Today, I attended the exhibit of Auguste Rodin (1840 – 1917) one of the most influential sculptures of our time. He is most well known for his sculptures “The Thinker” and “The Kiss.” I, however, found his siren sculptures to be most intriguing. The myth was that sirens through their songs lured seamen off their ship’s course onto rocks to their deaths. These sirens were part human and part fish, and resembled beautiful women. The myth explained that seamen would wear ear plugs so they would not be lured by the siren’s song to their deaths through crashing their ships onto rocks.
In the above sculpture, the siren resembling a woman with waves flowing over her head sits seductively atop a man in a submissive position of a bent over posture. The man is overpowered by the siren’s seductive beauty and song. I believe this siren represents our negative egos with its seductive words luring us to our spiritual demise. Our negative egos or smaller selves can sing songs focused on anger, doubt, greed, lust, disloyalty, envy, jealousy, impatience, arrogance, vanity, and wrath.
When our ego sings these siren songs, we are easily mislead and misguided by them. The siren leads us down the wrong path onto the rock to our spiritual and emotional demise. Awareness is like ear plugs for the seamen preventing us from the lure of the siren’s song. It is important for us to recognize these songs as we hear them since the lure of these songs may be too enticing for us to ignore. Regrettably, following the song of our negative ego will result in our own failure to ascend spiritually and in unnecessary suffering. (Copyright 2016 Awakening Journey with All Rights Reserved)