Modern tendency is to depreciate the value of the beautiful and over-stress the value of the useful. Generations of Indians have been cut off from the ancient roots of their aesthetic cultural traditions, thanks to a mercenary and soul-less education. According to Sri Aurobindo, this situation can only be corrected if education can figure out… Continue reading Some Indian Views on Beauty and Art
“All great artistic work proceeds from an act of intuition, not really an intellectual idea or a splendid imagination,— these are only mental translations,— but a direct intuition of some truth of life or being, some significant form of that truth, some development of it in the mind of man.” (Sri Aurobindo, CWSA, Vol. 20,… Continue reading Learning Art Appreciation with Sri Aurobindo
It was one of those afternoons when you simply don’t feel like doing anything. All you want to do is just be. On one such afternoon, I lazily walked around my home with no purpose or aim in mind, nothing to organize, nothing to sort, nothing to do except just be. My eyes wandered around… Continue reading Of Art, Love and Creation
The intricately carved pillars lead you into the chamber of Beauty and Divinity. Beauty in Divinity; Divinity in Beauty. Your eyes want to linger on the details of the pillars, take in every piece of carving and beauty. At the same time the inner quietude pulls you in. Disciple: Is form inseparable from the experience of beauty? Sri… Continue reading Divinity in Details
I am very pleased to share today some of the photographic work of a talented, not-yet-18 young man, who happens to be my nephew. Pranav is a sensitive, introvert and quieter-than-his-(teen)age type of fellow, who sometimes uses poetry and prose to give an expression to his pondering, questioning and reflecting. On other occasions he… Continue reading Being Human (Guest Post)
For readers’ comments, click HERE to see the previous version of this blog. Baisakhi, April 14, 2013 was when it started. On this day that marks the beginning of the New Year in the traditional Hindu Solar Calendar, celebrated under different names in different parts of India, this blog took its form with a simple beginning.… Continue reading Being Two, and in Other News
A few weeks ago, a friend and I had a brief exchange of thoughts on Facebook about Raja Ravi Varma’s style of painting. I had said to him that I don’t really care much for that kind of artistic work, and an interesting discussion ensued about Indian art, the inner and outer dimension of art,… Continue reading Untitled Meanderings
For readers’ comments, click HERE for the blog’s previous version. Wondering about the title of this post: “His Excellency, Stop – No Eating Here!”? This message was conveyed by none other than the great Santoor Maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma at a special concert held in Pondicherry in March 2014. And this message was conveyed… Continue reading His Excellency, Stop – No Eating Here!
One year. Of much happenings. Unforeseen and predictable. Irreplaceable losses, indescribable gains. Unexpected visits, unsurprising truths. Unimaginable moments. Of involving, of witnessing. Of turmoil, of calm. Of pain, of healing. Of questioning, of acceptance. Of battle, of surrender. Through it all, one love has been constant. Supporting, motivating, comforting. A conditional love. Yes. Because unless… Continue reading More to Come Still….
Today this blog completes six months. Today is the day to express Immense Gratitude: To the Divine Mother whose Presence and Words are the inspiration for this blog. To the Divine Master whose Guidance and Grace are the force behind this blog. To all those regions from where the ideas and thoughts and feelings come.… Continue reading Gratitude
It has been a while since my last post…critical matters of heart, matters of life have become the sole occupation. And while that still remains so the following words on my Facebook feed this morning resonated deeply. To pray, you open your whole self To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon To one whole… Continue reading We Pray that It will be Done in Beauty….