By the powerful influence of the age of Kali, religion, truthfulness, cleanliness, tolerance, mercy, duration of life, physical strength and memory will diminish day by day. Without the propagation of genuine Vedic knowledge, science has become grossly materialistic and religion has become dominated by irrational fanatics.
in Kali-yuga, wealth alone will enable one to be considered high class, or a gentleman, Justice will be awarded only on the basis of ones position in society.
Men and women will live together simply on the basis of mutual attraction. Success in business will depend upon one's expertise in deceiving others. A man or womans stature will be judged primarily on his or her sex appeal. And a man will be known as a brahman simply by wearing a thread.
A persons spiritual position will be judged merely by the external symbols he adopts. A person's integrity will automatically be questioned if he doesnt earn much. And simply by being very clever at juggling words, one will be considered a great scholar.
Indeed a person will be judged useless if he is poor. Hypocrisy will flourish under the guise of verbal piety. Marriage will take place by simple arrangement and one will be fortunate just to be able to bathe properly.
People will value highly a sacred place if it is ffar away and they can bathe in the river. A major pastime will be the endless arranging and re-arranging of hairstyles in the hopes of enhancing ones beauty. Most people will feel that the goal of life is just to fill their bellies. Those who can maintain their families nicely will be hailed as experts. The principles of religion will be observed only for the sake of gaining reputation.
As the earth becomes overcrowded with such a degraded population, whoever is the strongest will gain political power. Indeed such rulers will come to behave no better than common thieves. After losing their wives and property to such merciless politicians, the citizens will flee to the forests and mountains. Being harassed by famine and excessive taxes, the people will resort to eating leaves, flowers, seeds and roots. Because of drought, vast numbers of people will starve.
Climatic conditions will also deteriorate, and because of this, the population will suffer greatly due to cold, wind and snow. Furthermore because of impiety, people will also be tormented by quarrels, hunger, thirst, disease, and anxiety, The maximum duration of life will decrease to about fifty years.
At the end of Kali-yuga, the bodies of all creatures will be greatly reduced in size. The path of Vedic understanding will be completely forgotten in human society and whatever so called religion remains will be actually atheistic. The occupation of most people will be based on stealing, lying and needless violence. Cows will come to look like goats and spiritual ashrams will be no different from ordinary houses. Family ties will extend no further than the bond of marriage. Tress will become like dwarves and plants will be tiny, indeed most human beings at the end of Kali-yuga will be no better than donkeys.
At that time Lord Vishnu will appear as Kalki-avatara in the village of Sambhala as the son of foremost of brahmanas, Visnuyasa. Mounting his horse named Devadatta, with sword in hand Lord Kalki will travel over the earth displaying his unparalleled opulance. While manifesting unequalled effulgence and riding at great speed, Lord Kalki will kill millions of thieves who had dared to dress as Kings. Even the lowest of animals like dogs will be celebrated as Dog day and other such useless acts and days will be celebrated.
After all the imposter Kings are killed, the people of the earth will feel nice breezes carrying the fragrance of sandalwood paste that decorates the body of the Lord. By smelling this fragrance, everyone's minds will become transcendentally pure. Sat-yuga will then commence and the purified human society will bring forth progeny in the mode of goodness.
As long as Lord Krishna was present on the earth, Kali remained powerless but as soon as Lord Krishna returned to the spiritual sky, Kali entered this world and thus people began to take pleasure in sinful activities. The age of Kali comprises 1200 years of the demigods or 432000 earth years.
Devapi, the brother of Maharaja Santanu and Manu, a descendent of Iksvaku, both possess great mystic potency and reside even now in the village of Kalapa. At the end of Kali-yuga, these two kings, after receiving instructions from the Supreme Lord will return to human society and re-establish Varnasrama-dharma.