'Art in common language stands for expression, this
expression has to be done with symbols. I am using words now to
express myself. These words are symbols. Expression is connected
with your total being that is a combination of your physical body
and your psyche. Your physical body comes from your father and mother,
who come in you as genes. These genes carry traditions and thus
every artist carries some impressions in his own DNA-molecules,
which is the experience of the culture to which one belongs.
In India all that exists as Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads
or any kind of scriptures comes from artists. They were called rishis,
seers and visionaries but they were actually artists. You will find
in India an old tribe of saints known as "visionary artists",
who are poets, musicians, singers, sculptors and painters. These
people created the greatest existing and most ancient literature
of the world. The Vedas do not come from a prose writing dry intellectual
mind. The Vedas are written poetry. The Bhagavad Gita is poetry.
The Upanishads are poetry, its verses are so compact that only one
line explains the entire law of Karma.
Art is a very precise expression.
So, all spirituality that people know about in the world, where
do they know it from, if we the writers, if we the painters, if
we the sculptors, if we the musicians did not sing it, sculpt it,
paint it or write it?
God knows no language
spirituality which is known to the world does not come from God,
because God knows no language. He does not speak English, Dutch,
French, German or Sanskrit. He is just giving inspiration. And inspiration
can only come to inspired people. Those who are depressed, those
who are only thinking about their future, their social status, name
and fame. These people have no time. They are too busy. Only those
people who are the most crazy of the entire humanity have time to
waste, have time to devote to a particular subject and keep on with
that. They are the people who can receive inspiration.
Spirituality is nothing different from art. Art plays
an important role in the evolution of spirituality. Recording, drawing,
painting, have carried thoughts from one generation to another.
Indians do not believe in history. They believe things repeat as
in nature. There is morning, noon, evening, and night. In the same
way there is childhood, adulthood, old age and death. So Indians
believe that we do not die with this body, because we are not this
body. We know we take birth again if we have that desire.
So, when you take birth again what is the use of writing
all these things which are connected to one birth? One birth is
not you, therefore there is no real history. It only exists as a
department in the university for scholars to get a grant. In the
same way this whole world is based on things which are used by commerce,
mass media, being the most powerful weapon in the hands of the people
who have money. But Indians don't believe in newspapers either.
They see no use in collecting information which keeps changing.
One talks about the past, one talks about the future and the present
is gone. Man is never living in the moment. But it is in the moment
that one lives inspired.
Beyond the material reality
Indians have really exhausted the limit of thinking.
The artists of India take the human mind beyond the limitations
of thinking. That is what scientists as Einstein and others replied
when they were doing work on nuclear physics and people asked them:
"Why do you read books like the Upanishads?" They said:
"Because it takes us beyond the material reality. It gives
us a way to break through our framework of mind". So, the Upanishads
is nothing but art. It is art that gives the rational mind a break.
After the drug revolution, which is very important
for those who are interested in seeing how man broke away from the
old patterns at that time and tried to get a new way of thinking
by opening the windows of their minds, new ways of expressing came
out which were not known before. That was a fantastic revolution.
This again was done by artists. All revolutions have been lead by
artists. Afterwards people joined them, but actually the ones who
brought it out were artists.
All saints were artists
The whole concept of spirituality is a gift from the
artists of the world to the world. If writers had not written there
would be no scriptures. If sculptors had not sculpted there would
be no gods found in the temples. If painters had not painted there
would have been no visuals to meditate on.
The reality is that real saints were real artists.
From their awareness they contemplated, concentrated, meditated,
and came out with symbols which were immediately accepted and adopted.
According to the Vedas all people were in the beginning artists.
Through those visionary artists who devoted themselves completely
to spiritual life all the symbols of art came out. That is why art
and spirituality are inseparable.
Artists are representatives of time
Now, in modern times, the artist gives an expression
of how society has gone away from wholeness. Artists are true representatives
of their time. They keep the pulse of their tie in their hands.
By feeling the pulse the artist knows what is happening to the world.
With his special faculty which is intuition and imagination he projects
ideas and thoughts into the future and models and new symbols come
out. The artist tries to show the people where they are at. Society
is directly related to the artist.
Artists are responsible for transferring symbols from
one generation to the next. If they do not maintain themselves in
a right way, what comes out through them will not be right. Therefore
most of the time artists are living like saints. If you see artists
they have no bank balance, and if you see saints they have no bank
Before I came out of India I thought artists and saints
are the same. But after I came out I saw some art and thought that
this cannot be made by a saint. Then I realized that some artists
are an ego in action. Those artists who understand that they are
messengers and reformers, they know that there is a relation between
their conduct and their art. They know if they live as pure beings
their art will be pure. To us art is directly related to the gods.
If Buddhas were not painted nobody would ever have known. There
is no actual picture of Buddha
available. It was an image done by a sculptor which became a symbol
of Buddha that is now very popular. What is popular? Is Buddha popular
or the artist? Actually it is the artist who made Buddha popular.
It is the artist who lives as Buddha in your head. It is the artist
who lives as the scriptures in your head. It is the artist, who
creates all religion, all spirituality, and he is such a humble
creature, he does not want to take any credit out of it. That is
the real art. Other than that, I told you, is only E...G... and