Sanskrit: Jina Marga
The casual, ‘craic’ seeking day-tripper apart, and who may enjoy Victor’s Way as is,…
Victor’s Way was designed for those adults who need to take some quality time out because he/she has arrived at a crossroad in her/his life, more specifically at the mid-life crisis/dysfunction. Unsure as to how to proceed, hence undecided (hence unhappy), the wanderer along Victor’s Way needs to revert to, meaning to dig deep (in former times imagined as ‘calling up the spirit of the deep’) to recover his or her basic survival protocol (i.e. as rules set ≈ Turing Machine … more) that ensures ‘fittest’ (so Darwin) living (i.e. interacting as a (happy) ‘winner’).
Wandering along Victor’s Way one encounters not sculptures but icons. Wandering along Victor’s Way is like accessing the icons of a desktop or mobile phone screen. For the sculptures of Victor’s Way are all external icons (rather than weird and wonderful Indian stone doodles) that can be double clicked and thereby virtually opened to access their data. However, the data so accessed is actually stored within (the unconscious of) the wanderer. In other words, clicking (i.e. divining ≈ internally reflecting ≈ worshipping ≈ activating) the external icon resonates and so activates the wanderer’s basic internal survival (development) programs that activate at various stages of the (indeed any) whole life process. In short, the sculptures/icons mirror basic human development programs. 4 of the 7 Victor’s Way icons mirror dysfunctions (or cock-ups) in the transition from one basic development program to the next.
Once the wanderer has accessed his or her basic survival programs they can be better understood. Then the now somewhat more enlightened (and relieved) wanderer can remove any glitches or tweak his or her basic survival program execution mode (i.e. her Bio-Nav set-up) so that his or her actual life goal (i.e. as purpose or ‘dream’, Sanskrit: dharma) can be the better achieved. Better (or complete,) goal achievement is self-confirmed with the experience of happiness (or, with absolute, to wit, consummate completion, of rapturous joy).**
Obviously, to get maximum benefit from interaction with the icons the wanderer along Victor’s Way should proceed alone and fully absorb in the very ordinary stories (i.e. myths) which the icons tell about the extraordinary wanderer, extraordinary because, according to ancient Indian pantheists, the wanderer along Victor’s Way (Sanskrit: jinamarga) is the universal Brahman (or God as creation matrix ‘software’), albeit localised (that is to say, manifested as a ‘hardware’ particular).
On Victor’s Way the use of mobiles should be no-no. Ideally chatty companions, children and dogs, all of which disrupt the wanderer’s absorption (hence contemplation), should be left at fun parks such as Glendalough, Clara Lara or Powerscourt waterfall, all splendidly designed to elate the ‘craic’-loving and carefree day-tripper.
Victor’s Way was designed to be used as a sort of mild to extreme spiritual adventure park (as the Razor’s Edge Path, so the Katha Upanishad 3:14 (approx. 600BC)), suitable for wholly dedicated and death defying spiritual gymnasts, complete with philosophical abseiling, meta-physical white knuckle rides and darkest psychic and somatic potholing (Wow!).
Victor’s Way was not intended to be a commercial mass tourism enterprise. Sadly the recently increasing numbers of visitors that crowd the Way on Saturdays and Sundays are beginning to degrade its contemplative ambience.
About me: If you see Victor’s Way, you see me.* But if you can’t, I’m the OAP lazing on a bench and (no longer, sadly) smoking a cheap cigar.
*…. This maxim was nicked from the Buddha.
** See my book: ‘How to make and fake happiness’