FROM SICKNESS UNTO DEATH
2017, Pastel on paper, 17.5 X 18 inches
The Sickness Unto Death is the absolute despair that rouses us into extreme action. Unlike death, it is the terminal hopelessness of the mind and soul that even physical death is no relief. In it’s most extreme, the “demonic despair”, represented in Judeo-Christian culture as the Leviathan, the Ahriman in Zoroastrianism and psychosis are universal archetypes of the Destructive Spirit which recognizes it’s own despair and revels in it like a madman or a demon. However, destruction only begets destruction and to be free of the despair one must delve into the pursuit of truth.
“That is called brahma-jijnasa, inquiry into the ultimate truth of life. Such an inquiry is natural, and it is necessary for further development.”- Srila Prabhupada
To escape is to seek truth rather than rejoice in the hopelessness of life leading to further despair. The Despair is a sickness, a malady of the mind and spirit that is no longer whole or tethered to the Divine. Death is the destruction of the self so we may be awakened to a greater reality, a return to the whole, and transform into a greater spirit.