Elemire Zolla :: Lo Stupore infantile

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“The world is like the impression left by the telling of a story”
Yoga Vasistha 2, 3, 11

You have to know that this text, a favourite among those written by Elémire Zolla, may be one of your most beautiful literary experiences, that are rare in returning what Harold Bloom calls the greatest gift of reading, that is a blessing, meaning “more living in a time without end.” Introduced with the usual loving wisdom by Grazia Marchianò, in the end it is enriched, if compared to the previous edition published by Adelphi, by an inedited piece about children games, which can be well approached to the masterpiece painting by Bruegel, Die Kinderspiele.

The image on the cover should be carefully thought out: the look, the colours, what it inspires in us, what it shows in his evidence and what it transmits. It depicts a child Kukai, one of the fathers of Japanese Buddhism, founder of the Shingon school, flourished in Japan since AD 1000. The entire book could be a gloss on that image. After 15 years of love readings, after all the valuable discoveries that it has been able to donate, I approach this new edition with amazed ingenuity, and this time it is its musical nature to appeal to me, now I feel it  in my heart and itself will tell let’s go, I know what to ask for, to search for all the entries in the book. Here are a few…

Is it a mandala? At the center, the archetypal puer eternus lives and invites us to slough off any armour, to lose that which we believe is, or is made, our life, and let us be carried. If the center is a child born from the lotus, sometimes you might see a little child crowned with gold. At the center the unit, then the two in the form of the chief musical masterpieces, “do not fancy to understand Europe without listening to them.” We find, therefore, the Magic Flute by Mozart and Wagner’s Parsifal, two Wisdom trips for a single purpose, the liberation in life.

Is it a treatise on the light?
Of its secrets each chapter is woven, multiple pathways to it, as reincarnations in Jātaka, the stories of the previous lives of the Buddha.

Is it the story of a soul? Filled with its primordial wonder, it recounts the world and sometimes takes the form of a scholarly essay that makes us meet William Butler Yeats, poet and Nobel Prize winner, the last guardian of the tradition of the Celtic world, Károly Kereny, a famous scholar of religions and mythologies, Kawai Hayao, a scholar of psychoanalysis and Buddhism, and the philosopher Kuki Shuzo.

The wise man and the child; the child is the wise, the golden age and its quintessence. No mirage, no illusion, but a quality to find in our hearts to be intimate with everything, inside and outside of us, towards adamantine unity, beyond the history and the landscapes that time has to offer. Pages of Genesis and Apocalypse follow one to another, the matriarchy and the forests, they are there to be taken away with lightness and rigor, such is a teacher who invites us to savour with intensity but not to cling to anything. More music, a note almost imperceptible between the pages of a Bach fugue. I think of Contrapunctus XIV, the unfinished, where the last note should be made ​​and then abandoned on the edge of the void, a moment of awareness and ecstatic abandon, clear and shiny.

Augusto Petruzzi
25.06.2014


Elemire Zolla
Lo Stupore infantile
Marsilio, 2014

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