|Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza|
December 21st, 2012, the now famous end date of the Mayan long-count calendar, will be upon us in 103 days, 10 hours, 34 minutes, and 47 seconds as of this instant.
I know this because I have a Mayan calendar countdown widget installed on the desktop of my computer as, I suspect, do many. But does the idea of such a countdown really make sense?
On one hand, there is no reason to believe that the Mayan long-count calendar was ever intended to be thought of as linear. Or that the end date of 2012 was a true end date (as opposed to just the day before the start of the new calendar cycle). Consistent with this idea is the fact that the Maya believed time was cyclical. Still - cyclical is not synonymous with continuous.
While the concept of large cycles of human experience, or world ages, is delineated with great precision and detail by a relative few cultures (including but not limited to the Hopi, Maya and Hindu) a great many other cultures hold parts of this extremely long story. This fragmented yet oddly coherent mosaic is a source of great fascination to many.
Stories of the great flood are a particularly consistent feature of that mosaic and flood accounts can be found in locations as diverse as Africa, Asia, the Middle East (not only in Judea but also in Sumeria, Assyria and Chaldea), India, Aboriginal Australia, Greece and the Americas (which includes the Aztec, Delaware, Inca, Hopi, Navajo and Maya populations).
Many have identified the civilization destroyed in this great flood as the lost lands of Lemuria and Atlantis with possibly no one giving more detailed information than the late Edgar Cayce. Independent of modern references however ancient accounts of a vanished high civilization are extremely compelling.
Are these tales truly the legacy of past civilization? Can we identify this civilization's remnant populations? Is Atlantis more than a tale told long ago? And re the spiritual truths of this people reflected in some of the world's oldest and most sacred of texts?
In my opinion, the answer to all of these questions is yes and I will be blogging on these topics again and maybe even repeatedly in the months to come. And yet, the most important question about lost civilizations is, how were they lost and what does this mean for us in the here and now?
The loss of past civilizations reminds us that nothing we build in a material sense is truly eternal, no matter how apparently sturdy it seems. And this truth strongly advices us to concern ourselves with the delicate balance of life here on earth and the legacy which we leave behind.
I believe that many people are reluctant to accept the very credible evidence for this ancient and advanced lost civilization for this very reason. For if Atlantis can be lost, we can all be lost. And if it can be remembered, we can be remembered as well.
Let us be proud of our story.
Let us be proud of our story.