2012 - an interesting year
- It is said that about one billion people (15% of the world's
population) believe that something special is going to happen in the
year 2012. The internet is loaded with websites devoted to
On December 21st 2012 (at 11:11 a.m.) the Maya's ancient cosmic
calendar marks the end of a huge evolutionary cycle and the beginning
of a new, harmonious era. It has been documented by the Maya's for
millennia and they have even devoted an entire ancient city - called
Izapa - to the year 2012.
At the moment I'm writing an article for an esoteric magazine about
this year and the changes it is expected to bring about, so as a
result I've had to do a little research and am quite familiar with
most of the theories, speculations and smart-guessing involved.
These theories basically range from all-out catastrophes on one end to
universal harmony and oneness on the other. One side is all about
gloom and doom, the other side speaks of love and bliss.
Whenever I hear these speculations, prophecies and predictions I
always try to synch them in with Sri Chinmoy's vision. Being blessed
with a very lofty spiritual consciousness, his opinion is never bereft
of profound wisdom and insight. Although Sri Chinmoy was never much
interested in predictions and future-telling, he has written an entire
book of poetry about the coming age, called "The New Millenium".
It is this book and the messages that emanate from each poem that have
given me ample confidence that the coming century will truly bring
about positive and lasting change. Each and every aphorism in that
book speaks of the advent of light, happiness and joy and the decline
of ignorance and sorrow.
An excerpt: (unofficial)
"In the 20th Century
Every day I woke up
With streaming tears
In my eyes.
In the 21st Century
Every day I shall wake up
With blossoming smiles
In my heart."
Sri Chinmoy's philosophy was always to do the right thing here and now
and never to worry about the future. When we live a spiritual life we
will feel that we are protected by God. And God will always act in our
It's fascinating to read about the changes that lie ahead of us and
I'm sure we will see many marvels in the coming years, but it's also
good to reserve a healthy detachment from too much fortune-telling and
speculation and just to live fully in the present moment. That moment
is the only real thing we've got.
- Abhinabha wrote:
> Sri Chinmoy's philosophy was always to do the right thing here and nowVery interesting, thank you Abhinabha.
> and never to worry about the future. When we live a spiritual life we
> will feel that we are protected by God. And God will always act in our
> best interests.
Your language is always so meticulous, I hope it is all
right to respectfully point out that the tense "was" in the
quote above ("Sri Chinmoy's philosophy was") would not be
perceived - at least by few - as proper.
As far as I understand, the "past continuous" tense is used to
describe actions and states continued in the past period of
time, which may or may not being continued in the present or
- Priyadarshan, you are absolutely and one hundred procent right. A
callous and ignorant mistake on my part. Definitely Sri Chinmoy's
philosophy *is*, and will forever be.
Thank you for your subtle and gracious correction.
- Just a few days ago I was thinking of you, and not because of the
marvellous football games Holland is offering.
I was reading one of Guru's hidden little gems:
"Come, My Non-English Friends! Let Us Together Climb Up The
Read for example the last entry:
Zephyrs are blowing.
My heart is all inspiration.
My boat is reaching
The Golden Shore.
-- Sri Chinmoy
Isn't it delightful?
Anyway, I became interested in some "difficult" words, and on how to
find out more on them.
That's why I was reading about the "Woordenboek der Nederlandsche Taal"
("Dictionary of the Dutch language")
With over 430,000 entries of Dutch words, 43 volumes and
close to 50,000 pages it is the largest dictionary in the
world in print.
Believe it or not, the second largest is an Italian one:
The "Grande Dizionario Della Lingua Italiana Battaglia", with
21 volumes, (29,5 x 22,5 cm), 22504 pages, printed really
tight on 3 columns, with not even one graphic. Just the main
entries are 183594, but with secondary ones it comes close to
half a million.
The Oxford English Dictionary would be third, with "just" 20 volumes,
21730 pages and 291,500 entries.
The good thing about the dutch one is that, unlike its
siblings, it is available for free online:
What a joy to discover we have the largest dictionary in the world! I
honestly never knew. I immediately registered online and put your link
in my bookmarks folder.
It somewhat soothes the pain of being kicked out of the football
tournament yesterday night against Russia. At least we're the world's
best in the dictionary field!
Now the Italians have to show their merit tonight against the Spanish.
Best of luck to you!
(who is still hurting)