2012 Story: The Myths, Fallacies, and Truth Behind the Most Intruiging Date in History Hardcover – 25 Mar 2010
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About the Author
John Major Jenkins is a pioneer of the 2012 movement. The author of many books on the subject, he is credited with helping introduce the topic into the spiritual culture and was the first to voice the concept that 2012 coincides with a galactic alignment of earth, the sun and the centre of the galaxy. Jenkins has taught many classes on the subject and his work has been widely discussed on national radio and television. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The final part of the book is also controversial, as Jenkins offers his take on the meaning of the end of the 13-baktun cycle to the Maya. In summary, this is transformation and renewal. JMJ's new analysis of the Popul Vuh myth, comparing with recent political events is compelling and fascinating. I won't give the game away, but thoroughly recommend this book - I will be reading it again for sure!
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As Mr. Jenkins so clearly points out, "Many of the most significant breakthroughs continue to be made by independent outside-the-field thinkers" who are willing to look at ancient cultures without preconceived notions. Sadly, many scholars cling to the mistaken view that these cultures lack the sophisticated thinking of modern man. As a result, they are looked upon as child-like and pre-rational rather than the trans-rational beings they actually are. Their mythology is dismissed because scientists do not understand the language of symbols. Happily, Mr. Jenkins is not one of those scholars, and he gives Maya culture the respect it deserves.
As a proponent of the perennial philosophy and experiential gnosis, I was thrilled to see that Mr. Jenkins included these subjects in the second part of the book. It should be no surprise that the tenets of the perennial philosophy show up in the Popol Vuh's tale of One Hanahpu, Seven Macaw and the hero twins. Some readers may not feel comfortable with Mr. Jenkins' application of the myth to current politicians and corporations, but they are apropos. A section at the end of the book discusses the relevancy of the Popol Vuh in our time, and gives some suggestions for sharing the opportunity for transformation that follows the close of each cycle.
One section of the book addresses the current "Maya renaissance" that has helped introduce Maya culture to the world. Jenkins also includes a glossary of terms and a timeline of the 2012 story. Both are helpful and add to the value of the book. Jenkins challenges his readers with the opportunity to use this period of cyclical change in a positive way. His far ranging expertise makes this a very interesting read for anyone who wants to bypass the ruckus and get to the real meaning of 2012. Lee & Steven Hager are the authors of Quantum Prodigal Son: Revisiting Jesus' Parable of the Prodigal Son from the Perspective of Quantum Mechanics
As a child I was told about the secret prophecies of Fatima, and that the world would likely end in 2000. Since the world survived the turn of the century, I've taken the gloom and doom surrounding 2012 with a grain of salt. I found Mr. Jenkins' book to be reassuring, that while the world will always face dangers, the end is not necessarily near.
With so much "new age" propaganda from so many sources, I appreciate having more insight into the facts. After reading the book, I feel as though I've had a college course on the subject. I liken the experience of reading this book to running "2012" through Snopes.com, to sift the wheat from the chaff.
What I did not expect was the call for a personal involvement at the close of the book. In the end, what seems to be asked of us is what mankind SHOULD have been doing all along. But it's still good to be reminded.
Now for the Huh? from the review title. There is so much detail here that JMJ slogs through intricate details of the major players in the 2012 world. Who said what, and who wrote what, down to the play by play, email to email posting. In the middle of some parts of the book you have to slog through thinking 'John, that's nice, but I did not need to know the minutiae of why you think your are right and Calleman or others are not right'. Up to a certain point I don't care about the mini details. Much of this could have been left out. But even with carrying these blemishes I can see how the topic would not be complete without it.
Finally onto the Beware! There are alot of folks and movies who are hyping the end of the world at 2012 with the tsunamis coming over the Himalayas and all that. The largest dangers we face around this time are not from a rocking and rolling planet but from the ego, the shadow, as depicted by a character from the Maya named Seven Macaw. In this book JMJ shows how Seven Macaw as a controlling energy is manifesting more and more in governments and is a real and present danger. There are quotes from Brezinski who says that in a technology-society freedoms are extravagances. Brezinski The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives and Kissenger and others named and nameless are behind our current strategy of dominating Eurasia for the oil and control of the chessboard. JMJ also nails it when he shows that it is the [eternal] corporations with the ability to influence all aspects of governnment [skirt laws, etc] and to condition/program the populace through advertising and other mechanisms, that are as much a danger as uncontrolled government.
