Posts Tagged ‘sacrament’

“In his latest book of poems, Manolis celebrates the “imperfect perfection of the imperfect chaos,” energetic and lucid philosophic meditations on the mysteries of being human.”Übermensch” is derived from one of Nietzsche’s most challenging and frequently misunderstood concepts, the Superman or Overman. Nietzsche believed that we are capable of being better than we are, possessing more understanding, more compassion, greater wisdom and more awareness which allows humanism to fill the void left by the absence of God. As Virgil led Dante on his midlife journey, the Übermensch is our guide through modernity. Manolis has extended his range, celebrating the magnetic possibilities of the self in a narrative that takes us on an intellectual and spiritual journey. The poems possess a vitality of sensuous music in a sea of thought, kinetic and direct, imbued by rational compassion and mystic clarity, in poems that transcend the quotidian to enrapture us by the enigma of an unchained life. The voice in the poems awakens us to the next stage of consciousness and moves through impenetrable breath like a river that flows through the spiritual body, mouth to mouth, reviving language from the still bones of silence. Übermensch is a reverie in the best traditions of poetry, a poetic sacrament from which the taste of language rises like honey oozing in the ear. With Nietzche’s Zarathustra as an inspiration, every word a music more music than music and after the silence breaks, the voice goes on forever. In Übermensch, with the Greek en face, the taste and texture of the language transforms the empyreal whose accents linger long in the vocabulary of the imagination.”

~Richard Olafson



    Όλα ήταν χαμένα. Είχε έρθει η ώρα του Χάρου

κι αφού είχε πεθάνει ο Θεός μας φυτέψαμε ένα γιακίνθι

στο γλαστράκι σαν να `τανε κι αυτό μια λύτρωση.


     Εκείνος στεκόταν κοντά στο τζάκι κι αφού ανακάτεψε

τα κούτσουρα, είπε: ‘τίποτα δεν μπορείτε να προσφέρετε

στη μαραμένη ανεμώνη, σπρώξτε τουλάχιστον τ’ άδειο

καρότσι στην ανηφοριά ίσως μια μέρα βρει μ’ εσάς ή

και χωρίς το δρόμο προς το έρημο σπίτι’ κι έσκυψα

ν’ ανασηκώσω τον ξεπεσμένο εγωϊσμό μου, όλα είχαν

ξεκινήσει από τον παθιασμένο μας ναρκισσισμό όταν

στα φέρετρα σειρά παρατήρησα όλους τους νεκρούς

με αγωνία που περίμεναν την ώρα της ανάστασης.



     It was all lost. It was the time of Hades and

since our God was dead we planted a hyacinth in

the pot and that, perhaps, was another act of redemption.


     He stood by the fireplace and after He shifted the logs

He said: ‘nothing you can do for the wilted anemone

at least try to push your empty cart uphill perhaps one day

it may find its way back to the desolate house with you

or without’ and I bent down to pick my defeated ego,

it had all started because of our devout narcissism,

when laid in caskets I noticed all our dead who waited

for their resurrection.


Dr Dimitri Karalis

In my early youth, I became aware of the effect of thinking upon human destiny. I was wondering though, why parents, schools and societies were not aware of this vital issue. How is it possible I was asking myself, such a conspicuous effect of the mind upon our life to remain entirely unnoticeable?

Nothing in life arrives by luck or accident without first being planted by our own thoughts and deeds? Wealth, poverty, happiness, unhappiness, success, failure and what else, are all part of our thinking process. We become what our thoughts and deeds are -and harvesting exactly what we have planted there. Good luck, co-incidence and external opportunities for success in life, are only random voices of ignorance and superstition. They resemble the hooting of the owls in the night, which only the daylight will calm and silence.

Little knowledge makes man dogmatic, superstitious and intolerant towards others. It closes his mind from any light, like the sea oysters do. Advance self-awareness though, opens the mind and brings wisdom, calm and tolerance towards all others. It understands the ever-present cosmic law around us, which respects and corporates like an inner sacrament. Deeper self-knowledge clears and brightens the spiritual horizons for soul’s eyes to wonder a little further.

The human destiny as I said before is the result of personal thoughts and deeds. We are the sum of our inner thinking and personal actions. Each human face represents its thoughts and deeds in life. Confusion of character diagnosis is very rare, not even from blind humans. We single out the refine, sincere and disciplined characters, from the unrefined and undisciplined ones, like the partridges from the night bats. We are the architects of our future destiny, so no one is to blame or praise for our present fate but ourselves.

We progress in life with the cosmic accurate law and not by pseudo-technical tricks. “Every physical and mental deed has its rewards and punishments accordingly”, said Oscar Wilde.

Success, fame and prosperity, are the sum of many little good deeds, like the countless little unnoticeable night stars that makes up the luminous Milky Way. Failures to succeed in life are the accumulation of many selfish thoughts and deeds that extinguish any luminous achievement. We are wasting our time and effort in trying to pretend and hide the dirty tricks in life. They ripen slowly by themselves and appear wide open one day with the strong voice of thunder. The whole world has to hear and know what we did in our secret chambers. A few examples here I think are essential.


  1. Animalistic thoughts usually crystallize in to sensuality, alcoholism and coarseness, which lead to insecurity, fear and unhappiness.
  2. Selfish thoughts, waste nerve energy and the loss of trust from society.
  3. Doubts fear and indecision crystallize in cowardly and unmanly behaviour, which ends in failure to succeed in life.
  4. Laziness and gluttony, leads to unclean physical habit that ends up in disease and intolerance towards others.
  5. Hate, blame, jealousy, criticism and sycophantic thoughts, lead to hostility, loneliness and to court of justice many times.
  6. Egocentric thoughts lead to a habit of grabbing and loneliness, which builds the repulsive face like a vampire eventually.


  1. Pure thoughts lead to temperance and self-control that ends up with mental and spiritual tranquillity.
  2. Courageous, confidant and decisive thoughts, lead to initiative, leadership, trust and economic independence.
  3. Physical and mental activity leads to physical and mental health with creativeness and economic prosperity as compensation from it.
  4. Calmness, un-peevishness and forgiveness bring refinement of character and love and protection from the public.
  5. Loving and compassionate thoughts, lead to family and social harmony, which ends in enviable happiness and prosperity.
  6. Openness, progressive thoughts and tolerance for others, leads to intellectual and spiritual blooms that the world loves and admires everlastingly.

The cosmic wheel turns and writes uninterrupted and without a single omission. All our deeds and thoughts have been stored in its mental soil that we will harvest definitely someday. They are written with flaming words upon the door of eternity. Nobody can deny them; non-can remove and nobody can escape. He, who put his hands in the flaming fire, will pay always with burning skin. The same exactly happens with our thoughts and deeds. Hate, jealousy, envy, revenge, fear, sycophancy, and all other selfish deeds, are fires that BURN.

I hope someday; parents, schools and societies, will become aware about this vital truth and teach their offspring as soon as possible. Sooner than the alphabet, I would rather say. Only then and not sooner will we feel safer as a community, with less need for police protection, costly armies, courts of justice, prisons of embarrassment and the poverty at our doorstep; Poverty that tortures and agonises three fifths of our planet for centuries now.

Dr Dimitri Karalis
Hermanus –South Africa