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Raport către El Greco It is billed as a spiritual autobiography which may appeal to those who took Prof Pierce s PTS class with me in the Spring The book recounts Kazantzakis author of Zorba the Greek, and The Last Temptation of Christ life story from childhood on Crete to travels all over the Mediterranean and Europe, in the form of a deathbed report to one of his heroes, the Spanish Renaissance Cretan expat painter known as El Greco Follow the development of Kazantzakis life philosophy from ardent Orthod It is billed as a spiritual autobiography which may appeal to those who took Prof Pierce s PTS class with me in the Spring The book recounts Kazantzakis author of Zorba the Greek, and The Last Temptation of Christ life story from childhood on Crete to travels all over the Mediterranean and Europe, in the form of a deathbed report to one of his heroes, the Spanish Renaissance Cretan expat painter known as El Greco Follow the development of Kazantzakis life philosophy from ardent Orthodox Christianity, to Neitzsche, to Buddha, to Lenin, to his final stop at the Cretan Glance I have a friend who has changed his life philosophy and belief system pretty dramaticallythan once, and throws himself headlong, passionately and absolutely, into every change, rejecting the old with vehemence and embracing the new with uncompromising alacrity Kazantzakis is like that, but able to look back with the better clarity of age to see these changes as important stages along the way I am told the Greeks are passionate people, and he clearly displays this I haven t seen so many exclamation points since reading eighth grade essays, which is not a comment against Kazantzakis writing style, but a sign of his enthusiasm If travelogue as introspective quest for maturity and self knowledge appeals to you, this is worth checking out Psychologically, it can be fascinating You might find it a bit lugubrious if you like actionthan self exploration, however Kazantzakis died at 74 in 1957, the year he lost the Nobel Prize by one vote, and his opinions about Europe and the race are dated accordingly, and certainly not P.C by today s standards While that element isn t constant, it comes up often enough And how did he fail to mention his wife until the epilogue Read only if you can get past his occasional ethno and male centrism to enjoy the quest of a robust soul Reading Nikos Kazantzakis novel Report To Greco in the back room of the store The world begins to get loud The prologue begins I collect my tools sightsmelltouchtastehearingintellectNight has fallen, the day s work is done I return like a mole to my home, the ground Not because I am tired and cannot work I am not tired But the sun has set Tools are what I get from people Sometimes I gain tools from living in the world and other times my tools are garnered through the living of others Reading Nikos Kazantzakis novel Report To Greco in the back room of the store The world begins to get loud The prologue begins I collect my tools sightsmelltouchtastehearingintellectNight has fallen, the day s work is done I return like a mole to my home, the ground Not because I am tired and cannot work I am not tired But the sun has set Tools are what I get from people Sometimes I gain tools from living in the world and other times my tools are garnered through the living of others Sometimes I m working on being with people and other times I m working on being with myself Right now I am glad to have chosen to be with Kazantzakis novel because his struggle to reconcile the duality of his ancestors nature within himself transfers an ease to my own struggling mind Not a sedentary ease, but one that motivates me to figure out how to communicate connect in better ways with what I desire, my Golgotha People call for an end to their struggles I hope to love mine Because I can see that struggle will not cease in my world it s too rambunctious, too willful, too imaginary I got extremely caught up in this epic struggle, a look at the author s life with all the embellishes and harsh critiques one has of one s self At first, I was a bit surprised at my unflagging interest because of the book s heavy religious discussions, but it wasof a metaphysical questioning than an attempt to settle into any one religion Kazantzakis journeys through Christianity, Nietzsche, Buddha, Lenin, Zorba, and many others, never reaching a summit it s okay to not reach the summit we find out , only stopped by death.Some excerpts that I had to write down, for its look or for its meat Here are a few I ll spare you the lengthy ones And first of all I m going to have it out with Michelangelo The other day I saw a small copy of the Last Judgment he painted at Rome I don t like it The Church of Christ in the state to which the clergy had brought it suddenly seemed to me an enclosure