The Eye of Netranātha
24 x 24 x 24 mm
edition of 12
"Victorious is the unique Eye of Siva. It is white in part with a radiance that is innate, since it bestows the light on everything. It is red in part because it immerses itself in awareness of whatever it manifests. It is grey in part because it internalizes all that manifestation in subjective relish. It is black in part because it devours even that subjective awareness. It is neither white nor black nor grey nor red nor not these, since it is the unity embodied as the Circle of the Absolute Light."
- Rajanaka Kṣemarāja
The sculpture is an interpretation of this verse from Kṣemarāja’s commentary on the Netratantra. It reveals the esoteric nature of the Eye which the deity and its Tantra are named after. This verse contains the central teaching of the Krama lineage: that the one reality is Consciousness, manifesting a cycle of projection of objects, immersion in the object, internalisation of the object in the subject, and resorption of the subject, and that this cyclic process does not taint the timeless pure Light which is its ground.
Meditating on the Five Spaces as the colorful circles of the peacock’s feathers, one enters the Heart, the Supreme Space
12 x 14 x 9 cm
edition of 32
This sculpture is inspired by Christopher Hareesh Wallis’ interpretation of Verse 32 of the Vijñāna-Bhairava-Tantra, a Śaiva Tantrik scripture from c. 800 CE:
”The five sense apertures (here eyes count as one, because the two eyes sum their visual data, nose counts as one, ears count as two, plus mouth = five) are commonly called ‘spaces’ (śūnya) and sometimes ‘circles’ (maṇḍala)—but they are separate, while the five circles of the peacock's feather are nested one inside the other. This is the key to the verse. Since we are instructed to meditate on the sense-apertures as the circles on the peacock's feathers, that clearly implies that we should allow the sense-fields to merge. The idea may be to intentionally nest the subtler sense-energies inside the coarser ones (i.e., sound-sense nested inside touch-sense inside visual-sense inside taste inside smell)—or perhaps that level of detail is not intended here, and you are simply supposed to let them all merge into a single sensual field, as if you had a single sense-aperture. Then, the verse suggests, all phenomena within the sense-field are to be perceived as vibrations within vast emptiness (the ‘Supreme Space’), decorating it (citra-rūpa) without disturbing it. All the sense- objects dissolve into the space at the innermost Heart or center of the merged sense-maṇḍala, and that of course is pure Being, Awareness itself (Bhairava). Now, at the center of the nested circles of the peacock’s feather, you see an incredible iridescent yet dark cobalt blue, and probably not coincidentally, this is the traditional color of Anuttara Śiva, absolute consciousness. The verse explicitly says that through this meditation, one enters the anuttara śūnya, the Supreme Space, the absolute Heart.”
~ Christopher Hareesh Wallis