SINNERS

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Among the objects created majestically during the wanderings of our planet and thus deserving to be honored as an “axis mundi,” the Holy Mountain of Kailash remains the most exceptional one. Kailash is the home of Shiva (The central God in the Hindu religion: Destroyer and Transformer). Climbing Kailash constitutes a sin against the deity and therefore it is forbidden. However, thousands of years ago, the inhabitants of Tibet contrived a ritual even there for the needs of the soul. This was the “neykhor” or “Kora pilgrimage,” practiced by thousands of believers still to date. Two or three days of pilgrimage along 32 miles of an amazing landscape, and the devoted pilgrim could go all the way around Kailash with just a little food and water. A full circumambulation could clear the soul from a life full of sins!

It is very difficult to encounter humans who do not sin. Referring to the holy writings, we cannot stone (This alludes to biblical history: “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone”.) the sinner, because it would hurt us deeply in our souls! We all betray God, homeland, family or our benefactors in one way or another …

Sin had its origin on High, among the princes of the Sky, when they trampled on the boundaries set by God, tempted the whole mankind toward the same inclination and together merited the punishment of the Inferno. The Heavenly Sinner came in various forms: he became a lion, a snake, a dragon, or a winged monster (This alludes to Dante’s Satan, a giant beast with wings that chews on sinners, Brutus, Judas and Cassius at the frozen center of Hell) biting the famed Earthly sinners in the icy darkness of despair. From the ancient Mediterranean imagination, the Heavenly Sinner appears as a handsome human figure (This alludes to Prometheus), bound at the top of a rock and abused by a black eagle that eats his liver.

The tornado of what we imagine about sin becomes highly tangible in our “Kingdom of Quantity,” even though the sins that are no longer considered sins do not give us much time to imagine them. The tornado of our imagination is sketched out at its origin. It expands just like the Universe around us, with the sinning couple at its center, always there, under the Tree of Knowledge.

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The idea of an “axis mundi” found on Earth all the objects in which it could be embodied successfully. The tree was among the most ancient and desirable ones. The Tree of Life, the World or Cosmic Tree were the same thing; they were the center of the world or the meeting point with the Kingdom of the Sky. The Nordic Gods sat every day on the holy branches of Yggdrasil (“Yggdrasil”, “Holy Tamarisk” and “Ashvatha” are among the most important ones in the “sacred tree”tradition.) to deliver justice. The trunk of “the holy tamarisk”, which enfolded the body of Osiris when cut down, was used as a pillar in Byblos, becoming thus “the cosmic column” around which the skies rotate. But the most special tree remains Asvattha. It is said in the Katha Upanishad: “This is that eternal Asvattha tree with its root above and its branches below. That root, indeed, is called the Bright One That is Brahman and which alone is the Immortal. In That all worlds are contained, and none can pass beyond. This verily is That.” This inverted tree of the Universe cannot be known to earthly creatures: It has neither a beginning nor an end, even Its continual existence cannot be perceived. It is the projection of the Immeasurable Self. The root of Asvatha spreads towards the sky as a Principle of the transcendent reality, its branches towards the phenomenal hologram of the earth. The leaves of Asvattha rustle Vedic truths, and everything is part of It. It is the Axis of the illusive hologram of human experience in the metaphysics of innumerable existences. Souls transmigrate through earthly pleasures, distinguish the Real from guna-maya (This refers to “gunas” or the three qualities of Maya as material energy: Sattva, Rajas and Tamas – balance, dynamism and inertia.) effects and bring down the Tree with the axe of non-attachment “asange”! Five thousand years of the Iron Age, Kali Yuga (Kali Yuga: age of the demon (Kali) or age of vice; the fourth stage according to the Indian scriptures.) or the Kingdom of Quantity seem like a dream, a legend and an exhaustion of civilization! … Nevertheless, the entirety of the hologram is included in every part of it and, finally, above all that, our Internal eye can distinguish: the human figure is the most perfect “Axis Mundi.”

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When we sin only once, we are aware we have sinned and how we sinned. After we have sinned thousands of times in thousands of ways, we wonder: what could the sin be, a challenge against both the boundaries of oneself and of the Universe? At this point we no longer probe the casual individual within ourselves, but the human being in the over-all, in his essence as a perfect Axis Mundi with all his genius, his egoism and his pan-historical odyssey; we probe the ancient visionary of Shiva-Nataraja (The Lord of dance (Sanskrit nata: dance and raja: Lord}). The concept “nataraja” includes the “divine expression and experience”.) and the modern molecular physicist as they sketch out together the Cosmic dance of creation and destruction; we probe the builder of ziggurats in Babel, of pyramids in Egypt and Petronas (The pair of the tallest buildings in the world.) towers in modern Kuala Lumpur. At this point, we probe the unknown realities of the transcendence and the immanence of a Universe in which we feel deeply involved, involved in energy, in matter, in Forms and rituals that challenge, destroy and create borders endlessly. At this point, it does not matter anymore whether we aim for the heights to compete with the Sky or to welcome it (The figure alludes to the dilemma of the intention of building the Tower of Babel: “rivalry or hospitality to God”.).

With the look of the sinless sinner, only at this point do we adore the forbidden tree and are we convinced of eternity.

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