The "temple master's bells" represent the call of religion. The "kiosk" is
religion as a shelter from the world and its uncomfortable ideas. "Black worm
seed" represents the purifying nature and rituals of religion. In order to find
what he seeks, Prince Rupert, like Prince Siddhartha and Jesus (the Prince of
Peace), must turn his back on established religious beliefs.
"Buddhism's nonattachment is
total--everything, remember, including every idea, philosophy, religion, etc...
and cannot be attached to. This is the meaning behind the Buddhist injunction
meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.' Not even the Buddha, or the Buddha's
should be attached to."
"Inwardly or outwardly, if you encounter any obstacles kill them right away. If
you encounter the
Buddha, kill him; if you encounter the Patriarch, kill him; ...kill them all
without hesitation, for this is the
only way to deliverance. Do not get yourselves entangled with any object, but
stand above, pass on,
and be free!"
"The minute anything - science, feminism, Buddhism, holism,
whatever - starts to take on the characteristics of a cosmology, it
should be discarded. How things are held in the mind is infinitely
more important than what is in the mind, including this statement
- Morris Berman, Holocaust Century Historian
"Beware of confining yourself to a particular belief and denying all else, for much good would elude you - indeed, the knowledge of reality would elude you. Be in yourself a matter for all forms of belief, for God is too vast and tremendous to be restricted to one belief rather than another."
"Without demolishing religious schools (madrassahs) and minarets and without
abandoning the beliefs and ideas of the medieval age, restriction in thoughts
and pains in conscience will not
end. Without understanding that unbelief is a kind of religion, and that
conservative religious belief a kind of
disbelief, and without showing tolerance to opposite ideas, one cannot succeed."
"The truly religious man does not embrace a religion; and he who embraces one
has no religion."
- Kahlil Gibran
The "temple master's bells" (in the tower of the mind) can also represent the
Thinking function (i.e "bats in his belfry", "a bell went off in his head").
The "kiosk" and "black worm seed" being the discerning nature of Thinking as it
shelters Rupert from misguided passions and purges from him irrational beliefs.
In a meditative state and, having already said goodbye to the world of the
senses, he must also turn his back on his intellect.
"...let's say that our starting point
is that we forget what we know, or think we know, and
that we suspend judgment about practically everything,
returning to what we were when we were babies when we had
not yet learned the names or the language."
"I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you
will never enter the
kingdom of heaven."
"True meditation practice in Zen is zazen, not meditation. As has been said
this text, zazen is not the same as meditation. Meditation implies
something. In meditation we "empty our cup." In zazen we not only empty the
erase the existence of the cup. Zazen is thoughtless thought, concentration
"Gradually one realises that one must now give up the life of the intellect -
earlier gave up the light of the senses - and learn to live by pure faith.
For one who has a natural intellectual bent, this sacrifice is especially
difficult. One seems to cut
off the very purpose for which one exists. Also one is now psychologically left
- following the
surrender of both affective and cognitive modes - with nowhere to go - in
psychological terms -
than in the direction of pure faith. "
And, of course, the "affective mode" is the Feeling function and the "cognitive
mode" the Thinking function, precisely the entities neutralized in
The Devil's Triangle
"Balance will be achieved when each consumes the other's
"...those "messages from the gods" depend on
our ability to turn down or turn off our conscious perceptions based on
sensation, and sometimes feeling and thinking. When feeling, thinking, and
sensation shift into neutral, we respond with instincts that are supplied by the
"Courtship solely of his word
With Eden guaranteed."
Just as the elephants of
were "force fed" on the "stale chalk" of mere words, the temple master
(religion) has "courted" Rupert solely by means of the "word" or scripture. Or,
put another way, within the context of most (all?) religions, one's
relationship (courtship) with God is based solely on the word of another (the
religion's "sacred" text). "Eden guaranteed" also sounds like a sales pitch
("Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back!"), implying the legalistic nature
of religions offering the perfect system, eternal life insurance - if only one
will abide by the contract.
"...there is also a detachment from language and written scriptures
for it cannot serve as a means of explaining philosophical truth.
Dogen instructs that no matter how elegant prose might be,
"they are merely toying with words and cannot gain truth".
Language only obstructs the understanding of Zen Buddhist teaching..."
Words produced by the intellect and appealing to the intellect cannot, of
themselves, lead anyone to Eden. Via renunciation of the intellect during
meditation, once one has said "farewell" to the "temple master's bells" and his
"words", "Eden" (Enlightenment) is "guaranteed".
"... It is the mind alone which is referred to variously as buddhi, the cosmos,
egosense, prana, etc. Hence its abandonment alone is total renunciation. Once it
is abandoned, the truth is experienced at once."
