Strait is the Gate by Andre Gide takes you on a journey to a pathway to God. You find the garden gate to the soul. This few people find through Gods love. God would not want to take the wrong people to this pathway where the entrance equals empathy. This garden gate like a Heavenly gateway to the heart could be something of a similar equation to going through the last door of Heaven where you meet Gods love. The transcendence to love when embraced this deeply would be like a death of the self, where the unconscious meets a consciousness of the love of God for the human being and where love equals death. The garden is the final resting place and God cannot take you any further while you are still living but this beautiful ascension would not be complete without love.
Monday, March 10, 2014
With Gustave Flaubert's, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, is about a 3rd century Saint living the life of an ascetic. Going to the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua where bones of the Saint are kept was a special experience. You feel the order of St. Anthony, is somewhere in the heart that reaches Gods garden. St. Anthony was tempted by evil. This you will come across in several representations of St. Anthony in the history of art. His own personal demons seem to haunt him like the devil. The life of an ascetic would be a love of God and not anything other than a vow of silence. Most Saints from the early centuries would have experienced a life without people.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Following on from this, John Milton left his deeply humanist novel, Paradise Lost, and you feel Satan is described as the human being, the evil within. Milton's devil does tempt Eve into biting an apple from the sacred tree of knowledge, Gods divine knowledge. The devil is surprised with how easy it is to do this nasty deed. He travels through time to preempt the couple Adam and Eve arriving from their lost paradise into not earth but another domain of Heaven, something like fallen angels of Christ. You feel Milton has left the city streets of London to move to the country to write this novel. Something like a country priest. Maybe his lively city lifestyle was a bit cramped in the country. A great place to contemplate his entire life there in London. The devil appears far too human. This is translated as God had to tempt the goddess within or Eve who was born of Adam, so they could complete the fall, of a biblical nature and produce human beings or the human race. The book has very special biblical overtones and you feel that Milton must have been a man of faith. His poetry is a reinterpretation of the life on the street through biblical themes. Several volumes of verse are currently available.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
The equation of God can be got to by several literary experiences, too. For example, Shakespeare's Hamlet, you feel this is an internal contemplation of death and a lot of his plays appear to address the subject. The John Everett Millais painting of Ophelia feels like an interpretation of Shakespeare's Hamlet reaching death in the garden. Shakespeare describes death in a very different way as a playwright. Death feels more to do with an equation of the skull, the soul as an empty tomb. Ghosts do rush through you with the emotions of death like Ophelia drowning herself and floating down the river. The history plays do talk of the century Shakespeare lived in but take you on a profoundly deep journey of the human being.
Friday, March 7, 2014
In the internal headspace of Dante we travel down through a labyrinth of hills and valleys to travel past all the Hell. This strange fantastical headspace of valleys and trees of an internal landscape feels far removed from Hell for Dante. More to do with a landscape within where God could be found. Max Ernst, from memory, went to America to find a similar decoupage landscape that he traversed in his early Surrealist landscapes. Ernst was individually creative with such techniques and suggested himself that he was the forerunner of Abstract Expressionism in America. Peggy Guggenheim certainly makes you feel the Surrealists had a well earned influence on her society. The fantastical landscape often obtained by the Surrealists may be an influence of early twentieth century literature and the neoclassical revival of the century before and this feels like a very modern European way of an internal gaze. Dante happening would refute this claim being several centuries earlier in equation. His traversing of the abyss found him travelling down to the centre of his soul and finding God in Paradiso.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Thoreau on the hand speaks of nature equalling Heaven. His time with an equation of the simple life, spent in his birthplace, was making a small cabin in the country by hand with his own heating. He lived there writing philosophy for two years. Few people would understand to find God in the landscape despite the art of this century. What he was known for is living the life of a Christian philosopher in search of nature. His transcendentalist view would be an equation of nature via purity like a river stream, nothing to do with Puritanism. Thoreau would have been a Platonic thinker meaning he was a philosopher of love and found the love of God in a Heavenly view of nature.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
For somebody like John Locke, the immensity of infinity was a comprehension of the eternal not often reached by the human heart. God travelled elsewhere with his philosophical equations and although Locke's philosophy speaks from the heart, time does not equal God, however, the eternal does. An innate understanding of God is somewhere where the brain via the heart seems to depart consciousness. Infinity can be reached by a mathematical understanding or at least a concept of the idea can be. Premise the reflection of an infinity of the self would appear like a mirage. Are we the centre of the universe or is the universe the centre of every single human cell?