In Search of a Solar Hero

In Search of a Solar Hero “The hero of our time is the man who can reconcile all sides of life in one all-embracing view; wh


Don’t worry about death, pay attention, read a lot, give up control, embrace imperfection.


True love is unconquerable and irresistible. It goes on gathering power and spreading itself until eventually it transforms everyone it touches.
- Meher Baba


Diego Velázquez (1599-1660)
The coronation of the Virgin 1635 /6
Oil on canvas, 178.5 x 134.5 cm
Prado Museum, Madrid

Velázquez painted The Coronation of the Virgin for the new oratory of Queen Isabel de Borbón in the Alcázar of Madrid , where he was to complete the series of nine paintings of Fiestas de Nuestra Señora de Alessandro Turchi sent to Madrid from Rome , in 1635 or earlier , by Cardinal Gaspar de Borja y Velasco. It is his last religious painting. The oratory, located on the first floor of the Alcázar , next to the Galería del Cierzo, was decorated with wall paintings by Angelo Nardi and an altarpiece built by Martín Ferrer on traces by Juan Gómez de Mora(lost); and, probably in 1636, fifty-four paintings were hung on it, including the great Crucified Christ by Federico Barocci ( P07092 ). The iconography of The Coronation of the Velazquez Virgin is traditional, and follows earlier models by Dürer and El Greco . The angelote arched back on the right side seems to quote from a similar one in a recorded Schelte to Bolswert according to the Assumption of the Virgin of Rubens . The dimensions of the canvas and the smaller-than-life size of the figures, somewhat strange in Velázquez, can be explained by reference to the existing series of paintings and to which the master had to adapt. Even the gesture with which Mary takes her hand chest could be thought of as an echo of the left hand of the Virgin in the Annunciation of Turchi ( P3166 ).

The Coronation is usually dated to the first decade of 1640, but there is solid circumstantial evidence to suggest that it was painted in 1636. As previously mentioned, the Turchi series was already in Madrid in 1635, and it is probable that the oratory itself remained ready for use within the year 1636. Antonio Palomino , who is usually precise in chronology, placed the ex*****on of the painting at the time of The Surrender of Breda , which was almost certainly completed in April 1635 .


‘When the child of morning, rosy-fingered Dawn, appeared, we admired the island and wandered all over it.’ - Homer

“In this bust, the central focus of the senses is in the upper, flat, rounded hollow of the forehead, the seat of the memory. It is in this hollow that all imagery is held and all the muscles and sinews flow upwards in order to gather the living appearances and transmit them back to the speaking cheeks. This is Homer!” - Goethe, upon looking at Homer’s bust in Rome

Image: Homer Caetani, Louvre, Paris (2nd century AD Roman copy of a 2nd century BC Greek original)


The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of.


Man comes and goes so quickly without presence.

Robert Burton

My friend, let’s not think of tomorrow, but let’s enjoy this fleeting moment of life.

Omar Khayyam

This fading world has strangely charged us. Us who fade the most. Once to everything, only once. Once and no more. And we too, once and never again.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Photograph of Robert Earl Burton
Samuel Mercer, 2016


“In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.”


La trágica muerte de Senéca.

Procedente de una noble familia de Córdoba, en Hispania, fue testigo de la consolidación del poder de Augusto y la llegada al trono de emperadores como Tiberio, Calígula y Claudio. Sin embargo, sería bajo el reinado de Nerón cuando Séneca desempeñaría un papel crucial.

Aunque Séneca junto a Agripina, la madre del joven emperador y Sexto Afranio B***o, el Prefecto del Pretorio intentaron influir en la política imperial no consiguieron imponerse a Nerón por demasiados años. Séneca tuvo que soportar como sus socios en la labor de gobernar junto al Emperador eran eliminados por el ansia de independencia de un joven Nerón que, dueño de todo el poder, prefería otras amistades a su alrededor. Primero, en el y con el consentimiento de Séneca y B***o, fue asesinada Agripina Minor que no se resignaba a ser relegada a un segundo plano y veía con recelo el destacado papel que sus antiguos socios en el gobierno imperial habían adquirido. Tres años después le llegó el turno a B***o, el Prefecto del Pretorio, que posiblemente murió envenenado por orden del emperador. Ya solo quedaba Séneca de la antigua camarilla. Era un hombre inteligente, sus años y sabiduría le hacían adivinar que lo mejor era apartarse de la corte imperial, de los nuevos amigos de Nerón, su antiguo discípulo, que ahora solo escuchaba a aquellos que se esforzaban en adularle y en acompañarle en sus actuaciones públicas como artista, auriga, en sus fiestas y excesos.


"I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills"
- William Wordsworth


When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: the people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surly. They are like this because they can't tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own - not of the same blood and birth, but the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine. And so none of them can hurt me. No one can implicate me in ugliness. Nor can I feel angry at my relative, or hate him. We were born to work together like feet, hands and eyes, like the two rows of teeth, upper and lower. To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at someone, to turn your back on him: these are unnatural. ~Marcus Aurelius

(Book: Meditations

(Art: Painting by Maximilien Luce)


"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(Go see the Howson exhibition, it's amazing)


"If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it."
- Herodotus


“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
Rainer Maria Rilke - Letters to a Young Poet, 1875-1926.

