In matters of symbolism, the student interprets the symbols according to his or her own light. Few legends have ever exercised such a hold on the human heart as the legend of the Holy Grail. The story of the Grail, while old, is ever new. Geoffrey Hodson once wrote, "The Grail legend, the supposed quest for the Chalice used by the Lord Christ at the Last Supper, may be regarded as an allegory of the path of discipleship and initiation." Others have described the symbol of the Grail as representing the highest spiritual truth. The characters in the Grail legend—Arthur, Lancelot, Tristram, Galahad, Parsifal, etc.—can all be interpreted symbolically. Referring to the version by Wolfram von Eschenbach, Joy Mills helps us to understand the fascinating allure of this wonderful and timeless tale. 1980. 54 minutes.
This is a recording of a public lecture given July 13, 1980 at the 94th Annual Meeting and Summer School of the Theosophical Society in America, which was held at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.