Nuong una kong nakita ang talandrong ito,
ang unang pumasok sa isip ko ay ang Mahal na Ina tangan-tangan ang Nino Jesus at ang pinsan nitong si San Juan Bautista. After all, much has already been written about the famous painting ni Leonardo da Vinci na “Madonna of the Rocks”,
kung saan magkakasama ang Nino Jesus, Birheng Maria at si San Juan Bautista. To those interested sa interior meanings ng painting na ito should look for the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail nila Baigent, Leigh at Lincoln (or yung work ni Dan Brown base sa librong ito, Da Vinci Code).
Mabuti na lamang at nagkakuwentuhan kami ni Ka Robert ukol dito, dahil mali pala ang intindi ko tungkol dito. Ka Robert's analysis is based on the one given by Tata Marcial Innocentes of Pasig when the old man was still alive.
The Infinita is holding God the Son on her left arm, but that is not John the Baptist sitting at her right arm. Hindi nga naman pwedeng si San Juan Bautista ito. If you look carefully at the talandro, “koronados” lahat nuong tatlo dito. Kung si San Juan nga naman ito, it should been a “halo” not a “crown” dahil hindi siya deus.
Ang tamang interpretation is that the Infinita is holding the “elder son” and the “younger son”. What do I mean? The “younger son” is the Christ. And the “older son”? The First of the Fallen.
The picture provides a lot of insight. That the Infinita can separate two powerful beings, attests to her might. But the the fact that she can force them to shake hands, that is really something else.
Note that the Christ child, identified by the cross, is at the left side. I believe that this is due more to the order of birth rather than having another meaning entirely.
But just like any good mother, when her child proves to be recalcitrant, the time comes for punishment and letting go...
Nitong Mayo, I had the occassion to go on a pilgrimage sa simbahan ng Antipolo. Maganda yung mga stained glass windows, pero this particular window was the one that caught my eye.
If we look beyond the Christian “retribution aspect” sa paglaglag ng Mahal na Ina duon sa “First of the Fallen”, makikita natin yung “sacred twin” concept dito, a concept that is present in most mythologies that have the framework of a dualistic belief system, e.g. Ahura Mazda (Ormuzd) and Angra Mainyu (Ahriman) ng mga Zoroastrians; Romulus and Remus ng mga Romano; Quetzalcoatl at Tezcatlipoca ng mga Aztecs; Jacob at Esau ng mga Hebreo. Sa “sacred twin” (o sabi ng iba, “evil twin”) na cosmological model, the twins are co-eternal representatives of good and evil. The good was eventually expected to win the battle. The importance of balance in the process of creation ang emphasis ng aspetong ito. To those interested dito, try looking for the works of Kersey Graves (God and the Devil of Originally Twin Brothers and Known by the Same Titles) and Gerald Massey (The Devil of Darkness in the Light of Evolution). Babalikan natin ulit itong "sacred twin" later on.
Recently sa Los Antingeros ay may ginawang pagtatalakay si Ka David Lungcay ukol sa tinatawag na “Birheng Nagpapasuso”. Napakaganda po nuong analysis ni Ka David ukol sa origin nuong talandro, yung aspeto nito sa cabal, at yung aspeto nito sa taga-bulag. I will not repeat yung mga analysis ni Ka David dito, basahin na lamang po ninyo sa Los Antingeros. I would just like to take note of sa isang punto na mention ni Ka David ukol dito sa "Birheng Nagpapasuso".
Dalawang klase pala itong Birheng Nagpapasuso. Mayroong yung ang pinapasuso ay nasa kanan, at mayroon yung pinapasuso ay nasa kaliwa. This was a revelation to me. Not totally unexpected, given that the female breast is bilaterally symmetrical, kaya para ding kamay ito ng Virgen duon sa earlier discussion ko na may tangan sa “kanang kamay” at may tangan sa “kaliwang kamay”. Also to be expected is that na magkaiba yung attributes ng “pinapasuso sa kaliwa” duon sa “pinapasuso as kanan”. Still this was a big surprise to me.
Such a surprise, na tinignan ko lahat ng mga talandro ko ng Birheng Nagpapasuso. I was hoping to find some clues as to the identity kung sino yung “pinapasuso sa kaliwa”. Sa malas nga lamang, puro sa kanan yung mga talandro ko.
Walang problema as to the identity nuong “pinapasuso sa kanan”. Ito yung Christ child o Nino Jesus. Itong virgo lactans (Birheng Nagpapasuso), ay tinatayang ginaya ng mga Kristiyano from an earlier culture, specifically that of the Egyptians (Isis lactans).
"Early Christians sometimes worshipped before the statues of Isis suckling the infant Horus, seeing in them another form of the ancient and noble myth by which woman (i.e., the female principle), creating all things, becomes at last the Mother of God.". (Historian Will Durant sa Our Oriental Heritage (1935), from The Story of Civilization: vol. 1)
“Though the Virgin Mary is not worshipped (she is venerated) in Catholicism and Orthodoxy, her role as a merciful mother figure has parallels with the figure of Isis…”
“… After the Christian religion gained popularity and started dispersing into Europe and then throughout Rome, the Christians converted an Isis shrine in Egypt into one for Mary and in other ways "deliberately took images from the pagan world". (Wikipedia)
Take note na ang batang Horus dito ay sa kaliwa sumususo. Pero balik tayo sa ating Birheng Nagpapasuso. Without yung talandro ng “pinapasuso sa kaliwa”, we could only make guesses as to identity kung sino yuon:
a. Ang kakambal ni Jesus --> si San Hudas o Apostol Tomas Didymos (= twin). Obviously kung may kakambal ang Nino Jesus, it goes without saying na sabay silang pasusuhin, isa sa kaliwa at isa sa kanan.
