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Fear of 2012 – Will the world end, change or just be gone? – 24 May 11

Yesterday I spoke about the failed prediction of Judgment Day by Harold Camping. He now announced that this was not the physical beginning of the end but a spiritual one. The real, visible apocalypse would happen on 21st October 2011. There are hundreds of such predictions and different people have set different dates for the world to end. The most popular one which the whole esoteric and spiritual scene is partly looking forward to and partly fearing is the year 2012.

I have often wondered why exactly the year 2012 is so important and have received a variety of answers from different people and a multitude of websites explaining a large number of reasons why something will happen in 2012. They are not even sure whether it is something good or bad that will occur.

The most popular explanation that I got was the Mayan calendar. In this point however, too, people have contradictory opinions. The Mayans were very good astrologers and in their early times already made many calculations about the influence of planetary movements on earth. Some say that their calendar ends on 21st December 2012 and with the end of the calendar the end of the world will be there. They knew when the world would finish and that’s why they stopped their calculation there. A more educated explanation is that their calendar doesn’t end but only one time period, one area or cycle of time is over and another one starts. Of course this would then not mean the end of the world but still a big change on earth. Others believe nothing will happen and say the Mayans just didn’t think it necessary to count any further into the future.

Of course the date is interesting to anybody who has done some calculations with numerology: 21.12.2012. Don’t ask me how but you can somehow add up these numbers and find out that it is a very auspicious day in a very auspicious year. It is additionally the day of winter solstice, so anyway energetically a day of change.

People are thus not sure whether the world will end or if it will only change. There are people who believe that the earth will be hit by another planet, others think volcanoes will erupt, the oceans will flood continents and earthquakes will shake the whole planet before it will finally burst. Or sucked into a black hole. There was even a Hollywood movie about how this day could look like. They obviously thought it would make a good story.

Those people who think it will change mostly believe in a ‘consciousness shift’ and explain that we, the people and the world will rise into another ‘dimension’. Here again, people are not very clear in explaining what exactly this means. Some say that only those who have developed a higher consciousness will come along to this new stage. Others say we all form a global joined consciousness and because we all have higher energy together, we take the world to a better place. Some say there will be only people with high consciousness, so there will be no war, no violence, we all will be happy and nobody will be hungry anymore.

The more intellectual among those believers have an approach that sounds rather scientific. They mention a change and development in energy, explain how planetary constellations, the sun and the moon, have an influence on our nervous system, on our physical body and then also on our mind.

You may be asking yourself now what I think of all these theories. You know, first of all, I am not afraid of anything. I am not afraid that the world could finish and not afraid that I will not be among those who will be saved. I see that all these theories evolve from the wish to know what is tomorrow. Everybody is curious about the future and wants to have security of knowing what will happen.

I believe you won’t get this knowledge. Nobody knows. Of course there is always the possibility that this world one day won’t be inhabitable anymore, most probably because we humans ruined it ourselves. But apart from living in harmony with nature yourself and encouraging others to do so, too, there is little that you can actually do about that. So why do you worry, fear or panic about it?

I know people who are really worried about this. Once we even met a university professor who had bought several big bags with many kilos of rice, storing them in his basement, in case a catastrophe will happen. Then he will at least have rice. There are such people, who strongly believe and there are others, who worry about it but are not entirely sure. When one of Yashendu’s friends started talking to him about this topic, telling him that the world will surely end in 2012, Yashendu answered: ‘If you believe this, please transfer all your property to my name before it happens.’ They both started laughing and the friend realized that he was not 100% sure about the end of the world.

If you ask me what I think about the idea that the world will change, I have to say that it is always in a process of change. Change is taking place each moment, each second. Everything is moving and going on. I don’t believe in a special change in a certain year or on a certain date. Of course our times are faster today, we have a lot more input and information and through that, our world is also changing quickly. But this is also nothing that you actually have to worry or think about. Take situations as they come and deal with them.

I personally don’t believe that 2012 will be in any way a more special, more dramatic or more exciting year than any other. Don’t you think that 2010 was a special year, too? There was for example a big volcano eruption in Iceland and whole Europe had to close its airports! What about 2011? There was a big earthquake, a tsunami and a big problem in a nuclear power station in Japan! These events have happened in these years and they will happen in the next year, too. Every year is special in this way and I don’t believe 2012 will be very different from that. I believe that in 2013, everybody will give another explanation why nothing happened in 2012 and they will search for another date for the world to finish.

If I am wrong, I will think about it in 2012, but until then I would recommend you not to worry too much about it but to live in the present, with both feet on the ground in the here and now.

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Jenni

    Thank you again, dear Balendu!On weekend I talked to a couple of a christian sect that tried to get me on their side by trying to make me fear of the end of the world. I answered that every moment you have to be able to end your world and to live your life thankful and mindful like it was your last day.

    But more funny it was in Vrindavan, where a devotee said to me, that there is no reason to fear the end of the world as long as you are in Vrindavan. Even if the world would fall apart, everybody in Vrindavan will be safe! So you are lucky enough to life there… just in case, hain na?

    By the way, I love Yashendu’s comment! Thank you for that, I wish I would have known it this weekend when talking to the girls of this sect!

    Love, Jenni

  2. nothingprofound

    I suppose this sort of fear and drama is a defense against the humdrum of existence. It makes people feel special believing they are living in special times. Of course, every breath, every moment, is special, if you choose to look at life that way-but most people choose not to.

  3. Swami Balendu

    Dear Jenni, Thank you for your comment. You gave them a very good answer. I always say there is no fear if we are ready for death.Anyway you know devotees are funny people in Vrindavan but yes we are lucky to be in Vrindavan. Sending you lots of Love.

  4. Swami Balendu

    Thank you Marty for your wonderful point of view. Surely because of being special most of the people choose to believe in this kind of phenomenon or like to be a member of a sect. But if they could realize that each of us is unique and special on his own, they would not need that. Lots of Love.

  5. Mirela

    Should we really pay attention to all these prophecies? Why didn’t someone predict the invention of cars, internet, progress in medicine? We only hear of the end of the world and horrible scenes of an apocalypse. Let’s focus on the here and now, we will never know and never be able to predict what will come.

  6. Tricia

    I agree with you…I agree with you alot I am realizing…but it’s true. What’s on my mind is the question of why are these people so concerned with the end of the world and the end of life, whys don’t they simply find happiness in living or is that too much to ask? I find it so confusing that those who have a blessed life are so eager to find purpose ti be happy, while those who don’t have the blessed life are just happy to be alive…

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