“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.”
Talks on art
- Aspiration, vision, speed and strength
- Imagination and creativity
- What is art?
- Art and the spiritual life
Question and answers on art
- Q and A list
- Are your paintings abstract?
- Are your paintings different in the inner world?
- Can anybody manifest some form of art?
- Did the most famous artists in the world get their inspiration from God?
- Do the colours in your paintings have different meanings?
- Do you carry paints, crayons and other art supplies with you when you travel?
- Do you ever feel that two colours don’t fit together?
- Does art reach the heart or the mind?
- Does colour have as much importance for an artist as it does for the spiritual seeker?
- How can an athlete who doesn’t have any artistic ability develop it?
- How can you manifest spirituality through art?
- I notice the drawings are all birds. Why birds?
- In terms of the spiritual life what would art be?
- In the spiritual life, is there a difference between art and music?
- Poems on art
- Quotes on art by Sri Chinmoy