Friday, October 4, 2019

Satchid Anandan writes

No Time 

There is no more time, but
there are some evil deeds
yet to accomplish.
To divide lovers,
to spread hate and harvest death,
to lead a revolution
that denies happiness
to everyone, equally.

All this calls for hard work.
I have the time for it,
and the impatience too.
Frida Kahlo. Moses 
Moses -- Frida Kahlo
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  1. Leonard Cohen recorded his 3rd album"Songs of Love and Hate" in September 1970, and it was released the following March. It included some material that he had written much earlier, including "Joan of Arc," "Avalanche," and "Dress Rehearsal Rag," and "Love Calls You by Your Name" was a rewrite of an unpublished 1967 song called "Love Tries to Call You by Your Name." The back cover of the album featured a short poem by Cohen.

    In 1945 Frido Lavin Painted "Moses" in reaction to her reading of Sigmund Freud's final book, "Der Mann Moses und die monotheistische Religion" (Moses and Monotheism, 1939), in which he claimed that Moses was an Egyptian follower of the pharaoh Akhnaton's monotheistic worship of the sun god Ra. Freud noted that one of his students had told him "that almost all important civilized peoples have woven myths around and glorified in poetry their heroes, mythical kings and princes, founders of religions, of dynasties, empires and cities." Kahlo centered her painting on the sun and the infant Moses cast off in a basket floating in the Nile to keep him from being killed by the Egyptians. He is portrayed with a 3rd eye of wisdom, an Indian motif which she sometimes used in her portraits of her husband Diego Rivera. In this work as well, the baby resembled her husband. The baby in the uterus is spurting milk (which Kahlo called a "symbol of love") onto Moses. The uterus is flanked by an egg undergoing mitosis being swarmed by sperm cells, and fallopian tubes resembling arms and hands that signal death extend from the sun. At the top of the painting she depicted gods from various traditions -- Aztec on the left, classical Greek, Jewish and Christian on the right. The bottom level depicts the masses as a symbol of human and societal evolution. Wanting, as she said, "to divide the celestial world of imagination and poetry from the terrestrial world of fear of death," she painted, below skeletons, she painted "the religious reformers, the religious inventors or creators, the conquerors, and the rebels" ("very few of them, but well chosen"). These included Akhnaton and his queen Nefertiti, Freud, Alexander the Great, Joseph Stalin, V. I Lenin, M. K. Gandhi, Genghis Khan, Karl Marx, the Buddha, Jesus, Martin Luther, Zoroaster, Muhammad, Napoleon Bonaparte, Paracelsus, Epicurus, Julius Caesar, and "the lost child" Adolf Hitler. child"). Kahlo said, "What I wanted to express most intensely and clearly was the reason that people need to invent or imagine heroes is because of their pure [unmitigated] fear – fear of life and fear of death."


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