The Davinci Code; Some thoughts
The Da Vinci Code; Some thoughts
When I read this story, I was truly blown away. I know many people were because it was a world-wide sensation and sold more copies then any book in History after the Bible of course and translated into almost 100 languages. Amazing how a book can touch so many lives. It opened my eyes to many things. The Sacred Feminine was the biggest eye opener for me. Why had I never heard of her? Who was this Dan Brown? This novel takes you on a journey into the history of the Catholic church. As a Catholic myself, I was rather shocked to learn about all the things the Catholic church did throughout history. The bible a book that was voted on by only men, hence why very few females have stories in the bible. So many stories were left out of the bible.
The DaVinci code shed light on Mary Magedelen and her very important role in the church. If only Peter didn't shun her out and ultimately start a rumor about her that she was a prostitute. A rumor that stuck for thousands of years. The Catholic church has admited that she was not a prostitute and in fact a Saint. She has been called, the Apostle to the apostles. Apostle meaning messenger of God and there for the messenger to the messengers.
The question I raise is this, why was it such a scandal that Jesus could have loved a woman? Why would that make Jesus less of a divine being? He was put on this Earth to make a point. That he would have the human experience and teach us about love. Isn't a large part of the human experience to have your one true love? Isn't marriage a Holy Sacrament? If anything this shows that God really does have someone for all of us, a soul mate perhaps. Jesus never made the rule that priests should not marry. That was the Catholic church. Jesus was the first feminist. He loved women as equally as men and this story raises the idea that Mary was in fact chosen to lead his church. In those days a "mere woman" couldn't possibly do that and society didn't allow it to happen. God gives us free will and although Jesus chose Mary, society decided she was unfit for such a huge role.
Jealousy plays a role in this story of Jesus and his followers. They believed that he liked Mary more than them and could see their close relationship. I believed Jesus shared many intimate details of his ministry and Mary was the only one to be able to fully describe it and spread his message.
The idea that Mary was the Holy Grail is a fascinating one. If she did carry Jesus' child could their really be a descendent alive today as the story portrays? Did Leonardo know something we didn't know? He was almost like a prophet in his time and a rebel. He questioned religion and was incredibly inventive. The last supper painting was truly eye opening. I have seen this millions of time and never once realized how much the person to Jesus's left is so clearly a woman. I did however notice that Peter has a knife in his hands and they all seem like they are arguing.
The fact the free thinking woman or "witches" were burned at the stake was very disturbing. It seemed like throughout history women were always treated with less respect then men. It's sad to think that society shunned such an enlightened soul like Mary. The most amazing thing was finding out that a gospel that could've been written by Mary Madelene was found in the late 1800's.
The part about the Little Mermaid having so much symbolism for the sacred feminine at other things grabbed my attention as well. Their is a Davinci painting in the sea that she sings too. "What is a fire and why does it what's the word, burn?"
The mention of PHI and how it has a connection to all of nature was truly fascinating to me also. Everything in the book inspired me to learn more, find out more about all of these amazing things.
I bought a couple of books that translated this gospel, one was by Jean Leloup and another one by Karen L. King. I definitely enjoyed the one by Karen L. King better. It was truly a intriguing read. Mary had the key to everlasting love and life. She talks a lot about the spirit and soul and understanding ourselves. She talks about the message from Jesus and how it was left out of the bible. It is a pity that such a deep interpretation of God's message was left out of our religions and bible. She talks about finding our inner selves and that within us lies the treasure. A big part of this is finding our true happiness. That we need not look for happiness outside ourselves for it lies inside all along. Jesus taught this. It may have been misconstrued or not fully explained in the bible but this was his message. Jesus doesn't want us to suffer either. It is part of our human experience but it's not what it's all about. Jesus came to end suffering.
If you haven't yet read this book, it is definitely time you do read it. No book has ever touched my heart and soul like this fascinating story about secret societies, hidden treasure and religious history. I also have never learned more about the beginnings of Christianity and the Sacred Feminine.
The ending left room for a sequel in my opinion. Dan Brown didn't want to continue with the Sophie storyline. His next novel "The Lost Symbol" was fascinating also but The Davinci code is by far my favorite book I have ever read.
I anxiously await Dan Brown's next book. I hear he is writing a book about the year 2012 and the Mayans. This will be a great book, as I believe he has been working on it for a year or more. Hurry up Dan Brown, we are in the year 2012 already and we need your insights!