Death and myth (Aesculapius)

This post goes well with our discussion of Happy Food. The core of the article is hubris (pride) and lack of measure, which at essence is not understanding interconnectedness. These two are at the core of greed and wonton, unchecked desire which is fueling the food debacle we are living.

Unanimous Tradition / Tradición Unánime

aesculapius2Concerning the myth of  or Aesculapius or Asclepios, the Greek god of the medical arts, there is a fundamental idea underlying it and many other myths (like those of Cassandra, Sisyphus, Cassiopeia, etc. – well related, for example, in ‘La sagesse des mythes’, by Luc Ferry, 2008). Two ideas, rather, corresponding to their ‘realities’ (or pseudo-realities, depending on one’s understanding and angle of vision): hubris (or hybris), basically arrogance, pride, pretenseImagen, and its subsidiary ‘lack of measure’, both characterizing mankind and bringing about  unending struggle, disharmony, and final catastrophe – individual and collective. Human history is rich in the consequences of this pair, as illustrated and reflected in many of the myths and tragedies of Greek literature. These failings are the result of ignoring (never learning) the two precepts inscribed on the frontispiece of the temple of Apollo at Delphos: ‘know thyself’, and ‘everything in measure’. The prototype of…

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        Thank you Donna for this ‘re-send’. I was a little puzzled at first, thinking that the mails were directed to me. I now realize that a third party was offering a collaboration with you in your blog. If it had been an offer by you to collaborate in my blog, I thought that I would gladly assent, keeping in mind that the thrust of my blog is centred on philosophy – Indian and Eastern, where mythology definitely has a place, though, I wold say, secondary. Warm greetings to you. Alberto Martin. (P.S. In advaita philosophy everything, except Atman-Brahman, is mithya – not true, not false – a concept which overlaps ‘mythology’ as a discipline, though not being equivalent to it).

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        • Mithya? When you say “not true, not false” does that mean it just is?

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          • I would say that ‘mithya’ is a vacuous term, thus really unnecessary, but many people in Advaita think that it is useful because the referent though unreal is not nothing (like a hare’s horns, a favourite example). All phenomena, everything we see, hear, think about, know, etc. is mithya, but still ”something’… like sense data, thoughts, feelings, imaginations. The only reality is unknowable by the mind, indescribable, unchangeable… but is ‘all and everything’.

            “Nowadays, the word mithyA is very commonly used. We use it to describe everything in ‘creation’. The world appears to be real but, when Self-ignorance is removed, we realize that it is the substratum – brahman – that is the only reality. Thus the world (which we still see, and which is therefore not unreal) is known not to be real. Accordingly, we require the word mithyA to talk about it.” (from my blog).

            ‘People forget the reality of the illusory world’ — Huang Po

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