Erle Frayne D. Argonza
Let me continue with the Draco theme that I’ve been discoursing on so far. For this piece I will conduct reflections about Siegfried and Mahatma Gandhi, one a folk hero and the other a historical great man, who both battled dragons and who lost their lives in the end as a highest form of sacrifice in the pursuit of most noble ends.
Siegfried is a very beautiful narrative, a very inspiring piece for the heroism and redemption that goes with it. I am very much enamored to Siegfried, perhaps due to my own breeding as a warrior—and great warrior no less—leading armies to battle, conquering lands, and then bringing peace and prosperity thereafter for many embodiments. Besides, I was a Teuton (German) for couples of embodiments, and I know German folklore by heart.
Likewise have I great admiration for the music of Wagner, among which is the hero’s burial for Siegfried. Wagner may by S.O.B. in person, but during his moments of composing music he was able to attune to the ‘music of the spheres’, with both devas and angels downloading sample tunes for the musical master to savor and document (with modifications if he wishes). Wagner did justice to Siegfried, likewise to the Light Beings of Valhalla (etheric cities) whom he captured in his very lively compositions.
To get it straight to the denouement, Siegfried defeated the dragon (Draco’s evil intents in our DNA programming). The battle was waged inside a cave (our inner space or ‘unconscious’ self). Upon slaying the dragon, Siegfried bathed himself with its blood to become invincible and deathless in battles (a celebration of victory over the gross ‘lower self’).
Because Siegfried was residing in the dense 3rd dimension, no matter how victorious may he be versus an external dragon and/or his lower self, he will always encounter competing forces within his own organization (warriorship). Envy and jealousy drove a fellow warrior to betray him by piercing a spear in Siegfried’s back that failed to be immersed with dragon’s blood (last spot of behavioral vulnerability).
Siegfried’s story is the archetype that can account for many heroic battles versus both external enemies and the gross lower self. Such as the narrative of Mahatma Gandhi, who battled both an external dragon (British empire) and an internal enemy (gross lower self). To go straight to the denouement, Gandhi was impeccably victorious over both arch-enemies. What makes him much more awe-inspiring was his use of active non-violence versus the external dragon that was a radical innovation altogether akin to the avatar Jesus “love thy enemy” innovation 2,000 years back.
To enable the growth of a new nation, Gandhi had to do the extreme sacrifice of absorbing part of the collective karma of new India. That sacrifice was to be manifested in his assassination by a local fanatic within his own organization (guards provided by the state). Feeling no bitterness, he immediately forgave his assassin while invoking his last words, “Rama, Rama!”
In both narratives, there was no show of bitterness whatsoever. No matter if they died very violent deaths, their physical exit was one that they welcomed as they both knew the risk entailed by their roles and missions. Had Siegfried and Gandhi shown bitterness to their killers, their defeat of the dragon could have been cancelled out.
Thus, up to the very last breath of theirs, both folk hero and historical hero exhibited their total victory against Draco (and Lucifer) as represented by the gross lower self and external enemies. No one then should wonder why both figures are exalted in their respective lands and in other cultures as well, even as both continue to inspire peoples the world over who are on the liberation Path.
[Philippines, 05 September 2010]
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