"The distinction between the subjective and the objective art is basically based on meditation.

Anything that 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 art.

Whether 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.

The ancient Upanishads are one of the best expressions of 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.

Your 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.

… On 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.

The subjective 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.

Objective 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.

… If 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.

… Before 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.

… Let 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.

Just leave 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.

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.

You 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."

Osho, The razor’s edge, chapter 22

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