"The whole course of this narrative resembles, and was meant to resemble,
a caduceus wreathed about with meandering ornaments,
or the staff of a tree's stem hung round and surmounted with some vagrant parasitical plant."
De Quincey: Suspiria de Profundis
"Two birds, friends joined together, clutch the same tree.
One of them eats the sweet fruit:: the other looks on without eating."
The Riddle of the SOMA Sacrifice. The Rig Veda. 2000BC
the epigraph of The Risen
The Caduceus: ideas to be developed.
1: The R Field. Its true meaning in this context.
2: The Holographic structure of consciousness and time and space.
(Which are the same ... seen from different contexts)
3. A schizoid intercourse between the tree of life and the tree of knowledge
4. The Cabbala; the brain, with its root into the hidden springs of an imagined future, its dead leaves, droppings into forgetfulness, an endlessly fermenting past.
5. Two snakes, the double vision - iRony - two axes between which the illumination sparks like lightning ... the double-diamond vajra ... iRony is interference as in the creation of holographic time and space ... iRony is mutation.
At the moment of death, he saw his whole life flash by ... fragments of a thousand lived and imagined movies condensed into a few nano-seconds ... the nervous system has its own atomic clock.
The pathology of the void, which is our perception of the present tense. Ecstasy. Long live pathology!
Ioan Coulianu: The Tree of Gnosis.
We see how, from a seed, Gnosis grows into a tree that starts to split into branches; some branches remain virtual, some actually grow. The generative model of gnostic systems is actually a Tree, the Tree of Gnosis. From this Tree of Knowledge scholars, in their respect for tradition, seldom eat; but once they do, they must acknowledge to what extent human beliefs and theories are related to human games.
At this point all Western dualists without exception feel that they should settle their account with the Book of Genesis. Here the game changes. It becomes sequential, like a board game in which the character advances by rolling the dice**; and any square he or she lands on presents a multiple-choice case (on which a few other choices may depend). Any of the gnostic groups that produce texts seem to play the board game anew every time, and thus the results are different - they are transformations of each other.
This operation can be understood through the simple use of morphology.
Having once decided that the Old Testament is the Scripture of a lower god, the board game played on the Book of Genesis is easy to follow and is, entirely and exclusively, a logical game. Sometimes it gives the impression of "borrowings", (LINK to Plagiarism) but what is borrowed are logical "bricks" that circulate and perpetuate the sequential transformation of each reading of Genesis. And each reading is new and part of a "map of misprision" that will never be complete. Let us follow this board game as it develops ...
Professor Ioan Coulianu, colleague of Mircea Eliade, was murdered in the Divinity school of the University of Chicago on May 21, 1991. The person who shot him point blank through the head, has never been found.
Qv: Eros, Magic, and the Murder of Professor Coulianu