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handpainted bronze - 2021

cm H 39 x 44,5 x 34

TATTVA

From Sanskrit, the title of this sculpture means "TRUE ESSENCE" or union: Rabarama especially refers to the relationship between body and soul. According to the artist's conception, in fact, our body functions as a container of our soul: through the complete union of matter and spirit, we can be able to enlighten the world with our inner spirit. As soon as we learn to know and love ourselves, we can reach an inner balance and peace that let us understand that was just what we needed: in that very moment we can truly feel the sense of love. The Tattva are metaphors for the five elements: air, water, earth, fire, and ether. Each one is connected to a deeper definition: in fact, the ether manifests the idea of space, the air that of time, the fire that of light, the water that of life, and eventually the earth that of form. As the lines and colors used by the artist, these symbols are necessary for the expression of Cosmic Intelligence. The five elements can mean not only the gross form but also the subtle and causal form that represents the sensory counterpart and the background ideas; in this way, the elements include all the forces of the manifestation of the soul, mind, and body. The five elements are thus a model for all the substances present in the universe. The twenty-four principles are not only the map of the Universe but also the map of the psyche.

The joined hands reproduce the Namasté salute: literally, the word namasté (or namaskar) means "I bow to you" and comes from Sanskrit, where the root namas means bow, greeting, and te means you. Moreover, in the Indian culture, this gesture is a mudra, which is a gesture that is done during the practice of yoga; in particular, it's the Anjali Mudra, the symbol of spiritual union between mind and heart. When you put your hands to your chest in this position, you are rejoining the spirit with the matter, so the rational with the intuitive. It is said that the spiritual meaning of this gesture is "my soul bows to your soul and my spiritual soul recognizes your spiritual soul. Other definitions are: "Through the union of body and mind, I recognize my divine potential and bow to your divine soul" or even "Thanks to the light present within me, I can recognize the light present within you". On the back of these figures, it's carved the Sri Yantra symbol, "the excellent diagram". Known also as the Sri chakra symbol, it's one of the most important Yantra of tantrism. It consists of nine triangles, five with the vertex downwards and four with the vertex facing upwards, and it represents the Sakti (feminine energy but also the element of water) and Siva (Great God and Lord of yogins, element of fire). The different lines end up forming a series of forty-three minor triangles in which reside many different deities; they are usually represented by a bija-mantra symbol (syllabic mantra, loaded with a strong energetic value). In the center of this composition, we find the Bindu symbol, the very essence of Siva. On the womb of one of the figures, it's engraved the Reiki symbol called Choku Rei: it's identified in the call of strength and energy, especially to concentrate the spiritual force at a given point of the body, spiritual or physical. It's used to increase power, giving a direction to the energy that is transmitted. If we want to really understand this symbol we have to destructure its form: the Choku Rei is composed of many marks, in particular an upper horizontal line, and a vertical line that ends in a spiral formed of three circles. Its explanation refers to the spiritual energy that comes from above (horizontal line) and descends through me (vertical line sign of active and no longer passive action) to fill the three circles that develop from the center of the energy that I am giving in that very specific time. The sculpture is completely engraved with a motif linked to the six-pointed star, the hexagram: it doesn't refer to religion but to the union between heaven and earth, symbolized by the two triangles that merge. It also represents the concept of macro cosmo that is reflected in the microcosmos: two opposites that once joined can offer protection and unity.

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