Poems

1

What is the meaning of life?
Perfection-flower.
What is the meaning of work?
Satisfaction-fragrance.

2

Art is the emptiness of space.
Art is the fulness of time.
Art is the oneness of God.

3

Divine art
Is the crown of the heart
And the flower of the soul.

4

A human artist thinks that he has created many beautiful homes for the lovers of art.

A divine artist sees that God has come to him as countless shrines and countless temples.

5

Even before I knew
Who God was,
God started painting my life
With His Compassion-Forgiveness-Colours.

6

Divine art embodies
The unfathomable dance of the soul.

Sri Chinmoy answers questions on Art

Question: How is art supposed to be manifested in the world?

Sri Chinmoy: Art is supposed to be manifested in the world in the same way that we try to manifest our good qualities: joy, peace, love, bliss and so on. Anything good that we have or that we are, anything that is good in our nature, should be manifested. Art is also an excellent thing which must be manifested.

Question: Does art reach the heart or the mind?

Sri Chinmoy: It depends on the person. If the person is a seeker, then art reaches the heart. If the person is not a seeker, usually it reaches the mind. But again, if somebody is an integral seeker, then both his mind and his heart will be touched by art.

Question: Is your art manifesting every aspect of God or only some aspects?

Sri Chinmoy: God has infinite aspects. My art is only manifesting a few aspects. All the aspects of God can never be manifested either in my art or in anybody's art, because God is infinite. Only we try to manifest Him according to our capacity, according to the receptivity that He has given us. Some aspects of God we manifest through art; others we manifest through music, literature and poetry. But all the aspects nothing and nobody has ever manifested or will ever be able to manifest, because God is infinite, He is all the time transcending His own Infinity. Since human beings don't have infinite capacities, it is not possible for any human being or anybody on earth to manifest God's infinite aspects.

Question: Is it easier to reach a child through art or through music?

Sri Chinmoy: It entirely depends on the receptivity of the particular child. Some children are more drawn to music, while others are more drawn to art. There cannot be any categorical rule. But you have to know that music is also a form of art, and art is a kind of inner music. So if a child is interested in music, eventually he can develop considerable interest in art as well. Again, if somebody in the beginning of his life is deeply interested in art, he can easily develop an interest in music. Music and art are very close to each other, and they can easily move together.

Question: In the spiritual life, is there a difference between art and music?

Sri Chinmoy: In the spiritual life, there is no basic difference between music and art because a seeker-artist is definitely a divine musician. Again, a divine musician cannot be anything else other than a seeker-artist.

Question: Is art manifested in the inner world?

Sri Chinmoy: In the outer world we manifest, in the inner world we achieve. In the inner world we don't try to manifest anything. In the inner world, only we try to achieve. Only in the outer world do we try to manifest. Manifestation is on the outer plane, realisation is on the inner plane. We try to realise the ultimate Truth inside us and then we try to manifest that ultimate Truth here in the outer world.

Question: In terms of the spiritual life, what would art be?

Sri Chinmoy: In terms of the spiritual life art is definitely a most powerful manifestation of God. Or we can say that it is a most powerful God-instrument for giving joy to mankind and helping mankind to lead a better and higher life.

Question: Is it necessary for every seeker to manifest some kind of art?

Sri Chinmoy: Certainly every seeker should try to manifest some kind of art. But that doesn't mean that you have to draw something on a piece of paper or paint something on a canvas. No! Art can be in your talk, in your movement, in your prayer, in your meditation. In everything he does, each seeker should have, at every moment, an artistic touch — while talking, while giving, while moving, while conversing.