Why Make Art?

1:44 almost all thoughts go towards objects
1:49 events in time or objects in space and
1:53 the purpose of them is to lead the
1:56 thinker or the hero towards the object
1:58 or experience. What is unique about these
2:02 meetings and similar meetings is that it
2:05 takes thought in the other direction it
2:08 turns thought around towards its source


0:00 the the purpose of art is exactly the
0:04 same as the purpose of these meetings
0:20 in other words it is too and in them in
0:23 these meetings we we are speaking
0:25 weather we’re having a conversation or a
0:28 guided meditation and we’re using words
0:34 which are expressions of thoughts but
0:38 the purpose of those thoughts is not to
0:40 lead to other thoughts that is what is
0:47 unique about these meetings or any true
0:50 spiritual meeting is that unlike most
0:53 thoughts whose purpose is to deliver
0:59 their its referent is to go towards the
1:03 to lead the thinker towards the object
1:06 that is being thought what is unique
1:09 about this these meetings is that they
1:12 take thought in the opposite direction
1:14 thought is is like a piece of string
1:20 actually attention is like a piece of
1:23 elastic but it’s it’s like it’s
1:25 scratched and there are always two ends
1:27 to it another thought is in time it’s
1:29 always going coming from somewhere and
1:32 going towards something so it’s it’s
1:36 like a piece of elastic made out of time
1:39 on one end is it is the object on the
1:42 other end is its source
1:44 almost all thoughts go towards objects
1:49 events in time or objects in space and
1:53 the purpose of them is to lead the
1:56 thinker or the hero towards the object
1:58 or experience what is unique about these
2:02 meetings and similar meetings is that it
2:05 takes thought in the other direction it
2:08 turns thought around towards its source
2:11 not towards its referent and that is
2:15 what is unique also about the thought
2:18 about our true nature thought about
2:22 ourselves is a unique thought is that it
2:26 is a thought that brings it thought to
2:28 an end it delivers thought in it to its
2:31 source now
2:33 art does exactly the same thing but with
2:36 perception rather than thought
2:38 perception means seeing hearing tasting
2:44 touching and smelling so a painter uses
2:49 mostly site which means color a musician
2:57 uses sound to sculpt desculpe to uses
3:01 sight and touch a cook uses taste and
3:06 smell a flower arranger uses sight and
3:11 smell so for all all the arts in fact
3:14 have a mixture of all the five sense
3:18 perceptions but they focus predominantly
3:22 on one a painter on seeing a musician on
3:26 hearing and the purpose of an artist is
3:32 is to take the sense perceptions on a
3:35 journey not towards the object but
3:40 towards the subject in exactly the same
3:44 way that that thought can go in two
3:47 directions either towards the object or
3:50 the state or it can go towards its
3:53 source in your awareness the purpose of
3:55 art is to take the senses on a journey
3:59 back to the source of perception which
4:05 is pure awareness now when thought goes
4:11 on this journey and takes us back to its
4:13 source thought comes to an end and the
4:16 experience that ensues is called
4:19 understanding or truth in other words
4:23 the experience of understanding or truth
4:25 is not something that happens in thought
4:27 it happens when thought comes to an end
4:31 in its source and now when an artist
4:38 or it just an experience in nature takes
4:42 the senses on a journey and delivers the
4:45 senses back to the source of perception
4:48 the perception dies or dissolves in the
4:52 same awareness that the thought
4:55 dissolves in and yet we give it a
4:58 different name when the thought
5:00 dissolves we call it understanding or
5:03 truth when the perception dissolves we
5:05 call it beauty just as understanding is
5:11 not in thought
5:13 beauty is not in perception it is the
5:16 dissolution of perception in its source
5:21 that is the purpose of art to reveal
5:26 that experience to deliver beauty of
5:29 course in our culture we have completely
5:31 lost this understanding so we think that
5:33 beauty is a property that belongs to
5:36 some perceptions some objects and not
5:39 others so we say this is beautiful and
5:42 that is exactly but that’s a
5:45 misunderstanding of what their real
5:48 experience of beauty years which is that
5:51 this this collapse of sense perception
5:55 into its source the revelation of pure
6:00 awareness
6:06 and while we’re on the subject but we
6:09 have three realms of perception 3 runs
6:12 of experience we think we perceive
6:15 thought and sense perception but we also
6:18 feel so there is a third path the first
6:23 path the path of thought is called
6:26 janana yoga the path of thought the
6:29 second path part of the artist is called
6:31 rooper yoga rupee in Sanskrit means form
6:36 or beauty and that’s very beautiful
6:40 understanding right there
6:42 ruper both means form but it’s deeper
6:46 meaning is beauty which is what form
6:49 becomes when it dissolves so there’s a
6:52 profound understanding just in the use
6:54 of this word rooper meaning both form
6:57 and the dissolution of form in the
7:00 experience of beauty
7:02 so the first yogananda yoga the way of
7:04 thought the second yoga the way of the
7:07 artists the way of perception and then
7:10 the third year over the way of feeling
7:12 just the way of devotion the way of love
7:17 and the way of devotion most feelings go
7:22 outwards towards an object and the way
7:26 of devotion in acknowledgment of that
