Time of God’s Descent for World Transformation
When does God has to appear before us, and what does he come and do? Every aspect to the supreme being is NOW revealed.. Change has many stages. Everything in this world begins fresh and new, then it slowly grows old and decays, and finally it ends to begin anew. Thus see there is a constant cycle. The change that humanity has been waiting for for millennia is now happening. Every time humanity faced a social, moral or religious crisis, great souls emerged on earth to lead them towards a better future, closer to the truth of life, to the God. It is in times of moral decadence and social unrest that religious preceptors, prophets, messiahs and saints were born to deliver humanity from unrighteousness and suffering. However, in spite of all their efforts, the world has continued to fall deeper into the quagmire of immorality, unrighteousness and falsehood. The magnitude of human suffering has been compounded to extreme levels. Just as when a building becomes old and develops minor cracks it is repaired by skilled workers, but when it becomes very old and begins to fall apart, the builder pulls it down and builds it anew, the present world, in the Iron Age, has reached a stage of total decay. Now is not the time to talk about temporary fixes and change, but to bring about complete transformation.
In perhaps the most famous passage in the Bhagavad Gita, God as represented by Shri Krishna is quoted as saying that He descends on Earth when unrighteousness reaches extreme proportions. God says that he comes to redeem all souls, destroy evil and re-establish a righteous order. But when in the history of this world does God perform this task? The passage in the Gita contains the words sambhavami yuge yuge, which has led people to believe that God’s descent takes place in each of the four yugas or Ages in the cycle of time. Is that the case?
After some reflection it becomes clear that this is not possible. The cycle of time begins with the Golden Age, when both human souls and the elements of nature are in their purest state. In the Golden and Silver Ages all souls are happy and no one calls for God’s help. If God were to come at the end of both these Ages, then peace, prosperity and joy should continue and there should be no suffering. But pain and sorrow begin in the Copper Age, when humans lose the awareness that they are souls and begin to identify themselves with their bodies, which gives rise to vices such as lust, anger, greed and ego. As humans come increasingly under the influence of vices, their suffering increases. As the Copper Age gives way to the Iron Age, this process of degradation gathers pace – which would not have happened had God come to salvage humanity at the end of the Copper Age. Humans call out to God in times of sorrow and when things deteriorate beyond human tolerance. God, the redeemer, rejuvenator and remover of sorrow, then comes to restore peace and happiness in this world. God’s descent, thus, is meant to remove human suffering and rejuvenate the world.
Finally, seeing that His children are unable to get out of the grip of vices and suffering, God comes to this world to remind them of their true, spiritual identity and their innate virtues. He also tells them about their relationship with Him and how they can regain their original, pure state by remembering Him. By this remembrance, souls fill themselves with power and virtues, gradually overcoming the influence of vices. Souls that make the effort to get cleansed in this way and attain a divine status become worthy of taking birth in the Golden Age that dawns after the Iron Age. All other souls are also liberated from sorrow in this process of change when God brings about the destruction of all evil and paves the way for the dawn of the Golden Age.
In the entire cycle of time, it is only at the end of the Iron Age that this massive and positive process of world transformation takes place. It can only be carried out by God. During the rest of the cycle souls undergo a process of degradation – very slow in the beginning and faster as time goes by. It is only at the confluence of the Iron and Golden Ages, when God intervenes, that this process ends and there is a new beginning. One of the most quoted and famous verses of the Bhagavad Gita is this verse from Chapter 4 “Yada yada hi dharmansya glanirbhavti Bharatam abhuytthanam adharamasya tadatmaanaam srajamyham paritranayaye sadhunaam vinashaaya duskritam dharma sansthapanarthya...”
According to this verse, God says that whenever there is decline of dharma or righteousness, He manifests Himself to destroy evil and re-establish the principles of dharma in every cycle of yugas or ages. In essence, God says that He manifests at the end of every cycle for the task of world transformation. He comes to transform the entire world from its degraded state to a pure, virtuous state .. (continues in next blog post) - See to know How God appears before us, among us.