Seven Macaw is active as the dark force [1984 continued] in bankrupting economies, playing up flu hoaxes [see JANE BURGERMEISTER and the flu case dot com], basically twisting and turning the populace at will to be manipulated away from freedom and to fear and to accept more control. And just as the folks who are pulling strings are making money there are also those who are making money playing off the fear on the info warrior side. [Auditing the FED is only the start in cutting the puppet strings.]
Many folks in the metaphysical communities have said that there would be an increase in polarities of light and dark during this time. What JMJs book does is to show you how the Maya understood these energies as part of the transition that the Mayan (really Izapan/Olmec, etc.) Calendar and 2012 all tie together. So for the important information the book contains about these times of transition the book does grab the 'Beware and pay attention' review tagline.
If I were to footnote JMJs book I would add that the manifestation of One Hunapu is by living the path of love, trust, and gratitude. While there will be many things going on in this 2012 process it is love, trust, gratitude, and a discrimination/wisdom that will get you through. If you are spiritually/mystically inclined the you should also check out Robert E. Cox as in The Pillar of Celestial Fire: And the Lost Science of the Ancient Seers. This book will give you a deeper perspective of the changes going on at the earth during this time.
In summary the book is a good read. A bit long and a bit tied up in details up the wazoo. But then again it's not schlock-ware like so many other 2012 books. Most folks with higher than average IQs will get alot out of it.
The book is broken down into two parts. Part I concerns an update of scholarship of all types done on the Mayan culture since more or less the arrival of the Spaniards and up to the present day, and this is presented in a sober, dry, and seemingly objective way. The author is at pains to give credit to a few parties where he feels it is due, and certainly feels free to dole out criticism where he thinks that appropriate, as evidently he does in numerous cases. It is not long before we are engulfed in some technical discussion through explication of the sacred Maya Long Count calendar regarding how the specific date of December 21, 2012 has been arrived at; we continually, again and again, revisit the author's dealing with competing or other lecturers, writers, and researchers who arrive at different dates through incorrectly accounting for leap years and sometimes just simply through sloppiness. His frustration in not having his own calculations universally accepted by other writers, even when most painstakingly explained, is palpable; and conversely, his ire when his calculations and conclusions in fact are accepted, and republished without due credit, also leaps right off the page. While often repetitive from chapter to chapter, as the arguments are rehashed again and again, a reader unschooled in the technical aspects of the discussion, like myself, does come to understand the issues and justification surrounding the exact dating of the end of the time cycle.
There is also a good amount of discussion regarding the significance of the date for the Maya, and here the books shines. The author goes into the Maya creation myths, ruins and statuary evidence supporting the existence and importance of these myths. The origins and workings of the Long Count calendar are patiently explained, and ruins and stellae are interpreted. There is a good deal of astronomy to deal with as well, which plays an absolutely vital part in the entire story, and is worth following closely; Jenkins does as good a job of explaining this relatively complicated material to a readership presumably mostly comprised of lay people. While I would have liked more pictures, including detailed interpretations of the various diagrams and texts on the monuments, the reader is able to follow the story easily as it stands. We are left with 2012 being the end of a time cycle tied to the Maya creation myth in which the archetypal evil character Seven Macaw is finally overthrown by the Hero Twins who in so doing restore the rightful ruler their father One Hunahpu to the throne, metaphorically ushering out an increasingly corrupt and sickening world in favor of a world reborn and reinvigorated spiritually. 2012 is a date to be eagerly anticipated in this line of thinking, and certainly is not the apocalyptic end-of-the-world as foretold in breathless New Age books recently. (Jenkins in fact is quite contemptuous of the current flock of writers trying to cash in on the 2012 phenomenon, writers who often know little or nothing of the underlying story or concepts.)
