Modern Mayans are claiming that the December 21, 2012 so called 'doomsday' that many say the Mayan calendar calls for is a for profit misrepresentation of the calendar. Rather than an environmental apocalypse that many claim the calendar foretells modern Mayans are saying that the December 21 date represents one on which mankind will make significant custom oriented changes in order to be in harmony and balance with nature. The Mayans are claiming that the determinants resulting in these significant custom oriented changes will not involve a cataclysmic 'doomsday' event. Per the article:
...This calendar, the Long Count, is a wonderfully complex system that spans around 5,200 years and is of huge spiritual significance to the Mayan people. The final cycle of the calendar -- the 13th b'aktun -- will complete on Dec. 21. Obviously this means the world will come to an end... Right? Wrong. In a statement released by Oxlaljuj Ajpop, the end of the cycle simply "means there will be big changes on the personal, family and community level, so that there is harmony and balance between mankind and nature." To some crazed doomsayers desperately trying to make money from selling their nonsensical books of doom, this "harmony and balance" means the Universe is going to char broil the planet, killing everyone who isn't 'prepared' (i.e. those poor unfortunate souls who ignored their warnings). The Mayan descendants don't quite see "harmony and balance" in the same way.