The forms of Hindu art are
filled with the beauty and variety of all life and Nature. The music
is not somber or rarefied but full of vitality. The sculpture can be
voluptuous. It is hard for people to tell the difference between
Hindu religious art on one hand, and art of a folk or personal
nature on the other. The two were never separate.
Art is one of the doors to
the spiritual life. Creativity is step toward Divinity. Such art,
however, should be done as an act of worship or as a means of
seeking Truth, in which case it can embrace all the beauty of Nature
and wisdom of Awareness. Art done out of selfish or commercial
motives, or which comes from the intellect only, cannot take us to
the real fountainhead of creativity that lies within us.
Today we need a creative
renaissance in the world, in which art in all of its forms, abstract
and representational, is once more taken up as part of the spiritual
life. Art should be a form of worship, filled with devotion, and
carrying the power of the Cosmic Being. Otherwise we have failed not
only in the realm of art but in the realm of spirituality as well,
and our culture will remain immature.