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《The Da Vinci Code 达芬奇密码》  书摘

(2010-04-10 22:22:22)
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The Da Vinci Code

Dan Brown

 

Misguided sheep

迷途的羔羊

 

We fear what we do not understand.

我们对自己不了解的东西总是很恐惧。

 

Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean, ‘Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”

求你用牛膝草洁净我,我就干净,求你洗涤我,我就比雪更白。

 

Jesus’ message is one of peace – of nonviolence… of love.

耶酥传播的是和平……是非暴力……是爱。

 

The wheels are in motion.

命运之轮动了。

 

Another life.

两世为人。

 

Misunderstanding breeds distrust.

误解滋生不信任。

 

God whispers in his ear.

有上帝在他的耳畔嘀咕。

 

the inescapable universal truth.

放之四海而皆准的公理。

 

Release your hatred. Forgive those who trespassed against you.

放弃仇恨,宽恕那些冒犯你的人。

 

The light came long after the thunder.

巨变之后才能有所领悟。

 

I am here Jesus said: “The stone has been rolled aside and you are born again.”

我在你身边,耶酥说:“石头已被推滚到了一边,你再生了。”

 

You are saved, my son. Blessed are those who follow my path.

孩子,你得救了,保佑那些跟随我的人。

 

“The Book of Acts”

使徒行传

 

A man of faith deserves the highest.

一个有信仰的人应该得到最高的尊重。

 

Money and faith were powerful motivators.

金钱和信仰是强有力的动因。

 

Godspeed.

成功的祝福。

 

Bad news from home.

从国内传来的坏消息。

 

The winds of change are in the air.

大有山雨人欲来之势。

 

A weapon of death has no place in a house of God.

致使的武器不应该出现在天主的圣所里。

 

The Way

苦路经

 

The measure of your faith is the measure of the pain you can endure.

你能忍耐多少痛苦,你就能成就多少。

 

Sophie didn’t buy it.

索菲不接受这样的解释。

 

May the peace of the Lord be with you.

愿上帝保佑你平安。

 

I have been on the defensive for too long.

我处于守势很久了。

 

Now, as if by the will of God, the solution had presented itself.

但现在,如有神助,出路自动显现在他面前。

 

Divine intervention.

这是神的介入。

 

The pentacle is a pre-Christian symbol that relates to Nature worship. The ancients envisioned their world in two halves – masculine and feminine. Their gods and goddesses worked to keep a balance of power. Yin and yang. When male and female were balanced, there was harmony in the world. When they were unbalanced, there was chaos.

五芒星, 是一个在基督教产生之前有关自然崇拜的符号。古人认为世界由两部分组成——一半雄性,一半雌性。神和女神共同作用保持力量平衡,即阴阳平衡。

Early religion was based on the divine order of Nature. The goddess Venus and the planet Venus were one and the same. The goddess had a place in the nighttime sky and was known by many names – Venus, the Eastern Star, Ishtar, Astare – all of them powerful female concepts with ties to Nature and Mother Earth.

早期宗教都是基于大自然神性的秩序上的,女神维纳斯和金星是同一的。女神在夜空中也有一席之地,夜空中的女神有许多名字——代表女人性爱和美的女神。

The pentacle’s most astonishing property – the graphic origin of its ties to Venus. The planet Venus traced a perfect pentacle across the ecliptic sky every eight years. So astonished were the ancients to observe this phenomenon, that Venus and her pentacle became symbols of perfection, beauty, and the cyclic qualities of sexual love. As a tribute to the magic of Venus, the Greeks used her eight-year cycle to organize their Olympic Games. Nowadays, few people realized that the four-year schedule of modern Olympics still followed the half-cycles of Venus. Even fewer people knew that the five-pointed star had almost become the official Olympic seal but was modified at the last moment – its five points exchanged for five intersecting rings to better reflect the games’ spirit of inclusion and harmony.

五角星最令人吃惊的特征——它的形状源于金星。金星每八年在空中的运行轨迹正是一个正五角形。古人观察到这种现象,对之敬畏之至,于是金星和五芒星便成了圣善圣美和周期的性爱象征。为礼赞金星的神奇,希腊人以八年为一个循环来组织奥林匹克运动会。现今很人有人知道每四年一届的现代奥运会是沿袭了金星的半个周期,更少有人知道五芒星差点成了奥运会是沿袭了金星的半个周期,更少有人知道五芒星差点成了奥运会的正式标志,只是到了最后一刻才将五个尖角换成了五个相互联结的环,以更好地体现奥运会包容与和谐的精神。

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Despite what you see in the movies, the pentacle’s demonic interpretation is historically inaccurate. The original feminine meaning is correct, but the symbolism of the pentacle has been distorted over the millennia. In this case, through bloodshed.

尽管如你在电影中所见,五芒星被解读为恶魔,但从史学的角度来讲,这并不准确。它起初的女性含义是正确的,但一千年来,五芒星的象征意义被歪曲了,人们还为此流过血。

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Symbols are very resilient, but the pentacle was altered by the early Roman Catholic Church. As part of the Vatican’s campaign to eradicate pagan religions and convert the masses to Christianity, the Church launched a smear campaign against the pagan gods and goddesses, recasting their divine symbols as evil.

象征符号是很有弹性的,五芒星符号的意义被早期的罗马天主教会给更改了。作为梵蒂冈清除异教并使大众皈依基督教的运动一部分,天主教会掀起了一个污蔑异教女神的运动,把他们神圣的象征符号重新解释为邪恶的符号。

In the battle between the pagan symbols and Christian symbols, the pagans lost; Poseidon’s trident became the devil’s pitchfork, the wise crone’s pointed hat became the symbol of a witch, and Venus’s pentacle became a sign of the devil. Unfortunately, the United States military has also perverted the pentacle; it’s now our foremost symbol of war. We paint it on all our fighter jets and hang it on the shoulders of all our generals. So much for the goddess of love and beauty.

