Abecedarian Notions On Fire
Agni in Sanskrit means fire, also the name of a Vedic god with the power to transmute form by breaking down its component elements and dispersing the atoms toward oblivion. Although this may be a view of cosmology riddled with paganism, cosmic events such as an eclipse predicted a thousand years ago by ancient civilizations also suggests a scientific model.
The sun evokes the image of Agni as it travels on its revolutionary path along with other celestial bodies extending varying degrees of gravitational force on each other just as the magnetism of the planet Jupiter exerts enough attraction to cause many cosmic perturbations such as comets to avoid a collision with Earth.
According to Greek Mythology, Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to humanity against their wishes. The three planes of existence known in myth are ruled by Hades, Zeus and Poseidon who are brothers often portrayed as angry and jealous when competing for dominion. This may be the reason for dividing the three domains in the first place. Hades controls the underworld, Zeus reigns over the air and earth while Poseidon is the master of the oceans, seas and horses. Perhaps this implies that with a knowledge of fire mortals have the capacity to evolve and become co-creators with the gods.
The Bible also refers to fire in Luke’s story of Lazarus and the rich man, expressing “Sheol”, Hades in Hebrew, which had first been viewed as dark and gloomy with little if any relationship to the afterlife and its rewards or punishments. Now it is understood as a state of comfort for the righteous, “in the bosom of Abraham” and of torment for the wicked, “of anguish in the flame.” Could this be a reference to cause an effect, also known in eastern philosophy as the law of karma?
Fire, at its heart is a force that clarifies everything and expresses the duality of creative and destructive principles without exerting a value judgement about which form of its nature is intrinsically good or bad since fire is an element that has no personality attributed to it such as consciousness or the capacity to think.
Each of the four elements express duality differently. Water is associated with emotions and the imbalance that results from its instability, air symbolizes the knowledge we are capable of learning or fail to learn all of which may or may not lead to wisdom (earth). However there must be a fifth element that permeates the others by making them possible to exist in a way similar to stem cells which are the primordial substance that all other cells differentiate from.