Kali-yuga

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Kali-yuga the fourth (and current) of the four ages of the material universe (Satya, Treta, Dvapar, and Kali). Known as the age of quarrel and comparable to a dark winter, Kali-yuga lasts 427,000 years and began about 5,000 years ago, just after the battle of Kuruksetra and the disappearance of Lord Krsna. Kali-yuga is characterised by degradation of the fundamental virtues — honesty, cleanliness, compassion, and austerity — and a predominance of gaming, intoxication, illicit sex, slaughter, and hoarding of wealth. It is nonetheless considered the most desirable of all ages by the sages and scriptures because during that time the prescribed means to serve the Lord — chanting His Name — is the easiest, the most purifying, and the most joyful of all spiritual practices.

— books Sri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya / Glossary