THE SACRED MAYAN CALENDAR Many have a deeply felt intuitive sense that the Mayan calendar reflects a higher truththan the now dominating Gregorian calendar or any other calendar that is currently usedin the world.The Maya used several different calendars, calendars that were used for different purposes and different contexts. It is… more accurate to talk about the calendrical systemof the Maya [than a single calendar], a system where many choices are available whencharacterizing a certain day.Determining which [Mayan] calendars to study depends on the purpose for which theyare to be used. Some of the calendars used by the Maya may in fact have no advantagescompared to the calendars that are most commonly used today. Others, including somethat for a long time have not been used by the Maya themselves, may becomeindispensable tools for the future and serve to bring about a total shift in the way we look at the world.On a global scale these may contribute to a shift from the currently reigning materialistworld view to a realization that the reality we live in is fundamentally spiritual in nature.On an individual level the use of a new calendar may make a person aware of her true purpose in life through the wider perspective of the world that this fosters.If we have been blinded to these matters it is partly because calendars condition our wayof thinking in a most insidious way. A calendar does not seem to be a philosophicalstatement… something that actively maintains a certain world view, and yet this isexactly what it does. It is to a large extent because of calendars that we are deluded intomaterialist illusions… The calendars that almost everyone uses today are founded on aview of time as primarily a physical phenomenon… we all seem to agree on how tomeasure a period of time, which is by counting the number of identical cyclicalmovements that it corresponds to.[Yet] despite the fact that today … few people … in the industrialized world need acalendar to tell them when to sow or harvest, we are still stuck with calendars based onthe physical year. In recent centuries, the original purpose and holy character of AnnoDomini (in the Year of the Lord) in the Gregorian calendar has also largely been lost.Rather, this calendar has turned into a convention by means of which the wheels of industry may run smoothly by allowing people across the globe to coordinate their economic activities.Maybe then something has been lost in the process of our accommodation to the physicalcalendars. The number of different calendars used by the ancient Maya, however, atteststo a richness that is not limited to the physical, and it is in this that we may find acalendar for the future.