The series of artworks that are part of my dissertation aims
to explore the deeper meanings of the Third Eye from a Scientific, Historical
and Spiritual perspective. Scientifically the Third Eye is identified as the
Pineal Gland, which is located deep in the center of the brain. Historically
and Spiritually many folktales and religious scriptures have identified the
Third Eye in various characters and ways. Furthermore, the purpose of this
dissertation is to venture into the arguments that surround the mark makings
that block or blinds the third eye vision in some religions or cultures such as
Hinduism and among Ancient Egyptians.The research that guides the understanding
of the Third eye and the practices behind guarding the sacred vision is through
various artists works, scientific studies, documentaries, ancient books and
cave drawings. The knowledge gained from the research would clarify the concept
of body in individual cultures and the religions, which leads to the understanding
of why certain practices are widely used to conceal, protect or enhance the
Sacred Third Eye.
The Third Eye is identified as a sacred point in our body
in various contexts. Scientifically it is called the Pineal Gland. The great
philosopher Descartes called it the ‘seat of the soul.’ The pineal gland is a
pea-sized gland shaped like a pinecone, located in the middle of the brain.
Scientists have yet to fully understand the function of this gland but have
discovered in recent years that the gland contains remnants of the same
structure as the visual eyes such as the retina and cornea and functions as a
light receptor, therefore light is one of the stimulators for the pineal gland.
It produces and regulates some hormones, including melatonin. Melatonin is best
known for the role it plays in regulating sleep patterns. Sleep patterns are
also called circadian rhythms.
In Hinduism devotees’ worship to Lord Shiva, the demolisher
and the creator, is one of the most intricate Hindu divinities. The various
symbols around Lord Shiva explain the potentialand strengths of the god. He is
often visualied as having three eyes. The worshipers believe his right eye as
the Sun and the left eye as Moon. The third eye that is positioned between his
eyebrows is the eye of spiritual wisdom and intelligence. It is depicted that he
uses his third eye to view further than the actual and is believed to guard the
righteous ones from the wicked. They believe that the wicked and the ignorance
will be wiped out as the third eye opens. In Buddhism, the third eye refers to as
The Eye of Consciousness, which invites followers to see the planet past their
In the present spirituality, the third eye is
a representation of enlightenment. It is habitually mentioned as “gyananakashu”,
the sense of intelligence. In Indian and East Asian symbolisms, the third eye
is the “Ajna chakra” or the sixth chakra. It is also identified as brow chakra
or brow center. The third eye, or “Eye of Wisdom”, or, in Buddhism, the urna,
is indicated by a dot, or spot on the forehead in the idols of Shiva or Buddha.
Moreover, there are diverse cultures and
religions that exercise the Third Eye in many ways that will be explored
further in the dissertation.