Yuga is the triumph of the external forces over the inner life. Therefore, the inward spirit must be made strong through meditation until it becomes more powerful than the outer; then, we can confront and overcome the ominous mindset of the Kali Yuga, and be victorious.

*  The four yugas are: Satya or Golden Age; Treta or Silver Age; Dwapara or Copper Age; and Kali or Iron
Holy Bible, Matthew 10:16

By Paul Hourihanedited by Anna Hourihan


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