" Who Finds the Grail hath found Perfection"
the Angel of John
This brilliant exposition of the Legend of the Grail brings us once again to face the truth of what the Grail really was; but as I reached the Grail at my own death in Christ as the last of My Generation I can well appreciate Justin Griffin in a number of areas; as I have written extensively about the Grail in my own book; of which I am now involved in the interminable final edit; more daunting than writing the work in the first place.
First of all, it is Justin's actual integration of Pelagius into the history of the Grail which goes beyond being just a thin hypothesis but has, upon closer inspection, what I would call the "ring of truth"; a coined phrase would should bring a smile to his lips; for I say this not of myself; but from the angel who is with me. Here he has indeed "hit the mark"; as Parcifal did; whose name means "through the center"; and in Caballah has the number "418". This number has much to do with the Marian Chalic which came to England in 418; although it is written 416; close enough.
Furthermore, there is another area in which this insightful and painstaking scholar and acolyte of Christ has discovered something truly remarkable which I have also written of in my own book: and this deals with the figure of Lancelot and has alleged affair with Guinevere; the cause of so much controversy.
To speak of this I will have to reveal a little more of myself to broach such a sensitive subject; but suffice to say that he who reaches the Grail reaches Perfection; as the Lamb said to his disciples and the Apostle's among them;
"be thou perfect; as your Father in heaven is perfect."
From those knights who took vows of celibacy and poverty by which they gave their lands to the church for the poor and their souls unto the hands of the Good Shepherd for their redemption, it is hard to understand why Lancelot - Arthur's best friend and champion - would have an affair with the queen. But the answer to this is found in Justin's book indirectly; but in mine more directly; yet he has stumbled upon the truth.
The Lamb once said these words as he raised the standard of the external Law to that of the internal Word in these words; to wit;
"It was said "Thou shalt not commit adultery"; but I say unto thee who looks upon a woman with lust hath already committed adultery in his heart...."
In the initiation of each of the knights of the Table, it was necessary that each spend a night in the arms of Guinevere as the final test; and this happened before Arthur married her by which the Ring of the 12 hours of Day their 12 seats represented was then sealed. All the knights of Camelot loved Guinevere; and all were in love with her; yet Lancelot and Guinevere both fell in spiritual love; for they both desired the other: and they well knew that in the eyes of God they had committed adultery in the inner and even more damning sense; and it is this one fact which Justin Griffin has broached.
This is why I wrote this review in the first place; for I will use his observation as a reference in my own book; if he deign to give me the permission to do so.
This inner dimension of the Grail and the Test in "drutz" that was widely practiced in the "minne" traditions of courtly love in lore and legend has not been known; but it goes back to the fact that Mary Madalene, when she traveled with the disciples slept in the arms of all of them: chastely; of course; she being more of what one might call a "warmer" or what David was given in his old age to keep him warm on those cold nights: the Shunamite called Abishag; from which the English phrase "shagging" invariably descends; though few know the real eytomological origin. Robert Nye in his book "Merlin" refers to it; but in an aside; as he always does. I believe he is still the editor of the London Times; but his works are also a place where some light on the Grail is indeed shed; if one brushes aside his use of blasphemy and erotica the "shock" the reader into a different way of approaching the story of Merlin and the Grail.
Mary also slept in the arms of the Lamb; but the 7 devils that he drove from her have more to do with the reason the pilgrims at Mecca kiss the Black Stone 7 times in their ascent up the holy mountain of Sinai that the 7 "widdershins" or "left hand" spiral really represents; but the 7 kisses Muhammed gave the Black Stone are those 7 "climaxes" or "peaks" to be experienced by Eve/Hagar in the Act of Love with Adam/Abraham; the 7 mountains themselves with their 7 kings; but the mountains are the planets; and the kings are the gods; whose names are those of the 7 days of the Week as the Aion itself: which is Blasphemy as the stolen Creation from God by the Devil itself in which we are trapped; under the Sun as the old villian he is.
For Orpheus is David; and Apollo is Solomon; the last of the gods; the king over all who fall into the Abyss; the angel of self-destruction who says: "through yourself down". His voice is strongest on the Golden gate Bridge; if you stop and look down you can hear the whisper of Apollyon.
But this hints at the secret of the jewel that fell from Lucifer's crown; it signifies the Original Sin by which he ruled us until the Lamb who had none had Michael toss him out of Paradise. It is this which is the Black Stone of Mecca which now speaks; but let us examine the story itself.