7:30 puts an object in the path of your
7:34 devotion and that object is either a
7:37 teacher or a god or some kind of object
7:42 towards which we can devote our love
7:46 however in the true devotion apart at
7:48 some stage that object is recognized to
7:52 be just a placeholder and the object is
7:54 taken away so this object focused
8:01 devotion no longer has anything or
8:05 anyone to attach itself to and devotion
8:12 divested of its object sinks back into
8:17 its source which is pure love
8:19 so just as devotion just as attention is
8:25 pure awareness plus an object so
8:29 devotion is pure love plus an object
8:33 just as when our attention is by vested
8:37 of the object it flows back to its
8:39 source and is revealed as pure awareness
8:41 so when I love outgrows all the limited
8:47 objects towards which she could focus
8:52 its love it is divested that the
8:56 devotion is divested of the object and
8:59 it flows back to its source and is
9:00 revealed as pure love to the path of art
9:05 that the function of the artist is to
9:08 take the senses on a journey that may
9:12 seem to begin with just like the path of
9:14 devotion may seem to begin with
9:16 go outwards towards an object so the
9:18 path of art to begin with seems to go
9:21 out towards an object for instance you
9:23 listen to a piece of music that music
9:25 takes you into form it takes you into
9:29 sound if you look at a painting you go
9:32 into the painting you explore the
9:34 painting you you you lose yourself in
9:37 the painting you go on this sense your
9:38 journey but at some stage just when you
9:41 think you’re going to arrive at the
9:42 object it it vanishes and in that
9:49 vanishing sense-perception returns to
9:51 its source so that that is the function
9:55 of R that is why we have art in our
9:57 culture it’s the way of the senses so
10:01 these three parts the way of thought the
10:03 way of knowledge the way of love and the
10:06 way of the feeling of the way of
10:08 perception or beauty the way of
10:13 perception
10:15 better to traditional parts of china and
10:18 back to the way of knowledge and lava
10:21 are well documented in in the traditions
10:23 the way of beauty and the way of the
10:27 census is not really spoken very much
10:29 about because in the traditional
10:32 progressive path the body in the world
10:34 were considered to be distractions
10:35 dangerous abodes where you get
10:38 distracted from your true nature so it
10:40 was only in the maury cetera trantric
10:43 traditions that this inclusion of the
10:46 body and the world was part of their the
10:52 spiritual path and then in this
10:54 tradition we go on each other three
10:57 parts equally well we’re interested in
10:59 the entire realm of experience thought
11:01 that is the mind feeling that is the
11:04 body and perception that is the world
11:07 that’s really fascinating
11:13 I’m because it adds onto I get a lot of
11:18 feedback on my landscapes and people say
11:20 well like I go they think when they look
11:23 at the photograph they go and onto the
11:25 journey and I never quite understood i
11:29 mean i understand it because I I see it
11:31 too
11:32 they’re going to get supported I’ve
11:33 never heard anybody say like your thing
11:36 that you can actually make that they
11:39 don’t know that they’re being taken back
11:41 and it’s best that they don’t know
11:43 because then it if if they know it
11:47 starts becoming conceptual right it’s
11:50 best if they don’t know what’s happening
11:52 to you don’t look at one of Seth’s hands
11:55 paintings or listen to being home and
11:57 trying to work out where your sense
11:59 perception you just now you just give
12:02 yourself you surrender yourself to the
12:04 experience you just said to the musical
12:07 to pay justjust take me that you just
12:10 take me I trust you you’re I know that
12:13 you’re going where I want to go or when
12:15 you’re walking in nature
12:16 you do the same thing you just abandon
12:18 yourself you don’t think about it
12:20 that is why we love walking in nature we
12:26 don’t have to formulate just before we
12:28 go for a walk
12:29 exactly why we’re going for a walk in
12:31 with a kind of killing experiences but
12:34 without formulating it what we what we
12:37 are offering the body to nature was
12:41 saying to nature please take my senses
12:44 on this journey and return me to myself
12:47 return my senses to their source so
12:52 that’s a good reason for taking
12:56 photographs it’s not a reason for
12:57 stopping to take photographs keep taking
13:00 photographs i say that it if it’s what
13:02 you enjoy to do and don’t try and
13:05 calculate how to bring about this effect
13:10 it can’t be done it it comes through
13:12 intuition you have to have the skill
13:14 which you obviously have a photographer
13:16 or a painter or musician and then it has
13:19 to be a kind of intuition and it starts
13:23 with what you see in the landscape so
13:25 the first thing is that you for you to
13:27 go out in the landscape and to be taken
13:30 to this experience of beauty then you
13:34 have to make an image that has the power
13:38 of this of the original experience that
13:41 you had in nature right you have to
13:44 stand in front of the landscape and wait
13:47 till the image comes to you and you
13:50 think that’s the image that and if you
13:53 do that your image if you’re a
13:56 photographer you’re painting your your
13:58 composition will somehow have the power
14:01 to take the viewer other hero backwards
14:05 towards its source that’s the power of
14:10 art the power of a true work of art
14:16 Thank You great lunch time