"Lamplight glows on old guitars the travellers strum;"
"Lamplight" as a mystical phrase associated with the experience of being filled
with light ...passed into Islam as the 35th verse of the 24th sura of the
Koran, becoming over time the focus of many Sufi sects."
"Incense, what does your perfume signify? --My perfume is the evidence of my
self-sacrifice. Incense, tell me what mortal is veiled in your nature? --When
my heart endures the test of fire, my hidden quality becomes manifest."
"A two-headed barrel-shaped drum known as the pakhawaj may have been the
original model for the tabla. Legend has it that the Sufi musician Amir Khusrau
cut his pakhawaj in half to make the two-drum set known as tabla."
The "old guitars" the "Indian drum" and the "children" suggest that he is aware
of the archetypal nature of his (our) situation. We are all "travellers" who
have lost ourselves at the "caravan hotel".
"Time and again great souls come into the world to remind us of our true Home.
They tell us with clarion call that this world is not our natural habitat. We
are here just for a brief span as travellers in a caravanserai and must
therefore prepare to quit, and sooner we do it, the better it would be."
"Come, come whoever you are,
This caravan is not of despair.
Even though you have broken your vow,
Perhaps ten thousand times. Come!"
"One characteristic exemplar of intuition is an
immediate, non-rational (and hence intuitive) sense of the mood or the
atmosphere of a place, for example the
mood or atmosphere of a haunted cemetery in the moonlight"
The "children" also reflect something of the protagonists inner state.
"Like aboriginal peoples, young children
perceive differently from older children and adults whose egos have been
differentiated: "in the act of
perception, they are not detached, as we are, from the representations". What
is perceived is of
the "same nature" as the perceiver."
(Barfield, Owen. Saving the Appearances: A Study in Idolatry.)
"Two naked children, a boy and a girl, prepubescent fraternal twins, sing and
dance arm-in-arm on
the grass in a ring of reddish mushrooms within a walled garden, over which a
The children here symbolise consciousness close to the state of Cosmic
Consciousness. Specifically, they symbolise the person who has experienced the
Divine state of consciousness, samadhi, returned from it, and who is now merely
clearing up a few final personal ego matters prior to achieving their final,
The holy place where dawn is never done,
The garden wherein rebirth is begun,
Is where the children dance the Dance of Life,
With Love and Logic, reconciling strife.
Enjoy the sacred Garden of the Sun!
"...whence we come into the garden of 18.Sun, where we may dance the dance of
youth. In this trump, the sun, whose
glow tinged the horizon in 17.Moon, has climbed into the sky, to grant its
illumination to the
children, who greet the dawn after emerging from the oceanic womb. (SB&G 76)
On the Rider-Waite Sun card a single child is shown emerging into the bright
sunlight, riding a white horse.
In the sequence of tarot trumps, the Sun triumphs over the Moon...,"
"The rusted chains of prison moons are shattered by the sun."
"...for it is Sol Invictus (the
Invincible Sun), the power of transcendent consciousness to tame the beasts of
the Abyss, the
potent and wild forces of the collective unconscious. "
"I'll unwind my old strings while the sun shine down"
"Thus Apollo defeated the Python, and
brought its powerful chthonic forces under control, but without destroying
them, for the Pythia
continued to fulfill her function. Thus blind instinct and primitive fears
are not suppressed, but are channeled toward more productive ends. (Cooper s.v.
sun; SB&G 77)
The dawn brings the welcome light of the sun, reaffirming our confidence in the
cosmic order. But there are two
sides to the bright solar consciousness, for the sun may burn as well as
"Down a sun-baked crumpled stony road."
"Dusty wheels leaning rusting in the sun;"
"...this is especially the case if the
heat of the sun is premature and withers the young shoots. The austere,
brilliant, rational Apollo was often
unsuccessful in love, for even semidivine nymphs found him too intense."
"Where sweet sage and strange herbs grow."
"The Garden of the Rising Sun contains extraordinary plants."
"Snuff brown wall where Spanish lizards run."
"The wall keeps the mystical experience in bounds, for Apollo's arrows may
bring madness as well as
illumination. Unlike the tower, which was made of brittle bricks, the garden's
wall is made of stone, which
represents the human adaptation of nature.
The stones of the wall represent words; in Latin calculus means pebble, but
especially a pebble used as a token
in some definite information processing task, such as calculating (N.B. calc-),
gaming or voting. (Similarly,
"isopsephia," the ancient Greek word for gematria, derives from iso + psephos,
which means "equal pebbles,"
that is equal in number.) Thus the wall represents human language as an
instrument of definition and limitation to
keep the force of the solar illumination in bounds. Nevertheless, the children
have their back turned to the wall,
which reflects the inability of language to adequately capture the mystical
experience. In the Hortus Conclusus
two underlying forces cooperate in the regeneration of nature: Logos, the
enclosing wall, and Eros, the enclosed
efflorescence of life. Both are necessary to accomplish the Work; thus in the
Hermetic tradition Logos is called
"The Good Gardener of Life,"
"The gardener plants an evergreen"
"...for he ensures that the garden bears fruit. (Case 193-4; Cooper s.v.