¿la muerte no existe? Un debate entorno a la religión ortodoxa cristiana en torno al cine de Tarkovsky

A profound piece on ‘Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky’ (and more specifically on the conviction that ‘death doesn’t exist’) written by Seraphim Sigrist, who is an Eastern Orthodox Bishop.
fuente http://seraphimsigrist.livejournal.com/979031.html


Let me give my sense of what Tarkovsky was saying…

“Death does not exist”…On one level transposes to the Christian conviction that
in the godmanhood of Jesus Christ death came to its limit and was overcome
at the event of Easter. This then in general becomes the expectation that each
human life also may pass through death to resurrection. Now this is a fairly
linear statement of the Christian belief, and Tarkovsky was a Christian and so
we can ask if that is what he meant? I should say yes but…and the but is that
in saying “death does not exist” he speaks of a realization of Resurrection as
already here and now a substructure, an eternal ground, to our reality… to
which our reality perhaps is already transparent and which we enter already in

I think of Proust tripping on a paving stone and feeling a moment of sudden
jarring Resurrection as memory came alive with a depth that melted the limits
of Time itself and he experienced the ‘azure’ inner sky which the Russian
Soloviev felt as the azure sky of the Wisdom of God (always there though
most of us see or even prefer gray sky)…

In Tarkovsky’s films we have mirror reflections and dripping and running
water as recurrent images, as also in this documentary, which dissolve Time
and reveal the inwardness where it may be there is resolution… Here also
in the nonlinear inwardness Resurrection appears, it seems to me, as surely
as in the linear future. Indeed mysteriously and under the flowing water of
a dream in Stalker we see the calendar page December 28 for the day of
Tarkovsky’s death years later. The tendency to interest in psychic anomalies
which Tarkovsky had, and shared of course with Frederico Fellini, perhaps must
be seen not as superstition so much as rather an awareness of the mysterious
depths within and beneath the flow of Time.

Dom Bede Griffiths, the Benedictine of Shantivanam in India, joined the two
dimensions by saying that the Cross and Resurrection are the ultimate
dispelling of the illusion of history.

This seems to me to be the thought of Tarkovsky also and which he introduces
visually and in the deep inwardness of his cinema and its disclosure of Time
which is no less profound than Proust’s maybe.

Andrey Tarkovsky’s father Arseny , a poet whose works are used within
several of his son’s films, put it:
“death does not exist
we are all immortal
and immortal is every thing. At seventeen
one should not fear death, nor at seventy.
…Being and light alone have reality,
darkness and death have no existence.
We are all already on the shore of the sea
and are among those who drag the nets
while immortality gleams beside them.”
Many things come together here…The Isha Upanishad ‘though you live
to be a hundred do not be afraid to act’, again Leon Bloy’s
man as ‘pilgrim of the absolute’ , and again the last words of
Proust’s Past Regained where Man appears as a towering figure
within the flow of Time… but in Tarkovsky one can say it is more fully
than in Proust, joined to his Christian faith and so becoming the
assertion that “death does not exist.” The shore on which Tarkovsky stands
is that of John chapter 21, where the nets cast to starboard yield
a banquet of eternity…
Then seeing Tarkovsky’s work and as the documentary shows his
refusal to turn his eyes from sorrow and suffering and yes evil, we
come by the end of ‘Meeting Andrey Tarkovsky’ to the sense that this
was no facile paradox or word play but an intuited resolution at the
very depth of all things. an intuition Trakovsky makes the last word of
his film.
“all is immortal…”

The disclosure of this in precisely the meeting with Andrey Tarkovsky
is the achievement , an achievement beyond expectation perhaps even
of Trakovsky as of also the viewer, of this film…an achievement made
possible by asking the right question, a question beyond the imagination
of most artists today maybe but the one that leads us to Tarkovsky
and makes this documentary a small and surely enduring miracle.

copy right 2010 +Seraphim Joseph Sigrist

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