where thousands of panic stricken sheep bleat away night and day, leaning one against the other and stretching out their necks to lick the hand and knife that are slaughtering them Whoever says salvation exists is a slave, because he keeps weighing each of his words and deeds at every moment Will I go to heaven or to hell How can a soul that hopes be free Whoever hopes is afraid both of his life and the life to come he hangs indecisively in the air and waits for luck or God s mercy We ascended because the very act of ascending, for us, was happiness, salvation, and paradise Okay, I ll stop there, but I feel so good at having been inspired to think so much about the beliefs that I hold as an individual that it is hard to stop mulling it over I don t necessarily agree with the above or other statements although I feel I have been shown so many strong truths Much better than a typically plot driven story,interactive More pertinent Where he goes does not matter so much as what he synthesizes in his head The struggle Ntre Autobiografie Si Bildungsroman Spiritual, Raport C Tre El Greco Publicat Postum, N Traseaz Mai Mult Dec T Drumul Prin Lume Al Lui Kazantzakis Unul Dintre Modelele Sale Era Odiseu , C Ci D Seam De Metamorfozele Intelectuale I Suflete Ti Ale Unui Mare Scriitor Dup Cum Nsu I Autorul Recunoa Te A Adar, Cititorule, Vei G Si N Aceste Pagini Firul Ro U Nchegat Din Pic Turile S Ngelui Meu, Care Marcheaz Drumul Meu Printre Oameni, Patimi I Idei Raport C Tre El Greco Nu Este Un Text Strict Autobiografic Dup Cum Nsu I Scriitorul M Rturise Te Ritos , Nu Este Un Volum De Memorialistic Sau De Nsemn Ri De C L Torie, De I N Paginile Lui Se Deruleaz O Fascinant , Perpetu C L Torie Ultima Carte Scris De Nikos Kazantzakis Este Un Testament Literar, O Proz N Care Cititorul Statornic I Iremediabil Ndr Gostit De Opera Cretanului Va Reg Si Toate Fa Etele Personalit Ii Vulcanice Ale Acestui Titan Al Literelor Grece Ti I Universale Elena LAZ R A stunning autoiography of the Greek hero In the best tradition of autobiography, about a journey shorn of irrelevant personal history A breathtaking trip through his spiritual odyssey from Christianity, through Nietzche, Buddhism, Communism andback to the point where old he has thickened into youth Entelechy. .The title of the book was a little bit tricky and confusing for me I assumed the author intended to view his life as a set of cumulative experiences it is in a form of scientific autobiography kind of report hilarious i know Thus, I judged the book based on certain criteria and was frustrated at first with the lack of historical details and their accuracy However, It became clear though there were many hints at the beginning of tThe title of the book was a little bit tricky and confusing for me I assumed the author intended to view his life as a set of cumulative experiences it is in a form of scientific autobiography kind of report hilarious i know Thus, I judged the book based on certain criteria and was frustrated at first with the lack of historical details and their accuracy However, It became clear though there were many hints at the beginning of the book that he intended to view his life as a battlefield and he as a solider staggering from one battle to another is obliged to submit his report to his general The book is a philosophical novel with overflowing emotions and feelings I really enjoyed and admired his writing He is very talented in expressing his ideas and emotions in a fluid and captivating way Nikos was tormented by unanswerable questions by family religion from very young age As a child he started reading whatever he could put his hands on or buy He was fascinated with the lives of saints especially Saint Minas and longed to be one himself In his childhood he witnessed the conflict between Crete and Turkey Crete longing for freedom How his father influenced his education One of the many things i liked about Nikos his passion for reading, wild imagination, great sense of humor and his ability to make me Lmao Other things that captured my attention Greek Mythology, Greece history and beauty and his father character which is a little bit odd but interesting to analyze His philosophy deals with the big questions, which he kept struggling through the different phases of his life such as existence itself human soul body eternity destiny Certainty religion, There is no doubt that his travels combined with his acquired experiences influenced his way of thinking and contributed to shape his own philosophy He kept repeating that he was heavily influenced by Christ, Buddha, lenin and Nietzsche which he admired strongly God Devil Two sides of the same coin which is human Good Evil Two sides of the same coin which is human Body Soul Two sides of the same coin which is human This pretty much sum his philosophy He believes human life to be stages of ascension and