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2012 and Human Destiny: End of the World or Consciousness Revolution?

Stanislav Grof, M.D.

Since the publication of Jose Arguelles’ book The Mayan
Factor: Path Beyond Technology (Arguelles 1987) brought to the
attention of lay audiences the ancient prophecy concerning the end of
the Maya Long Count calendar, which started on August 11, 3114 BC,
and will end on December 21, 2012 AD, this date has become the focus
of many articles, books, and conferences and of a forthcoming movie
entitled 2012. Similar prophecies about the end of the Great Cycle can
be found in many other cultural and religious groups – the Hopi,
Navajo, Cherokee, Apache, Iroquois confederacy, ancient Egyptians,
the Kabbalists, Essenes, Qero elders of Peru, the Subsaharan Dogon
tribe, and the Australian Aborigines.