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

venerdì 22 maggio 2015

History repeating

"(...) These men dressed in black, who eat like elephants, who tire out, because of the abundance of the cups they guzzle, those who serve them to drink: they, who hide these excesses under a pallor which they procure artificially (... ), run against all the holy places screaming and carrying wood, stone and iron. And the ones who have no tools, make use of the hands and feet. Then the roofs are pulled down, the walls crashed, pulled down the statues, altars overturned , the priests must be silent or die. Destroyed a building, they run to a second and then to a third and the trophies are added to the trophies against all laws.

All these violence are made in the cities but especially in the villages. These men in large numbers attack everywhere. After causing much damage separately, they meet each other and tell their feats to each other: they consider a shame not to have committed the most outrageous injustice. They go to the assault of the villages as streams ravaging the fields, the houses of innocent: blinding, tearing down and killing.

(...) They say they are fighting in the name of their god, in the name of their faith, but this war is only a way to take enormous richness, to steal the money of the distressed. They live thanks to the evil caused to others.

These are men who do not hesitate at nothing. The destruction they make is the result of their greed, their violence and fury.

Here's an example. In the city of Berea there was a bronze of Asclepius, a statue in which art imitated maximally nature. It was so beautiful that anyone who saw her once wanted to go back to see her again. This statue, this work of art, this masterpiece, created with great effort, the work of an illustrious genius, by Phidias, was torn apart and destroyed. Many hands have divided the work of Phidias. Why? "

Libanius "In Defense of the Temples"

2 commenti:

M. Sentia Figula ha detto...

As you suggest, this is what becoming acquainted with history is all about - realising that the more things change the more things stay the same ... the trick is to learn the lessons of history and try to do things in a better way instead of just repeating the same mistakes again and again. These men have given into a grotesque form of superstitio - they think their God asks them to do vile things as a means of demonstrating piety (but no true God could ask such things of people) - but as Cicero has said, those who give in to superstitio can have no peace of mind.

Carmelo Cannarella ha detto...

This is a serious problem. We have still to cope, in this XXI century, with groups of individuals killing and destroying in the name of god as in the times of Libanius. In that age this kind specific kind of violence was unknown but we know very well the result of those violences. This is not only a problem of superstitio. Probably, here in Europe, living very close to the palces where these violences are taking place, we are living these events with a more vivid impression. The question is that we have already passed through a Middle Age and it was a not particularly positive experience. In particular here in Italy, even if the Italians are very inclined to the oblivion, we have already lived "the end of the world" in the past: we needed centuries of cultural fights to overcome the age of the witch-hunts.
And I don't want to live those experiences again.