Srimad Bhagavatam 12.02.31-33 - The Final Countdown (download mp3)
by Prem Gauranga Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
yadā devarṣayaḥ sapta
maghāsu vicaranti hi
tadā pravṛttas tu kalir
When the constellation of the seven sages is passing through the lunar mansion Maghā, the Age of Kali begins. It comprises twelve hundred years of the demigods.
yadā maghābhyo yāsyanti
tadā nandāt prabhṛty eṣa
kalir vṛddhiṁ gamiṣyati
When the great sages of the Saptarṣi constellation pass from Maghā to Pūrvāsāḍhā, Kali will have his full strength, beginning from King Nanda and his dynasty.
yasmin kṛṣṇo divaṁ yātas
tasminn eva tadāhani
iti prāhuḥ purā-vidaḥ
Those who scientifically understand the past declare that on the very day that Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa departed for the spiritual world, the influence of the Age of Kali began.
Although technically Kali-yuga was to begin during the time of Lord Kṛṣṇa’s presence on earth, this fallen age had to wait meekly for the departure of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.