all the day long, - but distraught, knowing
not why he suffers,
loses his way. – In a mountainous region
some time he arrives - at a lake where he
meets King Amfortas.
the “Fisher-King” told of – in tales of great
a hat that is fashioned – from beautiful
plumes of a peacock,
in silk garments befitting – his stature, he
offers a greeting.
isn’t aware – of the pain that is
that his quest will now be – to assuage and to
heal the affliction.
brings forth the means – to encounter the
paths of its choosing.
is approaching and shelter – is needed, a
safe place to sleep in.
me, Sire, I’m a stranger – to this land, I’ve
come quite a distance.
is a place I might rest – and repose, an
abode ‘til the morrow?
Amfortas replies, - “Neither on
earth nor on water;
but wilderness reigns, but – I offer you
refuge this evening.
is a cliff over yonder, - and if you
proceed now toward it,
will soon find a steep path. – When you pass
near the edge on the right side,
will then view my abode. – Follow closely
along the stone stairwell.
you’ll arrive at the drawbridge. – Request
entrance there, I invite you.
and honour we’ll show.” – So young Parsifal
follows the pathway;
an amazing high castle; - feels reverence
for such a wonder.
at last through the portal, - and is given a
fine silken garment,
by a squire who declares, - “You are welcome
to don this attire.
where you will in the halls - of this realm,
on behest of the Grail Queen.
lie at the borders – which we know are
surrounding the threshold,
to interrelate – the material world to
which you enter this evening – exist by the
grace of the Grail cup.
is the chalice of Christ – at the sacrament
of the Last Supper.
received His blood – on the cross. When the
His right side, arose Joseph – of
Aramathea and held up the
holy cup restores life - from the grounds of
the cosmos eternal.
these halls and you tread – in a world that
draws near to the spirit.
are events of that evening. - Three hearths
warm the halls where Amfortas
and awaits his arrival. – He gestures to
take a seat, next to me here.” – Then suddenly
enters a squire.
he runs through the chamber. – He carries a
lance made of iron;
from the tip, blood is dripping. – The squire
disappears through the doorway.
he brings with his coming; - he calls forth a
then remember the wound – of Amfortas, which
oozes and festers.
will not heal; for an evil – befell the great
King; an enchantment
him to suffer affliction, – and only one
person can free him.
one will be the new Grail King, - the human
aligned to the cosmos.
pure maidens proceed – to that chamber of
six more enter in sequence. – Respanse de
Schoyae, the Grail Queen
at last; brings a chalice – ethereal,
most sacred: the Grail, - which she sets down
before King Amfortas.
all are served and assuaged – by the cup are
comes a squire to the hall. – A magnificent
sword he is bearing.
says King Amfortas, - “this sword that I give
you will keep you
in all battles; it served me – quite well in
the times when I used it.
was before God decreed – that my wound be such
source of affliction,
such that I can’t- ever wield it again
in this lifetime.”
the room are aware – of the question that
waits to be answered.
except Parsifal, who’s – feeling mystified,
now more than ever.
if he asks, all will know – that he’s
ignorant, of the dilemma.
if he will ever – unravel the mysteries
doesn’t inquire, - but retires to his
bed, and has nightmares
he feels plagued and distressed. - Then the
blows of relentless reprisal
from all sides as he parries. – He knows that
he rather would perish.
killing in swordplay, – upholding the
right, is a battle.
he wakes up at midday - there is nobody
left in the castle.
but not knowing why, - he is feeling the
go away.” says a voice, - “You have failed to
ask why the King suffers.
now the brightness of sunlight – illumining
weakness and error.
is this castle, with all - that it offers; be
gone in disgrace now”
brave, slow in wisdom - does not
understand why he’s banished.
ready to win, - and pure of intention;
to be wakened. – Experience will become
arise; so, contrary – to what the old
knight, Gurnemanz said,
must understand. - Meeting others
travels on, in regret – of his failure at
that mystery Castle.
in the woods, the trail fades - now that grief
has pervaded his feeling.
over his purpose, - he keeps to a path
wailing is heard – there’s a maiden’s voice
mourning her sorrow.
in lamenting her loss – of the knight once
does not recognise who – is approaching her,
there in the forest.
