Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Testimonial for Posterity

I have just returned from the funeral of my uncle. While travelling back I was contemplating on the life journey which we all undertake. Then a thought occurred to me ‘What should one leave for posterity. Probably a fitting advice resulting from your life experience, to those you leave behind.
Upon your demise, if you had the financial resources, you would likely leave a testimonial etched in marble stone for others to read. Here is one written in 360 BC:

“Believe me, men, I have been dead all the years I have been alive. The beautiful, the good, the holy, the evil were all the same to me; such it seems was the darkness that formerly enveloped my understanding and concealed and hid from me all these things. But now that I have come here, I have become alive, as if I had lain down in the temple of Asclepius and been saved. I walk, I talk, I think. The sun, so great, so beautiful. I have now discovered men, for the first time: now I see the clear sky, you, the air, the acropolis, the theatre.”………… Papyrus Didotrana

Though it sounds morbid, associating death with relief comes with a negative connotation. The statement above clearly indicates the extremely reduced consciousness during human life. What is beautiful, good, holy or evil, were judged by a different set of standards which are being dictated by the ego consciousness which has thrived in the materialistic culture in which we have been rooted in the modern age. This has been foreseen as the onset of Kali yuga or the dark ages in Vedic philosophy.
Asclepius, is the god of medicine and healing in ancient Greek religion. Asclepius represents the holistic healing aspect of the medical arts and it is represented by his five daughters. His daughters are Hygieia ("Hygiene"), Iaso ("Medicine"), Aceso ("Healing"), Aglæa/Ægle ("Healthy Glow"), and Panacea ("Universal Remedy").
To lie down in the temple of Asclepius means to be one with the spirit of Asclepius.

Holistic medicine is now increasingly talked about not only in the medical profession but also by many individuals, thanks to the information deluge that we are witnessing through the world wide web.
Most human maladies and disease are the result of one’s mental state rather than some external cause. Today there is hard evidence as to what damage continued mental stress can cause within the body. Any interruption in smooth energy flow within the body causes energy blockages which result in various degrees of symptoms which when left unattended cases diseases to occur.

A very unique symbol associated with Asclepius is his rod with an entwined serpent. There are many interpretations for these symbolisms. The significance of the serpent has been interpreted as the shedding of skin and renewal is emphasized as symbolizing rejuvenation through holistic healing and the staff conveys the notions of resurrection and healing which has an echo in the Old Testament writing in the Book of Numbers.

“Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live." Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live”……. Numbers 21:8-9

This statement implies the nature of the fiery snake which is the Kundalini energy which has to ascend continuously within the human body. when this energy is locked in a horizontal plane within a chakra level then death results (this represented by the crawling fiery serpents which bite the Israelites). When the serpent is raised up there is life and rejuvenation.
These symbolisms have been mutually inclusive in the myths and wisdom traditions of both the Hebrews and the Greeks.

This energy can flow only when we develop a right frame of mind and as the great Gautama said:

“O Brahmana, it is just like a mountain river, flowing far and swift, taking everything along with it; there is no moment, no instant, no second when it stops flowing, but it goes on flowing and continuing. So Brahmana, is human life, like a mountain river.”

Love to you all

2 comments :

  1. Dear Tibs,
    It was an enthralling and beautifully educative read. Now that I am through God's grace, once again able to read and write with my syesight almost recovered, I shall be able to partake of your brilliant writes.

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  2. Dear Bhaskar,

    Thanks for your feedback and immensely glad that your eyesight is fine. I will look forward to your valuable inputs which I greatly value.

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