And here we arrive at one of the meanings of the album cover painting. The
fundamental concern of the Crimson King was presented on the cover of the first
album: the shadow of (or the "monster" that is) modern man. One of the concerns
is attachment to dogma, the Word. During the Medieval era, the idea of the
word as sacred was expressed by the illuminated manuscript.
"At the pre-Renaissance period, Bibles and other Sacred books were copied by
monks in "carols", small
cubicles set up in the cloisters of the monasteries and great cathedrals in
response to the unprecedented need
for copies of books. It is of interest that the monkish copyists traditionally
spoke the words aloud as they wrote
them. This oral "chewing" of the text was closely associated with the act of
prayer, also helping to identify words
whose meaning might be otherwise obscure in the original MSS due to misspelling
or excessive use of
contractions. The reading of the Holy text was also considered a form of
meditation in which the scribe savored
Divine wisdom directly from his books, which retained the mystical aura of
miraculous objects at this period."
"The Book was the final authority on God's intent. Nothing else was ever
permitted to supersede it. And since
most of the population could not read even their native tongue, let alone the
Latin or Greek of the Bible, no one
could ever question the selective readings the priests used to convince the
masses of one point or another.
For those of us today, living surrounded by the printed word, it is almost
impossible to imagine the credibility
given in earlier days to anything that had been written down, no matter how
nonsensical it was. The very fact
that someone had taken the tremendous trouble to create a book gave an
automatic assumption that what it
contained was true and important. Skepticism about the written word was almost
nonexistent until Gutenberg
and his partners made books an accepted and unremarkable fact of daily life.
For much of the duration of Christianity, to be a monk, a seeker after god,
meant to be a preserver and copier
of the Word of God. Thousands of monks spent the greater portion of their lives
copying pages of the Bible;
this was literally one of the holiest works one could perform. Writing and
religious vocations were inextricably
linked in the public mind. Thus the term "cleric" or "clerk", originally
applicable only to priests or monks, came
to be a generic term for anyone whose occupation involved writing."
In Phaedrus 14, Plato discusses the invention of writing .
"Thoth (Hermes) was the inventor of many arts, such as arithmetic and
calculation and geometry and astronomy and draughts and dice, but his great
discovery was the use of letters.
This, said Thoth,
will make the Egyptians wiser and give them better memories; it is a specific
both for the memory and the wit.
Thamus replied: You who are the father of
letters, from a paternal love of your own children have been led to attribute
to them a quality which they cannot
have; for this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners'
souls, because they will not use their
memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember
of themselves. The specific which
you have discovered is an aid not to memory, but to reminiscence, and you give
your disciples not truth, but
only the semblance of truth; they will be hearers of many things and will have
learned nothing, they will appear
to be omniscient and will generally know nothing; they will be tiresome
company, having the show of
wisdom without the reality."
"Glass tears" are not real and, in the case of actual Rupert's Tears, if even a
very slight pressure is applied in the right way, they are easily shattered to
"...if you take a fourteen-pound sledgehammer and try to smash it on a forge.
For although it is strong enough to withstand the sledgehammer, the tail can
be nipped with a pair of blunt-nosed pliers. It takes a little effort. And once
is done it is as if you have taken out the keystone, removed the linchpin,
kicked out the foundations. The whole thing explodes. And where, a
moment before, you had unbreakable glass, now you have grains of glass
in every corner of the workshop--in your eyes if you are not careful--and what
is left in your hand you can crumble--it feels like sugar--without danger."
"Prince Rupert's tears of glass" are a symbol of his ego. "Tears" also
represent the pain caused by ego attachments. The ego, like a Rupert's Drop, is
practically indestructible unless a particular sort of pressure is applied. It
is the task of the divine child, Prince Rupert (whose name means "destroy by
means of"), to annihilate his ego.
"Common to shamanism, Vedanta, Buddhism, Taoism, Gnosticism and
Sufism is a state of illumination characterized by descent into archetypal
cosmic consciousness variously described as moksha, enlightenment,
samadhi, gnosis, the void, or the self. Several traditions have been
enriched by the use of natural evolutionary sacraments which induce
visions... Such a state has common elements of ego loss or ego death,
disembodiment and union with the divine source."
"Ego is the "perceptual organ" of the whole body considered by itself,
autonomous, complete, and needing nothing. Here comes the paradox,
crashing in, de-re-mystifying: ego is body-image, not the organ (eye,
ear, skin) that perceives, but the organless imaginary being which moves
thinking through timespace and decides or does not to execute certain
movements efficacious of desired result."