21st December 2012

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:




If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son.


                                                                                                        Rudyard Kipling, 1895


Awhile back, a friend while commenting on an earlier blog, remarked, “I simply cannot stop wondering if this indeed is the beginning of the end of ‘Kali yug’ that the Hindu sages predicted many millennia back! Or for that matter, the 2012 ‘end of the world’ that the Mayans predicted around the same time? Can we really dismiss the two geographically so very distant people foreseeing the same future as ‘mere’ coincidence?” This bringing together of Hindu and Mayan prophesies I had found intriguing and had also recalled Nostradamus’ prediction about the end of the world.

The thought came back the other day as I sat reading about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), that 27 Km long particle accelerator clicking away deep below the Franco Swiss border. And the underlying concerns that “earth would be destroyed and the galaxy gobbled up by an ever increasing black hole” as the LHC ramps up its operations and reaches its maximum power levels. Yet one more doomsday prediction.

What is it that has tempted Mankind through the ages to speculate on this end of the world theme? Has it been Man’s imagination going ballistic based on various apocalyptic events the world has faced? Or is it some other flaw in mental makeup?

Which brings me to that age-old tug of war within ourselves. We seek knowledge and at the same time avoid it. Our primal instincts conditioned us to make sense of the world around us as else there was always that fear of “what we do not know”. So we fit all we know into that “comfort space” which we have created and close our minds to uncomfortable facts that do not fit.

The doomsayers’ inherent belief is that in case everything does not fit into their prescribed paradigm, the world becomes unfixable and therefore doomed.  Theirs is a mindset of seeing all things in black and white. A perspective that stems from the same closing of minds to facts that do not fit, an underlying belief that what we know is really all that is there to know.

The doomsayers refuse to “see” the positivity, hope and initiative that abound all around us. They ignore any mid path there might be that the world can indeed be “saved” from the holocaust which they has consigned it to in their minds.

We may ridicule the above mindset but do we realise that we carry a bit of the doomsayers belief in each one us? A belief that surfaces when we try and stick to our old ways and resist change. When we wallow in a sea of negativity as we move with the crowd. When we block ourselves from empowerment and positive intentions. When we decide to wear someone else’s coloured glasses rather than be guided by our own core values. When we decide to live by others’ dreams and aspirations, not our own.

So, can we regain the conviction of our own selves to seek positivity and embrace change to inherit the Earth as Kipling’s Man? Or do we want to regress back to when the doomsayers believed the Earth was flat , and we could fall over the edge if we set forth to seek the unknown?

In Learning……………………………………..                                                                                                                                                                  Shakti Ghosal

Author: Shakti Ghosal

* A PCC Credentialed Executive Coach mentor and trainer for leaders & performance. * A qualified engineer and a PGDM (Faculty Gold medalist) from IIM Bangalore. * Four decades of industry experience spanning Engineering, Maintenance, Projects, Consumer durables, Supply Chains, Aviation and Tourism. * Top level management positions to drive business development, strategy, alliances all around the globe. * A visiting faculty at the IIMs. *A passion to envision trends & disseminate Leadership incubation globally. www.empathinko.in , * www.linkedin.com/in/Shaktighosal. shakti.ghosal@gmail.com . +91 - 9051787576

23 thoughts on “21st December 2012”

  1. It always amazes me how we always look at the negative side of predictions, take them literally word for word. How silly! I think a great deal of this misunderstanding was created by the dark ones who used fear to control us for so long now. We have been trained to see things from a negative perspective when in reality they usually are very positive. The 2012 saga continues on by the different camps of believers. Personally I see 2012 as the end of a way of life, the raising of human consciousness and the end of imprisonment. Perhaps we think the world is going to end because we all end, but we don’t ! We live on as energy for eternity changing forms as we go, but remaining the same entity in spirit. If we learned the important lesson of taking care of what we have we would see the world will go on forever if we treat it with respect and care for it, for it is energy as well and will rotate for eternity as well. Blessings….VK


      1. Hi DW !!! Fancy meeting you here…We definitely agree more than we disagree thank goodness. Good luck enduring the Olympic madness! I’ll be thinking of you..VK


      2. Yes, I think Shakti came via your own site to visit mine, and what a find.. 🙂 I have promised myself to watch the opening . which will be much later this evening here..:-)


