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Thiên cơ cư sĩ Đức Quí by Lĩnhnam on Oct 15, 2011 11:23 am, translated by Ngocxuan, edited by Dian and Xiao BaiYun.

The following is the teaching from Esoteric Master Duc Qui on Heaven's Plan for the future:
For some time, traditional religions from the west and east have been making predictions about the end of the world and of humankind. Christianity in particular has emphasized the Apocalypse for the past 2000 years. The occult and secret sects have been propagating divine revelations about the great destruction of humanity, illustrated by this popular saying: "Seven people out of 10 will die, leaving 3 alive, then out of the 3, 2 more will die, leaving one alive before peace finally comes."

However, from examining the occurrences of various natural and man-made disasters over the past few years, we have noticed that the physical damages to properties, houses and crops are extensive, while the loss of life (except in Japan and Indonesia) has not been significant in comparison.

Based on this fact, even if there is a 5 to 10-fold increase in the incidences of natural disasters, warfare or economic crises, we can implicitly understand that Heaven's plan, which is carried out by High Spirits, is not to decimate humanity but merely to punish humans. Therefore there will be no Apocalypse or catastrophic destruction that would kill 7 out 10, leaving 3. It is more accurate to say that 3 will perish, leaving 7 alive. These 3 (or 30%)of the population are the sinners and immoral people. Although there may be some people who may die wrongfully, it is only a small number. In this case, it can be understood as "killing one to warn a hundred."

There will not be an Apocalypse because the Deities and Spirits do not need to annihilate human populations. Their purpose is solely to turn humans into more moral people by thrusting them into hellish miseries on earth, by taking away their social and worldly possessions, by letting them experience the vagaries of life and the sufferings that accompany them, and by inflicting on them suffering from wars that make them better off dead than alive. By so doing, humans will clearly realize that their present existence is only temporary, and will return to their spiritual life. The Deities thus force humans to adhere to Divine moral ethics and lead them into the era of superior virtue.

Everyone, rich or poor, will one day find themselves waking up empty handed. The possessions they had been clinging to will be taken away from them in a flash, leaving them destitute and homeless. It is for them to understand that their lifestyle of running after money and committing all kinds of crimes to get fame and wealth is after all meaningless, and that they were just sand crabs, building sandcastles in the Eastern Sea.

Future events will show humanity very clearly that fame and fortune are mere drifting duckweed or floating clouds, not to mention that those who offend Heaven will have to suffer more punishments from the Divine. Those who do not wish to receive a whipping from the Deities should try to lead a spiritual and moral life.

And so, humanity should live a good life without fear. Just be aware that in the coming months and years, natural and man-made disasters of all kinds will be much greater, the main purpose of which is only to destroy material goods, so that humans no longer have any reason to spend all their heart and mind energies in pursuing personal greed and desires.

Duc Qui
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Expert: 'We are rewriting the financial and economic history of disasters on a global scale'

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For natural disasters, 2011 started with much of Queensland, Australia, swamped by rain-triggered flooding. Parts of Brisbane are seen here on Jan. 13. Munich Re, a multinational that insures insurance companies, calculated that the Australia flooding left $7.3 billion in economic losses, making it the fourth costliest natural disaster in the first half of 2011. The global bill was $265 billion, Munich Re said, well above the previous record of $220 billion in 2005. (Torsten Blackwood / AFP - Getty Images)

Natural disasters across the globe have made 2011 the costliest on record in terms of property damage, and that's just six months in, according to a report released Tuesday by a leading insurer that tracks disasters.

Moreover, that record builds on a trend of recent costly years — which means more expensive insurance for consumers over the long haul.

The first six months saw $265 billion in economic losses, well above the previous record of $220 billion (adjusted for inflation) set for all of 2005 (the year Hurricane Katrina struck), according to Munich Re, a multinational that insures insurance companies.

Japan's earthquake and tsunami last March account for the biggest chunk ($210 billion), as well as most deaths (15,500 dead with 7,300 still counted as missing), but even without that cost factored in, overall losses still exceed the 10-year average, the company stated in its half-year review (PDF file).

After Japan, the costliest disasters so far this year were New Zealand's earthquake in February ($20 billion), the twister outbreak in the U.S. Southeast ($7.5 billion), and Australia's flooding in December-January ($7.3 billion).

2011 is "one for the record books," Bob Hartwig, head of the Insurance Information Institute, told reporters being briefed on the study. "We are rewriting the financial and economic history of disasters on a global scale."

For the United States, 98 events (storms, flooding, fires and earthquakes) left $27 billion in economic losses, more than double the 10-year average of $11.8 billion, Munich Re stated.

The total number of events is trending up as well: The first half of 2011 has already produced more events than most entire years before 2006, the company found.
The vast majority of U.S. damage, $23.5 billion, was from twisters and other severe storms. Twisters have also claimed nearly 600 lives this year.

2011 will go down as "the year of the tornado," predicted Carl Hedde, a risk analyst at Munich Re.
The climate connection

Munich Re wasn't shy about drawing a connection between climate change and what it sees as longer windows for extreme weather.

While the trend for earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions is fairly stable, severe weather events are on the upswing, said Peter Hoppe, who runs the company's Geo Risks Research/Corporate Climate Center.

There is "higher potential of thunderstorm development in the last decade" and "more dates per year during which storms can develop," he added.
Munich Re has factored in increased population, and thus more property, to see if those are behind the rise in economic losses.
But the data show those alone "cannot explain" the increase, "so there is a significant trend in these losses," he said.

Natural events like La Nina and El Nino, ocean cycles that alter weather systems, are certainly factors as well, but warming temperatures appear to be adding a layer "on top" of that natural variability, Hoppe said.
He also cited a climate connection between Australia's severe floods and rising ocean temperatures off the coast there. That means "more evaporation and higher potential for these extreme downpours," he said.
"It can only be explained by global warming," he added.

Raising rates

The enormous losses translate into more payouts by insurers, which reduces their bottom lines.
"It's definitely the worst half year for the insurance industry" on record, said Hoppe.
So what does the trend mean for consumers? Higher insurance rates.
While "rates do not bounce up and down based on events in a single year," the previous three years were also costly in the United States, Hartwig said.

Disasters lead to search for 'Safest City, USA'

"So we're in the midst of a longer term trend," he added, citing the fact that three of the 15 most expensive events globally happened in last 18 months: Japan's quake/tsunami, and earthquakes in New Zealand and Chile. If you add the U.S. tornadoes this spring as a single event, he noted, that'd make it in the top 15 as well.
In the United States, the increase in events is "pushing up the cost of providing insurance in many parts," Hartwig said.
"Insurers have begun to reflect that in their rates and will continue to do so."