What is the Matrix
I have been obsessed with the mythology of the Matrix for...too long. Here's some ideas that are striking.
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The Matrix and the Grail.
‘The Grail becomes symbolic of an authentic life that is lived in terms of its own volition, in terms of its own impulse system, that carries itself between the pairs of opposites of good and evil, light and dark,’ he says. This way through the middle is the meaning of the name Parzival, to pierce through the middle. This middle way is the Grail. What makes it possible is a consciousness beyond limits, to give the final word to Lana Wachowski, it’s the ‘emergence of de-
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The idea of the individual journey, that no one can live your life, and if you don’t live it, you have not lived your life, and that’s the Wasteland, that’s the sense of it, doing what everyone told you, the third temptation of the Buddha, perform your duty to society. Your duty is no good to society is no good, unless you can bring society something that is you, and is authentic, and not simply repeating. - Joseph Campbell
“He abandoned all of those rules - everything that society told him he should be...[He] has left the system behind and he is living within his own nature. He experiences what we call the birth of compassion...Parzival went through the process of leaving the systems behind, going through them, using them, but leaving them behind and having a birth of compassion. This is the true nature. He sees no boundaries.
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The art before “Parzival” had become flat - a representation of the spirit. But, after “Parzival,” art became about Venus, the goddess of love. Only Venus was Christianized and the Cult of Mary emerged. “The goddess has come roaring back in a big way because now we need a figure that represents nature,” said Metcalf. “Venus always represented nature and now Mary represents this pure love.”
The Holy Grail
That’s the inexhaustible center that is represented by the Grail, the inexhaustible fountain, of the source. The source doesn’t care what happens once it gives into being. It’s the giving and coming into being that counts, and that’s the becoming life point in you. - Joseph Campbell
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Wolfram tells a story of the origins of the Grail in which it was once carried from heaven to earth by the angels who had remained neutral when Satan opposed God and there was war in heaven. The Grail here stands for that spiritual path that is between pairs of opposites, (hence Parzival’s name). Between these opposites is the spontaneous natural impulse of a noble heart. The Grail, as Campbell describes it, is then the inexhaustible vessel - the unquenchable fountain of the source.
Merovingian Bees. Two of the golden bees or cicadas with cloisonné garnet wings (garnet insets) that were used to decorate either the royal coat or the harness of the horse of Childéric, the father of Clovis. These Merovingian bees inspired Napoleon, who adopted them as the symbol of the French Empire.
The Eleusinian Mysteries: The Rites of Demeter
To the Greeks, bees were considered to be divine insects, and were revered in their myths and rituals. Among the most celebrated of these myths was the story of the fertility goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone. The Eleusinian Mysteries were an initiatory tradition that played an important role in the lives of those who experienced it. The bee took on the connotation of initiatic death and rebirth: that is, of personal regeneration and transformation. Rosicrucian Digest, No. 2 (2009)
Commentary: Dat Rosa Mel Apibus
Commentary on Dat Rosa Mel Apibus by John Eberly. "Through the symbology of the "The Rose Gives The Bees Honey", the intersection of the spiritual and the physical worlds, access to the utopian state of mind afforded by the Rosy Cross manifesto is gained."
Jodorowsky - Before the Incal - (Eyecop - Matrix - Sentinel) An eyecop, working for the robotic police force, the eyecops are camera-heads with tentacles that float around the subjugated human society primarily monitoring and reporting back to the Supra Divinoid, an AI controlling in control of society.
So the Smith, in fury & strength: in indignation & burning wrath howls in stern despair He curses Cities & Nations, Families & Peoples, Tongues & Laws Driven to desperation by the Smith's terrors & threatning fears The Smith cries, Obey my voice & never deviate from my will And I will be merciful to thee - adapted from William Blake
cf John Locke's rationality to the visionary insight of Blake. For Harold Bloom, because Blake is able to see the identity of God and man, the rejection of Locke and the tenets of deism makes way for a system in which "to see the infinite in all things is to see God because it is to see as God sees, which Blake believes is the only way to see God. But to see as God sees, man must himself be infinite, a state to be attained only by the individual utterly possessed by the Poetic character."
In William Blake's figure, the three heads are "three brains in contradictory council brooding incessantly," not daring to act," "plotting to devour Albions body of Humanity & Love," and "rejecting Ideas as nothing & holding all Wisdom/ To consist in the agreements & disagreements of Ideas." This last is a paraphrase of the philosopher John Locke, but with two meanings of the word "Idea."
"Glory Glory Glory to the holy Lamb of God Who now beginneth to put off the dark Satanic body Now we behold redemption Now we know that life Eternal Depends alone upon the Universal hand & not in us Is aught but death In individual weakness sorrow & pain" (William Blake) In the terms of Blake's myth, both the Lamb of God and the Satanic body emerge out of Luvah, Love. Redemption is continuous, God takes human form whenever consciousness is liberated from duality. --Kathryn S Freeman
Blake's Golgonooza is a city created by the smith, Los. 'Creating form & beauty around the dark regions of sorrow...Creating the beautiful House for the piteous sufferer.' The building of Golgonooza is the attempt to build a sanctuary in the midst of perception that emerges from contracted consciousness. It promises the possibility of detachment even through the revolutions of dualities. But from Golgonooza arises the 'Direful Web of Religion'.
William Blake's Los, and Orc in chains. Orc is the rebellious aspect of the divinity Luvah, Love. Luvah is reborn into the world seven times in an apparently perpetual cycle, before a saving climax in his final incarnation. While bound in the real world, Orc's imagination is able to exist in a cave located in the Architect Urizen's kingdom. He rebels against Urizen, but it is only when he stops fighting that Orc is able to transform back into divine form as Luvah, Love.
William Blake's Los is a smith, beating with his hammer on a forge, as the beating of the heart. Los is the divine aspect of imagination. After he becomes mechanical in his actions, he falls and becomes part of the cycles of the material world. Los's purpose is to create his own system, to be free of the system based on reason. Los breaks apart the heavens, destroying the world in an apocalypse that leads to eternity, in which the Lamb of God comes to rule.
"which then provides the world with the choice of a third path, the path of Neo, the path of peace." You cannot buy peace; No one can lead you to it, no guru, no priest, no symbol. In meditation it is. Meditation itself is the movement of peace. The putting away of what you have learnt or experienced is meditation. When there is no peace in relationship, there is no peace in meditation. --Krishnamurti
"through the emergence of de-limited spirit" Intelligence itself is tranquility, creativeness, and as long as there is not that intelligence there must be suffering. What gives you perception immediately, directly, is that full intensity of awareness in the present. To understand the environment, whatever it be, is intelligence. Then you are really beyond all priests, then you are beyond all limitations, beyond the gods themselves.--Krishnamurti
"transcending the Cartesian dilemma" Gopi Krishna viewed the Kundalini Awakening Experience as that which 'enable[s] human consciousness to transcend the normal limits..., to transcend the limits of the highest intellect... - the final phase of the present evolutionary impulse in man'. For example, there is 'the ecstatic unification of subject and object', which transcends the dualistic split consciousness of the Cartesian ego,--Richard House
"which ultimately allows an evolutionary transition" Rudolf Steiner also saw the life and death of Jesus Christ as a unique event for the evolution of the world. The entire fear-based consciousness expresses degrees of evil that manifest from the core conflict... Christ has led the way by breaking the cycle of the fear-based consciousness, and giving humanity the ability to open to the transformation to the mystic self that will lead humanity beyond inertia. --Peter N. Borys Jr