在异教符号和基督教符号的斗争中,异教徒输了。古希腊神话中海神波塞冬的三叉戟成了恶魔的干草叉,智慧老婆婆的锥形尖顶帽成了女巫的象征,维纳斯的五芒星成了邪恶的象征。不幸的是,美国军方也曲解了五芒星,现在它成了最重要的战争符号。爱与美的女神竟承受这么多的不幸。

 

My friends, as you can see, the chaos of the world has an underlying order. When the ancients discovered PHI, they were certain they had stumbled across God’s building block for the world, and they worshipped Nature because of that. And one can understand why. God’s hand is evident in Nature, and even to this day there exist pagan, Mother Earth-revering religions. Many of us celebrate nature the way the pagans did, and don’t even know it.

朋友们,正如你们所见,纷繁复杂的自然界隐藏着规则。当古人发现PHI(黄金分割),他们肯定自己已经偶然发现了上帝造特的比例,也正因为这一点,他们对自然界充满了崇拜之情,上帝的杰作可以在自然界中找到印证,直至今日还存在着各种崇拜大地母亲的异教。我们中的许多人也像徒一样赞颂着自然,只不过我们自己不知道而已。

 

You are not the only one with secrets.

有秘密的又何止一人呢。

 

Ring any bells?

得到些什么启发?

 

What kind of God would want a body punished this way?

什么样的天主想让人的肉体受到这样的惩罚。

 

Nobody could deny the enormous good the modern Church did in today’s troubled world, and yet the Church had a deceitful and violent history. Their brutal crusade to “reeducate” the pagan and feminine – worshiping religions spanned three centuries, employing methods as inspired as they were horrific.

不可否认,现代的基督教为当今麻烦重重的世界做出了许多有益的事,但它有一段充满欺骗和暴力的历史。他们对异教和女性崇拜宗教组织的残忍十字军战争延续了三个世纪,采用的手段既鼓动人心,又耸人听闻。

The Catholic Inquisition published the book that arguably could be called the most blood-soaked publication in human history. Malleus Maleficarum – or The Witches’ Hammer – indoctrinated the world to “the dangers of freethinking women” and instructed the clergy how to locate, torture, and destroy them. Those deemed “witches” by the church included all female scholars, priestesses, ‘gypsies, mystics, nature lovers, herb gatherers, and any women “suspiciously attuned to the natural world”. Midwives also were killed for their heretical practice of using medical knowledge to ease the pain of childbirth – a suffering, the Church claimed, that was God’s rightful punishment for Eve’s partaking of the Apple of Knowledge, thus giving birth to the idea of Original Sin. During three hundred years of witch hunts, the Church burned at the stake an astounding five million women.

由天主教裁判行所发行的《巫婆之锤》无疑堪称人类历史上最血腥的出版物。它向人们灌输“自由思考的女人给世界带来威胁”的思想,并教导神职人员如何去识别,折磨并消灭她们。教会所指认的“女巫”包括所有的女学者、女祭司、吉卡赛女人,女巫师、自然爱好者、草药采集者以及任何“涉嫌对自然世界过于敏感的女性”。助产士们也被杀害,因为她们用医学知识来缓解分娩疼痛的行为被视为异教徒的做法——教会声称,生育的痛苦是上帝为夏娃偷食禁果而给予她的正当处罚。

The propaganda and bloodshed had worked.

Today’s world was living proof.

传教活动和流血手段见效了。

今天的世界就是活生生的例证。

Women, once celebrated as an essential half of spiritual enlightenment, had been banished from the world. There were no female Orthodox rabbis, Catholic Priests, nor Islamic clerics. The once hallowed act of Hieros Gamos—the natural sexual union between man and woman through which each became spiritually whole – had been recast as a shameful act. Holy men who had once required sexual union with their female counterparts to commune with God now feared their natural sexual urges as the work of the devil, collaborating with his favorite accomplice… woman.

女性曾被认为对文明开化做出了不容忽视的贡献,发挥了与男性同等的作用,但世界各地的神庙却将她们逐出了。犹太教、天主教和伊斯兰教中都没有女性神职人员。就连每年产生春季生殖力的圣婚——巴比伦生殖神塔模斯教派的宗教礼仪,即男女通过肉体上的结合实现心灵的融合——也被视为羞耻之举。曾经把女性进行性融合视为遵从上帝旨意的男人们,现在则担心这是性冲动魔鬼在作崇。而这些魔鬼的最好帮凶就是……女人。

 

The pendulum(钟摆)had swung

时间推移

 

I need backup!

我需要后援。

 

What in the name of God is she doing?

上帝啊,她到底想干什么?

 

Jesus had but one true message.

耶稣只传达了一个真的旨意。

 

Those days are gone.

那些日子一去不复返了。

 

People need structure and direction from the church not coddling and indulgence.

人们需要从教会得到的是教育和指导,而是不溺爱和纵容。

 

It doesn’t make sense.

Which part?

这不合常理。

为什么?

 

Close the net fast, and close it tight.

收网要快,收网要紧。

 

Miraculous fate!

神奇的命运!

 

You lose your faith too quickly.

你丧失信心太快了。

 

Nor did faith have any need for physical confirmation of its beliefs.

信仰也不需要任何证据来表明自己。

 

Everyone loves a conspiracy.

人人都喜欢阴谋

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