10,000 YEARS GOLDEN AGE?
Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das
Scholars say the Brahma Vaivarta Purana is one of the most interpolated Puranas. The following verse is often quoted to prove existence of a 10,000-year golden era in Kali-yuga.
However, this point is not mentioned anywhere in the books of the Gaudiya Acharyas.
mad -bhaktah -santi -bhu-tale
eka -varna -bhavishyani
mad -bhakteshu -gateshu -ca
Bhagavan Sri Krishna said, “For 10,000 years of Kali-yuga My devotees will exist on earth. After the departure of My devotees there will be only one varna.” (Brahma-vaivarta Purana text 59)
Comment: Out of 10,000 years, five thousand have already passed. So only 5000 years remain; not 10,000 years. This verse says NOTHING ABOUT A GOLDEN AGE!
So, the idea of 10,000 year period of a golden age is not supported by this verse. However, the verse is reminding all of us:
“You only have 5,000 more years left (60 births) to chant the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra, become a pure Krishna bhakta, and attain the eternal loving seva of Radha-Krishna in Vrindavan!”
[courtesy Pandit Satyanarayan Dasji & Sri Advaita Dasji]
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