Fear has always been the weakness of the humanity. It is this fear which gets exploited by the less ‘humane’ government to fill up its reserves.
A disaster as appealing as the mass destruction of the planet would naturally be used to trigger the pump for draining money. Guatemala city is doing precisely that. The country had been the home for the early Mayans during the period when they came up with a calendar which is akin to much controversy today.
The Culture ministry of Guatemala has invited around a lakh people from all over the world to celebrate the “Doomsday” on 21st December, 2012, which “experts” say denotes the end of the world according to the calendar.
However, the modern Mayans, the very descendants of the early Mayans, who form a major portion of the indigenous population in Guatemala, consider the celebrations a blasphemy.
Felipe Gomez, the leader of the Maya alliance group, blamed the government for turning them into a “forklore-for-profit” and not telling the truth about the time cycles. The new Maya time cycle simply “means there will be big changes on the personal, family and community level, so that there is harmony and balance between mankind and nature.”
The Mayans are planning to host sacred events in 5 cities around the world to mark this change and urge the Government to support them with it rather than allocate money in deceitful celebrations.
The source for this chaos boils down to the calendar designed by the early Mayans.
The calendar contains 18 months of 20 days each plus a 5 day sacred month. A Mayan era is equivalent to 13 baktuns, which is a collection of 400 years each. So the calculations say that 13 baktuns would make 5125.26 years approximately. Now, the Mayan calendar starts on August 11th or 13th 3114 BC, a simple addition of 5125 years would result in the all famous date of either December 21st or 23rd 2012!
Also, instead of the Decimal system Mayans used a complex system based on the number 20 instead of 10. This helped them observe the position of the stars and orbits of planets minutely and accurately predict the eclipses.
An important point which has been consistently ignored is of the calendar being “cyclical”. Just like a normal calendar, hung on the kitchen wall which continues with a new year after 31st December, the Mayan calendar also begins to repeat the cycle. Hence, we don’t die on the last date, but replace the old calendar with a new fancy one and continue our routine!
Complimenting the Mayan Doomsday prophecy, there are rumours of a planet “Nibiru” coming into a close proximity with the earth and colliding with it. Now this would be a sequel to the wipe-out faced by the dinosaurs when a meteorite collided with the earth millions of years ago! So will the human race become extinct?
The possibility of this phenomenon is very faint. If such a planet was travelling towards earth, the astronomers would have been tracking its path for more than a decade. If it is bound to hit earth in a couple of years, it must have reached a distance which is visible to the naked eye! Fortunately or unfortunately, Nibiru has remained a fiction for all stargazers till date.
If the above two arguments were not enough to cement the apocalypse scare, there is yet another phenomenon which supports it.
On December 21st 2012, the sun would align itself to the plane of galaxy. This is the first time in 26000 years that the sun would intersect the Milky Way and the plane of the elliptic, forming a cross which symbolises a sacred tree. This alignment is said to pave way for the cosmic radiations which would raise all the beings to a higher level of vibration.
“This process has already begun,” said Carlos, a Mayan elder in his online interview. “Change is accelerating now and it will continue to accelerate. If the people of the Earth can get to this 2012 date in good shape without having destroyed too much of the Earth, we will rise to a new, higher level. But to get there we must transform enormously powerful forces that seek to block the way.”
The rising levels of water along the coastlines, the slow depletion of the North and South poles and also the massive natural disasters are seen as the communicators of the change which the Mayans believe will change the earth.
While the Mayans have continuously made it clear that their calendar does not suggest end of the world, J.G Vibes in his book, “Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance” gives a new angle to these interpretations.
He writes, “The doomsday theory is unlikely and overused by power hungry governments that wish to keep their populations in fear. As we have seen quite recently in the past decade in the United States, the establishment constantly uses fear to manipulate the minds of US citizens. This technique is not new either, it has been used for centuries whether it be the fear of economic collapse, natural disaster, the enemy, or the fear of god, fear has been used by the few to dominate the many for ages. “
Many predictions in the past about the end of the world though had succeeded in inducing fear among the public, never materialised.
The world was predicted to end on February 20, 1524 by a major flood based on the conjunction of visible planets. We survived.
One of the most recent ones was the Y2K scare which threatened us with “cyber Armageddon.” We survived that as well.
While the earth continues to rotate, the calendar continues to lose its pages and the sun continues to dance around the galaxy, we could comfort ourselves with this inspiring thought, “The world ends with us. If we want to enjoy life, we need to expand our world. We got to push our horizons out as far as they’ll go! “
Here is a meograph which shows how the world is reacting to the rumour of December 21st 2012 !