Art is the expression of the Divine. It has the ability to command our undivided attention, to make time stop, to stop the incessant chatter of the mind, and to connect us to that place deep within, that contains the Essence of Divinity. It is the expression of the divine. The same quality is seen in Nature.
It is this similarity between Art and Nature that probably prompted Cicero to make the following statement:
“Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.” Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC)
Painting, Sculpting, Architecture, Music, Poetry, Theatre and Dance and are considered to be the dimensions of Spiritual Fine Arts. Be it a painter or a poet or a dancer, all spiritual artists are a medium of channelling the Divine. Fine arts require the Highest Creative Expression seen on the physical plane. Therefore, arts bring out the Creator in us, and we are all powerful creators. Those of us who come into contact with fine arts are touched in ways that bring out the Greatest Expression of the Grandest Vision we have about ourselves. If art stopped at only being a source of creative expression to artists, then it would not have the same importance that it does in the world. Fine arts are born out of the inspiration of the artists, but they have the power to inspire the World. That is why art is important to the world.
For most of the spiritual seekers, they choose creatively express themselves through different Fine Arts. Their Spiritual growth and creative expression often go hand in hand and it’s only natural that Fine Art becomes the medium par excellence to recall the spiritual authority. India has been the birth place to many legendary sages who contributed to the Spiritual Fine Arts in their own ways. Some of them are Surdas, Mirabai, Thyagaraja, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rabindranath Tagore etc. Lord Shiva is known to be the creator Bharatnatyam, the most popular dance form which is widely performed by men and women all over the world.
Often artists, when asked about the source of their inspiration, tell us that many times the creation just pours through them as if they are Channelling the Divine. Some report being in a kind of trance, not consciously aware of their actions while performing. Some even had ‘out-of-body’ experiences while they are performing and have witnessed their bodies going through the motions of giving the performance. Many painters as well as performing artists experience this phenomenon.
The purpose of the School of Spiritual Fine Arts is to help bring out the Highest Creative Expression that flows in artists and thereby inspire the world in a manner that connects us to our true Essence. Its function is to teach Spiritual practices to artists and enhance their existing connection with the Divine.