by Robert Wilkinson
This article addresses the many videos predicting doomsday based in Astrology, Nostradamus, the Mayan Calendar, or Numerology. While we understand the entire world and its creatures are in flux during this Age in Transition, fear inducing imagery predicting doomsday is both unhelpful and destructive.
This "Buddhist With An Attitude" post is the result of a commenter posting a video link to someone from India purporting that 9-9-09 was going to be doomsday, since in one of the many Indian astrology computing systems Saturn supposedly shifted into Virgo that day. I'm sure the commenter meant well, but after viewing it, I told him
The Youtube video is pure claptrap. Glamorous nonsense saying nothing, stimulating lower feelings through lurid imagery set to ominous tones. A true waste of time. Obviously a promo for a huckster. Lots of that out there in videoland. And yes, I'm going to do a post on the pitfalls of doomsday videos!
Having noted that the world did NOT come to an end on September 9, 2009, I did a brief search of the news to see if there was something I missed. I realized that it was still September 8 here in the US when it was September 9 in India, and when it was September 9 here it would be September 10 in India. Numbers and time are funny that way!
That was confusing to me as to exactly when and where doomsday could have occurred. Still, I soldiered on, gleaning the headlines for when it would have been September 9 one place or another. Among the notable headlines and news stories:
Obama gave his long awaited health care speech, showing the world that America has a completely dysfunctional political process. Consumers pulled back on their spending, and the new Beatles video game was debuted. There was a tribute to esteemed journalist Walter Cronkite, Garrison Keillor had a stroke, Steve Jobs was back to work at Apple, alcohol was banned in Kabul, and "Hillary the Movie" began to be heard by the Supremes.
While some of these could constitute some variation on "the end of the world," such as no more booze in Kabul or the fear that Garrison might lose his sense of humor, I couldn't find anything stating in fact the world had come to an end. About the only true concerns (both US issues) that day were 1) obvious Repub obstructionism of the need for universal health coverage, and 2) the Supremes indicating they may allow corporations unlimited political spending. The latter would certainly be the end of the world as we know it, since corporations almost always favor profits over the social good,
As an aside, I also realized that while it was 9-9-09 in the Western calendar, it was 20 Elul, 5769 in the Jewish calendar. I couldn't find any Hebrew sites predicting that 20 Elul 5769 would bring doomsday, so I guess maybe if we are apprehensive about the way the calendar numbers predict doomsday in the West, we can always take refuge in the Hebrew way of counting time!
Anyway, the lurid and dramatic video predicting various ways the world could end seems to have been wrong on all counts. So if in the future you find yourself watching one of the many videos on the subject, take this little piece of advice about what you believe you're seeing and hearing:
It's like perfume. It may or may not be safe to smell it, but you definitely shouldn't swallow it!
Speculation is rampant with millions fearing the end of the world or gloating over the anticipated return of their local version of The Redeemer. Ultimately, neither approach is useful for humanity's need to grow up and take responsibility for being One Life. Something about loving G*d and loving each other springs to mind....
Also, if thoughts have forms, then minding our imagery may be the most important part of our individual and collective evolutionary process. We know Light is All, that we are Eternal Consciousness having human experiences, and by minding our thought forms we can create beneficial effects in the 12 dimensions of human existence. Constructive thought forms are always better than lurid imagery going nowhere.
A final note on "doomsday." According to Source Material, our world, and humanity, will persist for tens of thousands of years if not longer. We are on the arc of return in the evolutionary spiral lasting tens of thousands of years, and have entered the Dwapara Yuga, the 2000 year era of electromagnetic remembrance.
While there may be gear grinding in the Great Transition, we confront an era far better than anything we've known in the past. We just have to keep our sense of humor and perspective as we navigate the changes. Aum Namah Shivaya!!!
Copyright © 2009 Robert Wilkinson