hard work Where one s set a goal achieve that goal re set new goal and always moving upward Also, he believes in taking full responsibility of our own actions and decisions which should be based on reliable information rather than relying on our emotions or our religious beliefs Changing one s perspective and view of the world ain t easy So even if you might feel skeptical or disagree with some of his ideas, the read is worth it Just try and step out of your comfort zone Do not avoid conflict Do not fear judgment by others or yourself I came across this book years ago in a used book store without any knowledge of what it was I was blown away What a remarkable book It is a fictional autobiography by a skilled writer with a strong background in philosophy.It is the story of Kazantzakis lifelong spiritual, moral, and intellectual journey He chose Homer, Bergson, Nietzsche, Buddha, Lenin, St Francis of Assisi, and Zorba as his inspiration What did he learn He denounces the hope that leads many to believe in heaven and t I came across this book years ago in a used book store without any knowledge of what it was I was blown away What a remarkable book It is a fictional autobiography by a skilled writer with a strong background in philosophy.It is the story of Kazantzakis lifelong spiritual, moral, and intellectual journey He chose Homer, Bergson, Nietzsche, Buddha, Lenin, St Francis of Assisi, and Zorba as his inspiration What did he learn He denounces the hope that leads many to believe in heaven and the fear of hell that cripples us and leads to a fanaticism that keeps us from fully embracing our lives here He believes our search for meaning, our personal odyssey, is ennobling in itself Life is a struggle, often against dark and terrifying forces, and we can find joy by having the courage to take responsibility for our lives On his tombstone on Crete, there is no name, no dates, only the words I hope for nothing I fear nothing I am free You can find in his message the mystical traditions of Gnostics, the Kabbalah, Sufism, and Buddhism as well as in pre Socratic thinking I was also reminded of Spinoza pantheism But what stood out for me was how he presented his thoughts He writes with great emotion, exuberant, and at times almost dreamlike, yet it always sounded authentic and sincerely felt I don t know how anyone can read it without being moved Albert Schweitzer tells us no author has made such a deep impression on me His work has depth and durable value because he has experienced so much and suffered so much A surprising and extraordinary book I am entirely in love with Nikos Kazantzakis and this book was a great journey full of passion and strong feelings Re discovering Greece through his words, fears, longings and the sinuous paths of his soul is a marvelous experience This is a book of splendors and profound thought, book of incomparable delicacy and form Report to El Greco is of those books that cannot be recommended One has to dive deep into himself to seek desire to read it Only then the book can be truly appreciated. Finally This was a hard one i found myself to have similar ideas with Kazantzakis about life, death, God, Devil and so on this is a book of ideas, with a bit of something happening in between his real novels are a better option to dive into Nazantzakis head The ideas, the constant fight between God exists What is God Where is God and God exists God is god is here there everywhere is remainded on every page every 3 4 pages As said, this is supposed to be an autobiographic novel Finally This was a hard one i found myself to have similar ideas with Kazantzakis about life, death, God, Devil and so on this is a book of ideas, with a bit of something happening in between his real novels are a better option to dive into Nazantzakis head The ideas, the constant fight between God exists What is God Where is God and God exists God is god is here there everywhere is remainded on every page every 3 4 pages As said, this is supposed to be an autobiographic novel kazantzakis did great things in his life, but I read them all on wikipedia in this book you are at ons moment OMG, just do something with your life, stop melodramating, stop dreaming do something this is what actually one of his female encounters in Berlin told him and I thought she couldn t beright Kazantzakis is obsessed with life, death, the big questions If you want an answer, of course you won t be provided with any his inner fights are so common, we all experience them, his questions, his Yes s and No s kazantzakis didn t try to teach us a lesson, there is so condescension in his writing he is a man looking for some answers.Maybe the answer is in the simple things of life the life on Crete is so idyllic in its simplicity the life in the desert as well But Crete is described with so much love, i wanted to be there, to sit on the