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12 May 2017
Aesthetic appreciation of art productions, no less than harmonious rapport with Nature, leads us nearer and nearer to the divine in us, until our inner being is wholly absorbed in its ecstatic joy or unutterable peace.
21 Jun 2014
Anyone who is susceptible to beauty in music or place has a spiritual path ready-made for him.
12 Jun 2011
One of life's objectives is to develop in us these aesthetic feelings, for they lead to the Overself.
9 Apr 2018
A work of art which awakens in its beholder or hearer or reader a deep feeling of reverential worship or inner strength or mental tranquillity thereby gives him a blessing. It enables him to share the artist's inspiration.
23 Aug 2022
To deny spiritual worth to art because it is created to meet physical sense is shortsighted. It starts with the physical response but, in its highest form, it transcends that level. Beethoven set as his loftiest mission the exaltation of man to a harmony with sacred ideals, to joy in the triumph of good over evil, to peace and goodwill on earth. Bach comes near him in certain works which are more specifically concerned with religious themes, whereas Beethoven was more favourable to humanitarian ones.
12 Mar 2017
It is true that men learn through disappointment and develop through suffering. But this need not cause us to forget that they also learn and develop through joy and beauty.
24 Jun 2017
Through art man can create images of those qualities and attributes he finds in the Overself: its beauty, its order, its intelligence. Whether these images come through the medium of music or painting, of sculpture or poetry, they may bring their audience into a mood, a glimpse, or a thought closer to their source.
18 Oct 2018
All rare and inspired art is to be received as the Overself's voice uttering a message and calling us back to our true homeland.
9 Dec 2020
When Nature's beauty or man's art moves you deeply, be grateful for their help and appreciate their service. But do not stop there. Use them as aids to transcend your present level and come closer to the god within you.
6 Sep 2018
The technique of art is important, but the mission of art--to communicate and awaken the intuitive feeling of Beauty--is still more important.
13 Nov 2018
Whoever accepts the higher mission of art and comes nearer and nearer to it through his creative activity, will then go on from art to the Spirit deep within his own self.