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  Tuesday, 02 June 2015
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I am curious about how potent in "initiatic wisdom" the works of Bosch might be? Did Samael Aun Weor ever write or speak of him?

My girlfriend gave me a fairly large poster version of "The Garden of Earthly Delights" which i have had hung prominently in my music studio (and on the rest of the walls in the studio i have made a collage of art works/keepsakes/movie posters/postcards,record sleeves/ etc arranged around this poster, placed according to how each item seems to be aligned with "heaven, purgatory, and Hell")

His artwork seems to have quite a lot of meaning and effort/discipline invested in it, and it's like each section were intended to be looked at closely, and then integrated into a greater understanding of the whole work.. not to mention in this particular work, there are certain aspect that seem to allude to symbols and themes which are far outside of the European Christianity of his time..
I have done this same thing in a lot of my art personally, before i ever was exposed to his work, even when i was a child..

I knew about the Garden of Earthly Delights for years, but i have had this poster for about a year now, and i honestly see it as being a large factor in my being drawn towards looking more into the Gnostic Lectures and writings on this site (which i honestly found through searching a peer-to-peer filesharing network, searching for Joseph Campbell lectures on the early Gnostics.)

What would you say is the practical value of viewing and making art in such a way, and even decorating one's creative space with a collage of "influences" from various sources (none of which are pornographic or violent necessarily, but do include everything from holographic depictions of Jesus Christ, to movie posters like The Matrix and Dracula - both of which are obviously on the "hell side of the room" ;) )

any feedback is much appreciated :]

8 years ago
I just wanted to be clear that the depictions of Jesus I have are both in the "heaven" and "hell" parts of the room to symbolize the divine origins of the Christic force, and the trials and tribulations of The Master Jesus.
8 years ago
Hieronymus Bosch knew esotericism, as demonstrated by the innumerable deformed creatures (egos) he depicted, and the necessity of praying to the intimate Christ within the temple of the heart, as depicted in "The Temptation of Saint Anthony."

The garden of earthly delights depicts all of our animal mind that has infested the garden of paradise!

Personally, I do not like "The Matrix," since the latter films clearly denote degeneration (since Neo and Trinity fornicate and reach the orgasm in a very explicit scene).

Chose art that helps you reflect on yourself and your Being, not disturb or oppress the mind. Select impressions that inspire your soul, not feed your ego.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

8 years ago
Thanks for your reply. Bosch definitely uses a lot of esoteric concepts in his paintings, and he seems to use them very intentionally, although perhaps they are a bit too subtle to catch the attention of most people. Most information or analysis I can find on The Garden of Earthly Delights is concentrated on relating it the Christianity of his time and place, but I know there is plenty more to it.. I also enjoy the work of artists from around that time such as Pieter Bruegel the Elder, because they seem to communicate so much with a single image.

I agree that the 2nd and 3rd Matrix films seem to have entirely "strayed from the path", but the first film still seems to contain a lot of great metaphors for at least entering into the path of initiation.. would you agree?
At any rate, that Matrix poster (along with most everything else on those walls) is to some degree linked with different times and memories throughout my life.. so in one sense I suppose that would seem very distracting on the surface.. but in another sense, I initially created this "wall collage" with the intent of "tempering my concentration", because if I can build concentration in the presence of all of these physical things (which invoke neither "good" nor "bad" memories, but rather with a common focus of Love and positive influence on my life and art), then I should be able to maintain focus elsewhere.. that's the aim at least ;)
right now I'm earnestly trying to find my way back to the path and regain my powers of concentration, so this room is not where I'm meditating at the moment.. though I would like to get to that point.
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