“The Nag Hammadi "sayings" Gospel of Thomas begins: "These are the secret sayings that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas recorded." Syrian tradition also states that the apostle's full name was Judas Thomas, or Jude Thomas. Some have seen in the Acts of Thomas (written in east Syria in the early 3rd century, or perhaps as early as the first half of the 2nd century) an identification of Saint Thomas with the apostle Judas son of James, better known in English as Jude. However, the first sentence of the Acts follows the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles in distinguishing the apostle Thomas and the apostle Judas son of James. Few texts identify Thomas' other twin, though in the Book of Thomas the Contender, part of the Nag Hammadi library, it is said to be Jesus himself: "Now, since it has been said that you are my twin and true companion, examine yourself…"
Sa Boanerges ni J. Rendel Harris (boanerges = mga anak ng kulog, referring sa Apostoles Tiago at Juan):
“Our next instance of the connection of the Heavenly Twins………..shall be taken from the early Christian literature. It has been shown that in certain quarters, there was a belief that the Apostle Thomas, whose name means twin, was the twin-brother of Jesus.
This belief was especially strongly held in the old Syrian church of Edessa, which city was the centre of a heathen cult of the Sun and the Heavenly Twins, the two latter being probably identified with the Morning and Evening Stars. The reasons for this surprising statement are largely drawn from the Acts of Thomas, the mythical founder of the Edessan Church : and these Acts, which are of Syrian origin, make Thomas play the part of the double of Jesus, in all kinds of peculiar situations, and they make Jesus and Thomas do many things which can at once be explained if they were looked on as Dioscures ; moreover on several occasions, Thomas is definitely addressed as the Twin of the Messiah. For the proofs and elaboration of this theme, I must refer to my two tracts, the Dioscuri in Christian Legend, and the Cult of the Heavenly Twins : but we must not suppose that the belief is limited to a single Church, planted in a centre where Twin-worship was rife as a part of a solar cult. The Roman Breviary itself is in evidence for the belief, and contains sentences for St Thomas’ day which, in their uncorrected form, tell us plainly that Thomas is the twin-brother of Jesus. These sentences in the Breviary can be traced back to St Isidore of Seville, and it is quite possible that they may be ultimately due to the westerly migration of the Acts of Thomas. Even if this should turn out to be the case, it appears as if a long time had elapsed before the statement in question were recognised as heretical. And this naturally leads to the belief that the gulf in theological thought between the far East and the near West was not so deep as might, at first sight, be imagined.”
b. St. Bernard. This little known anecdote was shared to me by Ka Magus168:
"The Miraculous Lactation of St. Bernard." This painting depicts the spiritual nourishing of St. Bernard by the milk of Our Lady, based on this legendary mystical experience: Bernard prayed before a statue of the Madonna, asking her, "Show yourself a mother" ("Monstra te esse Matrem"). The statue came to life and and squirted milk from the breast onto the Saint's lips.”
Mother's milk was thought to have magical and potent medicinal properties, what more yung milk coming from the Virgin herself? Sa tingin ko ito yung basehan naman ng aspeto ng Birheng Nagpapasuso na nagbibigay biyaya (prosperity) at nahihilingan (wish fulfillment).
c. Sometime ago, may isang panyo ako na nakita ng isang collector ng mga gamit (anting-anting).
This collector’s immediate reaction was “pang-gayuma ito”. Nuong tinanong ko kung bakit niya na-conclude na pang-gayuma ito, ang sabi niya, “tignan mo ang pwesto, nakabukaka, ready na!” concluding with a boisterous laugh.
Dito ko naisip na maganda palang gamitin ang panyong ito to determine the preparedness ng isang tao sa karunungang esoteriko. On the surface, madali ngang isiping pang gayuma ito, the female figure being in a spread-eagled position.
Pero tignan mong mabuti. May lumalabas sa “puerta” nuong pigura. Obviously it is in the act of giving birth. Mayroon bang nanganganak na nakatikom ang mga hita? Lalabas ba yung bata kung ang nanganganak ay hindi bubukaka?
More significant is, ano yung pinapanganak? Hindi ba iyan ang Verbo? What we are actually witnessing here is the birth of a god, in fact the birth of the creator of the material universe. No doubt, itong babaeng nanganganak ay ang Animasola, ang ulilang kaluluwa, in the throes of giving birth to the Logos…
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1)
In comparison, nuong pinakita ko ito sa isang maestro (Tata F.), ang immediate reaction niya ay “matindi ito, tignan mo ang mga nakasulat sa ilalim ng mga suso”.
OTHEOS (Diyos Ama) at ATHANATOS (Diyos Anak). Ang simula at ang huli. Ang Alpha at ang Omega. Obviously ang ibig sabihin nito ay “Sa akin (Animasola) sumuso ang Ama at ang Anak. Sa akin nagsisimula at babalik ang lahat.”