Parzival was the son of the knight Gamurets and the heartbreak. After the early death of his father, who fell as a traveling knight in battle against Babylon, Parzival grew up in the Soltane wasteland. His mother and son and retinue had retired to an estate deep in the loneliness of this forest to protect their boy from the life that had brought her husband to death. This knightly world should remain completely alien to him, she had decided. So he grew up in loneliness and in harmony with nature.
Their forest was always sacred to the Germans. When Caesar mentioned the Teutons east of the Rhine in his book on the Gallic War, he invented the German nation, so to speak. The emperor imagined the Germans as barbarians, who roamed through their shady forests to hunt and worship wooden idols. What did the forest mean to the Germans? It was a retreat and home at the same time. He was the living world in which they felt connected to everything.
Exercise: Imagine going for a walk in the forest as a child. How do you feel? Do you feel lost or cared for? If you are afraid of being in the forest as a child, imagine powerful protectors around you like friends, heroes or saints. Let all feelings come up and give them space inside. Think about your relationship with the forest from your childhood until today. Do you want to involve the forest more in your life? Seek a sense of longing related to the forest. Give him space. Realize that this is always with you.
One day Parzival made a bow and arrow and started hunting. He was a master of his trade and soon dragged deer and wild boar home, much like Obelix. But when he took a singing bird from the tree with it, he felt a deep pain in himself. He cried bitterly when the bird’s song ceased. Herzeleide saw his pain and came up with the crazy idea to save him future suffering in this matter. She let bird guards come and ordered them to catch and kill all flying animals.
Here we have Parzival’s first fault. Whoever kills destroys something that he himself cannot revive. Killing is therefore an original sin. The ancients knew this and offered sacrifices to the spirits of the slain animals and felled trees to reconcile them. However, the guilt of killing could never be entirely removed from us. In our meat industry based on industrial killing, which is said to be responsible for half of the world’s pollution, there is no longer any respect for the ghosts of animals. Death and guilt are supplanted by superficial entertainment. Instead, scientists are trying to dig deeper into the mysteries of life so that it can be changed and optimized instead of accepting and transcending. Even if people can soon create life out of nothing, they will always depend on the living spirit in which all things live. Humans cannot rise up to creators of themselves, they remain referred to the second place after the creator. The father stands forever above or before the son in the series of creation, even though he shares everything with him. Therefore, people’s addiction to replace God will end in a deep fall. Parzival immediately sensed what was right and what was wrong. He didn’t need his mother to stop him from killing birds. Heart disease caused all available birds to be killed to save their son the pain of dying was the worst way to solve the problem. This action, which serves to avoid, leads ever further away from the solution. We know this way of thinking very well. It would be better to explain to Parzival that killing should only be done in exceptional cases and that pain is the inevitable result of killing. This attempt is like the story of another Redeemer, that of the Buddha. As a young prince, he was surrounded and maintained behind palace walls in a colorful art world full of Indian splendor, in which there were no old people. His father wanted to prevent him from actually becoming a savior, as a prophecy had said. Once the Buddha slipped out of the palace, went down to the city and saw the suffering of the old and poor, his decision was made to fulfill his mission. He had to look for a solution to human destiny. Parzival had also had a similar assignment.
Parzival met the men at their extermination work. He asked his mother why she had ordered it and why God gave the birds the song that brought such a longing to his heart. She couldn’t answer that. After all, she ended the killing. Er stellte ihr viele weitere Fragen, zum Beispiel, warum der Tag hell sei, und die Nacht sich ins Dunkle hülle. Er fragte nach Himmel und Hölle, nach Gott und seinem Widersacher. Alles beantwortete, die Mutter und versuchte, ihren Sohn Tumbetor, wie sie ihn nannte, mild und demütig zu erziehen.