Mandāḥ sumanda-matayo manda-bhāgyā hy upadrutāḥ. This is the Bhagavatam verse that describes the situation in this Kali yuga. Mandah means very bad, very unfortunate, and when you put sumanda, that means, that emphasizes it. So sumanda means in… incredibly bad, matayo, mentality, mental frame, mandya bhagya, bad luck, bad fortune. All type of disturbances are quite natural, and expected in, this Kali yuga. Its not all uncommon to find somebody completely disturbed.
In fact, being disturbed is almost considered to be a natural stage by many people. when I first arrived in New York city, I asked somebody, and uh, one of the stores if I could have change for a dollar to make a phone call, and the person there swearing at me, screaming. So he told me to get out of there, I wasn’t dressed as a devotee, I was in a he was in a very disturbed, state of mind. This is the nature of the Kali yuga, that people are disturbed, they are frustrated, they are unfortunate in so many ways.
So 5,000 years ago, the basis of the society was, that the human being should uh, become purified. They should become elevated in spiritual knowledge and they should try to achieve self-realization. But today, things have, gone down a lot, and people even, who are religious, so called religious, they don’t normally have any concept of anything beyond the body. Everything is, centered around the body, every activity is uh, gauged by how, a person has improved the situation for enjoying the senses or for getting name, fame or some kind of, facility for that body. That this body is, this life is very short, period in a long series of uh, many lives and that, we should actually try to become purified in this life, so that we can transcend the contaminations and bondages of the material world, that is generally far from everybody’s mind.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1984, 31st May, SB Class, New Orleans @ USA