Whenever the Church, the Philosophers, Scientists and Journalists announce the end of the world, there is a habit to quote the prophecies of Nostradamus.Then imagination will run high about a meteor hitting Earth, some disaster in LHC experiments on collision of primary particles etc.
“ The year when Saturn and Mars are equally close to the sun,
the air very dry, a long-tailed meteor:
through secret fires a large area [shall be] burnt up by the heat.
Little rain, hot wind, wars, raids. “
( Century IV and Quatrain 67 of Nostradamus prophecy)
Portions of such prophecies shall be interpreted according to the understanding of individuals. Some date for the end of the world will be fixed by someone based on the movements of planets or end of Mayan calendar etc. Someone will quote many prophecies to create fear in the whole world. The sensation will die down after passing of that day and the sun rises as usual the next morning. The following is very notorious as the exact date is mentioned unlike many other prophecies of Nostradamus.
The year 1999, seventh month,
From the sky will come a great King of Terror:
To bring back to life the great King of the Mongols,
Before and after Mars to reign by good luck.
(Century X and Quatrain 72 of Nostradamus prophecy)
To the supporters of Mr. Nostradamus, July 1999 is actually 2012 because the calendar was changed from Julian to Gregorian in the year 1582. Who will be the king of Terror? Will he do something on December 21 2012? He should have already born or he will descend from the sky?
Mabus then will soon die, there will come
A horrible undoing of people and animals:
At once vengeance one will see vengeance,
One hundred hands, thirst, famine, when the comet will run.
(Century 2, Quatrain 62 of Nostradamus prophecy)
Speculation is that the word Mabus consists of combination of letters in the names Obama, Osama and Bush. Osama is gone. Then you are left to derive a conclusion who is the living Mabus in 2012.
Another prediction about Mr. Obama is referred in the following words:
Mars and the scepter (Jupiter) conjoined,
Under Cancer calamitous war
Shortly afterwards a new Leader will be anointed
One who for a long time will pacify the earth
(Century VI, Quatrain 24 of Nostradamus prophecy)
(The above celestial movement is to occur next in July-August, 2013),
For few others the dark one noted below is Mr. Obama,
“The great empire will be torn from limb,
The all-powerful one for more than four hundred years:
Great power given to the dark one from slaves come,
The Aryana will not be satisfied thereby.”
O.K . Let us leave Prophet Nostradamus (14 or 21 December 1503 – 2 July 1566) and focus on Edgar Cayce (March 18, 1877 – January 3, 1945) an American psychic. This American was said to be capable of revealing predictions in sleep or in a hypnotised state.
Edgar Cayce was credited for predictions on the Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler,Collapse of Soviet Union, Stock Market Crash, Great Depression, Jews Returning to Israel, Shift of the Earth’s Poles etc.
The following is one of his predictions:
“Watch New York, Connecticut and the like. Many portions of the east coast will be disturbed, as well as many portions of the west coast, as well as the central portion of the United States. Los Angeles, San Francisco, most of all these will be among those that will be destroyed before New York, or New York City itself, will in the main disappear. This will be another generation though, here; while the southern portions of Carolina, Georgia, these will disappear. This will be much sooner. The waters of the Great Lakes will empty into the Gulf of Mexico.”
For Edgar Cayce, United States of America and New York City constitute a mini world which will be destroyed . O.K.
The religious men speculate on destruction of world that would arrive in the form of wars, floods, earthquakes, Tsunami or a dictator of terror etc as if such things never happened in the past. They talk about Anti-Christ to threaten people and arrival of Jesus to escalate the order of the faith.
Is there any Prophecy to instil hope and confidence in this world where many people are suffering from depression?
Yes, there is. The poems in antique classical Tamil Literature can be considered as such prophecies. There are many old poetry anthologies available in classical Tamil which are remains of destruction after two Tsunamis which submerged Tamil land at the southern end of India many millennia back. Purananuru is a part of sangam literature of poems, which were written between 1000 BCE – 300 CE. At that time Tamils were not caught with any religious fervor and were making literature insisting virtue and righteous path and at the same time not ruling out the existence of God.
We will see two examples of such poems which are prophecies of continuation of the world.
The following is the poem 182 of purananuru
WHY THE EARTH SHALL CONTINUE TO EXIST
The Earth persistently exists because of
Men who never keep it to feast themselves
Even if they get Divine Ambrosia,
Who have no hate due to anger,
Who never hesitate to do,
What others fear not to do,
Who give up even life for the sake of glory,
Who will never accept a gift as big as the world
If it is tainted by dishonour,
Who work tirelessly,
Who do not strive for themselves
But work towards helping others.
What is said above is the truth.
In another poem 117 of Purananuru, the first few lines resemble the style of Nostradamus. This poem speaks about the Father Land which can never be destroyed by planetary movements but will always exist preserving its natural beauty. In fact many of the poems in Purananuru were about wars among Tamil clans, death and destruction. Still they were able to say like this.
Even if the Planet Saturn smoulder
And the smoke engulf the earth
Or Venus runs towards southern direction
Yet the fields will yield, shrubs shall bloom
The cattle with their calf
Shall feed the lush green grass
The number of wise and good men will grow
With the soil which knows no failure of rain…………….
………………… the fatherland
Just compare the spirits behind the prophecies of religious men who lived hundreds of years back and poems of virtuous men who lived thousands of years back. Come to your own conclusion which gives you hope, confidence and optimism to achieve something in this world for you and others to make a favourable environment leading to happier life.