beach, watch the sun and the sea, eat some grapes and just be i think this is what this book is all about Especially in the complicated and highly technological nowadays, it gives simplicity and returning to the really great things, to nature, a new meaning What a writer It is my fault that I discovered him just now, but I will read all of his work This is not a memoir or auto biography as such, but something much deeper, much profound and spiritual At times, the Christian and the spiritual preaching are too much for me, but his prose poetry style clears it s all And you have to visit Greece at least once to feel what he is talking about The magic of this country will get you by the throat after you sink deep in his words. Report to Greco Vienna 1921 Closeted inside an apartment there, my favourite is deeply engrossed in writing a play on Buddha He had been grooming himself into a state of ascetic discipline for some time to write this play Cut off from the enticing city outside, he listened to the voice of this new master sitting inside him Desire is flame, love is flame, virtue, hope , I and you , heaven and hell are flames One thing and one thing only is light the renouncement of flame His mind Report to Greco Vienna 1921 Closeted inside an apartment there, my favourite is deeply engrossed in writing a play on Buddha He had been grooming himself into a state of ascetic discipline for some time to write this play Cut off from the enticing city outside, he listened to the voice of this new master sitting inside him Desire is flame, love is flame, virtue, hope , I and you , heaven and hell are flames One thing and one thing only is light the renouncement of flame His mind was like a yellow heliotrope and Buddha the sun Slowly, the writer was getting submerged in Buddha When he finished the play, he felt that he had paved a new road to salvation Now he had no fear as no desire could conquer him He slowly opened the window of his apartment Leaning out of the window he looked at the men, women, cars, groceries, fruits and drinks on the street outside He then went to the street outside to mingle with that wave of crowd and to breathe the city He walked to the nearby movie theatre to see what was going on there The movie appeared boring Next to him sat a girl and he could smell her cinnamon breath From time to time her knee touched him He shuddered, but he did not draw away In that semi darkness, he could see her smiling glance He got up to leave and she followed him Strangely, he struck up a conversation with her and soon they were in a park outside It was summer and the night was sweet as honey The moon shone above and the song of a nightingale hidden deep in the lilacs could be heard Frieda, Will you spent night with me These terrible words escaped from his lips Not tonight I will come Tomorrow , the girl replied He came back to his apartment Something terrible suddenly happened to him His face started swelling and he heard the blood rushing to his head His soul had become enraged Little by little, his lips, cheeks and forehead bloated into a big mass Stumbling along the room, he went to look at the mirror and he was aghast with his horribly disfigured face His eyes were like two barely visible slits The next day he remembered his promise to the girl Frieda He called the chambermaid and gave her a telegram to be sent to Frieda Don t come today, Come tomorrow A day went by, two, three and a week had passed with no improvement in his illness Afraid that the girl might come, he kept on sending her the telegram Don t come today, come tomorrow Finally he could not stand it any longer and fixed an appointment with Dr William Stekel, the renowned professor of psychology and disciple of Sigmund Freud The professor began to hear his confession He related his life history, the events in Vienna, his search for salvation in Buddha At the end, the professor burst into a shrill, hysterical laughter and said Enough, Enough , the professor laughed a bit sarcastically and continued, This disease you are suffering is called Ascetics disease and it is extremely rare in our times, because what body, today, obeys the soul In ancient times, the saints who stayed in Theban deserts used to run to the nearest city when they felt compelled to sleep with a woman Just as they reached the city, their face used to turn as revolting just as yours With such a face they could not face any woman So they ran back to their hermitage in desert thanking God for delivering them from sin You have the same situation You will be rid of the mask glued to your face only if you leave this city.My writer returned home He did not believe it Scientific fairy tales, he said to himself He waited another two weeks The disease showed no sign of parting Finally, one morning he packed his suitcase and headed to the railway station to leave Vienna The city was