Sorrow is universal. Anyone who can feel knows how tragic life is. If you want to leave suffering behind you have to stop living. Quite often though, sorrow is something we create and magnify by our own actions and attitude, which is why I turned the central sword into a figure, whose face is also the pierced heart. It struck me when I was playing with the design that the way the swords entered the heart looked like eyes and a mouth. Often these ideas are generated visually, by playing with forms. I also thought that the two heavy downward pointing swords were like two options or two conflicting desires that cause the pain by being impossible to reconcile, which harks back to the common idea of trouble in three way relationships. And also to the attribution of Saturn in Libra. We all know how hard it is for Librans to make up their minds.

3 responses

  1. sumina

    This design is exceptional!

    And how true: all sentient beings experience sorrow. The Buddah has been quoted as saying: “the law of death is that among all living creatures there is no permanence.” Although this insight does not eliminate the inevitable suffering that comes from loss such as death, it can (if we choose to allow it to) reduce the suffering that comes from struggling against this fact of life. Freedom from suffering, like freedom from anything, starts with accepting the very thing one is seeking freedom from (eg suffering) as a fact of human existence. Moreover, one of the great truths of life is that nothing is permanent, including suffering/sorrow. “It will pass” is one of my well used mantras.

    I so agree with your interpretation of the two swords as two options or two conflicting desires that cause pain by being impossible to reconcile. When people are unable to accept what has happened, people often look to external sources (the third party) to cease their sorrow. This causes even more pain because looking externally for the solution is impossible to reconcile with the required internal acceptance of suffering as a universal human phenomena.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:46 am

    • Yes acceptance reduces sorrow. At least I think so. Acceptance and relaxation I think are the same. When people resist life they become tense and rigid. When they relax physically and mentally everything flows so much easier. Pain is a blockage of energy, so they say, all you need to do is restore the flow.
      And clinging too I think, to the things and people around you. I think that makes people miserable.
      But there’s a big difference between higher sorrow, a kind of grief at the state of the world, which never really goes away. And the petty self pitying type of misery that goes with the internally dissatisfied humanoid. Wow that sounded pompous! ;p
      But you know what I mean.

      March 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm

  2. sumina

    Yes, yes … and I think that the dichotomy between the higher self and the ego is most acutely accentuated in the context of sorrow/grief.

    March 8, 2011 at 5:17 am

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