The story of Parzival

Around the year 1212 Wolfram von Eschenbach (1160 – 1220) created a magnificent epic about Parzival, Knights of the Round Table and the search for the Holy Grail. The 24,812 verses of the medieval epic story written in high German language a mysterious story about finding the human sense of spiritual growth, love, grief, growing up, and wisdom is hidden. This artistic gem, only comparable to Dante’s Divine Comedy, highlights the mission of Central Europe and reveals its vibrant cultural archetypes. This “literary cathedral” is part of the world cultural heritage and at the same time still undiscovered source of Slovenian identity.

Medieval epic story of Parzival is in an exceptional artistic way describing the life and personal growth of Parzival and at the same time represents the way of humanity as a whole. From enthusiastic, naive and ignorant boy he is, after a dramatic fall when he with resignation denounces the world and the holly, able to elevate himself to the ideal of nobility and inner balance. Then only he is able to become the king of the Holy Grail.

In Parzival story it is about the way of the individual everymen in the maze of life. From the gifts and strokes of fate into the search of a genuine relationship to the world, society, nature, and truth itself. Finding the Holy Grail is to find the greatest treasure of the world, to discover the source of eternal youth, to learn the fate of mankind and to allow the innermost sphere of world events to emerge in our own consciousness. The Holy Grail, which is symbolized by a dove, is a living spirit, a higher form of presence in here and now which builds on personal experience, and for which the person seeking has to become spiritually mature. As Parzival, every one of us must ask the fundamental question at him/herself and in innerly find own interest in recognition of the good.

In this epic the amazing number of characters arouse, among them more than 70 are related, who are creating diverse relationships and very modern fantasy story about love, failure, happiness, hope, childhood, growing up, finding their life purpose and many other topics.

In all relationships between sympathetic, among enemies and rivals, including children and parents, between leaders and subordinates, between good and evil a universal tendency for achieving wholeness is involved, in which Parzival is represented as the one, who connects two poles, two cultural circles: Eastern, sacred, gralic and Western, royal, arthusic cultural circle. Medieval polarity between spiritual clergy and secular-oriented nobles is in Parzival exceed by he third, spiritual and secular combined, which is not only of interest for human interiority or only of interest for external goods, but also about internal and external dimension of human existence at the same time. Parzival becomes king who has a family and interest in the kingdom, but at the same time he is also living as a monk his interior spiritual life. Parzival is in a midway between heaven and earth, between spirit and nature, where the central mystery of time is hidden today.

On the world map we can palace spiritual Parzival as a representative of Europe – precious, cultural, cosmopolitan and ethically awakened Europe, where every individual is breathing freely in the community and where the ideal of a balanced exercise of freedom, equality and fraternity is alive.  Parzival is thus representative of the future.