The age we live in is called Kaliyuga, meaning the age of hypocrisy and quarrel, and it began five thousand one hundred seven years ago. Kaliyuga is averse to real spiritual life. For the last one hundred years Kaliyuga has matured, showing its complete horrible form, which strongly influences people towards sin. Since then, all kinds of sinful activities are being performed, all kinds of man-made spiritual practices have sprung up, and you can see showboat spiritualists practically everywhere.
In Kaliyuga preachers will act pretentious and people will become gullible, and the people who follow the hoax will be respected, whereas people who follow real spiritual life will be ignored, criticized and even persecuted. Such ignorance is only due to Kaliyuga’s influence. Lord Krsna states in the Bhagavad Gita, adharmam dharma iti ya manyate tamasavrta, “Anyone who thinks real religion to be irreligion and manmade ideas to be real religion and constantly strive in the wrong direction, their understanding is covered by the mode of ignorance.”
[Srimad Bhagavatam, My Mission, Volume Eight, KBS0132]