awakening The sun had come down to the streets He was in a fine mood and he felt weightless as he walked He could move his eyes now A cool breeze caressed his face like a compassionate hand He could feel the swelling subsiding When he reached the station, he took out his hand mirror and uttered a cry of joy He had regained his normal face The disease was gone In a country like India, where spiritual experience is full of sham shading, this experience of a spiritual adventurist is profound and authentic The man who underwent this spiritual adventure was the literary giant of Modern Greece and one of the greatest novelists of the last century Nikos Kazantzakis This is not only the opinion of a humble admirer like me but also of great men like Albert Schweitzer, Jawaharlal Nehru and great writers like Thomas Mann and Albert Camus In 1957 when Camus received Noble prize, Kazantzakis was slated to win The Academy thought he fostered communist ideologies and so he lost the prize by one vote A month later Camus wrote a graceful letter stating that Kazantzakis had deserved the Nobel a hundred timesthan himself There are certain writers who affect the very marrow of our being from the first reading itself Like good wine, years have only matured my profound appreciation of this writer No writer of the last century has experienced the interminable struggle between the flesh and the spirit as Kazantzakis As a result, every molecule of his writing carries the dye of his flesh and blood Kazantzakis was born in Crete, an island that is now part of Greece but was once a Turkish colony During the Cretan revolt of 1897, his family moved to Greece He studied law in Athens and in 1907 he went to study under the great philosopher Henri Bergson, who influenced his writing considerably Bergson s Elan vital the life force that can conquer matter became his motif in many of his astonishingly beautiful Novels like Zorba the Greek, Greek Passion I personally rank it as one the ten greatest novels of Twentieth century , Freedom or Death, Last temptation of Christ and his famous autobiography Report to Greco , from which I have summarized the above incident In 1945, he married his lifetime companion and Greek intellectual, Helen Kazantzakis Helen has incidentally written a famous biography about Mahatma Gandhi Kazantzakis was a highly religious man but he did not belong to any religion He imbibed many ideologies like socialism and communism but never lifted any flag The Greek Orthodox Church excommunicated him as he sought his own Christ in his famous Novel Last Temptation When he died on October, 1957 due to an Asian Flue he contracted in a clinic in Germany, his body was not allowed a burial in Greek soil He came to sleep beside his Grandfather in his birthplace Herakleion in Crete His epitaph is a summation of his ideals I hope for Nothing, I fear nothing, I am free There is another fascinating incident that Kazantzakis mentions at the beginning of his autobiographical novel Report to Greco It is about his imaginary encounter with another great Cretan El Greco, the famous painter He imagines himself being led up to the summit of God trodden Sinai Suddenly he senses that the God with whom he has wrestled all his life is about to appear for a final reckoning He turns, with a shudder But It was not Jehovah, it was you, grandfather, from the beloved soil of Crete You stood there before me, a stern nobleman, with your small snow white goatee, dry compressed lips, your ecstatic glance so filled with flames and wings And roots of thyme were tangled in your hair You looked at me, and as you looked at me I felt that this world was a cloud charged with thunderbolts and wind, man s soul a cloud charged with thunderbolts and wings, that God puffs above them, and that salvation does not exist Yet Greco s message is not that salvation does not exist When Kazantzakis beseeches him for a command, Greco answers Reach what you can, child But this does not satisfy him He asks again Grandfather give me adifficult,Cretan command Now Greco vanishes, but a cry was left on Sinai s peak, an upright cry full of command, and the air trembled Reach what you cannot Reach what you cannot can be a fine motto for every one of us Unfortunately, we fail to transcend and realize our full potential in our daily drudgery for survival We become slaves to the taverns of hope and cellars of fear in the path of our life We have to smash boundaries, deny whatever our daily eyes see, rivet our eyes on our mission, ascend without descend and die every moment to give birth to the impossible That alone gives a human meaning to our superhuman struggle May you have the courage to liberate yourself from the manacles of fear and forge ahead with full steam to Reach what you cannot Read this book and get transformed yourself

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