Lord Kalki, the Tenth Avatar of Vishnu

Kalki, also called Kalkin, is the prophesied tenth avatar of the Hindu God Vishnu. His birth will be the end of the Kali Yuga, the final of the four eras (Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dvapara Yuga, and Kali Yuga), in the endless cycle of existence within Hinduism. This will subsequently start a new cycle with Satya Yuga.

He is described in the Puranas as the avatar who rejuvenates existence by ending the darkest and destructive period to remove adharma and ushering in the Satya Yuga, while riding a white horse with a fiery sword. The description and details of Kalki are different among various Puranas. He is, for example, only an invisible force destroying evil and chaos in some texts, and portrayed as someone leading an army of warriors in some. Kalki is also found in Buddhist texts: For example the Kalachakra-Tantra of Tibetan Buddhism.

The prophecy of the Kalki avatar is believed not only by the followers of the Vaishnavism sect of Hinduism (Sanatan Dharma) but by Sikhism as well, as the last Avatar in Dashavatara, the ten avatars of Vishnu, who is the chief deity in Vaishnavism.

Lord Kalki will descend when the Earth has reached it lowest point. He is the Supreme Chastiser and the Great Cleanser. Lord Kalki will arrive on Earth with eight superhuman faculties as described in the graphic below:

Kalki descends in the Kali Yuga to reset time…

What can we expect in the Kali Yuga? Below is a list of societal and individual characteristics of the Kali Yuga…

In relation to rulers, it lists:

  • Rulers will become unreasonable: they will levy taxes unfairly.
  • Rulers will no longer see it as their duty to promote spirituality, or to protect their subjects: they will become a danger to the world.
  • People will start migrating, seeking countries where wheat and barley form the staple food source.
  • “At the end of Kali-yuga, when there exist no topics on the subject of God, even at the residences of so-called saints and respectable gentlemen of the three higher varnas (guna or temperament) and when nothing is known of the techniques of sacrifice, even by word, at that time the Lord will appear as the supreme chastiser.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam (2.7)

With regard to human relationships, Markandeya’s discourse says:

  • Avarice and wrath will be common. Humans will openly display animosity towards each other. Ignorance of dharma will occur.
  • Religion, truthfulness, cleanliness, tolerance, mercy, physical strength and memory diminish with each passing day.
  • People will have thoughts of murder with no justification and will see nothing wrong in that.
  • Lust will be viewed as socially acceptable and sexual intercourse will be seen as the central requirement of life.
  • Sin will increase exponentially, while virtue will fade and cease to flourish.
  • People will become addicted to intoxicating drinks and drugs.
  • Gurus will no longer be respected and their students will attempt to injure them. Their teachings will be insulted, and followers of Kama will wrest control of the mind from all human beings.
  • All the human beings will declare themselves as gods or boon given by gods and make it as a business instead of teachings.
  • People will no longer get married and live with each other just for sexual pleasure.
  • Weather and environment will degrade with time and frequent and unpredictable rainfalls will happen.
  • Earthquakes will be common.
  • Maximum age of humans will be 50 years by the end of Kali Yuga.
  • Many fake ideologies will spread throughout the world.
  • The powerful people will dominate the poor people.
  • Many diseases will spread.
  • At the end of Kali Yuga, lord Vishnu will take birth on earth to wipe out the sinners.