Peace comes when Eros and Logos, the "sea and the wind", are realized together.
"Peace is a bird who sings
As you smile."
"Since the days of Moses (who had employed the shamir when writing on the
tablets of stone), the worm had been entrusted to the care of the
Prince of the Sea who gave the shamir to the hoopoe-bird for safekeeping. The
hoopoe promised to
guard it with her life; for eons, she kept it with her at all times, safe in
the Garden of Eden.
Sometimes, when the hoopoe flew throughout the earth, she kept the little worm
tight in her beak,
departing with it only to cleft open rocks on desolate mountains, that she
might seed them and
cause vegetation to blossom forth and provide her with food."
"The demon king Asmodeus revealed that Shamir had been carried from the garden
of Eden by the bird who
kept it hidden still. Solomon then ordered glass bowls placed over all bird's
nests in his
kingdom. When Shamir came out to cut through the glass of his bird's nest, he
"Foe as a friend" tells us the narrator has transcended
"But I say unto you, love your enemies."
- Matthew 5: 44
"Shadow-work is challenging. Generally, we avoid the unpleasantness of the
shadow by denying it entirely. But when we do begin to look at the elements of
the shadow -- the parts we have denied or disliked -- our reaction might be
shock, disbelief, guilt, shame, depression, humiliation, fear, and a sense that
we have lost our innocence (as indeed we have). These effects might be more
upsetting if we have invested deeply in a self-image of purely positive
qualities, and if we have been further alienating ourselves from our shadow by
indulging the judgmentalness which we see sometimes in social reformers and
self-righteous religionists. If we decide to pursue self-awareness through an
understanding of the shadow, we require some personal qualities:
Courage, to look at the elements which might destroy our life-long
Humility, to put aside any idea that we are not the pious person which we might
have imagined ourselves to be.
Self-acceptance, to look at our ugly qualities without rejecting them back into
the shadow again, or trying to disguise them into something more appealing. In
our shadow, we might see the most repelling facets of human nature. We can meet
each of those facets with love and forgiveness and honesty and a sense of
curiosity and exploration.
Jesus' advice, "love your enemies," is appropriate for both our shadow
elements and for the projections of those elements onto our human enemies; this
"love" can be simply a desire to come to terms with an element whose viewpoint
we assume to have some validity in the overall scheme even if it is contrary to
our current preferences."
"Expensive crimson or scarlet dye was made from worms and used for the clothing
of kings. When Isaiah records the fall of the King of Babylon (sometimes as
symbol of Lucifer), he writes, "Your pomp is brought down to Sheol...the maggot
is spread under you, and worms cover you." [Is 14:11] Here is the irony of one
who proudly wore crimson garments discovering that they are the garments of
corruption and uncleanness."
...confirming the child development subtext of the first album.
"Searching for me
You look everywhere,
Except beside you.
Searching for you
You look everywhere,
But not inside you."
...pointing in the direction of where our protagonist must go next : "inside".
The Coming of the Kingdom
"Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come,
Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation,
nor will people say, `Here it is,' or `There it is,' because the kingdom of God
is within you."
- Luke 17: 20-21
"The mosque that is built in the hearts of the saints
Is the place of worship for all, for God dwells there."
- Jalaluddin Rumi
"If enlightenment is not where you are standing, where will you look?"
- Zen saying
Yuri Zykov, a reader from Kazakhstan, makes an interesting point about
Peace: An End
"Look at the structure of the last verse of
Peace - An End
. The last word in each line appears in the next line as a description of
"Peace is a stream from the heart of a
Peace is a
, whose breadth is the
Peace is a
on a day without end;
Peace is the end, like death of the
If you try to continue the song you get the paradoxical line:
"Peace is the
But the song finishes there, with only a cue to this paradox."
- Yuri Zykov
There are two answers to this riddle. "Peace is the war" is yet another
statement indicating that the narrator has been freed from dualistic thinking.
"The unity of things is not a
static harmony, but a dynamic equilibrium based on regulated
tension. Like the eye of a hurricane and the center of a
the beauty and stillness of the kosmos exist because of
powerful opposition. What is seen is a stable instability.
common is war. "One must see that war is everywhere, and
conflict is a good thing." (Fr. 80) People oppose conflict,
seeing that war implies peace and peace implies war."
"And della vigna praises in this last Emperor of the ancient Empire the 'ideal
of good.' 'who is free from crooked sight, who bindeth the corners of the earth
and ruleth the elements, that frost is mated with fire, and wet with dry, and
rough with smooth.'
The marriage of opposites had been from of old the token of
, a Golden Age in which strife and war shall cease : an age of peace which the
Savior-Emperor shall bring."
- Frederick II
by Ernst Kantorowicz
"Peace is the war" also alludes to the "inner war" that is to come. The battle
that must be waged in order for the narrator to find peace.
is something of an ‘interlude between two
activities’, in which the
soul can organise itself for battle!"
"Eternal Mother, mistress of the grain,
Sustaining growth with either milk or rain,
Engulfs again her children, whereupon
The self-consuming wheel of life goes on.
Within her womb we all descend again!"