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Mayan dooms day & Vedic astrology

Mayan dooms day & Vedic astrology

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Published by Jayasree Saranathan
This research article analyses how the Mayan system of astrology is a part of ancient system of Vedic astrology known as Shukra-mana. It also analyses the dooms day prediction of the Mayan.
This research article analyses how the Mayan system of astrology is a part of ancient system of Vedic astrology known as Shukra-mana. It also analyses the dooms day prediction of the Mayan.

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A Vedic view.
ByJayasree Saranathan.(Article published in the June 2012 issue of The Astrological eMagazine)
The doomsday prediction of the Mayan calendar that the world would come to an end on 21
 December 2012 has done enough rounds around the world. This prediction is different from theprophecies of the Nostradamus kind, because the Mayans had based their predictions on arepetitive calendar system of astronomical position of planets. This background of the predictionsnaturally arouses the interest of astrologers like us who have been introduced to traditionalastrology given by the Vedic seers. Of particular interest is the importance given to Venus in theMayan calendar. The origin of the Mayan calendar coming from regions closer to the southernhemisphere raises our curiosity as to whether the System of Venus, known as Shukra-mana was thebasis for the Mayan calendar. In this article, an attempt is made to bring out the salient features of the Shukramana, taking cue from Brihad Samhita and interfacing them with Mayan revelations andthe probable interpretation of the Mayan prediction of 21
December, 2012.Before going into the details, let us remind ourselves of the Mayan connection to our traditionalastrology. The name Maya comes as a Vastu specialist and also as an astrologer who received thewisdom of Surya Siddhantha. In both these contexts Maya is either referred to as a Danava or anAsura. Surya Siddhantha recognises him as an Asura only. We should recall that the region to thesouth of the equator was peopled with Asuras according to Puranic narrations. The Asuras of thesouth and the Devas who inhabited the Northern hemisphere were guided by their respectivepreceptors namely Shukra (Venus) and Brihaspathi (Jupiter) respectively. For the astrologer, theimportant information is that the cycle of Jupiter, known as Brihaspatya-mana was in vogue in theNorthern hemisphere. This gives a presumption that the Cycle of Venus called as Shukra-mana musthave been popular in the southern hemisphere.Although not much is known about Shukra-mana, the traditional opinion is that such a system of time measurement did exist as part of different systems of mana or measurement of time.Interestingly Mayaasura received the knowledge of nine systems of Mana according to the narrationin the Surya Siddhantha. They are Brahma-mana, Prajapatya-mana, Deva-mana, Pitru-mana, Saura-mana, Chandra-mana, Savana-mana, Nakshatra-mana and Brihaspatya-mana. TheBrihaspathyamanais based on Jupiter and was followed by the Devas or the people of the Northern hemisphere.But an Asura receiving that knowledge precludes that he later deduced the Mana for the Asuras orthe inhabitants of the Southern hemisphere. There does exist in some compilations that a manaknown as Asura-mana was in vogue in times of past but was lost due to dis-use in the region wherewe live, namely the Northern hemisphere.An analysis of the past does reveal that a system of astrology propagated by Maya and applicable tothe southerners did exist in the past. From Vedic texts we come to know that a common ancestry of seers known as
got divided into Bhrugu and Angiras.
Bhrugu’s disciple was
Shukra,who became teacher for Asuras (demons). And from Angiras came Brihaspathy who became theteacher for Devas. The sage Bhrugu and the teacher of Shukra are grouped along with Maya in
2Matsya Purana as sages who were proficient in Vaastu sastra. Thus we find a connection betweenMaya and Shukra and Asuras, the people of Southern regions. This background information givescredence to the Bhrugu or Shukra mana (Asura-mana) system of time measurement as the origin of the Mayan belief system that is found in the Mesoamerican regions including Mexico and in regions just north and south of the Equator. The importance given to Venus in their systems also lendscredence to its origin in Asura-mana or Shukra-mana.
The Mayan calendar of Time.
The Maya followed 3 types of calculation of time. One is the Long Count which is similar to Yugacycles running into thousands of years. One such long cycle is going to end on 21
December 2012.The second one is a Divine calendar (Tzolkin) running to a duration of 260 days. This resembles ourLunar calendar which we use for religious purposes. The Maya have 13 rounds of 20 days each,making up 260 days of the divine calendar. Many theories are floating to justify this number. Onetheory of importance to astrologers is that 260 is the number of days between two consecutivezeniths for the sun at the place where Mayas once lived. This place was known as Izapa and nowthey call it Chiapas Mexico which lies at 15 degrees N. Gnomons used for observing the path of thesun have been unearthed in this place giving credence to this notion.The third one is the Civil calendar (Haab) which is equal to the Solar year. The Maya count it as 18rounds of 20 days each and an extra 5 days. The last five days are considered to be dangerous andevil. These two (divine and civil calendar) are used in everyday life by the Mayans and they repeatevery 52 years. In other words the Mayans had 52 year cycle that is similar to the 60 year cycle of the Brihaspatya mana.Apart from this, the Mayans had a Short count of 13 rounds of 20 years for which they had writtenpredictions. An important feature of this count is that the 12
