"Arguelles, who styled himself Valum Votan, Closer of the Cycle and President of the Foundation for the Law of Time, claimed to have been inspired by calendars left in Central America by Maya Indians, who were in turn inspired by extraterrestrials from the Galactic Federation.
The Mayans, he claimed, tell us we entered our current stage of evolution in 3113BC when the Earth and Sun began a long journey through an energy beam emanating from the Milky Way. In 2012, the solar system would leave the beam: “As the year 2012 approaches, the planet will be humming and vibrating as never before,” Arguelles wrote in The Mayan Factor: Path Beyond Technology (1987). He wanted a “critical mass” of 144,000 New Age believers to gather at sacred sites such as Mount Olympus, the Egyptian pyramids, the Dead Sea and San Francisco Bay to witness the new dawn.
In the meantime Arguelles called for meditation to give humanity a chance to enter the New Age without mishap and on August 16 1987,
Somehow this paid, you have to respect that.
Respects to his family.