Quando in un bosco ne percepisci la bellezza e diventi tutt'uno con il bosco, allora, intuitivamente, sei in armonia e in pace con le Dee e con gli Dei. Essi sono parte della nostra vera natura, la nostra Natura Profonda, e quando siamo separati dalla nostra vera natura, viviamo nella paura. Percepire questa normalità vuol dire dare un senso reale al vivere che è insito in tutte le cose.

Intraprendere la Via Romana al Divino significa iniziare un percorso di risveglio: praticando l'attenzione e la consapevolezza continua ci incamminiamo lungo una strada sapendo che ciò che conta è il cammino per sè più che la destinazione.

When you, entering a forest, perceive the beauty of the forest and you feel to be in a complete harmony with it, then, intuitively, you are in peace with the Deities. They are an essential part of our real nature, our Deep Nature, and when we are separated by our real nature we live in the fear. Perceiving such normality means giving a real sense to our lives.

Undertaking the Roman Via to the Deities implies a path to awakening: with the practice of continuing consciousness and awareness we undertake our walking knowing that taking the path is more important than the destination itself

mercoledì 14 dicembre 2011

Mens et Vox

In the Traditional Roman Religion, also according to different circumstances, some invocations are made aloud, others whispered or murmured, others are only thought.

These variations pushed me to make some considerations about the meanings and differences between  "Mens" and "Vox". According to a religious point of view, Mens cannot be translated into Mind but rather into Thought. Similarly Vox doesn't correspond to the term  Voice but to Word.

This clarification also evidences the vulgarization, trivialization and profanation process suffered by such sacred terms whose modern meaning and use totally upset their original meaning.

Which is thus the meaning of what is only tacitly thought and what is explicitly said?

It is important to note that between Mens and Vox a constant relation always exists: no one can totally prevail even if  Mens detains always major value and importance. Therefore the scale proceeds from Mens ("What is not manifested") to the explicit Word and finally to the written word. For thi reason, what was considered highly sacred (i.e. the secret name of Rome) couldn't be written laso because what is written can be easily diffused and profaned: considering again the case of the secret name of Rome, its diffusion could cause an  evocatio of Rome or a removal of its Divine Spirit.

Addressing the Divine through Mens (Unexpressed thought or murmured words) implies always a very deep relation with the Deities: for this reason Animus must be Castus or pure to which will correspond a purity of the Body. The sentence  mens sana in corpore sano derives from this clarification. This sentence doesn't prefigure a mental, psychological and physical health but a Purity in Soul and Body as distinct but interrelated entities.

This is also another example of that  vulgarization, trivialization and profanation process mentioned above. Also the terms we use are important.

Caste iubet lex adire ad deos, animo videlicet in quo sunt omnia; nec tollit castimoniam corporis, sed hoc oportet intellegi, quom multum animus corpori praestet, observeturque ut casto corpore adeatur, multo esse in animis id servandum magis. Nam illud vel aspersione aquae vel dierum numero tollitur, animi labes nec diuturnitate evanescere nec amnibus ullis elui potest. 

Cicero De legibus 2,24

 "One of the legal maxims I have mentioned, states, that we should approach the gods with purity,—that is to say, with purity of Spirit; for this is every thing. Not that the law dispenses with purity of body,—but that we should understand the superiority of the Spirit over the body; and if we are attentive to the purity of our persons, we ought to be still more so to the purity of our souls. The pollutions of the body may indeed be removed by a few ablutions in a few days; but the stains of the conscience cannot be obliterated by any lapse of time, and all the rivers in the world cannot wash them out."

All the different verbal invocations to Gods/Goddesses (carmina, precatio, uotum, gratulatio, ecc...) may show variations in intensity of the expressed words to highlight this relation between  Vox and Mens in the officiant's mind as well as the different modalities thorugh which the invocation and the sacrifice (with the related rites) are transmitted and carried at the Divine level.

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