Fire does not burn but enlightens
FIRE IS beautiful. One gets enthralled at viewing the sanguine sky during dawn and dusk.
Fire maintains its eternal pristine purity. Air gets congested, water gets poisoned, earth gets polluted and sky becomes saturnine but fire remains untouched.
Water tends to go down and fire always flares up. It aims high and stays pointed. If energy is directed upwards it is meditation and when it flows down the lane it is indulgence. Water cleanses but get turbid. Fire distils without getting disturbed or distorted. Fire burns but also purifies, destroys but distils, scorches but synthesizes.
Fire multiplies on its own. A spark can become an inferno and a leak can lead to a holocaust. Light envisages god and enlightenment implies realization.
Water extinguishes fire but heat evaporates water. Stream should become steam to bring the cheers of rain. Hence water and fire are complimentary and not competitive.
It is a simile symbolizing chastity, integrity, purity and hints that those who approach them with evil intention would be deciphered and decimated.
That is why, in East Baptism is done with fire so that the spirit is not diluted.
Civilization started with discovery of fire. Plummeting of flint stones in nomadic life enlivened the whole gamut of human lifestyle.
Fire creates, updates, sharpens and improves the finesse of our aesthetics. It helps in welding, galvanizing, igniting, moulding and joining.
The culinary skills differentiated the civilized from the Neanderthal.
Fire has different faces. It can be lit as a lamp, held as a torch and it all depends on the user.
The spiritual dimension of fire is inspiring. The Katha Upanishad says, "The sun does not shine by its own light nor does the moon nor does any star nor does lightening, nor does any fire lit on earth. All these things shine by the reflection of the soul. The soul is light and every light derives from the soul."
Svetasvatara Upanishad claims that fire is always present. It is not produced but manifested. Rig Veda propounds that fire arose within god and in the fire arose love.
Kumarasambava says how fire was cursed to burn everything.
Guru Grantha Sahib says that endless stream of individual souls comes from god like sparks from one fire; they fly away from him and then sink back into the flame from which they arose.
Zarathustra, the Iranian prophet, advocates fire as the medium of worship to reach the frontiers of Ahura Mazda.
Greek mythology talks about the audacious attempt of Prometheus by outraging the other gods in giving the secret of fire to mankind. Icarus flew close to the sun with his wax wings.
His overvaulting ambition led to his fall and downfall. The Phoenix, a metaphorical bird, is famous for rising from its own ashes.
It originated from an Egyptian solar myth. The 1461-year cycle of the sun versus the Egyptian calendar was mythologized into long-lived flaming bird, which, after 1461 years died and gave rise to a new bird like itself.
The expression "Ethiopian" is from Greek word meaning "burnt faces"- faces that have been darkened by exposure to sun. The Greeks classified fire into two kinds: one friendly - Hestia, Goddess of the hearth and the other hostile - Hephaestus, God of destructive fire.
People are more afraid of flood than fire. Arthashastra names fire as a divine calamity whose effects are unpredictable.
Hot stove rule and management by firing are common phraseologies in disciplinary procedure.
It was the great flood and not the great fire that led to mass destruction and the Noah's Arc had to rescue the representative samples as a rehabilitation measure.
People walk on fire as a measure of penance and as a token of row. Fire does not burn their toes due to Leiden Frost effect.
The water on the soles provides the layer of steam that helps to insulate the foot from the full heat of the coals.
The coal has low heat capacity and poor thermal conductivity. If they walk on plates of steel, they will limp forever.
Fire indicates life, warmth and dynamism. One who retains the inner fire intact remains unscathed and emerges flamboyant even if he walks through the flames of slander and conflagration of criticism.
V. IRAI ANBU
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