A short while ago I had you play the various languages on the piano-forte. But, to demonstrate our Greek word Tettares later on (see page 165) we play the languages now on the organ. The organ has two hand claviatures, one above the other, consisting of five octaves each. It has a third rfaviature in" form of fooc pedals. Not only that, but above the hand daviatures you find about two dozen knobs, each one causing, when pulled, that the music played sounds as if it was done by an orchestra, or by the flute, by the trombone, or by some other type of musical instrument. Yes, as a youngster I learned for nine years to play that thing, so I know all about it. The day I received my diploma the teacher congratulated me on che side, saying: you tried very hard all these years, but you never will be an organist. The violin teacher gave me a similar compliment. I swore within myself to get even with them some day, that's why 1 am telling on them now . . .
In fact, what they told me, I knew right along, because my inclinations ran along languages and mathematics!
When I compare my playing ability with that of my school chum Julius: He never studied or practiced on the piano, bur played the "Donauwellen" and all sorts of other WeLIen (waves) by heart, without music, speedily, making plenty of mistakes though, which he hid by running over them and ignoring them. I needed notes to play from and took my good time to play them correctly, getting «tuck here and there.
His ability to play anything on the piano, as long as he had heard it played somewhere, oftentimes reminds me when I hear chatter boxes talk for hours about nothing. They use oodles of words, not one of them contains any worth-while thought. When they are through talking one wonders what the noise was all about.
On the "surfico" such talks sound nice, interiorly they ate a lot of hot air.
In music we hive four different cleffs: the violin key, the alio, che ccuor, and the bass key. if you ever find in some bookshop a book on harmony, rake it and study these cleffs. Physic books, also, hive sections on sound, concord and discord, which may be gone over for better understanding. The note, /or example, which represents the ■violin key "do" does not represent "do" in nny of the others. When we play che piano we use the violin key and the bass key only, in their combination. Iri orchestras (high Mass), there are several instruments, some of which use the tenor key and the alto key. This also is the case with the organ.
There must be a reason, why we don't: use just one single cleff, as singers do!
Let us compare this situation with matters of which we have tangibles. I compare the violin key and the music erected on it, to the small jiggles in the Market: up an eighth, down a quarter, up three eighths, down nothing , . . This music is what makes activity. These jiggles arc what keeps traders on edge. They don'c know what the nexc tick will be, whether up or down. These violin notes are so important for them that many in New York don't even leave the broker's office, but eat cheir lunches right there, so as not to miss the next eighth.
The alto key may be compared to the small swings of a few days.
The tenor key represents the bigger swings, lasting from a week to sis weeks in stock or wheat movements.
But, the bass key, with its deep sounding pum, pum, um, pum, urn, etc., defines the major bull and bear cycles. Many a time ic is silent, then the composer puts pauses in the music sheet. This means: no definite ttend just now.
The bass key has mostly the full notes, also half notes. Tenor and alto contain more of the quarter notes, while in the violin key we jump around in sixteenths, eighths and quarter notes, even pizzicato is played in it. I would like to see the big basso be played with eighths or sixteenths!
For violin we also have a sign, marked like a half Moon, with a dot below the Moon. This means: hold on! until the orchestra leader gives the sign to stop playing. Usually the pair of cymbals, or whatever the clash maker's name is (two round brass plates), strikes at that time, for a good sensational ending. This represents the last explosion, just befote the nut cracks, i.e. the Market begins iis nose dive. (See what 1 say about this phase in my "Egg of Columbus")!
While we ate at teaching what little we know about music, we might just as well enter this field a little further and note that music is played in various strengths: piano, forte, mezzo-forte, rallentando, diminuendo, capricioso, etc. This has to do with the volume of cone, which, applied to markets means: quiet markets, strong markets, normal markets, markets increasing in volume, decreasing markets, jumpy markets. Mind you, the music keeps on playing during these variati ons!
