Kali Yuga

Published - February 01, 2016 09:28 pm IST

King Pareekshit came upon a bull that was limping because only one of its legs was functional. The other three were bleeding. Near the bull stood a cow, which was weeping at the plight of the bull. The bull was Dharma and the cow was Bhudevi.

The bull said that the world would become full of selfish people, people who were without scruples. The bull asked the cow if she was weeping for the bleak future of the people on this earth. Women would be deserted by their husbands. Children would be left uncared for, and all righteousness would vanish from the earth. Few would adhere to dharma.

All of this was due to Kali Yuga. King Pareekshit arrived while this conversation was going on, said P.T. Seshadri in a discourse. Pareekshit said that he would slay Kali. Kali Purusha said that the things that had disturbed the bull and cow were only natural in Kali Yuga and that he should not be killed for it. Pareekshit then put his sword away. Kali Purusha said that he needed a place to stay in. Pareekshit was such a just king that Kali Purusha could not stay in his kingdom. So it was up to Pareekshit to suggest an alternative place. Pareekshit said that Kali Purusha would find the following places comfortable to stay in: places where people gambled and uttered lies; places where there was avariciousness and a love for wealth. Pareekshit told Kali Purusha that in his kingdom, he would always ensure that dharma prevailed, and so Kali Purusha had no place there.

The bull was restored to normalcy and the cow stopped weeping too. Pareekshit was a king who would not brook avarice or wickedness in his kingdom and proved an ideal ruler.

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