If you want to know me, listen to my music. It is through this that people have come to understand what Ananda is truly all about. Without its influence, Ananda would not be what it is today. Books and lectures are only the outer form of the teachings. Music is its coursing blood.Swami Kriyananda
The signs of great art are an expansive sense of oneness with all life, with all humanity, with all reality. Art that is, above all, clear on a feeling level clarifies both the emotions and the intellect. What it accomplishes, above all, is help us to break down our constricting walls of egoism.
A work of art, then, is not great merely because it is skillfully executed. It is great if its message inspires us, however subtly, toward calm, intuitive feeling, and if it helps us to recognize in that feeling at least a suggestion of our own highest, spiritual potential.
— Swami Kriyananda
This course takes you on a journey to add art and color to your life. You will create art as an expression of your inner joy and creativity.
Art as a Hidden Message
Debates as to the relative merits of different art forms – impressionism, realism, surrealism, and all the rest – are fairly pointless. Art expresses meaning not through its outer form, but in its underlying consciousness. The simplest line, when sensitively drawn, may express joy or sorrow, hope or despair, success or failure, depending entirely on the consciousness of the person drawing it. Art cannot be reduced, finally, to a formula. It is not explained if we speak of it in terms of technique. No mediocre artist, imitating the methods of a great one, could thereby produce a great work of art. To create such a work, one must be in some vital way great oneself.
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“I have attended two of these workshops. Every time I’m able to go deep within myself and tap into my actual self – to what my inner feelings are. Despite being a “non-artist” – I could express my true self on the paper and that was an amazing experience. It made me feel connected to my higher self… thank you for putting your energy into this and helping people connect to themselves! Keep having such sessions!” M.A., New Delhi