Friday, May 06, 2016
I have long been intrigued by prophecies of apocalypse occurring in the future. Nostradamus, the Book of Revelations, the Hopi predictions, the Mayan Calendar (now reinterpreted), the Tibetans and other sources speak of a time of universal catastrophe when humankind will suffer near extinction. I for one do not believe that our own thinking controls such events. Like Cassandra in Greek drama, Baba Vanga is doomed to foresee the future but cannot change it.
I am not suggesting that her predictions will necessarily come true. But I do find them worth reflection. And––and this part is very important––I am not totally depressed by these possibilities. I think the external structures of society are collapsing all around, but that a new humanity, essentially a new species, is being created at the same time. This is the "evolutionary leap" that many have predicted. We are now experiencing the birth pangs of this phenomenon. Nothing is born without pain. We are experiencing the pain and the rapture all at the same time as the new human comes into being. Kindalini is one of the primary agents of this transformation. Anyone who has gone through the full process of risen Kundalini would, I think, agree. Others are now struggling to complete their own inner journey.
Baba Vanga reminds me of the blind prophet Tiresias in Oedipus Rex (Sophocles) and elsewhere in Greek drama. He lost his outer sight but was given inner perception as a kind of compensation. Indeed, the blind prophet is an archetypal figure in myth and literature.
Who knows what is possible?
A BLIND mystic who reportedly foretold 9/11, the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, the Fukushima nuclear spill and the birth of ISIS also made dire predictions for 2016 and beyond.
Bulgaria-born Prophetess Baba Vanga, who died in 1996 aged 85, was known as “Nostradamus from the Balkans” thanks to a purported 85 per cent success rate and has long been revered in Russia and Europe as a kind of supernatural saint.
Of the hundreds of predictions Vanga made over her 50-year career as a celebrated clairvoyant, a large number alluded to natural and climate change-related disasters. She warned of melting polar ice caps and rising sea temperatures back in the 1950s, decades before anyone had heard of global warming.
Her followers believe her vivid description of a “huge wave” that would descend on a “big coast, covering people and towns and (causing) everything to disappear under the water” was a reference to the 2004 tsunami and earthquake which claimed hundreds of thousands of lives across the Pacific Rim.
But it’s Vanga’s preoccupation with a “great Muslim war” that has sent believers, conspiracy theorists and Islamophobics into a doomsday frenzy in recent months as the world struggles to contain the escalating threat from Islamic State and its affiliates.
The chilling prophecies warn of a 2016 invasion of Europe by Muslim extremists, a conflict she predicted would begin with the Arab Spring in 2010, play out in Syria where “Muslims would use chemical warfare against Europeans”, and culminate in the establishment of a caliphate by 2043 with Rome at its epicenter.
According to Vanga, Europe as we know it will “cease to exist” by the end of next year following the systematic elimination of entire populations, leaving the continent “almost empty”, a “wasteland almost entirely devoid of any form of life”.
If that sounds dramatic, consider the developments of the past year, which has seen ISIS edge perilously close to Europe with the taking of Sirte, a key Libyan city overlooking the Mediterranean and the birthplace of the late dictator Gaddafi.
Sirte is now an Islamic State colony operating under Sharia Law. The new regime reportedly cemented its authority by staging a series of public executions, during which an unknown number of people were crucified and beheaded.
And ISIS continues to gain ground in Syria, despite a massive bombing campaign by allied forces in the wake of the Paris attacks. To devotees and others consumed by fear of an impending apocalypse, it’s as if Vanga’s deadly prophecies are unfolding before their very eyes.
(Part Two to follow in next post)
(photo from internet)