Bruce Michael

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I didn't mention that Herzeleide, Parsifal's Mother was reckoned by Dr. Steiner to be the reincarnated Julian the Apostate.

So again we have the connection of the old Mysteries (Julian) melded with Christianity. As discussed before, there is a close connection between Buddhism and Christianity in "Parsifal". This as we know, is also a hallmark of Manichaeism.

Wagner was very well read on Buddhism.
The name "Tristan" means sorrow and sadness (The world of Samsara). It is the sadness of separation from God:

Wagner's Nirvana: the Land of Non-Being

"It might also be argued that there are no specifically Buddhist ideas in Tristan.....The subject of his Tristan und Isolde is not salvation but the suffering caused by the desire for extinction.
Whether that deliverance or extinction takes the form of absorption into Brahman or transition into nirvana is unimportant, in the context of the drama. From a remark that Wagner made to Cosima many years later, that Kundry had undergone Isolde's transfiguration a thousand times, it would appear that he had reached the view that Isolde had not yet escaped from samsara, which in notes in the Brown Book he equated to the realm of day; in contrast, nirvana was the realm of night. So there is sufficient evidence from which to conclude that, if not during the composition of Tristan und Isolde then at least in reflecting on it later, Wagner thought of Tristan yearning for nirvana, the realm of night.

Monsalvat Index (version for all current popular browsers)

Swans and Geese

In the Wagnerian Parsifal, he shoots a swan. "Much later, in Parzival's wanderings, he comes across a goose that has been wounded by King Arthur's falcon. Three drops of blood fall on the snow; the red on white reminds Parzival of his distant wife, Condwiramurs. In contemplation of the blood on the snow, he falls into a trance."
"Off with you, be on your way!
Take some advice from Gurnemanz:
In future leave our swans in peace,
go seek -- you gander -- for geese!"
These are all important scenes. The swan is the AUM. Through contemplation on the AUM the student passes from the world of images to the world of God- the Archetypes.

The geese represent the senses.

The three drops of blood on the snow is also scene from the beginning of Snow White. The young Queen pricks her finger while sewing and three drops of blood fall onto the snow.

There is the expression "swan song" which means death. This expression comes from the thought (Middle Ages) that Swans sung before they died.
This is a clue to the Swan level of initiation.

In the writings of Basil Valentinus the Swan represents the third level of initiation- Raven and Peacock being 1st and 2nd. In this level Inspiration as the Divine Word, the harmony of the Spheres, sounds forth.
"In the third degree he meets death and must sing the Swan's song. He
then dies to everything earthly."
Notes from Walter Stein's The Ninth Century.

More on the Swan as the Aum, taken from:
The Voice of the Silence by H. P. Blavatsky
The Voice of the Silence by H. P. Blavatsky - 1

I found this interesting, that the parts of the bird were "parts" of the AUM. I wondered if this was pictured in meditation?:

Kala Hamsa, the "Bird" or Swan (Vide No. 11). Says the Nada-Bindu Upanishad (Rig Veda) translated by the Kumbakonam Theos. Society --
"The syllable A is considered to be its (the bird Hamsa's) right
wing, u, its left, M, its tail, and the Ardha-matra (half metre) is said to be
its head."

Some Sanskrit mystics locate seven planes of being, the seven spiritual lokas or worlds within the body of Kala Hamsa, the Swan out of Time and Space, convertible into the Swan in Time, when it becomes Brahma instead of Brahma (neuter).

A Yogi who bestrides the Hamsa [Swan] (thus contemplates on Aum) is not affected by Karmic influences or crores of sins."

From Edwin Arnold's "Light of Asia"-
It happened one vernal day that a wild swan was shot by an idle
courtier as the flock flew near the palace, and the wounded bird fell
into the hands of Siddârtha. As he soothed the frightened, fluttering
bird with tender touch, and drew the arrow from its side, he pressed
the barb into his own wrist to make trial of the pain: --

Then some one came who said, "My Prince hath shot
A swan, which fell among the roses here.
He bids me pray you send it. Will you send?
"Nay," quoth Siddârtha, "if the bird were dead
To send it to the slayer might be well,
But the swan lives; my cousin hath but killed
The god-like speed which throbbed in this white wing."
And Devadatta answered, "The wild thing,
Living or dead, is his who fetched it down;
'T was no man's in the clouds, but fall'n 't is mine,
Give me my prize, fair Cousin." Then our Lord
Laid the swan's neck beside his own smooth cheek
And gravely spake, "Say no! the bird is mine,
The first of myriad things which shall be mine
By right of mercy and love's lordliness.
For now I know, by what within me stirs,
That I shall teach compassion unto men
And be a speechless world's interpreter,
Abating this accursed flood of woe,

"In Wieland Wagner's interpretation of Parsifal, the spiritual hero
progressed from the realm of mother and matter, symbolised by the
swan, to the realm of father and spirit, symbolised by the dove. In
this interpretation the incident with the swan can be seen as the
starting point of Parsifal's journey and the descending dove as the
end of that journey. In Wieland's famous Bayreuth production (1951-
1973), however, the dove was omitted. Perhaps because this symbol
suggests a parallel between Parsifal and Christ, one that Richard
Wagner repeatedly denied had been his intention."
Wagner, Buddhism and Parsifal

Kundry is the Kundalini: http://www.prs.org/books/book251.htm
Then someone chances upon her in a cave, or in dense undergrowth, in a deathlike sleep, lifeless, numb, bloodless, with all limbs rigid.

[Wagner's Prose Draft of 1865]

After Parsfal's destiny is played out another union takes place - that of Parsifal with his wife Kondawiramur. They meet where Parsifal once saw three drops of blood in the snow. I was on this spot that he fell into a state of continuing dream while overpowerd by desire for her. Now all this is overcome. His love is now free from egoism. It has become a healing love which, stripped of all egotistic desire, is a free and radiant blessing- like the light of the sun it streams over the world.

-T. Ravenscroft The Cup of Destiny