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By George M Grow Jr

Ritual 1


In the beginning of the novel Wald – Prophet at a Loss, the protagonist retreats to his uncle’s estate located at the legendary Grossrußbach. In complete seclusion, Wald Whittman takes „a holiday of life,“ as the Austrian writer Robert Musil described the procedure, in which his Ulrich relieves himself of the very usual „interaction of things“ in order to admit a new interaction, which is, as Wald named it, „to be kissed by above“, „to receive instruction from the living universe“. Promptly, such instructions occurre to him [or to put it another way, actually such instructions accur to everyone constantly, even if not cognizantly, not so often and not sustainably for the person him or herself] as a series of coincidences, which brings him to Kashmir, where his fate comes true repeatedly.

The many times posed question is:

What happend to Wald Whittman on his uncle’s estate over a periode of four weeks? Which experiences led him to the upcoming events depicted in the book?


  • There are two entirely different ways of cognition. The change from one perception to the other is so strange and so difficult to us inhabitants of this planet that Wald Whittman goes just once in two, three or five years in „unition“

It is a tremendous act and a crucial asset to take that step at least once in your life in order to remember and mind it all your life long.

(Wald – Prophet at a Loss)

  • In one of our conversations I learned that at a young age he studied some critics of metaphysics, such as the Viennese philosopher Ernst Topitsch, to whom he agrees in many respects. But on both sides, on the metaphysical and the rational one, he notes blatant erroneous assumption.

The experience (success) proves me right.

(Wald – Prophet at a Loss)

  • He knows that he and his sight are never freer than when he wants nothing more than to be free.
  • In particular, Wald’s Copernican Turn or Revolution of metaphysics provide a basis on which both types of perception, literally, both eyes condense into one view:

Not the mind, the spirit of the world or thinking is the first and fundamental of all being, but the matter.

(Wald – Prophet at a Loss)

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  • Wald formulates 10 cultic principles. For him, principles are a possibility of integrating the experience he gained ritually into his daylife (cult of culture).

Now the outsider (and metaphysician) isn’t an outsider anymore, and the insider is more than an insider.

(Wald – Prophet at a Loss)

The empirical basis for reality-relevant evolution and inspiration is laid.

  • If it is welcome that the second view develops its own laws and autonomy fully, two main stipulations must be met:

(1) The person performing the ritual must have put his life entirely into the meaning of life (evolution = the innate meaning; the world as we know it isn’t a wrong way, a delusion or the outcome of an original sin, etc = existentialistic spirituality and metaphysics). (2) The ritual must be performed in personal devotion to the living universe.

(Wald Whittman, 23 May, 2009)

  • Internication (the leadership of God) can set in even without cultic action, empirical reinsurance in personal turn to the living universe. Danger: relational delusion = The delusional self-relation in which other persons or objects are referred to the delusional person with an abnormal sense of meaning mostly due to pressure of life circumstances.
  • Wald’s promise of salvation would have been communicated to him internally, but would apply to anyone who follows the integral principles:

He who simply follows the meaning of life [instinctly], will reach a higher position or planet.

(Wald Whittman, 24 May, 2009)


Wald – Prophet at a Loss, chapter The Island, page 81.
Location: Outside Srinagar, Kashmir, India
Time: March 2008

Wald – Prophet at a Loss, The Island

Ritual 2 – 5

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