Farewell, Mr. Spock.

This is my little tribute to Leonard Nimoy (born March 26, 1931 and died February 27, 2015), who played Star Trek’s Mr. Spock in the first TV series and the movies. Do feel free to download the poster image below for your computer monitor’s background wallpaper.

As a boy in his early teens, I admired Nimoy’s Mr. Spock very much. I had more affinity with the character of Spock than I did with the swashbuckling Captain Kirk. It must have been his coolness in the midst of any situation, his exotic extraterrestrial alien look and superhuman abilities, and his unflagging logic and brilliant mind. To me, Spock was the nearest evolutionary approximation of a demigod.

When I heard of Nimoy’s passing away a few days ago, I suddenly felt old — as if whatever remnant of childhood left inside me suddenly vanished. That was probably an indication of how strongly Star Trek and Spock made an impression on my childhood.

Leonard Nimoy reportedly made a last post in his Twitter account just days before his transition. I found his post very poignant. It reflected the sentiments of a person whose life has been lived fully. Coming from the man who made Mr. Spock come alive and who gave him a form for us to see and hear, Leonard’s last message to the world is profoundly meaningful and filled with a wisdom that transcends our humanity.

His final message resonates strongly with the prologue that began the Star Trek series episodes and set the stage for the imagination of this once upon a time boy:

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Indeed Leonard Nimoy, himself, has gone where no living man has gone at all, but not before sharing with us the philosophy that seems to have summed up his life in his own words — “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP

Poster of Leonard Nimoy's Final Twitter Message.

The Life of Leonard Nimoy As He Saw It

It seems that Nimoy had a definite spiritual streak to him, being influenced by the Kabbalah or Jewish mysticism. In October 2002, he published “The Shekhina Project,” a photographic study exploring the feminine aspect of God’s presence, inspired by Kabbalah.

The Spiritual Side of Leonard Nimoy

A few years before his demise, Leonard Nimoy announced his retirement from the Star Trek franchise to give his Spock acting successor, Zachary Quinto, the full undivided publicity spotlight on the character. Nimoy had befriended Quinto during the making of the 2009 film reboot of the franchise. Although Quinto watched some episodes of the TV show during breaks in filming, Nimoy was his main resource in playing Spock. True to his characterization form, Leonard Nimoy was the gracious Spock to the end.

Thank you, Leonard, for having given us Mr. Spock.   Spock and you are now inseparably preserved in our memories.

The Vulcan is dead.

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock

Long live the Vulcan!

Photograph of Zachary Quinto, the New Mr. Spock

Zachary Quinto, the New Mr. Spock

About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of "contemporary mysticism" under the style of "Contemplative Pathways." His spiritual work is backed by a profound understanding of mystical teachings and the mystical life, that is rooted in fifty (50) years of personal study, practice and spiritual unfoldment (inner realization and spiritual experience).  In the course of his spiritual journey, he has received the gifts of mystical discernment and spiritual transmission. Marc has been conducting classes and meetings on contemporary mysticism and meditation at the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years, usually in a classroom, lecture, seminar, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting. He has facilitated study groups and workshops for centering/contemplative meditation practice meetings since the 1980s. Marc's teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in students through the process of spiritual transmission and mystical transformation.  He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles in their daily lives. His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure, authentic mysticism.  Marc's approach to the subject of contemporary mysticism is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, transreligious, definitively unitive, and unequivocally nondualistic. Within the context of the great shift in consciousness presently occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work focuses on individual and collective spiritual instruction and transformation. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for spiritual transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring, spiritual direction, and spiritual healing work. Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination. His brand of mysticism is the only true contemporary mysticism born of 21st century illumination and spirituality.  
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