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Magi, Lions and Lambs

The book’s poetic introductory note symbolically reveals the entire work and its premise.

The magi travels. He sleeps with the lions and the lambs. The lions are the physicists who know that they don’t know. The lambs are the sages who know that they don’t know. Out of the joyful womb springs creation, unknown, undetermined, except for averages.

First is the Magi: the wise one, perhaps rassoul, spirit of guidance, source of all beauty, creator of harmony. He travels, not only from place to place but from body to body, being to being, and time to time. It is said that he sleeps – for in all places and persons he is present, both dormant and emergent.

He is the master who brings the lions and the lambs to lay down together.

Who are these lions? They are no more the kings and queens of the animals, lords of the realm, symbolically referring to the rulers of this world in which we live and have our being. Today, to Shamcher, they are the physicists, who understand that there is no longer such a hierarchial world-view. The world, its meaning and scientific understanding, is in their hands to determine, decode, and interpret. Yet these ones do not know it all, no matter how advanced their “knowledge.”

They do not devour the lambs, but lie down now with them.These lambs represent the gentle ones, the innocents, traditionally sacrificed, tender, pure, simple. Easy targets – but in the presence of the Magi they are able to be with the lions and not be eaten or sacrificed. To Shamcher, these are the sages, the wise of all time. The innocent wise whose wisdom teaches them that they, too, do not “know.”

For both physicists and sages there is a great unknowing which is in fact the presence of the Magi – a vast field of super-intelligence and super-wisdom beyond all human endeavor, whether secular or spiritual. This is unknowable from both points of view.  For the physicist it is incalculable. For the sage it is unknowable. Shamcher refers to this state as completely “undetermined” in the sense of the word as immeasurable or incalculable.

When the Magi sleeps with the lions and the lambs, there is a fertilization and from the joyful womb springs creation itself. Manifestation. Perhaps the Magi does more than remain dormant in the process. Perhaps “sleeping” with the lions and the lambs is an activation, a catalyst, a love-making, a life-giving magic force. Creation springs from this communion.

And what is this joyful womb? Like the Taoist womb, out of which comes the ten thousand things, it is an unending fountain or spring continuously pouring forth, in joy, the entire created universe.  Emergent, ever-growing, source of all.

Sages dedicate their lives to knowing it. It cannot be known. Physicists dedicate their lives to determining it. It cannot be determined. Yet as the outpouring is never-ending, it can be perceived, and over time, “seen” in a way – by “averages” – sensed mathematically in an overview.  Words from other times refer to these “averages” as correspondences or harmonies.

Simply taking parts of the puzzle picture, putting them together and determining their average can yield the closest thing to “knowing” this creation. The Magi in the union of the lion and the lamb creates a new harmony, a new “average”, an inclusive ideal that unifies all endeavours toward the one.

This book can be seen as an explication of this premise. Hot points or moments of intensity all share the common awareness or reference to the presence of the Magi, the unseen one, through the silent reach of unknowable communication which some sages have achieved.

(by Carol Sill, from the Introduction to Fairy Tales are True)


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