Picasso’s Guernica and the Evolution of Consciousness

The Day Has Advanced

                                                             Guernica and the Evolution of Consciousness

This is the famous painting that was in direct response to the bombing of the Guernica by the Germans  and Italians in Northern Spain during the Spanish Civil War in the spring of 1937. But Picasso’s Guernica is not only a  symbol steeped in the cultural history of the whole human race, but its something more. The symbolism is not restricted to its time and space but enlarging  every second and entering into the vast cosmic movement towards peace and light. Its the consciousness that is evolving towards human unity, it bares itself from any language of visual identity and merges with the Ineffable Supreme. Human mind with its microscopic view has to look beyond the periphery of his mundane  existence to find the timeless truth depicted in art, to find how Guernica lives as an immortal spirit in the collective aspiration of the human race, to lift them above the dark veils of death and desolation towards liberty and the light.

Consciousness Analogue: Meditation on the Painting, Guernica

From matter’s great tryst with destiny                            

Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso Pompeii 1917

     Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso Pompeii 1917

There arose a trembling cry, a rebellion a revolt

 Hands that were tied to the invisible chords,

The legs that were heavy and tired sulking in the sun

Were all made free to run the race of the ancient earth

In the winding pathways of the cosmic curve

From bearing the mark at Pompeii to the fire in the Acropolis

To the deep wells in Mesopotamia, to the tapirs in Guatemala

To the calm estuaries and the monsoon lakes

To the flaring forests of jasmine and lavender

The war is over. There is no Guernica, the day has advanced

The broken horns of the bull, the torso of the horse

The girdles of man and the menstrual blood of women

They are the tools and signs of a sea of change

There on the pebbles’ vermillion stains

The moon has cast its silver penny

The yellow-wagtail is poised for a flight

Thy nature has entrusted this burden on a great fewer organisms

To lead the world into its next stage

In the evolutionary ladder, the time is a consort

And there are plants and animals, the stone and the man

– Joy Roy Choudhury

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  1. Unnikrishnan Atiyodi

     /  May 28, 2011

    Wild emotions overflow
    War of gender is a flow
    Sadism has strange rapture
    Culture blends cantankerous
    All wars have sexual overtones
    All homicides make some happy!

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