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Temple of Man

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This is a Ukrainian Catholic church found in the rural area of Toronto, not too far from Brampton, Ontario.  The drive though the countryside was in search of a farmer’s fruit market (which was found) that had a gift of this temple.   While at the site, I also got a few photos of a memorial prayer service in the adjacent graveyard.  The design of this temple is rooted in tradition however the temple itself is only fifteen years old.  In spite of its modern construction, the temple evokes a sense of the spiritual that is as old as humankind.

Spirit evokes the masculine.  The temple evokes the masculine in a number of ways, the projected tower, the relationship to the phallus as well as the human head the seat of the ego.  That masculine though found anew in each modern man, is founded upon the primal roots of consciousness, an original consciousness that began with the body and body awareness.  Man is stirred by his phallus and his mind.  One seeks to penetrate the unknown and unknowable feminine and the other seeks to understand, to contain all that can be known.  Spirit is about both penetrating the mysteries and containing them.

There is so much more to be said, but the words will have to wait until my own head is somewhat clearer.  For now, it is enough to let the words sit and work in silence.


Written by Robert G. Longpré

June 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

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  1. Dear Robert,
    Thank you to share this today Post and photo with us.
    I am sorry to learn that your allergy is back – does this allergy manifest itself only on the prairie or also in city area’s as Toronto ?
    I sincerely hope that one of these days you will find a cure for your allergy and that you don’t have to suffer more so you can enjoy life without the limitations.

    Opa Bear

    June 21, 2011 at 1:57 am

    • I am allergic to grasses and the small shrubs and trees of the prairies. I do much better in cities such as Toronto or along tropical and sub-tropical coastlines. The pollution of China’s cities is even kinder to me. Thank you for your concern.


      June 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm

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