The Secret of Fire Icon
Mohammad Taghi Ashuri & Behnam Kamrani
Reprinted from: Honar Nameh, University of Art, Tehran, No. 23, Summer 2004 (A brief of the article)
Fire, light and warmth are elements that have always, and more or less together, existed in the spiritual life of the civilization. All philosophers, including Aristotle, have mentioned the four elements: Earth, Air (Wind), Water and Fire. Fire is assumed to be burning, water reconstructive, air dynamic, and earth stable.
At times fire has been assumed to be separate from the other elements due to its heavenly characteristic, and thus reinforcing its divine image. Fire is always a basic element, more of a condition and state of being rather than an objective reality. Fire is a symbol of indestructibility and spiritual experiences.
It is a phenomenon that is sincere and internal and, at the same time, universal and general; it appears in the sky and on the earth, in paradise and in hell. It is, perhaps, the reason that Hindus always depict “Agni”, the god of fire, with two faces.