There is a Grail legend that few people know about today. Some say it is a modern rendition. Others claim it was handed down through centuries to be revealed at a specific time... which they whisper is now.
It is said that the purpose of the Grail is to usher in grand new epochs of human history. It signifies a special time, or Kairos, when eternity intersects with time to produce a forward leap of human consciousness. The Grail provides the catalyst to make that happen.
Taking the form of a cup, it assured the martyrdom of Socrates that gave birth to western civilization. That same cup appeared at the Last Supper, and lingered as a holy relic to entice King Arthur’s court. It is no coincidence that the Chinese describe the mystic Tao as an empty vessel. In more recent times, it inspired philosophers to introduce a culture of thought and tolerance that introduced the modern world. Fiction writer Arthur C. Clark envisioned it as a monolith discovered on the moon, enticing humanity to follow it into space.
The goal of each Kairos event never came to full fruition. For each leap forward, human frailty carried us two steps back.
The signs are propitious for the Grail to appear again, if only to avoid catastrophe: Rogue nations arming themselves with nuclear weapons. Greed accelerating climate change. Democracies bending toward fascism. Religious fanatics fomenting violence. Pollution destroying entire species in the name of progress. Technology connecting people around the world in good ways and bad.
The time is definitely ripe for a Kairos event, if only to prevent our self-destruction.
With that in mind, we present you this Secret Legend of the Grail:
After years of committed searching, Sir Lancelot, whom many considered the perfect knight, arrived at the Grail Castle. To his disappointment, he was told by the Keeper of the Grail that he was not worthy to see it.
“Who then is worthy to do so?”
The Keeper told him: “The sad truth is, no one.” Lancelot was amazed.
“No one is deemed worthy of seeing the Grail? Not Sir Gawain, or even Sir Gareth?”
“Not even Sir Percival, whom we sent away last week. While each proved admirable, certain qualities were lacking in them all.”
Lancelot was distraught. “Why, then, did the Grail summon us to find it in the first place?”
The Keeper said. “Quests are never wasted, even when they fail. Each of you is better than you were before and will prove yourselves in years to come.”
“But we did this for a purpose,” Lancelot objected. “Despite King Arthur’s achievements, the world is turning into a Wasteland. Only the Grail can stop it. Is there nothing we can do?”
“You ask well,” the Keeper nodded. “There is no single knight who meets the Grail requirements. But what is lacking in one can be found in another.”
“Are you saying that what one knight cannot do can be achieved by several?”
“Yes. By six exactly. If you wish to save the world, you must gather and bring them here.”
“How shall I know them?”
“The first will be known for ‘Aletheia,’ or truth. Without truth, there can be no Kairos. Find a knight who is known for truth and bring him here.
“The second will be known for his ‘Telos,’ or inner aim. It is Telos that urges us to fulfill our destiny. Find a knight whose inner aim guides him toward all that is good and bring him here.
“The third will be marked by ‘Anagnorisis,’ a personal transformation that leaves behind all that is bad, especially self-illusions. Find that knight and bring him here.
“The fourth will be known for ‘Areté,’ the excellence toward which all knights should all aspire, consisting of virtue and reason. Bring that knight to me.
“The fifth will be a child of ‘Ordo Mundi,' the way of the world, or nature. This is a knight unsullied by convention for whom nature is his guide. Bring him here as well.
“The sixth and last represents the ‘Kairos’ itself. Seek a knight so inspired by the hopes of mankind that he seeks it above all else.”
Sir Lancelot left the Grail Castle both humbled and inspired. No one knew Arthur’s knights as well as he.
Surely the honest Sir Gawain must be the Knight of Alethiea, the Knight of Truth.
Sir Gareth followed a humble path to fame as if guided by an inner aim. He must be the Knight of Telos.
Prince Galehaut, once Arthur’s greatest enemy, transformed by the truth of Arthur’s destiny, became his greatest friend and ally. Such change designated him as the Knight of Anagnorisis.
Sir Percival, raised away from court, found his knightly qualities through nature. Surely he was the Knight of Ordo Mundi.
As for the Knight of Kairos? The Knight who would orchestrate the Grail’s blessings more than anyone else? It had to be King Arthur.
Lancelot rode to Caerleon with the good news. Arthur summoned his knights and Lancelot called each of his Grail knights by name, including the king. Only one was missing. Sir Percival. His sister Dindrane was told to bring him to the Grail Castle where they would all meet.
Traveling through the Wasteland forest, they arrived at the castle to find that Percival never arrived. Dindrane reported that she was unable to find him.
“What can we do without Sir Percival?” Arthur asked. “The conditions for the Grail cannot be met without him!”
The Keeper of the Grail stepped forward and spoke thus: “He has been replaced by one who is even more worthy.” He pointed to Dindrane, Percival’s sister, who was known for her virtue and was also raised in nature.
“But she is not a knight,” Arthur exclaimed.
“She is in her heart,” the Keeper said. “and in truth that is all that matters.”
He led them to a drinking well that was capped by a design of the Kairos. The Grail had been hidden in its deep, dark water, that was known for its healing powers. They witnessed it rise from the well on its own accord, float into the night like a brilliant star, and then disappear.
From that moment on, the Wasteland was healed. The fame of Arthur’s chivalry served as a Kairos guide that greatly improved the generations that followed.