Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Today is the 12-12-12




Today is the 12th day of December, 2012

 Artwork (Toronto: Dec. 12, 2012) © Jerome D'Costa

Today is December 12, 2012. This day of 12-12-12 is being considered most auspicious by some who want to do something today that will bring good or good fortune to oneself, to the family or to the society.

Some have already fixed this day as the day of their wedding. Others have kept this day to inaugurate their new business ventures.

We sometimes get obsessed with certain numbers and think that those numbers will bring a good fortune or a bad one.

I have seen some Chinese who buy lottery tickets if they find the tickets have certain numbers. They avoid tickets having certain other numbers. The Chinese usually consider 8 as the very lucky number. That’s why they started the Bejing Olympics on August 8, 2008 in the evening (p.m.) at 8 hours, 8 minutes and 8 seconds!  They also consider 3, 5, 6, and 9 as lucky. To them 4 and 13 are unlucky numbers.

The Bible has numbers that occur frequently in it. Some of these are: 3 (the Trinity; Christ rose from the dead after three days), 7 (on the seventh day God rested from his work of creation; seven Sacraments given by Christ), 9 (nine gifts of the Holy Spirit), 10 (the Ten Commandments of God), and 12 (Twelve sons and twelve Tribes of Israel; and 12 (the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ).

Numbers also play a vital role in different other religions, horoscope and palmistry.

The numerology has been playing a great role in the lives of peoples.

Do numbers have any real effect on mankind?

I don’t think so. It’s only a state of mind, it’s only a matter of attitude we have toward numbers. One number is good and another is bad – how can that be? If there wasn’t a number (whether good or bad/lucky or unlucky), how could the other number be there?  Numbers are not magnets that they will attract good luck or bad luck towards them!

Are those, who are born on lucky-number days, the most clever, intelligent, rich or free from any problem? Do those, born on unlucky-number days, face disasters and failures all their lives? Is it worth wasting one’s time in worrying about or avoiding the unlucky numbers? You find the answers for yourself.

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