The Kali age
( Read this old story as posted by my friend Bhanu Ravi and made some modifications and additions. Thanks)
Four Pandavas except the eldest after a great rule in Dwapara Yuga,
Started ruling in the Kali yuga and they wanted ,
To know how the Kali yuga would be,
And asked “how it would be?” to their greatest Guru , Lord Krishna.
Lord Krishna then said he would show them how it is,
And sent four arrows to each of the four directions,
And requested each of them to go in one direction,
Search for the arrow sent by him and bring it back.
Bhima went first went and saw one well surrounded ,
By another four wells and though the well in the centre was ,
Full of very clear good water , the wells surrounding it were dry,
And BHima could not make any thing out of it and came back.
Arjuna went in another direction and heard a pretty song of a bird,
And he was shocked to see a Koel singing as well as eating a white rabbit which was suffering great pain,
And Sahadeva went in another direction and saw a cow,
Licking its own just born calf creating blood oozing wound on it.
Nakula went in yet another direction and saw the arrow near a mountain,
And when he took it a huge stone rolled from the top and ,
Could not be stopped by huge trees but was stopped by a grass plant
And each of these four Pandavas explained in detail what they saw ,
And asked their Guru and friend to explain “what is meant by these ?”
Krishna smiled and told , “Bhima in Kali age there would be very rich people ,
And extremely poor starving people but the rich would not give anything to the poor,
Just like the well in the centre was full of water and not giving to starving wells,
And Oh Arjuna , in Kali age religious Gurus and teachers would talk in a sweet attractive voice,
But they would be engaged in torturing and deceiving others like the koel did to Rabbit.
He continued , “Oh Sahadeva in Kali age the parents would cause harm ,
To their children by blind love and would never realize that it would cause harm to them”
He then said to Nakula “In Kali age people would behave without restraint like that stone,
And nothing huge and big would be able to stop them , except God who is like the tiny grass.”
And then Lord Krishna took all the four of them to sage Vyasa,
Who was bathing and as soon they reached he told “Those in Kali age are lucky”,
Then he took a dip in the water and said “Women are specially lucky in Kali age.”
He took one more dip and told “The devotees of God are lucky in Kali age”
And after bath he explained a thousand year THapas in other ages,
Is equivalent to one day THapas in Kali age and a Lady who would find .
Going to heaven difficult un other ages can go there just by serving her husband.
And a devotee in Kali age need only tell the name of God once , instead of daily several times in other ages.
And he said That is the reason that I told that Kali and Lady are lucky.