What distinguishes Mayan science from present-day science is that it is a system operating within a galactic frame. A science operating within a genuinely galactic frame of reference cannot be separated from what we call myth, art, or religion. For, as a comprehensive world view, the Mayan galactic frame of reference synthetizes rather than separates. In this regard, not only do the Maya challenge our science, but they play with our myths, and, as we shall see, they reinvest our history with a meaning and a scope that places our destiny within the unseen purposes of the starry firmament - but in a way undreamed of by the tinker-toy builders of our modern space programs.

Two Mayan terms, Hunab Ku and Kuxan Suum, are essential in providing us a galactic view which synthesizes science and myth.

Hunab Ku is usually translated as “One Giver of Movement and Measure”; it is the principle of life beyond the Sun. In this regard, Hunab Ku is the name of the galactic core, not just as name but as a description of purpose and activity as well. Movement corresponds to energy, the principle of life and all-pervading consciousness immanent in all phenomena. Measure refers to the principle of rhythm, periodicity, and a form of accounting for the different limiting qualities which energy assumes through its different transformations.

Kuxan Suum, literally „the Road to the Sky Leading to the Umbilical Cord of the Universe“, defines the invisible galactic life threads or fibers which connected both the individual and the planet, through the Sun, to the galactic core, Hunab Ku. These threads or fibers are the same as the luminous threads extending from the solar plexus described by the seer, Don Juan, in Carlos Castaneda’s serues if Yaqui wisdom books.

The Mayan Factor, Path beyond Technology, Jose Arguelles, Ph.D.