Nedavno sam na facebook stranici The Ritman Library pročitala sledeće zanimljivosti u vezi sa klasikom književnosti za decu koji je napisao Frenk Baum:
This American classic with its famous characters Dorothy Gale from Kansas, Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lio is known all over the world and was released more than a century ago. Its author, Frank Baum, was a member of the Theosophical Society in Chicago and consciously or unconsciously integrated theosophical teachings in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’.
In the American Theosophist no. 74 of 1986, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ is regarded as a Theosophical allegory, pervaded by theosophical ideas from beginning to end. Baum himself states that the inspiration for writing the book came to him out of the blue: ‘I think that sometimes the Great Author has a message to get across and He has to use the instrument at hand. I happened to be that medium, and I believe the magic key was given me to open the doors to sympathy and understanding, joy, peace and happiness’.
Dorothy’s Quest can be understood as an allegorical tale of the Soul’s path to illumination. The story takes off with a tornado or cyclone spiralling upward and lifting her from her Kansas farm to the enchanted Oz. The ‘Yellow Brick Road’ of Oz also starts as an outwardly expanding spiral. In occult symbolism, this spiral represents the evolving ‘Self’, the Soul ascending from matter into the spirit world. Many more theosophical and occult symbolism is present in the story: from Dorothy’s Quest to the ‘Emerald City’, her silver (chord) shoes to her encounters with Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion who are respectively searching for a brain, a heart and courage.