The Cathedral of Seville – Traveling without leaving home

We visit the Cathedral of Seville, where we will begin our pilgrimage in a few days.

We wait to buy tickets.

We enter.  This image, which is also on top of the bell tower, represents “hope” and is the symbol of Seville.

We climb the bell tower — part of the original Moslem mosque.

View from the bell tower.

I read Chapter 26 from the Tao te Ching:
“The heavy is the root of the light.
The unmoved is the source of all movement.”

The Cathedral of Seville is the largest cathedral in the world (by volume).

The head of John the Baptist (not real — an artistic portrayal)
“Thus the Master travels all day
without leaving home.”

“However splendid the views,
she stays serenely in herself.”

We view the cathedral from the inner patio.

“Why should the lord of the country
flit about like a fool?”

We note the shell motif — the symbol of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

A painting of St. James, who was seen by Christians during battles with the Moors. He was known as St. James, the Moor Slayer.

“If you let yourself be blown to and fro,
you lose touch with your root.”

The last two paintings seen in this video are Pedro de Campana’s (1547) Descendimiento (Descent from the Cross) and Francisco de Zurbaran’s Santa Teresa.

“If you let restlessness move you,
you lose touch with who you are.”

We view the art — and see a painting by Murillo (1656) “The Vision of St. Anthony.” It was stolen by thieves in 1874 but recovered.

I walk through the cathedral to the main altar.

Humans regard themselves seriously, hoping, stealing, recovering, conquering, traveling, building with gold to remember. There are countrdictions — paradox; Lao tsu, author of the Tao te Ching suggests: still the mind.

Main altar — scenes from the life of Jesus — portrayed in gold.

The Tao te Ching offers a solution for restlessness — a mental exercise that is actually a “non-exercise” — be still.

In the Southeastern corner of the cathedral is the tomb of Christopher Columbus who died in Northern Spain, was buried but later re buried in Santo Domingo, then moved to Cuba, then moved to the Cathedral of Seville.

From this cathedral we will walk to the Cathedral of Santiago in Compostela in order that our request be fulfilled. We request healing for you.

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