As far as our own country is concerned, we have built the greatest political institution of the world, comparable to the greatest orchestra. Every musician (citizen) follows the director (our President), co perform in the concert (general harmony) che music (the laws) as written by the writer (Congress). Every group of musicians, such as play first violin, or cellos or other instruments (the various types of business enterprises), the individual musicians (citizens) arc all doing their best to harmonize with the music (and keep our country as it is).
While music is played sometimes in sharp, at other times in flat, out Congress also changes once in a while f;om a Republican majority to a Democratic majority, which brings forth occasional changes of tactics, without ever changing, however, the basic laws which give us our several freedoms, so much wanting in other forms of governments. Symphonic music has several portions or parts to rake care of all conditions desirable. Waltzes have constantly a wavy-waving effect; marches have constantly the goose-step form; jazz has its own form. Of the last three named, no American could swallow them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but the former, I feel sure, we could accept at any time. This is why our American institutions ate loved so much by us.
There is one more matter worth touching: Why are the words used in music always in Italian? Why not in Latin or Greek, or in Hebrew? Don't say: the Italians invented music. The Egyptians had all the musical instruments, too, in. their times. The answer is found in Dante, where he explains: I will write In my native tongue, Italian, which is the vulgar language, so that the people can. understand it, whereas Latin is the scholar's language.
For better understanding, I say, as Paraclesus shows (Vol. I, 190): There is a Natural" and a Supernatural, an Old and a New Testament. The Natural, you see every day, you look at it every day, but fail to recognize this as being "Nature" (please, note: It is not the Sun, though called by that name) and the Supernatural, called the invisible Sun, which again is not a 5un in our sense of the word, as Swedenborg explains in his "Love and Wisdom".
As to people who had no opportunity to learn another language or who had no inclination for it, we will find thac they consider any other language or the people behind it as insignificant, people who do not count or count very little. In their oneness they only see one side: the big "I" and the nothing, "O", besides, the good and the bad—the body and the soul. Please, look closely! They total "10"!
Question: how many Commandments were given on Mt. Sinai? Call this mountain SIN St 1! (sie & Ich Her & ME!!)
This idea brings us into a very different field, that of the Bible.
God made Man in his Image and breathed into him a living soul.
O put I in his simile and set — into the I and new O.
THE BIG SECRET! Yours for solving it now!
The image represents the body, which wis dead in itself. When we take the word "breathed" it contains the idea of a wave, a ring or motion, as can be seen when one exhales on a cold day. Why the word "living" was subjoined to the word soul is rather interesting. It gives us immediately the idea thac there roust exist some other sort of soul, a dead lotd. Let us give it a better name, which may give you plenty to think of: the Devil or Sicin. About this later on.
When we begin to analyze roughly the meaning of the word "soul", we note that the senses (five of them) are a part of the soul, conscience is also a pan, even sleep is a part. We cannot very well say that character is the soul, because thai implies an outward showing and we know the soul is the invisible 0.
However, be reminded right bete about the words of Goethe given in the beginning. when he says: "that a word does not alw.\ys mean just one thing." Therefore, the "invisible" soul is something tangible anyhow, merely to distinguish that what is obvious, compared to something that is hard to see with the eyes. The body anyone can see, but to see the soul is hard.
We have four seasons and know that Spring begins when the Sun passes from its southern declination over the Ecjuatoi into northern declination, In Summer the Sun reaches the Tropic of Cancer, only to recede from it again back to the Equator. "We say plants grow in the Spring. But, for many years I have watched carefully everything of plant life, that was within my reach, to see whether or not I could find growth to start on March 21st. Buc usually in climates similar to New York, growth does not begin until mid-April. Weeds being first to come to life, followed afterwards by grass, shrubs and trees. Therefore, normally, the idea of "Spring" does not imply the beginning of something that springs up oc grows, but it is more of an astronomical Expression, to cover the period when the Sun passes through from Aries into Cancer or ninety degrees of the circle. The same xs true with the other three seasons.
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