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The Book Of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012 Hardcover – Jun 22 2009

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harperone (June 22 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061574147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061574146
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 18.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #881,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Fans will delight in how Barrios connects the Mayan dots.” (Library Journal)

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Discover What the Prophecy of 2012 Means for Your Life

According to the Mayan Elders, at the moment of birth every human being is given a destiny. Our life challenge is to develop ourselves and our skills in order to fulfill this destiny, thus fueling our individual contribution to the planet. At the heart of The Book of Destiny is the sacred Mayan calendar, an extraordinary tool that allows the reader to discover this destiny, along with one’s special Mayan symbol, origin, as well as the protection spirits that accompany them through life. Poetically narrated, the book describes how the calendar contains the scientific legacy of the Mayan people, preserved and transmitted over the centuries through oral tradition and written texts.

Written at the request of the Mayan Elders, by member of the Guatemalan Elders Council and Mayan Priest Carlos Barrios, The Book of Destiny is a tool to help people understand their life purpose and to use this profound knowledge to make the best of their time on earth.

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I have been waiting for this book to be translated into English, and I blazed through it in a few days. Barrios does a great job of providing good background information and a cultural context relative to the current transition we are experiencing. I particularly like the in-depth information about the Sacred Calendar, especially regarding the significance of birth dates and one's purpose in this life. The longer cycles are also explained cogently.

For anyone looking for a really down to earth book with some depth, this is the best one out there. Barrios, a Mayan priest as well as an anthropologist, finds a lovely balance-weaving historical and cultural context with specific information. There are many insights that provide a deeper understanding of the many personal, societal and environmental changes we are and will most likely to continue experiencing for a few years.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that he takes on at least one prominent author, who, in the opinion of many, exploits the 2012 phenomenon for personal gain. Barrios explains why this person's work is off base and misleading.

Essentially, while there be some continued disruption as we transition to the next era over the next few years, Barrios provides an important pubic service by shifting the focus off of the idea of there being a day (December, 2012) of abrupt change towards the realization that we are in a sustained period of fundamental transition. His insights and concrete suggestions for surviving and thriving during the next few years, when the tranitions and changes may well be somewhat dramatic, are invaluable. I am very grateful that he took the time to produce this book, which by the way is elegantly presented-nice size, cover material,the many illustrations are graceful, and the book is very well written.
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There is some great information in these ancient Mayan Prophesies. Could be a little more compact ,but it contains everything you want to know on the subject.
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When Jesus was baptized a voice from heaven said "this is my beloved son, he is my chosen one". When I read the Book of destiny I had those words in mind because the message in this book is so strong that I had to make the choice again. Who do I want to follow. And I chose Jesus again. The Tzolkin calendar seems to hold a lot of truths but the question is: are theese truths connected with the highest wisdom and love? I began asking myself if the knowledge of the Tzolkin calender comes from God the Father or if it comes from somewhere else. And I didn't know. And I have learned that if something is uncertain it's better to go and stick it in the ground no matter how interesting it seems. Because what I do know is the positive effect the gospel words has had in my life. I felt that if I had accepted the Book of destiny as my guiding light it would be like eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. I rather eat from the tree of life. So think carefully who you want to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn about the Mayan and the upcoming Dec 2012 Prophecies! Oct. 23 2009
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This book is a good read. It flows very well. It is a great way to understand the Mayans and their prophecies from an actual Mayan.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book July 29 2009
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The only book I've found on Mayan calendrics/prophecies from a Mayan shaman and member of the Mayan Elders Council. Has an excellent, detailed section on each of the 20 Cholq'ij day signs. My favorite book on the subject!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Maya Teachings Nov. 28 2009
By Peggy A. Kornegger - Published on
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This is a very good book for anyone interested in an authentic overview of Maya teachings as they have been handed down for thousands of years. Readers should be cautious about relying too heavily on the information in many of the books now available on the Maya because they are often based on archeological studies that use interpretations of Maya history and culture made by the Spanish conquerers hundreds of years ago, which, not surprisingly, is completely inaccurate. Carlos Barrios's book is not one of those. I found it fascinating reading.
Peggy Kornegger,
author of Living with Spirit, Journey of a Flower Child
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much information in this book that you need to know! Jan. 29 2010
By J. Palacios - Published on
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As a descendant of Mayan heritage, I have read many books concerning the Mayan Calendar and the enigmatic date of 2012 and this is without a doubt the best book that I have been able to find. Many passages in this book will make you think deeply about what is going on in the world and in your own individual life. The Mayan Calendar is truly special because if you truly understand it, you know that it can help you discover the person that you were born to be and realize your purpose in life; that we all are part of a cosmic continuum.
Buy this book, you won't regret it!
"Reality is from the eyes inward and illusion is from the eyes outward."
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Destiny March 16 2012
By Guillermo D. Lopez - Published on
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I belong to a group called "Calpulli". A "Calpulli" was for the indigenous people of Mexico a type of community educational/cultural/political learning center for a village or group of villages. Our group chooses a book, topic or theme to study. About two and a have years ago we choose The Book of Destiny to read/study. If you're looking for a fast read, this is not it. This is not a negative. The book is highly intricate, detailed and amazing. My area of interests are in the sciences and ancient cultures. Other members have areas of expertise in the Aztec/Mayan calendar and ancient cultures of the Americas. Most members, simply want to learn more about the calendar and its multitude of meanings. Most of us knew that this calendar was not just a date calendar, but The Book of Destiny presents the calendar into its proper perspective. The book explains the true meanings of the calendar through comparisons of current scientific terms and theories. It describes and explains the calendar's relationship to astronomy, mathematics, physics, human anatomy, biology, cellular construction and the list goes on. If you have a background in these areas, you will be absorbed by this book. If you don't have a strong base knowledge in these areas, you will be fascinated and educated at the same time. Our "Calpulli" is close to the end of this book. It has been fun and educational. Great book!