round of the present series is alsocoming to an end on 21
December 2012. These dates indicate the end of a cycle which is beingvariously interpreted as a doomsday prediction.A cursory look at the prediction for the 12
cycle spanning for 20 years from 1993 to 2012 will revealwhat the Mayans thought. It runs as follows:
There will be scarcities of corn and squash during this katun (20 year period) and this will lead togreat mortality. This was the katun during which the settlement of Chichen Itza (a place whereMayans lived and built a temple) occurred, when the man-god Kukulcan (Quetzalcoatl) arrived. It isthe katun of remembering and 
recording knowledge.” 
Apparently this period shows a regional scarcity in food production. It also says a date in the pastwhen people had settled in the area. According to this Short count, it would come to an end on 21
 December 2012, when the last and the 13
count of the current Short series would begin. The 13
 count will run for 20 years and end in 2032. By a coincidence the Long count and the 12
round of the Short Count are coming to an end on 21
December this year. There is absolutely no predictionof an apocalypse for this date given in the Mayan books.
Venus as the basis of Mayan system.
The system of Long and Short count looks similar to 12 rounds of Jupiter’s cycle with small round of 
5 years each, with one count getting fitted into another count. The Jupiter cycle is known asBrihaspatya mana which is based on the movement of Jupiter around the zodiac with its startingpoint occurring in the constellation of Dhanishta in the month of Magha, with its reappearance froma conjunction with the Sun after Jupiter has crossed its sign of debility. Infact predictions in ourastrology for all the planets except Saturn and the nodes are based on the reappearance after aconjunction (asthang) with sun. The counting of the lunar month starts the day after conjunction of moon with the sun. For Mars, its point of retrogression after reappearance from conjunction withSun is taken into consideration for different types of predictions. For Mercury, its reappearance aftera conjunction with Sun is noted for making predictions according to Varahamihira. Similarly, forVenus too, its reappearance after a conjunction with Sun is taken into consideration for makingpredictions. This system explained in Brihad Samhita is also found in the Mayan book of ChilamBalam.(Note this name Chilam Balam of the Maya sounds like Chidambaram, the abode of Nataraja,which was actually called as Chelambaram or Chelambalam until 200 years ago as per the records of the Colonial travellers.)The Chilam Balam tells about a Venus cycle of 584 days and the tracking of the heliacal rising of Venus as the morning and evening star accompanied with predictions for these. Many dates havebeen given in this context with prediction of war or loss or growth of crop or failure of crop etc. Thisis significant because 584 is the number of days that Venus takes to come closer to earth (called asinferior conjunction) before it changes as evening or morning star. Of this 236 is the number of daysthat Venus is in the eastern sky as the morning star. For 90 days Venus is in upper conjunction (onthe other side of sun) when it will become invisible to earth. In the next 250 days Venus is thewestern sky as the evening star. Then for 8 days, Venus is in inferior conjunction by coming inbetween the earth and the sun. On the day that I am writing this article, Venus is in inferiorconjunction
crossing the disc of the sun!The Mayan dates reveal the above position of Venus. For example one of the dates was January 27,in the year 727. On that day Venus made the reappearance in Dhanishta as the morning star after aninferior conjunction. Another date is September 17, 915 AD. That was also the day of reappearancein the east as morning star after an inferior conjunction. Venus reappeared in Uttara Phalguni onthat day. Like this many dates coincide with the heliacal rising of Venus and they are mentioned
along with a prediction. If we look at Varahamihira’
s version, he has also given prediction for theheliacal rising of Venus for all 27 stars.For example when Venus reappears in Dhanishta, the heretics will suffer. When it reappears inUttara Phalguni, Varahamihira says that the people of Kuru, Panchala and Jangala would perish andthere would be good rains. It is here we can see how the prediction is localised. This prediction hasno relevance to Mayan lands but only to India. But the fact that the Mayans observed thereappearance and based a prediction on it shows that the methodology was same or derived from acommon source or a parental source, perhaps from the Vedic Shukracharya. But predictions weremade after observing Nature and mankind for very many years. The Mayan prediction is differentbut applicable to the region where it is used. This is the basic feature that we must see before takingthe Mayan prediction of 21
December seriously.

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