  2. We are all of us irrevocably bound together within the Time and Space within our Dimension .. And so too is our Conscious creation of thoughts,, My daughter came up with a wonderful comment the other day.. She said here in Britain many Bank Holidays are always Bad weather, she said and no wonder, for we all of us think ‘Oh a Bank Holiday and its sure to rain,’ and sure enough it does.. She said if we are to understand that our Thoughts Create our reality.. then why not when we as a collective nation think bad weather Will happen should we be surprised that it is.
    So too as we think as a collective about the Changes of 2012.. We create within our thoughts and our world is acting as a mirror for them. As we often do not understand our connection to each other and that of our Earth. But we are ALL of us bound together within the consciousness.
    We are like the blood cells within the body of the earth.. each cell playing an important role. But if those Blood cells run riot and cause mayhem, as we are attacked by our very own thoughts like a Virus.. We can eventually Destroy the body we inhabit..
    We are at this time the disease… and unless with think ourselves a cure… we will need a very long period to recover and build back that which we have pulled down…. But we are within a perpetuating Cycle of renewal.. just like those cells.. some die as others are replacing themselves all the time..
    I am that same person I was when I was 5.. But each cell has rejuvenated and been replaced.. I am the same, but not the same.. So too will our earth go through a similar process as will Mankind…
    Not one of us at this moment Knows 100% what is going to happen, But we all of us sense Something Is about to.. And that to me.. is why I think we have chosen this time to come, and experience 2012.. The Beginning of the New Dawn of Time..
    Thank you for pointing me here… and allowing me to comment.. I love your own views very much.. ~Sue


  3. Thanks for introducing this post to me. “Great.” I agree with you. And many thanks for visiting “Have A Dream.” Shakti.


  4. Hi Shakti,

    As usual, you manage to put in a lot in only a few words. Though optimism never hurt anyone, I feel that extreme views are best avoided. As with everything else in life, moderation and balanced views help keep you level headed.


    1. Hi Boss,

      Could not agree with you more.

      Moderation and balance compel us to “see” both sides as also take on board the majority beliefs. After all, the normal distribution curve has the highest probability and frequency levels in the centre.

      Unfortunately, while we fully realise and appreciate this rationale, we often ” emotionally” seek comfort and assurance within a mob and its attendant extremist thinking.




  5. Countdown to Armageddon? The final battle & ultimate victory of good over evil – of the soul over circumstance! All the world’s a stage, we enter, play our part & exit – as you like it – or not!


    1. Hi Hormaz,

      Delighted to see your comments. Countdown to Armageddon, as you say, may well be happening. One is never sure. After all probabilistically speaking, end of the world, as we know it, may happen from one of myriad causes. We cannot control that. What we can control though is how we percieve things and to what extent we are able to free our thoughts and actions of non-supportive filters and blocks.




  6. Sir,
    I enjoyed reading the article. Just a tangential bit of trivia- Swami Paramhans Yoganand believed this to be the age of ascending DWAPAR yuga from about 1700 AD for the next 2400 years. Ascending Kaliyug is supposed to have lasted from about 500 AD to 1700 AD.


    1. Thank you Anupam for your inputs. I would like to read a bit more about the DWAPAR yuga, seems quite intriguing. But, if as you say, Kaliyug ended in 1700 AD, what is its implication on us today?

      Warm Regards

      Shakti Ghosal


      1. Sir
        It means the world on the whole is getting better and better. Even Osho was of the same opinion that far from world coming to an end, in reality the world is improving day by day. I am inclined to believe the same that apart from stray incidents, the humanity in its collective consciousness, compassion for each other, collective knowledge and conditions; is getting better day by day.


    2. Hi Anupam,

      I would like to applaud your positivity and hope. Only with these qualities can we move forward. The blog also intrinsically talks in the same vein.

      Cheers and God Bless.


  7. I really love what U write…My only observation is that U have such a Broad and All encompassing World Viev, that when U limit your language to only management vocabulary, U are narrowing your audience…really Shakti, what you say is absolutely relevant…pl pl pl address a wider audience…These Musings are needed by the World…Thank U Always….In Learning…Ramani


    1. Ramani,

      I feel humbled, thank you.

      Could you suggest how one could reach a larger audience and I would love to put in the effort. In the meantime, do feel free to share my blog with whoever you wish to.

      I really liked the albums you posted on FB recently.

      Love and Regards



    1. Hi Erich,

      Thank you for your kind acknowledgement.

      With a mind that is technically trained and therefore always comfortable with a ” ON – OFF ” switch thinking, I need to cosciously raise my awareness to the life continuum that flows in between. And in this regard, keeping an intention to continue to learn in a non-judgemental space helps.

      Cheers and God bless.



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