The Kalki Avatar
The most diverse traditions agree that the best support for concentration and the best means to obtain Deliverance at the end of the Kali-Yuga is the invocation of a revealed divine Name, one that is destined by the Revelation itself for japa. Consequently, when I speak of 'concentration on the Real', I am thinking of japa.
- Frithjof Schuon, A Sufi Master
In the Kaliyuga the path of devotion prescribed by Narada is best ... According to Narada the devotee should sing the name and glories of God.
- Sri Ramakrishna, A Hindu Master
In this Dark Age of Kali Yuga, only the Naam, the Name of the Lord, shall be of any real use to you.
- Sri Guru Granth Sahib
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.
- The Book of Joel 2:31-32
That which is obtained by meditation in the age of Krita, by sacrifice in the age of Treta, by devotion in the age of Dwapara, is obtained in the Kali age by celebrating Keshava (Vishnu). The repetition of His Name, Oh Maitreya, is for faults the equivalent of fire for metals. Water suffices to put out fire, the sunrise to disperse the darkness - in the Kali age the repetition of the Name of Hari (Vishnu) suffices to destroy all errors.
In the present age, which belongs to the fourth half-millennium after Buddha, what we have to do is to repent of our transgressions, cultivate the virtues and the Name of Buddha. Is it not said that to think of the Buddha Amitabha and to pronounce His Name purifies us of all transgressions committed by us in all our lives during eighty thousand million kalpas? The faithful one (the initiated) must utter without interruption the Name of Buddha with one sole thought, leaving no room in his mind for anything else, and he is then sure to be re-born in the presence of Buddha.
-Tao-Ch'o, a Chinese Master
Because beings endowed with sensible faculties meet many obstacles in their road, and the world in which they live is full of subtle temptations: because (in the 'present age' or 'latter days', and above all as the end of this epoch is approached) their thoughts are too perplexed, their intelligence too clumsy and their minds too distraught . . . Taking pity on them, Buddha counsels them to concentrate on the recitation of His Name, for when it is practised without interruption the faithful one is certain to be re-born in the Land of Amida
- Shan-Tao, a Chinese Master