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    #2981 - Friday, November 9, 2007 - Editor: Jerry Katz Nondual Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights One: Essential Writings on Nonduality:
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      #2981 - Friday, November 9, 2007 - Editor: Jerry Katz

      One: Essential Writings on Nonduality: http://snipurl.com/1rycd (Amazon.com site)

      Check availability of One: Essential Writings on Nonduality at your local Borders Store: http://www.bordersstores.com/locator/locator.jsp?tt=gn

       


       

      If you have never explored the themes of The Matrix Trilogy, here's an introduction contained in a review of The Ultimate Matrix Collection

      There's a chapter in Essential Writings on Nonduality, on The Matrix, which is a good introduction to the nonduality of The Matrix.

       


       
       
      The Ultimate Matrix Collection
      (The Matrix/ The Matrix Reloaded/ The Matrix Revolutions/ The Animatrix) (2003)
       
       
      This review focuses on the thematic richness of the Trilogy itself.
      It is not a review of the complete product, nor does it compare
      Matrix products. This review is intended for someone who has not yet
      seen the Trilogy, or who wishes to more fully absorb the Trilogy. The
      commentaries of Ken Wilber and Cornel West are quoted.
       
      I've been watching the Matrix Trilogy DVD set the last few days, with
      commentary by Ken Wilber and Cornel West. What you get from those
      guys -- and which is clear watching the movies -- is the richness and
      complexity of the themes, the cinematic originality and artistry, and
      the different levels at which the trilogy can be appreciated.
       
      They also emphasize watching the entire trilogy, although the first
      movie, The Matrix, is significant in its own right. They talk about
      the social and political levels of the movies, with Wilber
      concentrating on the spiritual or "truth" aspect. Cornel West is a
      philosophy professor at Princeton and appears in the Trilogy in a
      small part.
       
      Wilber and West agree that the Matrix trilogy stands alongside Moby
      Dick as great American epic works. They compare the Nebuchadnezzar
      (the "space" ship that houses and carries the main characters) to the
      Pequod -- the boat -- in Moby Dick. If you read a description of the
      Pequod and look at the Nebuchadnezzar, there's a lot of similarity,
      as well as similarities in other ways.
       
      Because of how characters are essentially intertwined, what appear to
      be distinctly separate characters in the first Matrix movie, are seen
      in the second and third movies to be not so separate. Moby Dick has
      that intertwining too, between Ahab and Ishmael, Ahab and the whale,
      the Pequod and its history/people/purpose. Are these intertwined
      things the same? Separate? Both? Neither? Shiva, Shakti, heart sutra,
      all those nonduality themes, possibilities, and teachings underlie
      the trilogy.
       
      Like any great work of art, you can see whatever you want. You see
      yourself, basically. Cornel West, for example, says that many people
      consider it a "black" movie. Significant scenes were filmed in the
      Robert Taylor projects, southside Chicago, the Hood. Cornel, a black
      man, says, "All this source of wisdom right there in the hood."
       
      Wilber and West note that the Wachowski brothers -- Larry and Andy,
      the writers and directors of the trilogy -- bear not only great
      literary, spiritual, artistic consciousness, but social and
      political. Here's something I transcribed from the commentary of West
      and Wilber on The Matrix regarding the social/political and artistic
      side:
       
      West: So many cities throughout the country actually thought Matrix
      was a black film, when you look at all these black folk in positions
      of authority. Unbelievable status, intelligence, creativity, grace,
      it's quite rare, atypical for a cyber thriller.
       
      Wilber: Well if you know Larry and Andy you know how deeply they
      believe this. It's wonderful actually.
       
      West: Absolutely. The humanity of persons right across the board.
      Colors, hues, race, class, sexual orientation, right across the
      board.
       
      West and Wilber get into the war in Iraq and how Americans love to
      see things as dualistic, Manichean -- either good or bad, dark or
      light -- and can't handle ambiguity, and that neither can Iraqis. The
      Matrix trilogy starts out dualistic, but in movies two and three
      becomes more Socratic than Manichean, to use the terminology of West
      and Wilber. Cornel West says in his commentary, "Most of the American
      public, they can't take it. They're banking on this Manichean
      project. And yet I think as the years unravel and unfold you'll see,
      especially after Iraq and some other political situations that make
      it difficult for Americans to hold onto Manichean conceptions of
      themselves, that they're gonna be forced to be Socratic, and lo and
      behold we'll begin to see the Socratic energy of the film itself. So
      there's a sense in which as you said before, we can't jump to two and
      three but two and three are kind of waiting for America in the next
      five to ten years as America has to confront itself for what it
      really is."
       
      The trilogy is rich and timeless. You'll see whatever you want.
      You'll see yourself and your world on many levels.
       
      --Jerry Katz, review writer
       
      The Ultimate Matrix Collection
      (The Matrix/ The Matrix Reloaded/ The Matrix Revolutions/ The Animatrix) (2003)
       
       
      See also The Matrix Page at Nonduality.com: http://nonduality.com/matrix.htm. The commentaries on this web page were composed within the same year that The Matrix came out, and before the other two films of the trilogy were released. 

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