distinction between the subjective and the objective
art is basically based on meditation.
comes out of the mind will remain subjective
art, and anything that comes out of no-mind,
out of silence, out of meditation, will be objective
you are creating something –you may be
a sculptor, you may be a carpenter, you may
be a painter,
a poet, a singer, a musician- all that has to
be remember is that it is coming out of a silence
within you, that it has a spontaneity. It is
not prearranged, preprogrammed, pre-thought.
As you are
creating something you go on being surprised
yourself. You have left yourself in the hands
of existence. Now your hands are not your own
hands. They are simply following what the existence
longs for. You are not to interfere, you have
just to be a watcher. A watcher of your own creative
activity. From the doer you have to shift to
being just a watcher.
ancient Upanishads are one of the best expressions
objective art. Tremendously meaningful statements,
immensely beautiful poetry, yet we don’t
know the name of the poet, the name of the mystic.
They have not mentioned their names for the simple
reason that they are not the doers. They are
just instrumental in the hands of existence.
Mind is a
doer, so when you are doing something according
to your mind, it will be subjective art. Subjective
in the sense that you are pouring your own thoughts
onto the canvas in colours, singing your own
thoughts on the flute, but it cannot be sacred.
mind is so full of trivia, your mind is concerned
with absolutely non essential things. It is a
mess. … But twenty four hours, day in and
day out, those thoughts go on rushing in your
mind. When anything is created out of this madness
which you call mind, it is going to reflect it.
the other hand, if you sit silently on a fool
moon night near the Taj Mahal and watch it, you
will be surprised how your mind becomes calm
and quiet. The Taj mahal was created by sufi
mystic. It is an example of objective art.
art is a kind of vomiting. You are filled with
so much rubbish: you want to get rid of it, and
the only way to get rid of it is to throw it
on the canvas, on the musical instruments.
art is coming out of a silence so deep. … It
is almost an expression to convey to you that
this silence is possible in everybody. Objective
art has a message. Subjective art has a madness.
doing comes out of your mind, full of thoughts,
then is subjective. If your doing pours out of
silence, blissfulness, serenity, ecstasy, then
the same doing has a different flavour, a different
significance; it becomes objective.
you do anything, let your doing come out of your
silence. Before you sing, let your song come
out of your silence. Before you paint you should
meditate. Unless you come to the point where
you feel you are no more, and now existence can
use you as his instrument.
your meditation be your art. … First cleanse
yourself, let fresh breezes pass through you,
let new flowers of silence blossom in you. Then
you know the spring has come, and now you are
in the hands of the unknown.
your hands in the unknown, allow them to move
not according to your wishes, but according to
something bigger than you. Something waster than
You will be
surprised that they move, and you will be surprised
that that movement is not coming from you, it
is coming from beyond.
If art has
the priority then is a doing. If meditation has
the priority then it is a not-doing.
Just a small
change makes such a tremendous change. So mysterious,
so beautiful, so delicious.
have given yourself into the hands of eternity.
It is a big offering. … If it is coming
from deep meditation it will have that radiation
for centuries. And anybody who knows to sit silently
a little bit and just to watch it, will receive
your message. The gap of centuries will disappear, … he
will start feeling the same meditation in which
the sculpture or the painting was created."
The razor’s edge,
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