- Who created the statue of thinking man? How is the ideal philosophy of the statue of thinking man related to the Hindu methodology god of Ganesh and the Islam Idea of Ulill Albab as characterized in Qur’an Al ‘Imran verses 190-191?
The statue was curved by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917).
The statue of “the thinking man” by Auguste Rodin is crafted imitating a man who is sitting on a rock and is thinking. The statue draws human situation that reflects endless thinking behavior of human along their life. On the other words, most of human life period is spent for thinking activities. Man thinks every aspect within their life from the simple one to the most fundamentals.
Meaning displayed by the statue of “the thinking man” also relates to the Ganesh statue. Ganesh is of Hindu’s Gods who is not only respected for his strong commitment on human’s welfare and success but also represents tremendous wisdom, intelligence, and presence of mind.
The picture beside is one of most displays used by the Hindus to worship Lord Ganesh. The picture of elephant headed with four hands of Lord Ganesh draws all his cares on human. The elephant head represents the Atman or the soul, which is the ultimate supreme reality of human existence, and his human body signifies Maya or the earthly existence of human beings. The elephant head denotes wisdom and its trunk represents Om, the sound symbol of cosmic reality. In his upper right hand Ganesh holds a goad, which helps him propel mankind forward on the eternal path and remove obstacles from the way. The noose in Ganesh’ left hand is a gentle implement to capture all difficulties.
Related to the thinking activities as shown by the statue of “the thinking man”, it is shown in the picture that god of Ganesh is holding a bowl containing wisdom water. Its trunk sticks inward to the bowl. Using its trunk, the god of Ganesh drinks the water of wisdom in the bowl and never stops drinking. However, the water of wisdom in the bowl is never used up. It philosophizes that basically human should learn and never stop learning about wisdom in his life.
Reflection of the activities of human in their thinking behavior as it is shown up by both the statue of “the thinking man” as well as Lord Ganesh statue, God has clearly declared the importance of thinking activities as been cited in Qur’an chapter Al ‘Imran verses 190-191.
“190 In the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day, there are surely signs for men of understanding. 191 Those who remember God standing and sitting and (lying) on their sides, and react on the creation of the heavens and the earth: Our Lord, Thou hast not created this in vain! Glory be to Thee! Save us from the chastisement of the Fire.”
The term “Ulul Albab” is used to reflect human thinking that in other translation it is also mentioned as men of understanding. God characterizes man of understanding in which human can be able to make use their thinking organs and other senses in searching for knowledge throughout the God’s creations either those that can be sensed (empirical) by the five main organs of human or others that seem to be abstract. The daily activities recited in Qur’an like standing, sitting and (lying) on their sides represent continuous or regular behaviors of human to deliver their mind to find out meanings behind instances that God has shown on His creations that all out comings must lead accordingly to the acknowledgement of God’ power and the remembrance of Him.