Today, mankind is faced with the challenge of fitting the individual paths of each person together in a unique picture of evolution. In many respects, many ancient civilizations knew much more about this process of evolution than we presently know, and one of those great civilizations were the Mayan people. One especially astonishing aspect of the Mayans was their calendar. The Mayan calendar is connected to the so-called nine cycles of creation, each corresponding to one level of consciousness or — in Mayan cosmological terminology — one of the nine underground worlds.
The Mayan people have actually distinguished two types of calendars — a sacred year of 260 days, and a vague year of 360 days (together with the next 5 days which were not counted). They used both calendars simultaneously, the former for religious purposes and the latter for use in everyday life. The basis of the sacred calendar are the numbers 20 and 13. The 260-day sacred year is obtained by taking into account 13 months, each consisting of 20 days. The basis of the vague year are the numbers 20 and 18, where there are 18 months with 20 days each. The least common multiple of these two calendars is the calendar round with 18980 days, or 73 sacred or 52 vague years. So each calendar round is a sort of synchronization for both calendars. The Mayas knew about larger cycles: 1 katun = 20 tun (about 19.7 years), 1 baktun = 20 katuns (about 394 years), 1 pictun = 20 baktuns (7.9 centuries), 1 calabtun = 20 pictuns ( 158 centuries), and 1 kinchiltun = 20 calabtuns (about 3.1 million years).
The Mayan calendar possesses great similarities with the calendars of the other ancient civilizations. Actually, the only calendar which does not takes into account at least two celestial cyclic movement is our contemporary Gregorian calendar introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. The Jewish calendar accounts for the solar and lunar cycles. The Tibetan calendar is so similar to the Mayan that there are speculations that their source is the same. The Dogon calendar, which the Dogon claim has been obtained by visitors from Sirius B is actually comprised of four different parts: mundane, Solar, Lunar, and Venus calendar.
Dr. Carl John Calleman, who used to work closely with the World Health Organization is now a well know researcher in the field of Mayan heritage. He started investigating this intriguing subject in 1979. He is the author of the book “Solving the Greatest Mystery of Our Time: The Mayan Calendar”. By conducting empirical research, Dr Calleman has shown that the pyramidal structure of the development of the consciousness can explain totally different concepts, such as the mutual heritage of the world religions and the contemporary (although, subjective) feeling that time is passing with ever increasing speed. The explanation for this increasing pace of time can be found in the Mayan calendar. Apparently, we are shifting our consciousness from the materialistic planetary underground world to the higher frequency of the galactic underground world. Another distinguished explorer with great passion for the Mayan calendar was José Argüelles. As a child of 14, he had a visionary experience at the top of the Sun Pyramid in Mexico which motivated him to spend many years investigating the mathematics and prophecies related to the calendar of the Mayas.
There can be found several interpretations as to when exactly we are going to face the end of the Mayan calendar, starting from 1957 and up to 2050. The year 2012 is a projection in which a day-by-day matching is performed in order to align the Mayan with the contemporary calendar. This end of the Mayan calendar is not to be interpreted as end of the world as we know it. It is rather an end of one and beginning of another much broader level of consciousness and a transition, hopefully to a much better world.
Mikki Moneg is a new age explorer and promoter of the education of the natural mind.
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