It has been emphatically stated in the authentic scriptures of India, the world situation will have gradual deterioration from piety- righteousness in the four ages- Satya, Treta, Dwapar and Kali. The first of the 4 ages was ‘Satyayuga’- ‘Golden age’, which was adorned prominently with four virtues- penance, sanctity, compassion and truth. Next deteriorated age was ‘Tretayuga’- ‘Silver age’, which was adorned prominently with three virtues sanctity, compassion and truth, one quality ‘penance’ was less. Third deteriorated age was ‘Dwaparyuga’ or ‘Bronze age’ which was adorned with compassion and truth- two qualities penance and sanctity were less. Last fourth age was ‘Kaliyuga’- ‘Iron age’, which is prominently devoid of three virtues- penance, sanctity and compassion, only ‘truth’ exists but insignificantly.
As per scriptural evidence, we human beings are now in the grip of terrible unrighteousness- (tamaguna) Violence and cruelty are predominant now- the whole world is in the grip of horrible malevolence and jealousy. In one sense it is true we human beings of Kaliyuga in this world are most unfortunate.
But according to Indian scriptural evidence, human beings who have got the opportunity to be born in this Kaliyuga of the seventh Manvantar are supremely fortunate. Span of life of Kaliyuga is 4 lacs 32 thousand years. Double of Kaliyuga is the span of life of Dwaparyuga. Triple of the span of life of Kaliyuga is the span of life of Tretayuga and span of life of Satyayuga is four times more than that of Kaliyuga. Total span of life of four ages is 43 lacs 20 thousand years. Span of life of four ages multiplied by 71 is equal to the span of life of one Manu. One day of the creator Brahma is equal to the spans of lives of 14 Manus. The present Kaliyuga of the seventh Manu or Vaivasvata Manu is very significant in the sense that Sree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu- The Combined Manifestation of Radha-Krishna, The Most Munificent Form of Godhead appeared and distributed highest Krishna Prema- transcendental divine love of the highest order- the highest blisss to all irrespective of caste, creed and religion.
Sree Krishna The Most Sweet Form of Godhead who appeared in Dwaparyuga just before this Kaliyuga and had his pastimes only with his personal associates, did not distribute that highest Krishna Prema to anybody.
Sree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also taught the easiest way of getting Krishna-Prema by chanting the Holy Name without tenfold offences. He has taught in His own writing of eight verses, which is renowned as ‘Shikshashtaka’. He has taught in the third verse, how one can do Harinam without offence- ‘Trinadapi sunicena tarorapi sahishnuna amanina manadena kirtaniyah sada harih’. The votary should be humbler than the blade of grass, more forbearing than tree, should not aspsire for name and fame, but pay respect to all thinking that our object of worship- Sree Krishna is residing in the hearts of all.
By the fruits we can understand whether we are performing bhajan actually or not. As we have got relative independence, we can do good and bad deeds as per good and bad use of our relative independence, but we cannot get the desired fruits according to our sweet will. Supreme Lord controls the fruits. We cannot do good and bad deeds without His knowledge.
Our Most Revered Gurudeva and Most Revered Grand Gurudeva established Maths out of compassion for the conditioned souls to give them scope to worship Sree Krishna and His devotees. The holy place is not meant for amassing money or quarrelling to get mundane benefits. Sinful persons may enter into holy places with some sinister motive to get mundane benefits in the present disturbed situation of the world.
Seeing the present disturbed situation, responsible well-wishers of the holy places should take proper steps to protect those places for the benefit of the sincere aspirants and votaries. We should very carefully think that any moment we can lose this valuable human birth. Nothing will go with us except pure devotion to Supreme Lord. ‘Muthi bandhe aya jagat mein, hath pasare jayaga’ – We came in this world with cupped palm and we shall have to leave this world with empty palm. It is extremely ridiculous and shameful for a so-called ascetic demanding false vanity of the ownership of money and property donated by others. Even Ambarish Maharaj, autocrat legitimate king of the whole world, had no attachment to his worldly property. It is by utter ignorance that persons enveloped by illusory energy of Supreme Lord think themselves as proprietors of worldly property and wealth. It is stated by Sree Vedavyas Muni in the 9th Canto of Srimad Bhagavat about the ideal holy life of Ambarish Maharaj that those who demand ownership of property even in worldly sense which may be legitimately earned, will go to inferno. Sree Gaudiya Math’s teachings is Rupanuga Bhakti. Srila Rupa Goswami has warned the bona fide votaries in his writing ‘Upadeshamrita’- first two verses-
(1) vaco vegam manasa krodha vegam jihva vegam udaropastha vegam, etan vegan ya visaheta dhirah sarvam apimam prthivim sa sisyat
(2) atyaharah prayasas ca prajalpo niyamagrhah, jana-sangas ca laulyam ca sadbhir bhaktir vinasyati.
He has given a strong warning for false vanity of being a bona fide devotee without the foundation of practical spiritual life. Even we have got no hold over our own physical bodies- gross body and subtle body, as well as our real self Atma. Those are the products of the Apara and Para potencies of Supreme Lord Sree Krishna as per evidence of the Gita. Everything belongs to Supreme Lord.