Transcendence is always relative to the immanent. That's the key. A picture is immanent. We can see it and imagine it being alive. As a mythic or archetypal symbol, the picture transcends our understanding of what is accessible to our senses.On 2003-09-10 02:06, Joe the Dragon wrote:
If all we are to do is meditate silently and transcend into infinite than why do anything at all? What about progress? Technology? Challenge? Work? and Video Games?
If nothing i do will last why do anything at all? Why not just sit under the bodhi tree and wait to sink back into the ground from which i came?
Picture a dragon. It's a snake, which Campbell calls "a travelling alimentary canal", and the dragon wings give the snake the ability to break the bounds of earth's gravity, flying and breathing fire like a flame-thrower.
Our experience of the immanent is the door to the transcendent. We live always in one, like a snake, unable to break the bounds of earth's pull. Then, in our imaginations, we sprout wings! We imagine something good or we find something wonderful or we make something that transports us out of ourselves and our mundane lives and eureka! We find a realm of experience that transcends that which we first saw or heard or felt.
Without the requirements of our stomachs, without the needs of our hearts and minds, without the problems and challenges that make living such a complicated and horrifically short ride, without suffering in some form, there could be no need or experience of the transcendent. We have to transcend SOMETHING. So, you put your eyes on the prize and your nose to the grindstone, and Dragon, you will surely find an infinity so beautiful and good that you won't need any more answers to anything. It will all make sense. You will begin to guide and teach.
In essence, there is transcendent order in the chaos of immanent life, but you have to experience that chaotic jumble for yourself to find the sublime order there. You can find it under a bodhi tree, but that's been done. Each has his/her own path. Myths show us the way, and we all find transcendence, if it doesn't find us first.
Cave Bear on the Air........
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