The Truth in the Garden by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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Dandelion Salad
April 4, 2012

Andrea Mantegna's Agony in the Garden, circa 1...

Andrea Mantegna’s Agony in the Garden, circa 1460, depicts Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some call him the son of God. Others think of him as a profit, or an avatar. Still others deny he ever existed… rather just a myth. I say that regardless of whatever many may feel or think about him, Jesus of Nazareth told a story that is beautiful… and so very misconstrued by so many. He spoke of peace. He spoke of the fact that each of us was nothing more than our brother’s keeper. He told the rich man who wished to follow him ‘Go and give all your riches to the poor and follow me.’ Alas, the man could not do it, and walked away embarrassed. According to the New Testament, or to the myth, the night he was betrayed in the garden, Jesus took some time to be alone before the guards arrived to arrest him.

He knelt on the ground in concern. Jesus knew that he was about to face such a trial of his faith. He knew that he would be going through this without the Christ spirit… by his choice. When he told his disciples ‘what I do you can do… and more’ he meant that each of us, with the strength of faith, can endure anything. So, Jesus separated himself from the Christ spirit and chose to walk with but his mortal faith. When he fell to the ground in the garden and said ‘Father, if this cup can pass quickly‘ he experienced the fears that a mortal would feel. It was said that blood flowed from his brow from the intensity of this moment. He found the spiritual balance within his essence, and he stood up to face the consequences of the prophecies.

When any of us has the truth and the passion for justice flowing through us, we may, or we can, face the deeds of the foolish or the ghoulish. The truth in that garden in that story of one man, who walked in peace, should be preamble for us all. When we take the easy way out, or that road of less controversy, we lose our very nature.

Philip A. Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn, NYC longshoremen. He is a free lance columnist (usually found on the fine Dandelion Salad site), an environmental products sales rep and an activist. Since 2010, Philip is a spokesperson for the 25% Solution Movement to Save Our Cities by cutting military spending 25%. Philip can be reached at


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10 thoughts on “The Truth in the Garden by Philip A. Farruggio

  1. It is strange that when the Roman Empire collapsed and the dark ages began all Knowledge, creativity, literature and art disappeared, and was replaced by Religion, Faith and superstition. It stayed that way for centuries, ignorance grossness and stupidity were the accepted way that humans lived and behaved. But they had their Religion. whoopee

    • oh really .? that is a modernist view. in case you have not noticed jim , we live in the dark ages now –with weapons of mass destruction , cloning , genetic engeneering etc. pollution galore , global warming … man at his worse.

      what you are calling the dark ages — after the collapse of the Empire, historican Will Durant called ”the Age of faith”. read it . also read Giles ” The not so Dark Ages ”. You will be surpised on how many things were invented during that time that have helped humanity –like –lenses for glasses, the forge , the water wheel etc. its a hell of alot better that what we did to Hiroshima .

      also , Thomas Cahill revisionist work called ”How the Irish saved civilization ”.

      we all grew up thinking that Columbus was a good guy . then we read Howard Zinn’s work and realized differently . we had to RETHINK IT . Same goes for what is called the Dark ages.

      • there is not much decent art out there now jim . at least in the so called dark ages the monks kept literature and art alive . who do you think re-translated Aristotle ? Cahill gets into all of this . modern bias is modern ignorance of the fact.

        • I read Cahills books and the point is that the Monks had to preserve the ancient classics because of the religious repression, and all that knowledge would have been lost. Thankfully there was an awakening about 6 or 7 hundred years later.
          If Will Durant thought of the Dark Ages as the age of Faith, he must have been smoking something , or his own religious prejudice clouded his judgment.

        • I should clarify my meaning. I too believe the Dark Ages were an age of faith ,that’s exactly why they were the Dark ages.
          I assumed your reference to Will Durant must mean that he saw it as an age of faith and he saw that as a good thing. Is that a fair assumption?/

        • Will Durant is a top rate historian . he trys ( like michael grant , and other historians ) to keep his personal views out of his work . he does talk about the early coptic monks in the 2nd and century that were losing their minds in the desert until st. Anthony united them into cenobitic communitys. does that mean that Durant was against the Anchorite way of life ? no. he was just stating that it was safer for mental stability in monastic life when monks were together.

        • well jim …in a 4 year period i read the whole 11 volume set series and took notes. Durant was being cautious when he called it ”The age of faith ”. cause that is what it was. also , the medieval Renaissance came right after the age of faith . not 700 years later. the medieval Renaissance was very impressive in uniting islamic , jewish , and catholic scholars , and also the advent of the monastic movements coming from hip cats like st. francis . ..on social justice matters.

          Richard Rubinstien ‘s ”Aristotle’s children ” deals with this era well. one of my fav periods in all of human history . it set up the 13th and 14th century in expanding music , art , literature , etc.

  2. C.S. Lewis referred to the gospel of Christ as paradoxically both myth and fact. Myth, because it embodies all great myths, and fact because it was not only a myth because Jesus truly did walk the earth “leaving footprints” so to speak.

    i think that the reason why people don’t believe is because they don’t want to obey him. Christ did many amazing things and people around him still refused to believe. it would be the same today. in fact … it is the same today.

    • i have a slightly different ‘ take ‘ on the Christ story. to me, and i reccomend all to read ‘The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ ‘. in this unabridged New Testament it explains how the man we know as Jesus was ordained by the universe, God or whatever is out there , to be the carrier of the Christ spirit,or the LOGOS as other religions refer to an Avatar. In each frame of years, or Epochs, one is ordained to carry the Christ spirit. In the one we all study it was Jesus.
      this is what i believe to be true. the book expains it much better than i do.

      • Phillip , i am familiar with the book as you know . The thing is is that Jesus goes way beyond that book . why ? because he is actually the Creator of the universe it self . Given the fact that he took upon himself all the prerogatives of deity , so as to forgive sins ( which in that culture only God can do ) , to accept worship ( which only God would do ) , it is very difficult to put Jesus in any category other than God or a madman , and we know he was not a madman . ..but rather the paradox of the God-Man .

        The new agers deny his divinity , and the christian fundamentalists deny his humanity . but it took God to become human to show what it is like to be fully human . that we may become divine .

        you take that with the sacrifice on the cross and you have what the Dalia Lama calls ”The Karma of the gospel ”.

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