While not the most concisely edited explication of his position possible, I found Part I to be informative and clear, brimming with enthusiasm for the subject and thoroughly sober as a treatment.
Part II deals with Jenkins' interpretation of what this is to mean, and here the book moves from dry historical research to personal political polemic, and suffers thereby. Once the author presents his general spiritual worldview - pace Aldous Huxley's The Perennial Philosophy, all important major religions (including the Mayan, per Jenkins) are one at heart - we arrive at the historical significance of the metaphorical rebirth envisioned by the Maya, to take place 2000 years after the invention and introduction of their sacred calendar, and in which the forces of righteousness and justice overthrow those of evil, lies, and deception embodied in the concept of Seven Macaw. Helpfully, Jenkins is able to specifically identify the vain, false, and anti-illuminative Seven Macaw not only by general outline or role in the mythology, but exactly and personally by name, today, here and now. He is - wait for it - George W. Bush.
Too bad so much thought and effort in Jenkins' decades of research on the subject of the Maya culture had to be cheapened by this.
Oh, Jenkins will then admit that Seven Macaw is everywhere, large and small, his forces pervade our society (but only our society!), Seven Macaw is legion - but he finds time and space to speak of only one by name. Now, it doesn't so much matter what one thinks of Bush - this reviewer thinks very little of him indeed - but surely there are greater evildoers in recent world history. Would not Wahabi Islamist leaders perhaps represent Seven Macaw if you were a woman; Stalin and the rest of the Communist leadership represent the same if you happened to live anywhere close to their sphere of influence; even our great pals the Chinese leadership might seem much like Seven Macaw at work if one were a peaceful Falun Gong practitioner, or a Tibetan. But no, there is only one for Jenkins, it is not Mao, not Stalin, not Hitler, not Pol Pot, not Kim Jong Il, not any of a hundred other mass murderers, tyrants or perpetrators of vast evil. It is Bush. By contrast, Barack Obama, whose very recent ascent from the ranks of the unknown and from inexperience is closer to 2012 than that of his predecessor Bush, is "something close to a miracle" for Jenkins, the one "true ruler and the emergence of a unity consciousness of One Hunahpu." Please.
Jenkins' bitter personal attack on one man hardly fits in with the rest of his message of peace, spiritual renewal, service, and so on. But history does not fit his concept of a world getting worse, where the peaceful civilizations of the past have lost out to the vicious Orwellian present. The will to power, destruction, and man's inhumanity towards man are aided by modern technology, but the urges are as old as man; there has been no age of peace, love and understanding no matter how mystically inclined or illuminated a civilization has claimed to be. (And Caligula was only Rome's third Emperor, not one of the last.)
Jenkins goes on: some pages later he is disappointed to learn that Obama suddenly seems in fact just another politician, whose actions have precisely nothing to do with his words; he is surrounded by Seven Macaws. Noam Chomsky is quoted, never a good sign, and the book turns into something of a rant. The Corporations are also Seven Macaws; "their birth certificates were forged." Then it's the government, private employers trying to run businesses; Seven Macaw seemingly exists everywhere. The United States is in particular excoriated for being short sighted, consumerist, driven by material gain and ego. Okay, that's fair enough. But today's fastest growing nations in consumerism and materialism are China and India, not the US. The simple fact is, everyone wants more; being poor is only noble when you're not poor yourself.
Jenkins finishes his book in a somewhat more uplifting (or uplifted, anyway) manner, describing an acid trip he took in a sensory deprivation environment, where he experienced something he considered an illuminative breakthrough.
Regarding the research and details surrounding the Mayan calendar and the 2012 dating question, Mayan mythology, and the astronomy the subject deals with, Jenkins knows a great deal and once you read Part I of this book, you too will know something of it; enough, anyway, to easily deal with spurious arguments about the pending end of the world your friends will bring up after the movie comes out in November. But do yourself a favor and skip Part II.
The only problem was - the book is mostly about him (somewhat of an autobiography), and not much else. His LSD trip was not something that I felt qualified him as an expert on archeology, but his love of the Mayan people did shine through the whole book.