Nicholas Roerich - Mother of the World, 1874-1947.

“And all cosmic truths usually become known to all on these planets, thanks to the fact that the beings of the given pla...

“And all cosmic truths usually become known to all on these planets, thanks to the fact that the beings of the given planet who by their conscious labors learn some truth or other share it with other beings of their planet, and in this way all the cosmic truths gradually become known by all the beings of the given planet without any distinction."

Mr Gurdjieff
Beelzebub's Tales, p. 563


The way to heaven is to know how to win without fighting, to respond without speaking, to attract without calling and to act without excitement. Lao Tze


Вергилий сказал: “В каждом хорошем человеке обитает, смутно видимый бог”. Он говорит о Высших Центрах. Они зачастую видны лишь смутно, и мы должны найти способ выдвинуть их вперед, проявить их, чтобы повысить нашу сосредоточенность.

И Бог не желает от тебя ничего большего, как чтобы ты вышел из себя самого, поскольку ты тварь, и дал бы Богу быть в тебе Богом.
Мейстер Экхарт

Твоё же тело преходяще, как и всё.
Ты сам лишь часть из целых суток, осознай!
И Господина в сердце, в мыслях распознай.
Не сомневайся в Нём - вот главное зерно.

Джованни Беллини, Андреа Превитали
Гарпия на золотых яблоках Гесперид, аллегория алчности, около 1490 г.
Галерея Академии, Венеция

#Эпиктет #Беллини #саморазвитие #самопознание #осознанность #духовность #Гурджиев #искусство #театр


Q. Why is this system not widely known and popular?

A. It cannot be because of its negative character. We study the way not of acquiring but of losing. If one could acquire things at once, the system would be popular. But nothing can be promised. It is difficult to expect people to like this, for no one likes to lose illusions.

People want positive things without realizing what is possible.

They want to know straight away what they can attain. But first they must lose many things.

The ideas of this system can never be popular so long as they are not distorted, because people will not agree that they are asleep, that they are machines— people who consider themselves important will always oppose this idea.

The system does not want to offer ideas to people who do not want them. If people have tried other methods and realized their futility, they may wish to try this system.

This system is. only for those who need it.

It is necessary to understand man's situation and also his possibilities. As I said, man is. in prison. If he realizes he is in prison., he may wish to run away. But he may be afraid that if he runs away he may find himself in a worse position than before, and so he may reconcile himself to staying in prison. If he decides to run
away, he must understand that two conditions are necessary: he must be one of a number of people who wish to run away, for they have to dig a tunnel, and one man cannot do it alone, and secondly, they must have help from those who have run away before them.

So first he must realize he is in prison; second, he must wish to run away; third, he must have friends who also wish to run away; fourth, he must have help from outside; fifth, he must work to dig the tunnel.

No amount of faith or prayer can dig the tunnel for him. And he does not know what he will find when he gets out of prison.

There are many reasons why one man cannot escape from prison. But twenty people may. Each of them profits by the work of the rest.

What one gains, all the twenty gains.

P D Ouspensky - Fourth Way

“Si tomamos el ejemplo de una mariposa, entonces el hombre es aproximadamente una oruga. Y la gran mayoría de las personas mueren como 'orugas'. Pero de las masas de orugas emerge constantemente un pequeño porcentaje de seres en transformación. Estos seres en evolución son, para nosotros, personas de mente superior. Podemos saber de su existencia por las huellas de su actividad en la historia, principalmente en el arte y en las religiones.”

– Ouspensky

A letter written by Rodney Collin January 3, 1953

“I remember Ouspensky speaking very interestingly once in New York about sincerity. We think we have only to decide to be and we can be. But sincerity has to be learnt, slowly and painfully. Takes long long time. And when one finds sincerity on one level, one realises that there is another completely different level of sincerity hidden beneath. At Ouspensky's last meetings at Colet Gardens in '47 he reached the deepest level I ever met in living man.”



There are many “I’s” and each “I” has a different wish. Try to verify this. You wish to change, but which part of you has this wish? Many parts of you want many things, but only one part is real. It will be very useful for you to try to be sincere with yourself. Sincerity is the key which will open the door through which you will see your separate parts, and you will see something quite new. You must go on trying to be sincere. Each day you put on a mask, and you must take it off little by little.

~ George Ivanovich Gurdjieff - Георгий Иванович Гурджиев, 1877-1949. Views From the Real World. P 240.

Painting by - Veronica Winters


« Questo sembra il compito precipuo degli uomini predisposti dalla natura superiore ad amare la verità: come hanno tratto vantaggio dalla fatica degli antichi, così debbono dedicare le loro energie ai posteri, affinché questi ultimi abbiano a loro volta di che arricchirsi.
Pertanto non dubiti di essere molto lontano dal proprio dovere chi, istruito nelle dottrine di pubblico interesse, non si cura di dare il suo apporto alla comunità; egli non è infatti “l'albero che, piantato lungo il corso dell'acqua fruttifica nella stagione opportuna”, ma, piuttosto, una perniciosa voragine che inghiotte sempre e non restituisce mai quello che inghiotte. »

Dante Alighieri, “Monarchia”


To marvel at nothing is just about the one and only thing that can make a man happy and keep him that way.


