What’s Wrong With “The Da Vinci Code”

We bought our movie tickets a day in advance and went on a Saturday afternoon half an hour early expecting the theater to be crowded. But no, the theater was empty except for five giggling teenage girls. After half an hour of repeating commercials the theater filled possibly to three-fourths capacity. Then the movie began and for the first hour I viewed the movie seriously, but after several highly contrived and unlikely escape scenes I inappropriately laughed aloud, but this during very noisy gunfights or chase scenes, and since we were sitting in the back row, I believe my contributions went unnoticed.

What “The Da Vinci Code” proclaims is, one, Jesus had a wife and her name was Mary Magdalene. And two, Mary Magdalene had a baby girl, and therefore, Jesus’ direct bloodline has existed throughout human history as a highly protected and secret family. The ‘highly protected and secret family’ (according to the movie) explains the purpose of The Knights Templar and something called The Priory of Scion.

If I understand it right, Jesus’ family includes some of the greatest geniuses of all time, including Leonardo Da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, and Sir Francis Bacon (sometimes believed to be the real Shakespeare) and these people secretly rule the world.

Since we can barely agree upon what happened a hundred years ago, let alone a thousand or two thousand years ago, I find such discussions sensational, non-resolvable, and at the bottom to be of the nature of ‘My hat is prettier than your hat’. Once again we end up with an exclusive family, an exclusive priesthood, an illuminati of chosen ones. Not you. Not me.

The implication seems to be that if Jesus is the head of my family, I am worthy of better treatment by the very fact, than regular or ordinary people. That is my major grumble about the story of “The Da Vinci Code”. However–

Even if I don’t agree with the story physically, materially or historically, I do agree with its symbolic major point. Leonardo Da Vinci seemed to suggest in his painting, “The Last Supper”, that Jesus’ consort at the feast was female: the divine feminine power. The Holy Grail. Symbolized by Mary Magdalene. I like this very much.

Furthermore (not one divine woman but) all women represent the divine feminine Holy Grail. Furthermore (not one divine man, but) all men represent the divine Jesus-Father. In fact, we are all members of the divine and holy family. All of us represent a divine spectrum of the holy family partaking in the incredible and ongoing feast of Life.

Jesus said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega.” By this I believe he meant, “I represent all humankind from the lowest to the highest, from one end to the other.” Loving all, forgiving all. Not excluding some and including only special others.

I believe this movies is ‘much ado about nothing’ and ‘a tempest in a teapot’ to borrow from Shakespeare. However as it generates deep though, and hopefully higher thought, it is a good thing, and as much as anything, a daring thing.

Da Vinci communicated in codes for a reason. This story’s creator (Dan Brown) would have been burned at the stake a few hundred years ago. If nothing else we can recognize that our world is making some spiritual progress and we do not need to believe all of the newspaper articles to the contrary.

The Divine Family is stretching and growing and nothing can stop God. The results are certain as sunrise. Now go into your daily life with joy and passion. You have a Great Father and a Great Mother! You are clearly of ‘the divine bloodline’ and have only to awaken and know the incredible truth about yourself, and what it means.

The most perfect symbol I can conceive is: A beautiful red rose growing out of dark black earth. From one to the other is all you need to know of heaven and earth. Phil

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