A late night post of a summary of Prabhupad’s lecture I listened to :
SB 5.6.10 : 28 Dec 1976 : Mumbai
People who are lowest among men and bewildered by the illusory energy of the Supreme Lord will give up the original varṇāśrama-dharma and its rules and regulations. They will abandon bathing three times daily and worshiping the Lord. Abandoning cleanliness and neglecting the Supreme Lord, they will accept nonsensical principles. Not regularly bathing or washing their mouths regularly, they will always remain unclean, and they will pluck out their hair. Following a concocted religion, they will flourish. During this age of Kali, people are more inclined to irreligious systems. Consequently these people will naturally deride Vedic authority, the followers of Vedic authority, the brāhmaṇas, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the devotees.
Human civilization begins by following the Varnashrama dharma. As you can see in today’s world, this is absolutely non-existent. And in India, it exists by name only and not followed the way it was followed in the ancient past. We cannot exist in a classless society. It’s not possible to break this system. In a society, there must be managers and workers. In Varnashrama system, the managers are the Brahmanas and Kshatriyas whereas the workers are the Vaishyas and Sudras. Below the Sudras are Chandalas who are in the lowest category of character and such individuals were in full control of the Kshatriyas. Because the Chandalas will create chaos. And the situation in the world today is that everyone is a Chandala.
The aim of human life is to understand God. Unfortunately, 99.9% will either deny God or they have no clear idea of God or they have no general interest in God. But we have full description of the Lord through the recordings in Srimad Bhagavatam and other Vedic literatures. Lord has clearly mentioned that He and the living entities existed in the past and will exist in the future. Both the Lord and the living entities are eternal. The destruction of the material body does not destroy the soul. This knowledge cannot be understood individually but only through the Varnashram system. This is the medical process of curing people.
Our activities are in the plane of going back to Godhead whereas those of the material people are in the plane of going to the hellish condition of life. Material means to satisfy one’s senses. But we must do everything for the satisfaction of Krishna. We must be careful not be affected by Karma. We are wasting time in this modern civilization. It’s dangerous and a soul killing way of life. And people caught up in this system of life will reject God and consider Krishna Consciousness and any God related activity to be brain-washing and mind control. This is Kali-Yuga.