Sigune who mourns still; - she finally
learns that her cousin,
was in the castle – where he was
offered the Grail cup.
King Amfortas then freed?” – “Alas, I did not
ask him the question!”
she condemns her poor cousin, - declares,
“You’re dishonoured, accurs-ed;
may be living in body. - No joy will
enliven your soul-life!”
he can’t give up his quest - time is passing
him by as he wanders.
surrounds him, as winter – winds blow; the
first snowflakes are falling.
cold day he stands staring, - transfixed, at
the path in the fresh snow.
drops of blood have been shed, - for, a goose
in the wilds has been wounded;
killed, by a falcon – fair prey in the
bleakness of winter.
‘midst black elms, the red blood – on the path
in the snowfall reminds him
true love, far away – her red lips, and her
and alone in the woodlands, - entranced by his
longing, he muses.
oblivious to – his surroundings; his
being is elsewhere:
of King Arthur’s best knights, – on horseback:
Sir Segremore, leading,
Gawain, and Sir Kay – meet our hero, and
challenge him promptly,
is their custom; but he – is still gazing,
entranced, at the blood drops.
might have been vanquished! – His guardian
angel has saved him,
him each time to combat. - So two of the
knights of King Arthur
before Parsifal’s blows. - They are wounded.
Gawain has compassion;
perceived that the three - drops of blood are
them with a blanket - of snow, he makes
himself once again, - and regards the three
swordsmen in wonder.
to Gawain, now the fighting – is over; and
all, in agreement.
prevails and they journey – together to
King Arthur’s castle.
Kundrie, the Sorceress
and honour are given – to Parsifal, who
is now famous.
has slaughtered in battle, - has killed the
Red Knight, and won kingdoms.
of the Round Table” he’s - to be named. High
esteem has been granted.
is a noise at the threshold – and Kundrie, the
she is without measure - unkempt, foul,
offensive, and hairy.
her hands, with sharp claws; - and with
sorcery she is acquainted.
are astounded, as Kundrie - embarrasses
Fang,” Though she’s unkind, - she knows some
of the truth, and disgraces
Yet in a way, - she ‘s a messenger of
compares him to his - own half-brother, a
pagan from Africa.
black and white, like a magpie; – for
Parsifal’s father had married
Belekane, who was black. – Then “wild” Kundrie
declares with great feeling:
own half-brother is nobler. – Fierafis,
I hold in honour!”
has no idea – about his unusual
never knew his own father. - The brave
Gahmuret died in battle.-
revelation astounds him. - He then leaves the
Round Table chamber.
however has played - a significant role
in his query.
farewell to Gawain, he takes leave of the
splendour of castles
Gawain will depart - to the court of the
an enchanted location – where mockery
of the true Grail quest
to dishonour the impulse – for virtue, with
vice and corruption.
Gawain’s intervention - will courage and
and Sir Gawain have a kinship - that’s
characterised by their striving.
full of desire, - and wending his way
to the future,
understanding in vain, - at this moment,
along the steep pathway.
the presence of God, he’s quite baffled
about his ill fortune;
continues to wander – the movement
assuages his sorrow.
after tryst is confronted, - but still he
can’t capture the essence.
his despair he is led – to a cave where he
meets with a hermit.
doesn’t suspect – that he’s meeting for
Treversant the wise hermit – speaks words that
reveal the dilemma.
there are some facts - which would clarify
that magnificent castle – you spoke of,
resides King Amfortas
he was chosen of yore - to be Grail King,
he was unworthy,
desired a woman – possessed by an evil
the sorcerer, wounded - Amfortas in
jousting. Since that day,
enchantment has caused – that the wound should
continue to fester.
sustained by the Grail – his successor will
be the true Grail King….”
Treversant says the words - that bring more
remorse to our hero.
must tell you the truth: - Herzeleide, your
mother’s not living.
she expired on the day – that you left her.
