Alchemy, Art, symbolism, Trickster

Immortals…

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Monkey’s… Immortality… Appears to have… More than one source… He eats lots of peaches… He rejects the religious instruction… Initially offered… By Subodhi… Who then gives him the secret doctrine… Which he memorises… And he storms the gates of Hell… And erases… His name from the list of the soon to be deceased… It is not beyond the realms of possibility… That these solutions… represent different… Narratives… In the evolution… Of Monkey’s story… The storming of Hell episode is particularly suspect… For it is presented as a dream… But then later plays out as a ‘reality’.

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The Way of Immortality… Appears to have been a doctrine… Over and above the accepted religious mores of the ancient Chinese civilisation… Which is to say… Older!… Lao Tzu who established Taoism was reputed to be… One of the Immortals… As were numerous… Other semi-legendary figures… Most of them were proponents of… Chinese Alchemy… Of which, incidentally… the Tao Te Ching… Is a principal text… Given that Subodhi’s instruction… In the story… Remains hidden… It may be instructive… To consider his stated reasons that the current ‘religious’ ways are inherently deficient.

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These are presented to us… In what Monkey calls circumlocutions… The Division of Schools is for immortality… Useful as building a pillar in a wall… The Division of Silence… Gives the strength of an unfired brick on a kiln... Whilst the Division of Action… Makes the attainment of immortality… Easy as fishing the moon out of water… Subodhi’s explanation of these cryptic phrases… Is only marginally acceptable… The wall will eventually crumble no matter how fortified… The unfired brick on a kiln will melt… And the moon in water… is a reflection… There is also another source of Monkey’s immortality.

 

 

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