A te minuna de nimic este exact acel lucru și singurul care ne poate face fericiți și să ne mențină astfel.



Η τέταρτη κατάσταση συνειδητότητας στον άνθρωπο, αντιπροσωπεύει µια εντελώς διαφορετική κατάσταση του "είναι".
Είναι αποτέλεσµα εσωτερικής ανάπτυξης και µακρόχρονης και δύσκολης εργασίας πάνω στον εαυτό.

Αλλά η τρίτη κατάσταση συνειδητότητας αποτελεί το φυσικό δικαίωµα του ανθρώπου έτσι όπως είναι, και αν ο άνθρωπος
δεν την κατέχει, αυτό οφείλεται αποκλειστικά στις κακές συνθήκες της ζωής του. Μπορούµε να πούµε, χωρίς καµιά υπερβολή, ότι στην εποχή µας η τρίτη κατάσταση συνειδητότητας δεν εµφανίζεται στον άνθρωπο παρά µόνο πολύ σπάνια, µε τη µορφή αναλαµπών και ότι µπορεί να γίνει περισσότερο ή λιγότερο µόνιµη µέσα του µόνο µε ειδική εκπαίδευση.

Αυτό που πρέπει να χάσει κανείς είναι η φαντασία. Οτιδήποτε είναι πραγματικό δεν αποτελεί εμπόδιο για την αφύπνιση. Είναι τα φανταστικά πράγματα που μας κρατούν κοιμισμένους και πρέπει να τα εγκαταλείψουμε.

Κάτι λείπει από το σύστημα. Εάν ο άνθρωπος είναι γραφτό να θυμάται τον εαυτό του, θα πρέπει να υπήρχε κάποια απλή μέθοδος. Αλλά έχει χαθεί. Δεν μπόρεσα ποτέ να τη βρω. Κάποτε στην Ινδία, άκουσα έναν απόηχο μιας τέτοιας μεθόδου. Αν βρείτε τη μέθοδο τότε ίσως μπορείτε να βρείτε την Πηγή."

⚜️ Πήτερ Ουσπένσκυ


/ Leonardo da Vinci /
"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do."
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath of the High Renaissance who was active as a painter, draughtsman, engineer, scientist, theorist, sculptor and architect. While his fame initially rested on his achievements as a painter, he also became known for his notebooks, in which he made drawings and notes on a variety of subjects, including anatomy, astronomy, botany, cartography, painting, and paleontology. Leonardo's genius epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal, and his collective works compose a contribution to later generations of artists matched only by that of his younger contemporary, Michelangelo. Born out of wedlock to a successful notary and a lower-class woman in, or near, Vinci, he was educated in Florence by the Italian painter and sculptor Andrea del Verrocchio. He began his career in the city, but then spent much time in the service of Ludovico Sforza in Milan."
Born:Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, April 15, 1452, (Anchiano?) Vinci, Republic of Florence
Died: May 2, 1519, Clos Lucé, Amboise, Kingdom of France
Education: Studio of Andrea del Verrocchio
Known for: Painting, drawing, engineering, science, sculpture, architecture
Notable work: Virgin of the Rocks (c. 1483–1493), Lady with an Ermine (c. 1489–1491), The Vitruvian Man (c. 1490), The Last Supper (c. 1492–1498), Mona Lisa (c. 1503–1516)
Leonardo Da Vinci (2015). “Thoughts on Art and Life: "Behind the Genius"


“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Art by Jake Baddeley


Today, the word evolution [...] is even distorted into a kind of manufacturer's guarantee that every individual octopus shall one day develop into a Buddha, and that without any effort or intention on their part all men shall inevitably become wise.
This is as fantastic as to believe that by letting his canoe drift down some river, a traveler will inevitably be carried to the summit of the highest mountain. The process of growth is indeed a vast cosmic river, flowing eternally from the Creator. Relying upon its current alone, there is only one direction in which man can go - that is, downwards. For to remount the stream needs a different understanding, a different energy and a different effort.
~Rodney Collin~


You are indeed carrying within yourself the potential to visualize, to design, and to create for yourself an utterly satisfying, joyful, and pure lifestyle. Discipline yourself to attain it, but accept that which comes to you with deep trust, and as long as it comes from your own will, from your own inner need, accept it, and do not hate anything. ~Rainer Maria Rilke

(Book: Letters to a Young Poet


"To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle."
- Walt Whitman


"Cuando estés con otras personas, en el trabajo o en algún otro lugar, présteles toda tu atención. Ya no estarás allí principalmente como persona, sino como campo de conciencia, de Presencia despierta."



" The educated man sees
with both
'heart and mind';
the ignorant sees only .. with eyes. "

- Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib


" The Beloved
is with us
day and night,
O Hafiz;
He is the very life
that flows ... in our veins."

- Hafez







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