art & spirituality
Marina Abramovic, a famous performance artist (25): " I never went to a psychologist. I always thought the more terrible childhood you have, the better artist you get, because you have more material to work with. I don't think anyone does anything from happiness. Happiness is such a good state, it doesn't need to be creative. You're not creative from happiness, you're just happy. You are creative when you're miserable and depressed. You find the key to transform things. Happiness does not need to transform." You're just happy. What more do we want?
Key instructions (to be happy) by lama Gendun Rinpochee (26).
Happiness cannot be found through great effort and willpower, but is already here, right now, in relaxation and letting go.
Don't strain yourself, there is nothing to do.
Whatever arises in the mind has no importance at all, because it has no reality whatsoever.
Don't become attached to it. Don't pass judgement.
Let the game happen on its own, emerging and falling back -without changing anything and all will vanish and begin anew, without end.
Only our searching for happiness prevents us from seeing it.
It is like a rainbow which you run after without ever catching it. Although it does not exist, it has always been there and accompanies you every instant.
Don't believe in the reality of good and bad experiences; they are like rainbows. Wanting to grasp the ungraspable you exhaust yourself in vain.
As soon as you relax this grasping, there is space -open, inviting and comfortable. So make use of it. Everything is already yours.
Search no more,
Nothing to do, nothing to force, nothing to want and everything happens by itself.
"The Artist is Present", under that name Marina Abramovic did a performance in the MOMA Museum in New York.
In a room there was a table with two chairs, opposite each other. On one side the artist was sitting and visitors were invited to come and sit in front of her for a while. Looking into each others eyes.
Abramovic: "I felt unconditional love for every person i sat with. Unconditional love with someone you've never met is a straightforward feeling that is overwhelming and fulfilling. It's not easy to do. I was trying to set up a zone where I was really empty. I am receiver and sender at the same time. Then I can open myself and be vulnerable and this other person can actually feel comfortable to let it go, all of his pain and wandering, and feel that I am unconditionally in love and I don't want anything out of this.
Kandinsky said: "The goal of the artist is to harmonize. To make one."
So do the arts help us to understand harmony and non duality?
One answer could be: we need a 'Gesamtkunstwerk', like Vedanta, a total work of art, a synthesis of the arts. That all senses come together.
The other evening I was sitting in the car next to my girlfriend Isabel who was driving.
Seeing the landscape passing, everything stood still, all stood still. The lights outside, the rumbling sound of the car engine, the slight movements to left or right, the smell of fresh air coming in through the open window, she and me. All became fluid and one.
In that 'one', there is nothing happening. There is only awareness, awareness that doesn't separate between sound and smell, present or future, you and me. There is a process going on, yes; life, birth and death; call it nature. Nature creating life for the sake of creating.
Tavira, Portugal, October 2015. © Matthijs Warner (27) The lecture was given October 2015 in Tavira, Portugal.
Sri Ramana Maharshi. MW.
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