The Kali Yuga is the last of four stages of time in a huge cycle referred to in ancient Hindu scriptures. According to one astronomical estimate, there are four Yugas with the following behaviors and durations:
- Satya Yuga (virtue and goodness rule) = 1,728,000 human years
- Treta Yuga (3/4 goodness and 1/4 evil) = 1,296,000 human years
- Dvapara Yuga (1/2 goodness and 1/2 evil) = 864,000 human years
- Kali Yuga (1/4 goodness and 3/4 evil)= 432,000 human years
Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, a Tibetan Buddhist, wrote an essay on karma in the Kali Yuga entitled Vajrayana and the Kali Yuga. She says:
“This time of Kali Yuga is extremely contracted. Karma is thick. It isn’t spread out and dispersed over a great, long field. Rather, it is drawn in. It is a time of contraction, and karma ripens much more quickly than it used to ripen.”
When she says our karma ripens faster, she means that the fruits of any action, thought, or emotion are more likely to surface in a very intense way. Time, like the growth of technology, seems to be speeding up and therefore karmic consequences are going to be more apparent to you in this lifetime. What you will need to do to clean up your karma will be difficult but excellent for your spiritual practice.
Because time speeds up in general in the Kali Yuga, your spiritual practice is also intensified. It gives you the opportunity to face your darker side and well as your inner light as they are magnified to you. As you face your karmic consequences, clean them up, and release the energy, you now have an even deeper connection with Cosmic Consciousness and peace.