Auszug aus: „Vorlesung anlässlich des Abschiedssymposium für Ari van Buuren
am Freitag dem 11. Dezember 2009 von 13 bis 17.30
Universitätszentrum Medizin Utrecht“
Übersetzung aus dem Niederländischen ins Deutsche durch Dr. Fritz Hofmann
Leo Lebendig: “De Hemelzuil”

Dear Ari van Buuren,
dear sisters and brothers of the human family,

“De Hemelzuil”, the Light of Peace of the Religions as a lighting installation of the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010 is now in the “Stiltecentrum” of the University Medical Centre in Utrecht.
Welcome into the light!

On the 15th of September this year, as I observed the “Prinsjesdag” and the heavenly pillar in the “Grote Kerk Den Haag”, at twenty meters some 5-times the size of ours here, I was reminded of the image of Jacob’s ladder, connecting heaven and earth and leading ever higher upwards to God himself, to Yahweh.
The endless heavenly pillar here in the “Stiltecentrum” is shrunk down to four meters. Its end doesn’t describe Bet-El, the true House of God, but rather the successful effort of the in-house technicians to hang the installation securely in the colorfully lit wooden coffered ceiling above the black-covered floor. Heaven and Hell have yielded here to the spatial limitations imposed between the floor and the ceiling. –
“I don’t know any Heaven”, Willem Blokland whispered to me, the “humanistisch raadsman” in the Stiltecentrum during the final viewing of our work last week. - But everyone can experience with his own eyes the color shades in the room described by the holistic thinking of the natural scientist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in his theory of colors “Farbenlehre”. “Colors are deeds of light, deeds and sorrows”. The elements are visually acknowledged in the room as changing, colored symbols of the world religions and, according to Goethe the philanthropist, the humanist, are interpreted spiritually as a passion. The poet Goethe:

"Did not the light shine in the eye,
How could the sun at all excite us;
If God's own strength did not within us lie,
How could the things divine delight us?"

All elements hang by the same thread, are each bound all to one another, influencing one another and yet remaining themselves.
If I look long enough I can lose myself in the object of my gaze, becoming a part of the observed whole and being in enchantment. Passion becomes compassion, a movement of the soul toward the other person, toward you, for some or for many toward the divine, as described in 2007 by Ari van Buuren on the Workshop Day of the 31st German Evangelical Church Congress in Cologne.

This room of silence in which we find ourselves is an extraordinary place in which to accommodate this transformation of the soul.
It is the heart of the UMC, if one proceeds not from the technical image of the motor, but instead from the observation made by Rudolf Steiner that here is the only place in the cosmos of the body in which the movement of the blood comes to a standstill. Room of silence.
If one imagines concentrically drawn circles around Utrecht surrounding the whole of the Netherlands, then one could say that the “Stiltecentrum” is also the heart of the Netherlands, the place of silence and tranquility in which passion transforms into compassion. The medical center is Bet-El too.
A sign of hope from a socio-political perspective.

The first “LIGHT OF PEACE OF THE RELIGIONS” in Dortmund’s Nordstadt in 2005 has its origin in the reaction of individual residents of the district to “Nine Eleven 2001”. They joined together into the “IFF”, the “Interreligious Peace-Forum”, to learn the art of the peaceful cohabitation of different groups of people in the district without fear through mutually conducted activities.

In appreciation for the invitation of the LIGHT OF PEACE OF THE RELIGIONS into the heart of our neighboring country, The Netherlands, I cordially invite you to visit us in the European Metropolis RUHR.2010 as often as you like during the next year.

Many thanks!

William Yang

Das Abschiedssymposium für Ari van Buuren fand im UMC an drei unterschiedlich geprägten Orten statt.

Blauwe collegezaal

am Flügel: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schipani
Interfaith Spiritual Project

”De Hemelzuil“

Die ”HIMMELSSÄULE“ im Stiltecentrum