Quotes on art

“Divine art cannot exist without spiritual freedom, but ordinary art can and does exist without spiritual freedom. Ordinary art is the art that plays only with colour and form, totally ignoring the supreme importance of the spirit and essence.”

Sri Chinmoy, 1

“Art is not something to be understood; it is something to be felt.”

Sri Chinmoy 2

“When I look at a painting, I try to feel its inner existence, which we call the soul. If a painting gives me an immediate inner thrill or a feeling of joy, if it touches my aspiring heart and makes me want to become a better person, then I feel that painting is meaningful for me.”

Sri Chinmoy, 2

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“For me, birds have a very special significance on a spiritual level. They fly in the sky, and the sky is all freedom. So when the birds fly in the sky, they remind me of the soul’s infinite freedom. The soul has come from Heaven. When we think of birds, we are also reminded of our Source, and this gives us enormous joy.”

 Sri Chinmoy, 4

“When you create a piece of art, immediately it adds to reality in terms of inspiration, in terms of capacity, in terms of beauty. If the artist is sincere and devoted, then each time he creates he is offering new life, ever-continuous and ever-transcending life, and entering into Immortality.”

 Sri Chinmoy, 5

“If you enjoy art with your heart’s love, then automatically you are getting inspiration from it. But if you enjoy it with your mind, then you are stuck there. You are only measuring the art, judging it. At that time, even if you enjoy it, still the art does not come as an inspiration. But if you enjoy it with your heart, you are identifying yourself with the work.”

 Sri Chinmoy, 6

“We can perform all our responsibilities as artists if we see the life-inspiring and life-fulfilling supreme Artist inside all our responsibilities. If we take all our responsibilities as opportunities and not as heavy burdens, then whatever we offer to the world is undoubtedly a devoted and glorious work of art.”

 Sri Chinmoy, 7

“Art
Gives joy
To my searching eye.”

– Sri Chinmoy, 8

“Imitation
Is not art.
Newness in fulness
Is art.”

– Sri Chinmoy, 9

“My Art is no art
Without my heart’s purity.”

– Sri Chinmoy, 10

Footnotes

  1.   Art’s life and the soul’s light, Agni Press, 1974
  2. Sri Chinmoy answers, part 03, Agni Press, 1995
  3. Sri Chinmoy answers, part 03, Agni Press, 1995
  4. Sri Chinmoy answers, part 03, Agni Press, 1995
  5. Sri Chinmoy answers, part 03, Agni Press, 1995
  6. Art’s life and the soul’s light, Agni Press, 1974
  7. Art’s life and the soul’s light, Agni Press, 1974
  8. Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 05, Agni Press, 1998
  9. Sri Chinmoy, Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, part 19, Agni Press, 1981
  10. Sri Chinmoy, Sri Chinmoy answers, part 03, Agni Press, 1995
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