posted: June 29, 2015
Adi Da describes his suites as “abstract narratives.” Thus, the individual images do not tell a story in any conventional sense. Rather, they generate a field of intuitively felt meaning that coincides with the essential meaning of the myth, as re-imagined by Adi Da. The “story” of Adi Da’s Orpheus One and Linead One, echoing but reframing the story of the Greek myth, is of a heroic being from the world of light descending into the world of darkness—in order to bring his beloved back to the light (rather than merely to the domain of the living). In this story, the world into which Orpheus descends is the world as we commonly know it—a world which is (even unwittingly) made dark by the human collective of unillumined beings (or egos), who live and act on the presumption that the ego (or the sense of, and identity with, a separate “I”) is what is of supreme value in life. In Adi Da’s retelling, Orpheus succeeds in bringing his beloved back to the light. Orpheus must still undertake the ordeal portrayed in the classical myth in order to save his beloved, but, altogether, the story revealed in the Orpheus and Linead suites is one of victorious ascent.