Neon Kshatriya

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Neon: from Greek, literally ‘something new’, neuter of the adjective neos

Kshatriya: from Sanskrit kṣatriya, from kṣhatra ‘rule, authority’

For everyone who has ever felt lost, or tired or uncertain in this strange world- and found themselves in need of a compass.

 

There is a great deal of reference made in certain circles these days to the “Kali Yuga,” the iron age that comes before a new golden era.

It has become almost a pop-culture term, something akin to “Idiocracy,” used to describe anything negative or disagreeable that might be happening. “That’s what you get in the Kali Yuga.”

The term “yuga,” itself related to the word “yoga,” means “a yoke, a joining of two things” and is often used simply to refer to periods of time.

In the epic Mahabharata, the words yuga and “kalpa” are used interchangeably to refer to the cycle of creation and destruction that this world goes through.

In Hinduism, there are commonly four world ages:

First was Krita, or Satya Yuga, often called the Golden Age- the word Satya means “truth or sincerity,” and Krita “Righteous Action”…a time when truth reigned supreme, when man was governed by the gods themselves, morality was pure and everything made perfect sense.

Next was Treta Yuga, meaning “the age of three things.”

During this age, there were supposedly three avatars of Vishnu that were seen. The Bull of Dharma, which symbolizes morality and uprightness, now stands on only three legs, where in the Satya Yuga he had all four- things are headed out of balance.

The third age is Dvapara Yuga.

Religion begins to become fragmented, and the priest caste loses touch with many aspects of their faith and structure.

The Bull stands on only two legs, and although compassion and truthfulness still exist during this darkening time, they will not endure into the next era of mankind.

At the dusk of the Dvapara Yuga, which we are told lasted for (a mere) 864,000 years, the world we know was somewhere around 3100 BCE- or rather, it ended precisely at midnight on February 18th, 3102 BCE. Pretty precise, these guys.

(There is some argument regarding planetary events that place it February 7th, 3104, but suffice to say, we’ve been here for a hot minute.)

This means that we are sitting in the dawn years of the fourth and worst age of them all: The Kali Yuga.

Kali Yuga in this case means “age of strife, discord, quarrel” (remember that Cro-Mags record?), and is not associated with the goddess Kali who may be more familiar to some, but a demon of similar name. 

The good news is that we are only scheduled to be in this degraded age of wretchedness for around 427,000 more years, so…just hang on tight, and keep saying “this too, shall pass.”

Meanwhile, you can expect things to be about as good as the idea of a one-legged Bull symbolic of global morality could be.

In short- not great.

Religious texts will be bastardized and misunderstood by everyone.

Knowledge and wisdom will be skin deep, and people will give themselves totally over to consumption, sex, immorality and degeneracy.

Violence, extreme ignorance, and corruption will be the watchwords of the era, and even nature itself will suffer as man destroys it for material gains.

Money will be the highest determining factor of someone’s status, and nobility- these people will control the entire justice system.

People will totally cease venerating their own ancestors, and as a result, will have shorter lifespans and lack strength and courage. 

Any individual who lives by the morals and traditions of older ages, and follow Dharma will be seen as pathetic and living a small and insignificant life.

Celebrities, prostitutes and criminals will be the spiritual leaders of this degenerated mankind, and those brave souls who are left resisting the spirit of the era will wander, rootless and sorrowful, seeking refuge from the Kali Yuga.

War and sickness will permeate the world.

The list goes on, and involves everything from people drinking goat’s milk due to a lack of cows to women giving oral sex as a “sign of the times.”

Sound familiar?

It did to the people who wrote about it, too.

The majority of the Mahabharata is believed to have been composed between the 3rd century BCE and the 3rd century CE, and describes events that happened around the 9th and 8th centuries BCE.

Meaning?

The world was already thousands of years into the Kali Yuga when the poetry describing its aspects was written.

Meaning…

We’ve always been here.

The other ages exist as a kind of contrast to the world that man has always known:

War, decadence, material obsession, failure, hypocrisy, illness, sorrow and wretchedness.

