This post is going to be rather simple. Read on.
Canto 12 Chapter 2 Verse 2
vittam eva kalau nṝṇāṁ janmācāra-guṇodayaḥ/ dharma-nyāya-vyavasthāyāṁ kāraṇaṁ balam eva hi
In Kali-yuga, wealth alone will be considered the sign of a man’s good birth, proper behavior and fine qualities. And law and justice will be applied only on the basis of one’s power.
Self explanatory. We have too many examples in India (and elsewhere) that prove this statement 100%.
Canto 12 Chapter 2 Verse 3
dāmpatye ’bhirucir hetur māyaiva vyāvahārike/ strītve puṁstve ca hi ratir vipratve sūtram eva hi
Men and women will live together merely because of superficial attraction, and success in business will depend on deceit. Womanliness and manliness will be judged according to one’s expertise in sex, and a man will be known as a brāhmaṇa just by his wearing a thread.
The live-in partners phenomenon is a symptom of the deep rot that is happening in our societies. The emphasis on physical attraction and sexual prowess have overridden the quest for persons with values, integrity and character. That actually contributes to the increase in live-in phenomenon. The yagnopavitam issue a lot more deeper and warrants a post on its own. But suffice to say that most born in brahmana families in this age, be it men or women, are actually unfit to be even part of the other 3 varnas.
Canto 12 Chapter 2 Verse 3
liṅgam evāśrama-khyātāv anyonyāpatti-kāraṇam/ avṛttyā nyāya-daurbalyaṁ pāṇḍitye cāpalaṁ vacaḥ
A person’s spiritual position will be ascertained merely according to external symbols, and on that same basis people will change from one spiritual order to the next. A person’s propriety will be seriously questioned if he does not earn a good living. And one who is very clever at juggling words will be considered a learned scholar.
Ascertaining the spiritual position of a person is a joint exercise between that person and their Guru. And in very, very,very rare cases, between the person and Bhagavan himself. But in Kali yuga, this has been reduced to wearing of external symbols, rather than internal transformation. We can see this very easily. The false humility, always smiling facade, the constant deification and its acceptance without any sastric challenge or basis, all of these point to this fact. Gone are times when poverty was actually a virtue to be upheld in order to maintain a class of people to would steer the society. Nowadays, it is only money and power that have a voice. Sophistry is the norm for spiritual discourses, with most lacking in substance, purity in deliverance and/or sincerity in the audience.
To be continued.