The god of morality in the form of a bull was moving on a single leg. He met the earth in the form of a cow under the shadow of grief, with tears covering her cheeks like a mother who has lost her child. He inquired from her.
Good lady, are you alright? Why has the shadow of grief darkened the face of your soul? Are you ill, Mother? Are you remembering of a long-lost friend?
Do you lament for my broken legs? Because wicked people will eat you? Because of the drought that will strike you when sacrifices to the gods cease?
Do you cry for the unsheltered women and children of the earth, who will be left for monsters to devour? Or because priests will speak only words, while their behavior is fraudulent; abandoning spirituality in an attempt to gain political power? Or because the so-called kings, bewildered by bickering, will allow civilization to decline into a mob of creatures who wildly eat, drink, live, bathe, and have sex with anything, anywhere?
O mother, Hari descended to earth to lighten your heaven burden. Within yourself you must be remembering all the deeds he did to save you.
O mother, please tell me what is at the very root of your tears. Has fate, more powerful than the most powerful, dissolved your treasure and good fortune, which the gods themselves desired?
These are predictions of the conditions that always arise during kali-yuga: the Age of Quarrel.
- “Broken Legs” – Dharma (morality) is held up by four pillars, or “legs:” truthfulness, simplicity, compassion, and cleanliness. In each age another leg is broken. The only leg that remains in Kali Yuga is truthfulness. During the age, this final pillar of morality gradually crumbles.
- Meat eating. It is not a rampant and gluttonous staple of the human diet in any other age, especially not the consumption of beef.
- Famine. Deserts will spread because the forces of nature are not respected, and the gods of nature are not worshipped.
- Women and children left to fend for themselves. The strong will exploit and even rape the weak instead of protect them.
- Fraudulent “saints.” So called spiritualists care only about gaining clout with kings and rulers and similar means of attaining political power and wealth.
- Fraudulent “leaders.” They merely bicker and war amongst themselves while civilization falls into a rank mob of uncivilized debauchery.
Mother earth certainly must cry about such things, but in truth the Kali-yuga is just one of the four seasons, just like winter. Winter is disturbing every time it comes, but is not the source of the soul wrenching lamentation dharma witnessed upon her face. Something else is at the root of her tears.
It is only once in every 1,988 Kali-yugas that Śrī Kṛṣṇa descends personally to the earth. (It happens once in every day of Brahmā, approximately at noon in his time-scale. The interval between one noon and the next for Brahmā holds the same duration of moments as 2 sets of 14 intervals called manvantara, each of which holds 71 divya-yugas – in which there is one Kali-yuga. In years, it is equivalent to more than 8.6 billiion.) The advent of the All-Attractive upon the earth is such a treasure of good fortune that the gods of paradise line up to incarnate on earth to take part in it. This amazing event has just come to a close, and thus the dark shadow of lamentation falls heavily upon the soul of the Earth. That is the root of her depression.