She could not continue.
whole existence was given - for you to
mature and reach manhood.
you arrived at the court - of King Arthur, to
fight for your armour;
your uncle, the Red Knight – you killed when
you beat him in jousting.”
Treversant speaks again - of the wound of
Amfortas, by saying,
one person can free him – by asking the
to confront, and that person - will finally
break the enchantment.
it is rumoured; and this – deed must happen
before the next season;
approaches ‘ere long. – I have heard that a
fool was admonished.
allowed to gain entrance – to visit
Amfortas one evening.
a shame that he didn’t – have presence of
mind or compassion.
free will he would need – to find out how to
ask the right question.”
grieved beyond measure – admits then that
he is the fellow.
to Parsifal, wise - Treversant can
assuage, and advise him.
is forgiven you know – both your errors and
those of Amfortas.
do not rue your mistake – but endeavour to
humbly correct it.
for the truth in your heart – and the doubts
will dispel through your striving.
efforts will conquer - your fears, with a
new kind of courage!
now give clear account - of the Grail in its
is a Mystery Stone, - such a wonder as
seldom is witnessed.
celestial script – which appears by
the names are engraved - of those chosen to
serve that pure vessel,
who can carry the Grail - and reside in that
have now had the high honour – to experience
with your own senses.
the deed that you failed - to fulfil; may your
journey be fruitful.
changes within – understanding the
lesson he needed.
on he beholds - a strange knight; and he
calls out a challenge.
the opponents are battling, the sword from the
Red Knight is broken.
I will murder no man! – I can see that you
haven’t a weapon,”
Fierafis’ words - shall the fighting be
they make friends, and removing - their
helmets, regard one another.
the brother described - by “wild” Kundrie. The
son from the wedding
brated by Gahmuret, - who was also Sir
Belekane was the bride – from an African
tribe. Fierafis, having
and white skin has been destined – to win
whatsoever he wills to.
as the brothers have met – unexpectedly,
Kundrie the seer
from the woods to proclaim, - “You are chosen,
Sir Parsifal; go to the castle!
the sight, and indeed – ‘tis your name that’s
inscribed on the tablet.
constellations align – there can be no
mistaking. So follow!”
by invisible paths – which are opened, the
seer can guide them,
and his new friend, – named Fierafis,
straight to the castle,
the Grail, light that illumines, – can cleanse
and sustain all who enter.
that Kondwiramur and - your two sons now
await your arrival.
and his twin brother – named Lohengrin
shall know their father!”
needless to say – is astounded by this
The Grail Message
Amfortas still feels- the pain he has
needed to suffer.
sits once again – near Amfortas with
what troubles you?” is – the question he
the wound is accomplished! – Amfortas is
freed from all troubles.
rejuvenated - and once, again vibrant
can Sir Parsifal take up - the chalice he’s
offered. As Grail King,
understands the new challenge; – his questions
will link him to answers.
presence of mind – awakens to know a
of the heart. He will need – all his love to
fulfil it in freedom.
Kondwiramur too – will partake in this
as Queen of the Grail - so the earth can
mature: “In the future
as fruit of the earth world, – will speak
forth their sons and their daughters;
them to incarnation – with Christ who is
living within us.
unselfish love – will unite with the
individual humans – will take on the
form of a vessel.
time the Grail force is present – we are
striving toward this ascension.”
works the transformation – and heals all the
in love with Respanse – de Shoyae is
arrived at the castle – and only has
eyes for that lady.
Fierafis means – to find his true love
and be married!
to bear him a son, – Prester John, who will
have his adventure;
shall evolve in another - account of the
Grail’s sacred story.
sons also have – their own mystery
pathways to wander.
rules Pelrapur –and the land that
Kondwiramur gives him.
learns to bring wisdom – to world
situations from gleanings
from the heart’s understanding – of Grail
striving flows forth – whereby streams of
to unravel the knots – and answer the
questions of karma,
calling for deeds – that transform and
receiving the chalice - as Grail King, does
for all who aspire – to fulfil
the earth to the spirit, – transforming the
evil to goodness,
individual human, – being part of a