Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mayan Apocalypse – Will it come true?

Guess what these buildings in the pictures below are about? They are the shelters from the destruction expected on the Mayan Doomsday on 21st December 2012.

It is said that nearly 10% of the people in the West believe that something terrible would happen on that day triggering a catastrophe. Perhaps a clash of ideals of Faith and ideas of science exists in the mind of average Westerners that they secretly fear that the Day of Judgement or Retribution could come any time.

For a Hindu, this clash is nowhere in existence, for, our scriptures tell us that all is not over with this birth. Our life goes on and on from one birth to another birth and that this cycle does not end so easily. This ensures that the earth goes on making itself fit for life for a limitless time in future. To give an idea of how long this journey of the earth is going to be, we have clear-cut concepts on Time and change of Time given by many sages and retold many times in the ancient scriptures.

While going through those views on Time given by the sages, we do come across Time as predicted on the basis of movement of Venus! This gave me an impetus to look into the Mayan views on Time and the accompanying predictions and compare it with the Vedic view of Time and predictions based on Venus (Shukra). What I deduced was published in an astrological magazine in June 2012. What I found out was that Mayan calculations could have been derived from the now extinct method of Measurement of Time called Asura-mana or Shukra-mana of the Vedic system, which was based on movement of Venus and which was applicable to people living in the Southern hemisphere. The important inference is that there is no doomsday prediction connected with the Mayan scale of time.

An important hypothesis I have made in this article is with reference to the famous step pyramid called as Temple of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza. Kukulkan in the Mayan language means snake.  A similar name exists in Tamil  and Sanskrit also as Kukkuta sarpam. It means an old snake which had shrunk in size to that of a kukkuta or a rooster or a cock due to old age. This Kukkuta is the bird that wakes up people in the morning – before sun rise.

A look at this step pyramid shows a striking resemblance to the positions of Venus as it rises before sunrise in the east. Venus cannot go beyond 47.8° above the ground. When Venus reappears after a conjunction with Sun, one can watch its location in the backdrop of this step pyramid.