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As the religious principles are reducing, so many other things are reducing, of which the duration of life, bodily strength, mercifulness, memory

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Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures

As the religious principles are reducing, so many other things are reducing, of which the duration of life, bodily strength, mercifulness, memory… In this way we are becoming almost on the level of animals.

Prabhupāda: Dharmaḥ padaikena caran (SB 1.16.18). Padā ekena, padaikena. So in this Kali-yuga, religious principles of human society is supposed to be only one fourth, and there are four yugas: Satya, Tretā, Dvāpara, Kali. In the Satya-yuga people were very religious, paramahaṁsa. All of them were paramahaṁsa, so enlightened, elevated in religious principles, and they used to live for 100,000s of years. As the religious principles are reducing, so many other things are reducing, of which the duration of life, bodily strength, mercifulness, memory… In this way we are becoming almost on the level of animals. One-fourth religious principles means practically nobody is following. But still there is a section, they follow. Just like Vaiṣṇavas, Kṛṣṇa conscious people—they are all over the world, at least at the present moment, and India there are many millions, and other countries it is now spreading.