The Satya Yuga, the golden era of perfect purity and morality has always been hundreds of thousands of years in the past, and hundreds of thousands of years in the future, because everyone sees their era as one that is dark- and growing darker.

Whether the Old Testament or the New, or the Mahabharata, or the Quran- men who look to the past and future for a perfect age have always thought their own was so terrible that it must be the end times.

How could things get any worse?

What would these people have thought of 2021?

If their own descriptions of the Yuga are any evidence, they were already dealing with many of the same things.

Certainly the advent of new technologies, global interconnectivity through the web, and 2 day delivery have likely accelerated the process at which we can engage in behaviors of both light and darkness, but the takeaway here is that things have never been “pure.”

The brave and courageous and upright have always been a minority, and evil men have always sought to corrupt morality and justice itself through power and leverage over other people.

So.

Let’s not make this harder than it already is. 

Fellas, we really only have two options available to us:

One- we submit to the idea that evil always seems to be prevailing. That sorrow, filth and decay are the way of the world, and we are powerless to stop it.

As a product of our acceptance, we make concessions in our own lives- small ones, at first, which become the norm, followed by others, until our existence mirrors that of the rest of humanity.

We become a kind of spiritual shudra, relegated to the caste of the worker or slave, and live to produce and consume only.

We become animals, seeking pleasure and comfort only, until our time runs out, and we die an ignominious death- unremarkable, forgettable, completely common.

Or- two:

We become Kshatriya- spiritually, physically, mentally, temporally.

“A Kshatriya never flees from the war- he shows bravery, skill, chivalry and patience in the face of struggle.”

Kshatriya is a term similar in some ways to the more well-known “samurai” of Japanese feudal culture.

The term refers to a sort of warrior aristocracy that was the ruling class of the era, arising from various lineages and dedicated to spiritual and physical warfare.

Our use of the term is less historical and more mythic and poetic.

We can recognize that society, mankind itself, is often depraved and wretched, and yet still recognize the beauty and nobility that dwells in man, and in nature, and life itself.

We can see ourselves as preservers of a holy fire, a tradition handed down to us by our most ancient ancestors- to war against wretchedness, and despair, and the evils that permeate this reality.

We can know that although our lives will be largely given over to conflict, that we must remain brave, courageous, true to ourselves and our higher mission, because even a single concession on this battlefield represents ground lost that we may never reconquer.

Our fire must burn, atomic, in all that we do.

Our physical forms must be a representation of our ideals, a scripture of flesh and muscle and bone that represents our struggle for strength and purity and righteousness.

Our minds and spirits must be kindled forever toward our cause- the fire must be tended daily with ritual, austerity, mantra and prayer so that it never goes out and burns eternal…its light must shine brightly in the darkness, both for others who would join our cause, and to give light to those in need of it in this twilight time.

We must also take land and conquest in a literal sense- although in this decadent age, our power must be taken and maintained with right action, and not become an obsession with simple material gain.

Rather, our acquisitions must be seen as an increase in the leverage of the spiritually upright- new homelands for our families and kin to dwell on under our protection, and within our growing domains.

These things are our manful duties to undertake and to live by- 

“…considering your duty as a warrior, you should not waver. Indeed, for a warrior, there is no better engagement than fighting for upholding of righteousness.

O Parth, happy are the warriors to whom such opportunities to defend righteousness come unsought, opening for them the stairway to the celestial abodes.”

– Krishna to Arjuna, Bhagavad Gita

Knowing our goal, we stride into this Age of Strife, and feel no fear, no grief, no trepidation.

Instead, we are overcome with the excitement a warrior feels before battle, and we go to our duty confident and strong, with the eternal in our heart and mind, and the names of our brothers, our allies, our undying gods on our lips.

Within this endless Kali Yuga, there is said to be another age underlying it, and running concurrently.

A golden age within the darkness, wherein a new kind of bhakti yogi arises and proliferates.

Spiritual ascetics and mystics, whose life is such that can be summed up in one word:

Devotion.

What will be the object of yours?

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